Portfolio 1: Starting to learn

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This is a portfolio of the blogs I have so far in my News Writing class.  Going into this class, I figured that writing is writing however you put it.  I learned that my assumption was wrong.  There is a different style to news writing than to writing a piece of fiction or an essay.  That is why many of my blog entries focus on helpful pointers I picked from the reading.  I am still learning how the news is written.


Coverage
Here is a list of all of the entries I have blogged so far...

Misleading headlines and boring stories... what fun. - In this entry, I discuss a daily newspaper and some of the misleading aspects.
Bloated turkeys and oozing sores: The interesting and the unnecessary - Some stories are interesting while some include unnecessary facts.
Fluff instead of fact, why bother? - News stations show too many video clips and don't provide enough information.
This is one of the many reasons why I turn the TV off - A few points I noticed while watching the 11 PM local news.
Drama, drama, drama- The drama in television news is what keeps it interesting.
Convincingly Real- Response to a fake news cast, The ONN.
Famous people are still human, and profiles can remind us of that - In this entry, I comment on the way the author incorporated the human side of Dr. Seuss in this profile.
Differences in structure create a different focus- Comparing news writing to writing an English essay.
Too happy, but still informative- Reflecting on a profile which exalts the subject a little too much, but still provides a great example for the structure of a profile.
Why are notable people more newsworthy? - Wondering why exactly famous people are newsworthy.  I extend the question to peers to help answer my question.
To make up for the lack of quotes from the dead- Benefits of using quotations in obituaries.
Really? Because I don't care- Response to a profile which included a few too many details.
Clear and Concise- A tip I found helpful to keep writing short and specific.  This way, the news can be more straight forward
Active language adds pizazz!- Benefits of keeping writing active and being a lively writer.
Fixing mistakes- Exercise using the AP style tips and my reflection on it.
Bus plunge in Cuba versus in Timbuktu- The effect a countries name can have on the effectiveness of a bus plunge story.
Differences in plunging buses- Comparing two different bus plunge stories.  One is more newsworthy while the other seems to be more of a filler.
Spice up a lead with unique information- A great tip on writing a lead.  Helpful to get started as well as keeping it interesting.
Only 16 words?!- I thought I would experiment when writing this entry by trying to limit my sentences to being under 16 words.  I also reflect on how 16 words seems like more room than it actually is.
The peanut butter and jelly of pitching  a story- When pitching a story, it is helpful to research more into it to have more information to make a case as well as uncovering interesting facts to give the idea a boost.



Depth

Misleading headlines and boring stories... what fun. - In this entry, I discuss a daily newspaper and some of the misleading aspects.
This is one of the many reasons why I turn the TV off - A few points I noticed while watching the 11 PM local news.
Differences in structure create a different focus- Comparing news writing to writing an English essay.
Differences in plunging buses- Comparing two different bus plunge stories.  One is more newsworthy while the other seems to be more of a filler.



Interaction

Really? Because I don't care- Response to a profile which included a few too many details.
Bus plunge in Cuba versus in Timbuktu- The effect a countries name can have on the effectiveness of a bus plunge story.



Timeliness

Fluff instead of fact, why bother? - News stations show too many video clips and don't provide enough information.
Why are notable people more newsworthy? - Wondering why exactly famous people are newsworthy.  I extend the question to peers to help answer my question.



Discussions

Fluff instead of fact, why bother? - News stations show too many video clips and don't provide enough information.
Bus plunge in Cuba versus in Timbuktu- The effect a countries name can have on the effectiveness of a bus plunge story.
Really? Because I don't care- Response to a profile which included a few too many details.
Why are notable people more newsworthy? - Wondering why exactly famous people are newsworthy.  I extend the question to peers to help answer my question.



Xenoblogging

Jen's Blog- Discussing how to portray someone in an obituary
Matt's Blog- Discussing when bus plunges actually are filler
Josie's Blog- Discussing fitting two-parted stories into one lead



Wildcard

Writing shorter paragraphs is harder than it seems- This is just a little blurb I choose to blog.  After writing the accident report, I realized exactly how hard it is to limit paragraphs to one or two sentences.
Student struck by car, package stolen as driver helped student- Accident report I chose to post to my blog.
The News and I- My relationship with the news isn't very strong.
The News and I reflections- Reflections to my peers' presentations about their relationships with the news.
Quote of the day! - A blog entry completely unrelated to the class.  It is a quote I really liked and wanted to share.  Hey, this is the wildcard section, I can post what I want!




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