Portfolio 3: Applying skills outside of a fifty minute class

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Here is yet another portfolio of blogs from my News Writing class.  Recently I have been using my knowledge outside of class.  I am beginning to be more aware of the words I use in my writing.  Also, I have caught myself mentally revising and eliminating words from notes left on bulletin boards at places like work and school.  When I hear a story, the thought of it being newsworthy crosses my mind.  I notice certain aspects of news writing when I read the newspaper as well.  Certain journalist techniques have been cemented into my way of looking at writing and the news.


Coverage
Blogs since my most recent portfolio.

Sources make for a more credible argument- In this entry, I discuss the importance of supporting a claim (in an editorial) with valid sources.
Journalists should rely on themselves, not historians- I tore apart the belief that journalists are writing the 'first rough draft of history.'  Journalists should never consider their published writing to be a rough draft in any situation.
Dear Public, there are other ways to learn besides taking classes- In this blog, I focus on ways to learn about a subject that do not include taking classes.
But bad news is more newsworthy!- Here I discuss how my previous belief had coincided with the public's but has changed now that I am more knowledgeable in journalism.
Diversity is a qualification - Another entry which I discuss a previous belief that has changed based on new knowledge.
Not fit to wear the investigative trench coat- I follow the list of qualities of an investigative reporter and explain why I could never be one.


Depth

Journalists should rely on themselves, not historians- I tore apart the belief that journalists are writing the 'first rough draft of history.'  Journalists should never consider their published writing to be a rough draft in any situation.
But bad news is more newsworthy!- Here I discuss how my previous belief had coincided with the public's but has changed now that I am more knowledgeable in journalism.
Diversity is a qualification - Another entry which I discuss a previous belief that has changed based on new knowledge.


Interaction

Reflection on objectivity- I reflected on Greta's blog about objectivity and expanded by discussing the interest it adds.


Discussion


Sources make for a more credible argument- In this entry, I discuss the importance of supporting a claim (in an editorial) with valid sources.


Timeliness


Dear Public, there are other ways to learn besides taking classes- In this blog, I focus on ways to learn about a subject that do not include taking classes.


Xenoblogging

Jen Prex's blog- Commenting on editorials.
Greta Carroll's blog- Joining the discussion of why newspapers should explain what they do to the public-- this would help in the area of bad news as well.
Jeanine O'Neal's blog- Commenting on invasive journalists.


Wildcard

Possible breaking news- I decided to track a story which could have become breaking news.  However, no stories came from it.
Bridge-to-be- A typo which affected the meaning of an engagement announcement in a humorous way.  I further discuss the importance of re-reading stories.


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