These entries are then posted for public view on my blog. This entry acts as an introduction to my blog portfolio which includes selected entries that reflect on our in class discussions, published news articles and various texts that Dr.Jerz has assigned. The following topics will be examined and discussed in my blog portfolio:
Class Required Blog Topics (including the texts):
Coverage 1 & Depth 3: This entry demonstrates my ability to cover topics of the assigned readings. In this entry I wrote about It Ain't Necessarily So...Ch 6-7. These chapters regarded surveys and polls. I found that there is a lot of information presented after doing surveys that is inaccurate because the questions asked were biased.
Coverage 2 & Depth 2: This entry will function as both my second Coverage and second Depth entry. I wrote a very detailed response in regard to the assigned readings in the AP Guide to News Writing Ch 9-10. These chapters involved using color and cliches when trying to spice up a story. I reflected on my personal experience as a sports writer for the Setonian.
Coverage 3: In this entry I reflected on not only the assigned chapter (10-conclusion) but on the book as a whole. This is just a general opinion entry that used the text as a reference as well.
Depth 1: In this entry I blogged about It Ain't Necessarily So...Ch 8-9. In these chapters the idea of using indirect information as the basis for writing reports used to write news stories was presented as bad. In regard to a study mentioned in the book; I agreed with the book when it said that instead of child abuse becoming more prevalent amongst Americans, the standards by which we label 'child abuse' have become more strict.
Interaction 1: In this entry I wrote about what happens when reporters attempt to write lengthy news stories based on little or no real research. The ideas came from It Ain't Nescessarily So...Ch 2-3. The entry sparked a conversation with Dr.Jerz on the topic and he elaborated on the idea that reporters need to ask good questions in order to recieve good answers.
Interaction 2: In this entry I reflected on It Ain't Nescessarily So...Ch 4-5 as well as Lou's and Michael's in class presentations on proxies and statistics. Lou, Dr.Jerz and Dena Marie all had comments to make about this entry and I believe it demonstrates a sufficient amount of interaction between my peers and I.
Comment Grande/Informative: I wrote a very in depth and informative comment on Elyse's blog regarding my own experiences as a sports reporter for the Setonian. I talked about the terminology used in such articles and how it is very standard.
Comment Primo: I wrote the first comment on Jay's entry regarding Dan Rather. I made a comment about how I felt he was not a real journalist and was later corrected by Nancy Gregg who informed me he started out in the low ranks just like everyone else. Since writing this comment my opinion has changed regarding Dan Rather's credibility.
Link Gracious 1: In this entry I discussed Chapter 11 in the AP Guide to News Writing and borrowed some of Jay Pugh's ideas. I mentioned his blog about the same topic and linked to it towards the bottom of my entry. We both agreed that a feature story is still a news story and needs to be approached like one.
Link Gracious 2: In this entry I discussed It Ain't Nescessarily So: Intro-Chapter 1 and used a quote from Dr.Jerz and from Chris Ulicne's blog entry on the same topic. My response to the book was very similar to Chris's in the regard that we felt it to be repetitive and unhellful at times.
Wilcard: A Jerz Jest as usual falls into this category. In this entry I discuss the similarities between Dr. Jerz, and Millet, a character from the Seton Hill production of Fuddy Meers. The picture I posted poses and odd resemblance. This idea was given to me by my good pal Chris Ulicne.
Crime Article Lab: In this entry I reflected on the in class article that we had to write on a fictional crime. Dr. Jerz placed facts on the board for a specific time limit and then asked us to write a crime report/crime article about the event. Generally I found it to be very difficult and I blogged about my negative experience.
AP Stylebook-Media Law: In this entry I wrote about the large section of the AP Stylebook devoted to Media Law. I took a look at the idea of Slander vs Libel and compared and contrasted the two offenses. I also wrote about the importance of reporting accurate and correct facts in order to avoid this kind of legal persecution.