October 11, 2006

Hot Text: Opinionated Journalists

Both Karissa and I, agreed on the fact that earlier in his book, although we neglected to mention the chapter (maybe someone can figure it out by the context of the blogs?), Price seemed to be pushing inverted pyramid style onto web writers. Recognizing the significance of his point pertaining to the best, most important news being first, dwindling down to minute details, i immediately thought, "Inverted pyramid. Hmm..familiar."

However, the thing i discovered in Chapter 14, my interesting quote, is Price contradicting himself. I think we have discussed this topic in class before.....

"Online news articles are "get-to-the-point news." Yes, back when we worked on the student paper, we all learned about this curious architectural phenomenon, the inverted pyramid, with all the answers to key questions frontloaded. But answering all those w-questions weighs down the lead. Postpone the date, location, even the particpants, if they are not central to the story."

I would like to know how we can postpone the participants...are they not a central part of the story? Does the story really exist without particpants?

Everything Price says makes sense, don't get me wrong, it just tends to contradict other things he has said in previous chapters. I would go out on a limb and say well maybe he is talking about different topics, but sure enough, he is talking about web-writing. Although his information is provided for several types of web-writing, as a whole, shouldn't he be saying the same thing about it all?

Price expressing his interpretation of how things should be presented made me sort of feel like, again, as i had described in the blog entry i link to earlier in this post, that i am in a journalistically twisted world. He continues to make me feel this way on into Chapter 15.

Get Intense, Express Yourself is the title of the section. "The best newspaper journalists are those who assemble the facts and write the story so it just seems to flow, while keeping themselves out of the story, distancing themselves by taking on the persona of "the reporter". This faux-objective approach works fine in newspapers, but is death on a Webzine".

While this may be true, considering on webzines people are looking for entertainment along with news, it is the opposite of what i am used to as a journalist. We are taught to write objectively, to act as though we have no opinion on any particular topic or topics. If we were to "have an opinion" we could be accused of biased writing. A journalist wants credibility and to be noted as fair to both sides of an opposing view. All that seems to be changing for webzines. Price is saying to have a voice. A strong one! Price says, "Not surprisingly, the sites with the strongest voice tend to have loyal readers". Yes, they may be loyal, but only because they think you are opinionated and feel a certain way towards a topic. Which, granted, you probably do, but won't that hurt a journalists repuatation in the news world? It seems as though a journalist is getting to the point of having to make a choice. Exactly which genre do you want to write in?

Chapter 16-A resume. "The master resume acts as a repository for all your successes, all the details of your past jobs, so that you can pick the right ingredients to spinoff into a resume for a particular employer".

I really like this description of a master resume. I agree with what Price is saying here. Having a solid master resume that you took the time to build on your own, can be very beneficial. I didn't really have to put together a resume until i applied for an internship last Spring. I spent about four days putting together a resume and a cover letter. At some points, i spent 20 minutes composing one sentence. I read and reread my text, changing it so that it was more concise and interesting, and only taking up about a page. Despite the time it took me, i was very pleased with my work. I had thought that i had something i could base future resumes off of, but reading Chapter 16 made me focus more on this thought. I developed my resume on my own. I was looking at a template for a general idea, but i was also using websites that had examples and other sorts of "practice" resumes or resume tips. I researched alot of different resumes and put together my own. Mine is sort of based on a template, but i didn't like some of what was on the template so i changed it and i added things based on what i saw on other peoples examples. I came up with something original, something personalized to me, yet still classy enough to look professional. Price helped me to finalize the decision that yes, i can base my future resumes off of this. On my own time, i had developed this master resume that Price talks about. Of course i also knew that i would have to revise my resume to be personalized for each employer, but the most work went into assembling the resume as a whole.

Posted by Lori Rupert at October 11, 2006 03:07 AM
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