This blog will list and explain a series of blogs that I have written. All of these blogs have been submitted as homework and used in the classroom in order to promote discussion amongst the students. I will also include a short summary of each blog alongwith why I chose to include them in this portfolio. Many of these blogs will include student discussion that took place first online before being incorporated into a classroom environment.
1. In terms of coverage, I have made sure to create and post a blog on each of the assignments that have been given to the class. Since the last portfolio that we were assigned to create, I have posted six blog entries for News Writing EL 227 and a single blog for my other class, Media Lab EL 200. A list of my entries is listed below from the earliest written to the latest:
2. If you follow this link you will discover a blog that demonstrates my ability to write in depth on a particular subject. The subject of this blog was chapter 5 and 6 of the book "It Ain't Necessarily So." In this blog I wrote my personal reflection on these chapters which included several quotes taken from the chapters and relating them to newspapers and the polls used by them.
This is another link that will display that I can write in depth on a subject though it is not as long as the blog above. This particular blog focuses on chapters 3 and 4 of the book "It Ain't Necessarily So." In this entry I wrote about the manner in which things are viewed. Specifically, tomatoes as they were also used in the book as an example. Everyone sees items in a different light and this blog presents my views on this topic in relation to the book.
3. Throughout my blogging history I have had to interact with my fellow peers in class by posting comments on their own blogs. It is a part of each assignment that after we have created our own blog that we comment on at least 2 -3 of our peers. If you were to follow the link that I have listed below you will find a comment that I posted on one of Vanessa Kolberg's blogs. Kolberg's blog covered her thoughts on the media and how it oftens promotes the needless fear of Americans to the point that we have simply become immune to the terror. In her blog she also used a great analogy.
This is a copy of the comment that I left on Kolberg's blog: You're absolutely right. Maybe the news has constantly plyed us with exagerated stories that we've simply become numb to it all. We just do our best to try and not become one of those said stories. I really liked your analogy to the Little Boy who called Wolf story, it fit perfectly.
Another example of a comment that I posted on my peer's blog is the response I left in reaction to Jacquelyn Johns blog entry titled "Those crazy, tree-huggin' activists." When I had read this assigned portion of our reading I didn't devote a great deal of my focus to this particular example. However, Johns blog allowed me new insight into something that I had previously thought little about. If you follow the link below you will be able to read my comment for yourself, but I have also included a copy of it below.
Copy: I liked the conclusions you drew about journalism not being about activism. I agree with you that journalists should be fair and objective no matter what the reporter or others might think. Your quote and your vernacular version were great too. You made me think about something that i just read and skipped over before. Thanks.
4. Discussions are an imprtant part of blogging. When someone posts an entry they tend to appreciate it when others find their point of view worthy of notice. Often times blog entries have the ability and do spark conversations online resulting in numerous comments. Below is a link to my blog that received 8 comments (one comment was repeated twice from Mitch). This entry related my thoughts on risks and why they are more likely to be covered by the media as opposed to items that involve little or risk.
Yet another blog entry garnered 6 different comments on it for discussion. Throughout this blog I posted my thoughts on how people often look at the world as either half-full or half-empty and that essentially, both views are correct.
5. Blogs that are posted ahead of class with plenty of time to spare enable my classmates to read my blog and comment on it. If it a blog is posted just before class, none of my peers are likely to be able to see it. An example of my posting a blog in advance is:
This blog was created for Media Lab and published on October 15, 2007. It turns out that we were on Fall Break at the time and I had created my blog a week in advance.
6. Contributing to other web blogs that are not my own and giving credit where credit is due is important when commenting or reviewing others blogs. Below are 3 examples of xenoblogging:
1. I was the second person to leave a comment on Kolberg's blog, Creating Optimism, but I do have a lot of knowledge about Batman and his related comic book characters. Perhaps too much.:
Agree with ya on the silver lining of those clouds Nessa. If I read that crime has gone up in Gotham (obviously Batman's been out partying a bit too much) I'm gonna believe it and not go out after dark or tell my little cousin that it's a great idea to have a clown at her birthday party. It's good though sometimes to take a step back and try to think critically about what definately went into making those statistics or how those polls were worded. After all, the Joker could have had all of his henchmen calling the pollster to give us all the wrong answers. Or maybe it was the Riddler...something tells me that I've been drinking too much of the contaminated water.
2. On Jara White's blog, "Giving them what they want, but at what cost?" I was the first to respond.:
You're right, as journalists we can't always entertain people unless our editor assigns us to an entertainment piece. We have to be continuously searching for the truth; even if it is exhausting!
3. Jeremy Barrick's blog, "When News Transforms from Reality to the Strange," I was the first to respond. I also wrote how I truly enjoyed reading his blog.:
I really enjoyed reading your blog and I think you made some good points too. I agree with you that the news would be a lot more interesting if journalists lives depended on keeping their readers interested, but then most of it probable wouldn't be true. Then again, who hasn't heard of the occasional two-headed baby who robbed a bank with nunchacks?
7. Wildcards are often seen as the lifesaver's of a losing cardplayer. I can only hope that my tomato blog will accomplish something even close to saving this blog portfolio! I choose..."Tomato!" This blog displays that I can accurately incorporate what I have learned in a lesson with my own creativity in order to create something vivid, even if I'm the only one that understands it.