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Blog Portfolio 4: The Final Curtain

This is my final portfolio of blogs for my Newswriting class at Seton Hill University. I've learned a great deal about journalism, a world that as a theatre major I've had very little exposure to. While it was certainly challenging to write in a very new and different style than what I am used to, the blogging that I've done has helped me understand the basic principles behind this writing style. Without this basic foundation in theory, I'd have had a much harder time writing the articles.

Coverage (all the blogs I've written during the final section of the semester)
Matchmaker, Matchmaker--blog on the New York Times
Too much garbage--blog on the Arizona Star's multimedia presentation on garbage and recycling
What happens when the story (or window) comes crashing down--blog on Best Practices for Newspaper Journalists, pages 57-67
Morbidly Twisted Links--blog on Wired.com
This Just In--blog on the Harvard Crimson
So what if they're not Harvard? They can do bad all by themselves!--blog on The Cavalier Daily
Integrity wins out in the end--blog on Best Practices for Newspaper Journalists, pages 71-73

Depth--blogs in which I examine a concept in depth
Integrity wins out in the end--blog on Best Practices for Newspaper Journalists, pages 71-73
So what if they're not Harvard? They can do bad all by themselves!--blog on The Cavalier Daily
This Just In--blog on the Harvard Crimson
What happens when the story (or window) comes crashing down--blog on Best Practices for Newspaper Journalists, pages 57-67

Interaction--blogs I've written in which I interact with other classmates
Matchmaker, Matchmaker--blog on the New York Times
Integrity wins out in the end--blog on Best Practices for Newspaper Journalists, pages 71-73

Discussions--blogs that drew comments from classmates
Matchmaker, Matchmaker--blog on the New York Times
Integrity wins out in the end--blog on Best Practices for Newspaper Journalists, pages 71-73

Timeliness
Matchmaker, Matchmaker--blog on the New York Times
Integrity wins out in the end--blog on Best Practices for Newspaper Journalists, pages 71-73
Too much garbage--blog on the Arizona Star's multimedia presentation on garbage and recycling
What happens when the story (or window) comes crashing down--blog on Best Practices for Newspaper Journalists, pages 57-67
Morbidly Twisted Links--blog on Wired.com

Xenoblogging
my comments on Jeanine's blog "The Press: Non-Essential for Our Lives"
my comment on Kaitlin's blog "Cluttered"
my comment on Jen's blog "Article Spacing"
my comment on Andrew Wichrowski's blog "My Life and the New York Times, One in 8 Million"

Wildcard
I think my comments on Jeanine's blog about the unnecessariness of the news show what I've achieved in blogging in this class in terms of how much discussion can happen outside of actual class time. Jeanine's blog really got me thinking about the role of the press in our lives, and we got into a pretty lengthy discussion that in some ways veered from the topic of the actual readings we were blogging about. However, online we were able to discuss the topic of basic survival needs and how news media fit into these needs. I think my comments demonstrate how far I've come from the self-centered actor monologue I did during our "News and I" presentations at the beginning of the semester. This class has definitely helped me see how newswriting may not get us our next meal or provide us shelter but still plays a huge and valuable role in our lives.

Comments (1)

A wonderful presentation of your growth as a student. You chose to present yourself as self-centered, but if you were perceptive enough to notice that, and honest enough to write and a deliver a monologue from that premise, you never really were that self-centered after all. I'm glad the course gave you the opportunity to share your insights.

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