Reading Elements of Journalism, I found it easier to respond at the conclusion of each chapters (6, 7, 8, 9, and 10). Responsibility/being responsible summarized this book. Journalism is the embodiment of citizenship. Journalism has great power and as Peter Parker (Spiderman) said, "With great power comes responsibilty." So if Spiderman can do it, so can we!
Chapters 5 to 7 in AP: Guide to News Writing delineated the voice of the journalist in "journalese," his personal conscience and the attributive verbs he employed. It would be nice if the author also listed alternative/creative attributive verbs with its connotations for journalists to use.
After outlining one of the truths of the objective and unbiased goal of journalism, these texts finally affirmed the role that ethics and morality (biases) played in the personality of the journalist. The editorials were more direct and personal. In George F Will's article, I noticed how 2 out of 3 traits of persuasive writing were incorporated. I applied these techniques in my own editorial: reflection on kindertransport. A good editorial is like a Morgan Spurlock lecture: informative, persuasive, and entertaining.
Not only did I do my work in a 'timely' manner but I interacted with the community more. My interaction was not related to 'EL 227' per se but nonetheless it encompassed two main dogmas of journalism "connecting with people" and "creating community." I have participated in T.V. nights and other group activities. I shared my experiences about art and researching topics. I reflected on the process of background research in the homecoming article. I networked with people with the same interest as me. I asked the community to share their inputs, and I spurred a discussion about pop culture and Chaucer.
Overall I have been productive and well prepared for this blog portfolio in comparison with the first one.Posted by Michael Diezmos at October 14, 2005 7:42 AM