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November 2, 2007

Baby blog, I love the way your portfolio play, all the crazy tales I hear you say.

This is portfolio 2-nothing new, just a refresher on the discourse of my ideas on the readings-with maybe a little love from the classmates-or not. This portfolio is a little more in depth than portfolio 1 of this semester, more readings, which lead to more ideas and then the circle will go on and on and on and on and on.

Shateed. (Coverage/Depth/Timeliness).

Shateed?! (Coverage/Depth/Timeliness/Discussions).

You Can't handle the truth. (Interaction/Xenoblogging).

Kinda late, but still here. IANS chapters 2-4. (Coverage/Depth/Timeliness/Discussions).

Never shut the president in the door. (Coverage/Depth/Timeliness/Discussions).

How I Responded. (Interaction/Xenoblogging).

Kramer VS Newman. (Coverage/Depth/Timeliness).

Blame O.J.-he don't mind. Could be a wild card-(Coverage/Depth/Timeliness/Discussions).

Here is the most fun I have had so far in this semester writing blogs. I hope you enjoy this blog as much as I did. I guess this would be my BUCKNASTY!:
Poll Dancing.

This is/was the 2nd blog portfolio of the semester. I hope you have enjoyed the read, and saw the difference I have made in my learning from portfolio 1 to this, portfolio 2. Until I write again, I leave you with a bonus bonus-name significance of the photo that was on the cover of this album/cd/tape: This year Halloween fell on a weekend
Me and Geto Boys are trick-or-treatin
Robbin little kids for bags

Peace.

November 6, 2007

Like a pilot episode of some court drama.

The pain is etched on the faces of those whose loved ones were killed. You see where most of them is from: They're poor, they're black or Hispanic. They live in the ghetto, and maybe they should be used to violence. They're not. Their pain is so real you could reach out and grab it. their eyes haunt you. (96, Myers, ABNW)

Does that not look like the script for either The Practice, or someother tv drama about courts. Probably something on CBS-right? Now I know it is a feature piece, but still didn't seem a little eccentric. When I think crime stories, i think hard, gritty and to the point. Hell this article wasn't even soft pulp fiction. I worked in a jail-Shuman, yeah so it's for kids, but kids who won't think twice to shot you in "The Real World" as the kids like to say. Her story, Linnet Myers, didn't come off to me as something real, or excruating in agony/fear. The pain, I'm still lokking for it. Maybve I have been scorned from experience, but I wasn't all that taken with the feature. My bad.


Bonus Bonus time:

Xenia, Ohio. Xenia, Ohio. A couple of years ago, a tornado hit this place. It killed the people left and right. Houses were split open, and you could see necklaces hanging from branches of trees. Dogs died. Cats died. I saw a girl fly through the sky... and I looked up her skirt.

Name the movie-Extra Extra Credit if you can name the character.

November 14, 2007

'em are ducks?

M.R.Ducks, but I think we mean Verify Or Duck.

One way for an editor to convey to the staff a high priority for accuracy is to build accountability for being accurate into annual performance reviews. (12 BPNJ)

Just what Dr. Jerz has been trying to beat into our heard from day one is exactly what this little book starts with-verify or duck. It is a pretty simple idea to understand. Think if it is this important to the Chicago Tribune then it should be that important for the young aspiring journalists. Can I get an Amen from the clergy-ok, maybe no Amen, but at least a, "Yes it should". Seriously we're talking about a pretty big newspaper that has financial consequences built into their idea of accountability.
Now I didn't have a problem with the anonymous sources-hell without them where would we be without Watergate? Sometimes they are necessary. And as for the incompetent reporters? Wasn't this brought up earlier in class, I want to say it was Shannon talking about all the dumb questions that were being asked-it might have something to do with tv newscast-but I think there is a need for this vanilla knowledge, by that I mean-isn't the paper written in a low reading level anyways-anyways wouldn't readers be taken aback if the journalism of the paper was beyond them. Wouldn't they feel rubbed the wrong way-like the reporters are Mr. Smarty Pants just trying to be funny with their really hard words, and their know it all essays. Come on people chill- read your paper and feel like you know something. Just don't forget: Verify Or Duck.

Bonus Bonus-name the book:
"...for the first time in years, I had this stupid urge to cry, because I could feel how much all these people hated me."

Ok, maybe that is too difficult, so I'lkl give you an easier quote from the same book"

"Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don't know. I got a telegram from the home: 'Mother deceased. Funeral tomorrow. Faithfully yours.' That doesn't mean anything. Maybe it was yesterday."

November 15, 2007

Avaritia will kill us all!

Latin for the old school RC in you. Now to my point: What is with all this crying? Seriously-strike here, strike there-it feels like I'm watching Nolan Ryan pitching to a bunch of blind little leaguers. Seriously let's tackle these issues one at a time. Writers strike: ok, ok, I know that there are some poor writer's out there who can no longer afford to sit around and drink Starbucks all day and fantasize about getting there big break, while some no talent connect takes his ideas and makes the loot off it-so these little cats get upset and strike-I feel yeah-long live capitalism (joking of course-read on)-of course these little cats are the ones struggling while this strike is going on-I know, I know-but chill out-you cats write for a living-write pop culture tv, and really bad remake movies-Beowulf for example. This is not slave labor (wait I am going to go where you think I might if you just wait a sec). This is ridiculous, we, regular cats, are expected to feel sorry for the yuppie wanna be types who need a few more bucks to buy cheep blow to impress some bulimic model like wanna be actress and prove to mommy that they can make it and survive with the little liberal arts degree in writing. No, no, no, no, not here buddy. Now on to the other strike, the Broadway stagehand strike. Now these cats kinda work. I mean this is actual labor. But come on how much do they think they are going to make-they keep this up and there will be a lot more illegal hires in NYC (hold on-I am going to get there). They complain that the producers are making a killing and they should be paid more-why-because they are willing to move boxes-don't cry, become a roadie for a rock band and it'll all work out. Keep crying and they'll outsource your jobs to some poor cat who is willing and happy just to make a buck. And finally the worse off all the strikes-the teacher strikes. This is a problem. First-teachers, you cats work what 9 months a year. Second, you get these contracts without any type of concern about your job till the contracts are up. Why, why are there no yearly performance criteria to meet. No, get tenure and your gods doing whatever. But feel a little burdened and strike, we want more money. We love the kids so much that we are willing to sacrifice their education just to squeeze more money out of the taxpayers wallet. Hey teachers in case you didn't notice-your failing our children. (Not all of you, but the bad ones ruin it for the good ones-sorry) if you really cared you'd be happy you get paid-with summers, holidays, weekends, evenings off, but no you need more and for what.
See the problem isn't wanting more money, hell we all want more money. The concern I have is these unions. See they pump you guys up-get you on strike and for what-50 cents on the dollar, I know you are not getting more than that-ok, maybe free dental. But is it worth it. The regular little cat-in all these jobs are the ones getting hurt. They are the ones with the bills mounting, the wife yelling, sick kids, and cars getting impounded-for who-the fat union bosses to pad their wallets, or the upper echelon to collect the top end and the little cats to divide amongst the rest. This union stuff is getting out of hand-look-where did all the manufacturing jobs go-I'll tell you-overseas, why-cheap labor. Why pay and deal with obnoxious unions when you can outsource and pay less then what the crying unions were upset with getting and get the same product-maybe a little toxic but thats the risk you take to save a buck.Keep this up and there will be no American jobs left. I am so fired up I think I'll start a Illegal Grape Pickers Union right now-you heard me, all you illegals upset with the money you get for picking grapes ( a job us Americans won't do) join my union and I'll get you 65 cents for every grape picked-you'll get rich and I promise you won't ever have to strike-who else will pick their grapes-not these gringos. The only catch is there is a 100 dollar sign up fee and a 50 dollar yearly fee-but I'll get you benefits.
But seriously-think of the hypocrisy here, people doing minimal labor wanting more money when there are single mothers working the max amount hours allowed by their employer (Walmart) who have no benefits and in some cases can still collect welfare. Where is their union? There is none, these are hard workers, workers just happy to have a job, and willing to do whatever it takes to help their families. Yeah Wamart is bad, but they hire a lot of people, a lot of people who would really be sucking off of the taxpayers teet if they did not this job. But hey I guess there has to be room for all the poor non-working strikers-they need help don't they?
But hey I guess this is the price for living in a capitalist world-These strikers are missing the point, you work to provide for your family, not so you can buy to feel self worth. Don't tell me these people on strike can't live-if that was the case then how are the Walmart employees able to live, and provide for their families then. Or I guess they don't count. Right, they don't understand what it is like to not afford a mansion in the hills or some ridiculously overpriced car (you realize that the function of the car is to make it easier to get from point a-to point b). These strikers don't understand how lucky they have it-because they don't see people, they see the consumption of the person. They are only as important as the things in their home(s)-some own more-why. Where the real workers (illegal, and Walmart) see the people, and that is what is important.
We will all suffer from our own demise, and Greed my friends is one of the deadliest sins.
Peace.

November 16, 2007

Rest in Peace Doug Feckless.

A letter that was found written by Doug that was never sent to his brother Pat:

After Janet Broke my heart, I was lost. I didn't know who I was-she was my everything. But then on evening I was walking through Welfareville I saw a carnival. As I was watching the children scream in horror and hold on for dear life on the merry mixer that I realized that this was my new destiny. The man controlling the ride-Jose Rico-was who I wanted to be, in control of others-almost the way Janet was in control of my heart. So I searched for Slick Willy, the owner/operator of the carnival, to get me a job. I did, and I really enjoyed it. But it wasn't until I met Dexter, a short guy who runs the midget tossing booth, that I wasn't really happy. He told me about his love for Ester, who also to be the bearded lady-but was really just a post-op tranny. Dexter taught me that it wasn't control that Janet had over me, but that my heart was still aching to be with her. So after dinner one night I told all my new friends my plan to try and win back the love of my life. They wished me well and told me I always had a home with them if I ever needed a place to rest. I am really going to miss them. But I know what I have to do.
Doug

P.S. (Bonus-Bonus-name the movie of the quote-should be easy)
"Gobble Gobble one of us".

November 19, 2007

Then Read Your Own Paper.

Until the lives of all citizens are fully and fairly represented in the staffs and content of all newspapers, the American press has made a promise it has yet kept (48 BPfNJ).

They lack diversity? Yeah, I guess they do, but what business in American doesn't? First, how many people of minority are journalist-journalism majors? Now take that small percentage of a number and work it out to have every newspaper in America equally diverse-see a problem with that? Do we-the newspapers-hire just to meet numbers, or higher based on the work. Not everyone has the ability to write for the New York Times, but everyone thinks they should. Second, what about the newspapers meant for a certain demographic? The Pittsburgh Courier does not cover people outside of the African-American demographic, no one complains about that. There is always, and I mean always some one who is going to complain about something, and race/equality is so taboo in this country that it is easy to find something about that subject that will unnerve people.

Bonus-Bonus-name the band, and track of the song that this line ends. Here is a hint: This line is repeated 8 times at the end of the song.
All of which are American dreams

Who Thought That Many People Still Read the Paper!

As I was reading the rest of the BPfNJ or Best Practices for Newspaper Journalists-it hit me that people have problems with the paper. Everything in the little book is about what the papers do wrong-which makes sense to show you how to improve or just not make the same errors. Then I thought, wow, a lot of people still read the paper. But then I was almost fooled-but this is like the chapter in the other book-IANS-or It Ain't Necessarily So, that talked about the numbers in the paper. So maybe all these gripes are from the same pool of people. Maybe, or maybe not-the little book doesn't say. I am not mad at them, but just wondering. I thought the book did a fine job of outlining some of the major problems that the papers have, and how a journalism major could avoid the same pitfalls of the seasoned veteran. Good, quick little read.

Bonus-Bonus: What is the significance of these lines in the Lynard Skynard song, Sweet Home Alabama:
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
A southern man don't need him around anyhow

November 25, 2007

Queens on the Diamond.

Like Vanessa was saying about the classics not fitting into the article, I too had the same problem. But I think the article by Red Smith, Miracle of Coogan's Bluff, kinda fits mine. I want to write my article with a dramatic flair: it a drag queen competition so there will be winners and losers.
Example:

The story was winding up, and it wasn't the happy ending that such a tale demands. Poetic justice was a phrase without a meaning (279 ABNW).

I thought that this article, which is talking about one of baseballs greatest games is very different from the way I remember being told about the game. This is very much more dramatic then the radio broadcast, and the clips from the tv. I mean this is Casey at Bat stuff. This is why America fell in love with baseball -maybe not now-but this type of writing brought people to the games. I want to try and emulate the drama here with the drama in the competition. I just don't know if it will work.

Creative-Maybe. Chaucer-NO!

Maybe Ken Fusion is the next Geoffrey Chaucer (212 ABNW).
No, I don't think so. Ok, so the guy wrote a really long informative sentence. Still doesn't make you G. Chaucer. I liked the idea of writing that whole article in one sentence. That really was something special. But to compare one article to a work of genius, that is a little far fetched. Now I really don't know where and if that style of writing will and is good for a journalist- if anyone outside of IOWA has seen/read another example of this style, please let me know.

Kinda LIke the Myers Piece.

Myers (87-96 ABNW) feature comes right before Hull (96-111 ABNW) and both of these features read like scripts/novels/novellas-whatever you want to put here beside newspaper article. This is a completely different take on crime writing from the article we are writing on Janet and Jon, but also more of a feature piece.

"Don't move," the voice behind her ordered.
Maybe it was some other sort of weapon at her head, a lead pipe or something. But a voice in the distance confirmed what she feared.
"He's got a gun." (102 ABNW)

That is Lifetime movie of the week good script writing. Or like Jeremy mentioned in his blog something from Oprah-truly something I could see her producing or getting turned into a book of the month-the tragedy of the event is something both she and her fans love to cry about. I can see and appreciate this different style of journalism-so much more creative and more entertaining then facts and facts. There is more freedom for the writer in these feature pieces then there are in writing the regular articles.

November 29, 2007

Like Writing to a Pan Pal.

Do people still have pen pals? probably not with the internet, anyways on to chapter 10 ABNW.

Many readers come to the same story looking for different things. It sometimes helps the writer to imagine he is writing for a single human being, and a familiar one at that. When you tell your story to a single person, your voice changes and your language becomes more simple and direct. (306 ABNW)

Being new to this medium and the pressures I feel writing my articles for class I can understand how this would help clarify what the writer would need and want to use in any given article they would be working on. I think this would help the writer keep a strong focus on the facts and not be prone to want to throw in all the extra layers of useless info.-When you send e-mails-at least for me, they are typically to the point. I don't try and burden the person I am sending it to with a lot of useless info, I assume that the person is probably as busy-if not more so-than I am and just want to give the info I need to give. So in the terms of writing a news piece then i think this is a little helpful tid bit.

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