This is my last blogging portfolio. I would like to thank Mitchell Steele for holding my hand through every portfolio and basically steering through this class. I would like to thank Dr. Jerz for spotting me extra time when my schedule was hectic. But most of all, I would like to thank God for just helping me make it through every day of this last semester without losing what's left of my sanity.
The million dollar question: This was timely, in-depth and covered a wide range of topic.
Good vibes This article was timely and had good coverage.
Mr. Jameson gets no respect! This article is timely, and had good coverage
A love story about a love story This is my best article. It is timely, accurate, in-depth, and has good coverage.
Best Practices and Some Not So Good Practices This article is timely, and had good coverage
It Was The Best of times it was the worst of times This is my wildcard.
We'll always have newswriting This article is timely, and had good coverage
Newspapers are unfair when: They can't admit that sometimes there's no story- "The hardest thing to do is to persuade a reporter tht there simply is no big story here." We've all seen the movies and TV shows where the pesky reporter gets a tip and just won't let the story drop-Why do they always make reporters out to look like weasels?-Anyway, it is not that hard to understand that if a reporter -or anybody-thinks they know something, they're going to pound away at it until they get what they want. If they've been covering a story for a long time or that they really believe in, they aren't going to let it drop.
"...Reporters seem to "fall in love" with their stories." Of course they do. Anyone who has ever written stories has fallen in love with them at some point or another. As an Eng. Lit. major I've written tons of stories and have had several love affairs that have had to be redirected. You just think that it's just the greatest piece of work in the universe and you can't open yourself up to any other ideas or options. However, by smothering the story against your breast it loses oxygen and begins to fizzle and becomes oblivious to other angles. I'm sure this is how reporters feel.
I'm fascinated with the idea of "bad framing" I didn't know that the frame of a story is based on the values and perspective of the reporter. I mean I guess I did, but I know that reporter's are supposed to be biased. The fact that journalists can look at stories and analyze how they are framed blows my mind. I was also blown away by the piece about the 1999 Unity convention in Seattle that honored black soldiers who fought against Native Americans. Didn't it occur to anyone that Native Americans would be there? Yes, the soldiers did their part in the war, but it depends through who'se glasses or what frame you're looking through.
I was also a little surprised that fairness is a concern in reporting. I assumed-because of this class-that bias was taboo in any story. I know reporters have bias, but I thought it was the editor's job to keep it clean.
Grammar isn't my strongest suit, but I can always spot somebody else's bad grammar, and I hate it when I see it in newspapers or other articles. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know we're all human and everybody makes mistakes, but the editor's job is to find mistakes. How many mistakes should be allowed in one newspaper? If a secretary iofa corporation made effors when typing up an important document for the board, would it go left unsaid? I've read most of the bloggs, and as usual I'm the only one with an opposing opinion. As far as the bullet coming out of the woods, anonymous sources are definately more interesting and sometimes insightful, however, if there were not guidelines to regulate anonymous sources, every source would come with a hidden identity and we would have to wonder whether the reporter is actually reporting facts or making up sources to further his own agenda.
This is my blogging portfolio # deux. I've added more blogs and comments and definately had more ideas about the readings. It's more in-depth since the first portfolio, but I'll let you judge for yourself.
Impromptu press conference-coverage, depth, comments,
what am I doing here?-coverage, depth, comments
technology sucks wildcard
pink power coverage, depth, xenoblog
Titless- coverage, depth
"A single explanation, in short, shouldn't automatically cause us to ignore alternatives" (164).
Chap. 10 discusses hedgehogs, or journalists who emphasize one important big thing, but ignore many other contributing factors. I don't go for the book's idea about journalists being afraid to focus on peronal characteristics for fear of "blaming the victim." Since when have journalist taken the high road before? Social problems rarely stem from a monocausal problem, but are the culmination of many interlinked forces that must be disceted and looked at individually.