December 5, 2007

The End of the End of the End

The day has finally come: this is my last blogging portfolio...ever. Wow, I feel old.

Coverage and Timeliness- Not only do I cover things well, but I also do them on time

There's a lot of Crime in Chicago- and everywhere else
Don't Mess Up- no one likes people who make mistakes
The Best Stories are the Bad Ones- because who wants to read about anything good?
Newspapers are Unfair...- apparently always
Not a Classic for Me- I go against the standard
The Amazing One Sentence Article- not a sideshow attraction, I promise
A Newspaper Novella- can't anyone just write a normal article?
Yes! The Inverted Pyramid is Back, Baby!- after reading this, you'll be just as excited about it too
The "Deep" Stuff- the Ethics of Journalism- you always have to do the right thing

Depth- Diving deep and sinking in

Don't Mess Up
Not a Classic for Me
Yes! The Inverted Pyramid is Back, Baby!

Interaction- What's the fun if we can't interact?

Don't Mess Up

Discussions- Where people talk about how amazing my entries are...or, um, something like that...

There's a lot of Crime in Chicago
The "Deep" Stuff- the Ethics of Journalism

Xenoblogging- totally made up word

Comment Primo
Bethany- Creative Crime Report, Morrie's Man
Mitch- Like a Pilot Episdoe of Some Court Drama, Creative- Maybe. Chaucer- No!

Comment Grande
Mitch- Queens on the Diamond
Maddie- This is So a Story!!

Nostalgia- reach for the tissues

El fin.

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December 4, 2007


As I was working to prepare the latest installment of the blogging portfolio, I was hit with an overwhelming realization- this will be the last change I have to blog. I'm a senior graduating in May and will not have another class with Dr. Jerz next semester. So not only will this upcoming portfolio be my last (I'm not too sad about that part), but also these will be my last class entries for, well, ever. Unless the master's in popular fiction program here requires me to blog. In that case, maybe I'll go for my master's elsewhere...(kidding Dr. Jerz, only kidding).

Upon this realization, I started to feel a little nostalgic. While I wasn't part of the class the pioneered blogging at SHU (that was the class of 2007), I am in the group that has blogged the longest. For four years I've turned to Moveable Type to express my like, dislike, or all and all hate of classroom readings. I've written completely random entries about all sorts of topics, from driving to "Gilmore Girls." I have interacted with classmates, shared ideas, argued, and formed weird blogging friendships. For four years, I have to say blogging has taken up a lot of my time.

In honor of my last official entries, I am taking a look back at my first: Look at Me, I have a Blog! Wow was it bad (and yet for some reason was cited in a grad student's paper). A lot of my first entries were pretty sad, a little over eager, and sometimes not even very informative. However, they were still distinctly me. I am proud to say I have maintained my sarcastic and hopefully somewhat witty tone throughout my time blogging. I developed a "blogging personality," if you will. Out of it came a tone and a blogging name- "Special K" (which is not a drug reference, geez. It's a play on the cereal name because my last name starts with K. I always thought that'd be obvious until I realized it really wasn't). I have also developed my skills as a blogger. My entries are no longer the ones written by the freshman of four years ago. No, I have progressed, dug deeper, explored more, and have come out a well seasoned blogging senior.

This isn't a good bye to blogging. I'm sure I'll start up when the mood hits or whenever I have something particularly snarky or interesting I need to share with the world. But until then, it's been fun.

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The "Deep" Stuff- the Ethics of Journalism

Finally, my Senior Sem class came in handy. For our class, we had to give a presentation on the ethics of our chosen field, so I picked journalism and researched the ethics (there are more than you'd think, which surprised me for some reason). Chapter 11 of ABNW is like a nice condensed version of the Journalism Code of Ethics.

While most of the chapter was just a restatement of the Code of Ethics (summary: be honest and fair when reporting), I liked the section on plagiarism, creatively titled "Plagiarism: The Unoriginal Sin". Within this section were reporting standards by Robert Steele that outline all the questions journalists should ask themselves when reporting on and then writing an article. It is a pretty standard checklist for a news story, yet I can see it being helpful as well. "What is my purpose?" and "How reliable are my sources?" are great questions when writing-- sometimes, under deadline, I could see a reporter quickly composing a story in order to finish it on time, without realizing they are using unreliable sources or even having a real angle or purpose for writing. Take some time out and go through the checklist in your head-- the article will only be better because of it.

(Side note: why does "TK" stand for "To come"? Shouldn't it be "TC"?)

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