After just a few weeks as a student journalist at Seton Hill, I already have a portfolio with my online journal responses that display the knowledge I’ve gained so far about journalism. As I analyze my responses, I know I have the capability to produce them at an even higher quality. Although there are areas that I need to work on, I was happy with the depth of many of my responses and the slight risks I was able to take.
One response that I believe I went in depth with was my response to NR&W 2. For each question, I answered with multiple sentences, and I utilized quotes from the textbook for some of them as well. I went very in depth when I discussed the distrust of the media and how the objectivity of journalists can restore trust.
While my response to NR&W Appendix 3 wasn’t as long as some of my others, I feel like the quote I chose to discuss was strong. I think my response conveyed my understand of the role of a journalist in society.
Also, I believe my response to NR&W 5 Part 2 was supported well. I discussed specific examples that The Missouri Group gave when explaining quotes, such as dialect. An example from the textbook that I mentioned was of football player Clinton Portis being quoted differently by two sources.
I definitely felt like I was out of my comfort zone when I wrote my response to NR&W 3. The business side of anything is difficult for me to understand, so I took a risk by trying to formulate what I learned into words .
The Invisible Observer was an assignment that built on my strengths and also took me out of my comfort zone. I consider myself to be pretty good at editing and revising articles, so I felt confident in my ability to correctly format it. However, I struggle more with completely rearranging articles because it takes a lot of time for me to sort through the information.
I had no problem quoting the textbook and relating it to my own ideas. Being able to use hyperlinks is something new to me, and as I continue to work with it, I hope to include more in my next portfolio.
My response to NR&W 9 included a hyperlink to a news account on Twitter that I follow. I used this account to support my claim that the inverted pyramid structure will last in the future since the character limit on tweets requires only the most important information.
After watching the video, my response to What Is Newsworthy? included a link to a news article about Donald Trump making controversial comments about a journalist and other presidential candidates. I chose this article because it proved the point that almost anything a famous person says or does is newsworthy.
Unfortunately, I had no discussions with other classmates about the blog posts we wrote. I will definitely make sure to focus my attention here for our future assignments. That way, I can engage with my classmates and gain more insight. Although this discussion was done in class, my handwritten notes and response to the TV News Exercise created a good conversation between Emily, Danisha and I.
I made sure all of my responses were posted no later than the night before they were due.
Making sure I complete my work is something I always do. I have responded to every online assignment so far, and any post that I didn’t reference in the above categories is listed below.
The CRAFT of News Writing
Media Awareness Exercise
NR&W 5 Part 1
NR&W 5 Part 3
One of the course goals I hope to achieve is to “demonstrate a thorough familiarity with the conventions of journalism (as presented via reputable publication, as spoofed in The Onion, and as presented in your own work.” After just three weeks, I believe I’m working toward this goal at a good pace. My responses have deepened my understanding of journalism by causing me to critically think about our course readings. I’ve mostly been exposed to “reputable publications” so far, like ABC News and CBS News, which I included links to in a few of my responses. I will use the knowledge I have gained so far to deeper my understanding of journalism and apply it to the assignments I complete in the future.