As the semester continues, I think my blog posts have been consistently improving. My depth and riskiness sections have continued to grow, and I was able to include more posts in my intertextuality category this time. I was also able to start a discussion on a classmate’s post for this portfolio. Although I am hoping to have even more discussions for my next portfolio, I am happy with the continual improvement of my blog posts and portfolios.
I think my response to the Article Model was a good example of depth. Although the prompt said we only had to touch on a few of the given questions, I tried to incorporate all of them into my response while analyzing the article. Rather than a simple one paragraph response, I wrote four that consisted of multiple, thoughtful sentences.
My most in depth response for this portfolio was for NR&W 16. This chapter was very lengthy, so I tried to respond to all of the general aspects of it, making my response longer than usual. I began with a quote from the chapter, analyzing it and then giving my own thoughts about what I learned in multiple paragraphs.
Finally, I believe my response to NR&W 20 can be classified in the depth category. Although I have not learned a lot about public relations yet as a communication major, I was able to easily understand and relate this topic to real life opportunities. I spent a lot of time in this response talking about how my journalistic ability will benefit me as a communication major.
My first example of riskiness was NR&W 7. I was not familiar at all with the concept of news releases, so I was a little unsure about my ability to create a response that demonstrated my understanding about this new topic. However, I took notes and made sure I completely understood something before I wrote it. I ended up learning a lot about news releases, which could benefit me since I am a communication major.
Another response that I consider to fit in this category was NR&W 11. Although I already knew about the inverted pyramid and chronological styles of writing, I had no idea what news narratives and the focus structure were. I had a little bit of trouble differentiating them from the types I already knew at first, but I believe I was eventually able to do that well in my response.
In my post for Article Inspiration 1, I included hyperlinks for both the article I found and the home page for its website.
Another post that I included a hyperlink in was NR&W 14 (3 of 3). My response focused on sports beats and reporting, and I discussed an article from ESPN about this year’s wild card game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs. I included the link to this article so people could have access to what I was writing about.
My final example of intertextuality is my response to NR&W 19. This chapter was about investigative reporting, so I talked about the journalists who exposed President Nixon during the Watergate scandal. I included a link to an article about the two journalists, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. They discussed what is was like for them to be investigative journalists during this time.
Rather than wait for another classmate to post on my blog, I decided to comment on a few of my peers’ posts. My comment on Alexi Sakalik’s NR&W 11 post allowed us to have a discussion about inverted pyramid and chronological writing styles. We gave our opinions about both writing styles and when we think they should be utilized.
I decided to include my Revised Homecoming Preview in the timeliness category. Even though I did not post my original preview on my blog, I did have to go back and make changes to it so I was able to post it before the second day that my event occurred.
For the rest of my responses, I made sure I posted everything before the class time that they were due.
Similar to my last portfolio, I believe all of my responses fit under at least one of the categories above.
I believe my third portfolio shows how much my responses have improved, and each portfolio I create becomes better. Rather than simply responding, I am becoming better at relating what I have learned in the textbook to real life examples of journalism. I am also learning more about how my knowledge of journalism can benefit me as a communication major. This motivates me to learn as much as I possibly can and constantly improve my writing. Along with that, I have learned more about different writing approaches for different types of stories. I believe that my blog posts will improve even more as I continue to improve my journalistic writing ability.