February 17, 2004

Setonian challenges

I have been a writer for The Setonian since this past fall. I have never gotten an assignment in on-time for various unmentioned reasons. I have to be the worst journalism major in the history of SHU.

Anyway, I have been faced in the last three assignments with several obstacles. First it was the Black History Month article. I felt, as a white writer, I would not do justice to the story, and my reporting would be a biased representation. Thankfully that story has gone to print without any retractions.

The second challenge occurred with the J-Term article I was to do for the Mexico trip. As it turns out, the Mexico trip was not a J-Term and I did not have an article.

Now I am working on an article that discusses the student athlete study halls. Do you like them? What are the drawbacks? Etc.

Yesterday, I stayed on-campus to interview some of the baseball players for the article. I went to Sullivan and waited for their practice at 3:30. When 3:00 rolled around, I went up to the gym level (smelling of man, sweat, and wet terrycloth) and approached one of the players, assuming he would have ONE minute to spare.

He said that he would talk to me some other time. RIGHT!

So I calmly excused myself, softly calling him a jerk repeatedly down the spiral staircase.

Then I got the wounded ones in the trainer's office. You would be surprised what you can get out of aching, incapacitated men who are already irritable about being laid up and still have to attend study halls :-)

Yes, these assignments have been a challenge, some stinky, but I am learning so much from this practicum.

In the past I have asked myself many questions about my journalistic future. When I have to report on a murder victim that has been decomposing for a month in the hot summer sun how will I react, or when I talk to an irresponsive politician or CEO how will I get my quote? Now I have a better idea: with nose plugs and a good dose of confidence from SHU news writing.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at February 17, 2004 7:36 PM

I can appreciate the effort you put into trying to interview baseball players but I noticed a few things that could help you out in the future. You said that you talked to one guy at the practice you went to. To that I would say why not try questioning some other different players? And possibly because he was at the beginning of his practice(which, as I've observed, are hellish) and ready to get moving. Also, any gym is going to smell of perspiration because thats what you do in a gym. I don't say this to patronize you, just an observation. I would also suggest maybe trying to talk to some of the players in the cafeteria at lunch or dinner because they would have time for you there and be less likely to blow you off. Hopefully this doesn't offend you, it is simply meant as constructive criticism.

Posted by: Emily at February 17, 2004 10:07 PM

Black history month rocks wooooooooooooooooooo
i think i spelled wooo right

Posted by: tom at February 17, 2004 10:08 PM

First off...being that it doesnt sound like you have ever played a sport in your life, you couldn't possibley understand how big of a pain in the ass practice CAN be..therefore when you have a pesky "reporter" or "journalist" to add to the stress that sports can and will bring to your life, then yes you should expect athletes to be irritable!So think before you JUDGE people and call them a jerk b/c their world doesn't revolve around other people when its time to concentrate on something important..ALSO...it might help if you tried to interview more than one person...being as how thats what "journalists" are commonly known for doing. Another thing i would like to add is in accordance to emily's post... a gym will never ever smell like roses...not even if its new...

Posted by: Michael at February 18, 2004 12:32 AM

Yes, I have been in a sport (swimming) and I know very well how annoying practices can be, but I would never, ever act like that toward someone who wanted to give my sport coverage, especially in a news publication. And before you ask, I did say that I was from The Setonian.

I know that the gym is stinky because of all that and I do not revel in the smell, as some people do. My main gripe was in that he didn't take one minute out of his PRE-practice energies to speak with me. And he was sitting!

And Michael I did interview more than one player...I had to gather what was left of my pride to interview another, but as I said in this entry I went to the guys in the trainer's office and got quotes from them. I was not daunted.

I have my article now. And I am fine. I do not hate athletes(I was one for four years) and I do not hate covering gyms, though I do hate covering people that are less than hospitable to reporters that are doing them and their team a favor.

Posted by: Amanda at February 18, 2004 8:51 AM

Thanks Em for the suggestions I will do that in the future. :)

Posted by: Amanda at February 18, 2004 8:58 AM

If i were you, i wouldnt expect everyone to give their free time to you, whether they be sitting around, or stretching and what not... In my opinion, a person doesnt have to do what they dont want to..We ARE in college after all or have you forgotten? I konw this place is a lot like highschool.... im sure you can second that at least. If he didn't want to talk to you, he shouldnt have to, and im proud of that anonymous baseball person to say No. Not enough people say no. and you are criticizing him for not giving you what you want...heres some of the real world for ya...NOT EVERYBODY COMPLIES OR COOPERATES!! Get use to it, it wont be the first time your shut down, and frankly, i dont blame him.

Posted by: Michael at February 18, 2004 3:31 PM

you are welcome amanda...thanks for commenting on my blog :)

Posted by: Emily at February 18, 2004 4:02 PM

You are proud of someone saying no to publicity, promoting the image of Seton Hill and it's athletics program for possible scholarships for the athletes? Sorry you feel that way Michael.

Posted by: Amanda at February 18, 2004 5:57 PM

Seriously, who outside of seton hill..sees the setonian?..honestly...i dont know of that many people At setonhill that actually sits down to read the crap u put on paper.

Posted by: Michael at February 18, 2004 10:20 PM

I guess you like reading crap then--you keep coming back to Girl Meets World for more of it.

I write for _The Setonian_ in the same language I do here, just in a journalistic capacity.

Posted by: Amanda at February 18, 2004 11:23 PM

Michael, it seems to me that you have a problem with my friend Amanda here. You sir need to get a life. Just because you don't agree with her doesn't mean you have the right to tell her the Sentonian is a piece of crap. And let me tell you that there are MANY people who do read the Sentonian. I read it, my family reads it, and people outside of the school read it. Alumna like to read it to keep up on their alma mater, faculty read it to keep up with their students, and the Sisters up at Caritas read it to keep up with the activities on campus that they may be interested in.

My suggestion to you Michael is to get your head out of your a$$ and learn a little respect. There is such a thing as common decency that most of the baseball doesn't show. Thank you and have a nice day!


Posted by: Tiffany at February 19, 2004 1:05 PM

OK Michael, First of all, do you think that for some ungodly unspoken reason that being a journalist is easy? NO, its hellish as well,as Amanda's blog proved.And her article is important to Amanda, she is trying to concentrate on whats important to her, just as that player you defended was. And really, reporters are pesky? They are just doing their job, which let me remind you is IMPORTANT to them. We don't call athletes pesky because they are always invading the gym or asking to get out of class early for practice do we? NO. Amanda was simply venting, as one usually does, and being creative in her writing, if Amanda really had a problem with a stinky gym, then why and the hell would she go in there in the first place? And on a side note to tiffany,the majority of the baseball players are actually nice and do show decency, most of them hold the door for me or say thank you when i do. And to Michael once more, perhaps you shouldn't have taken what Amanda said so personally, and since you seem to enjoy reading crap, heres a big load of shit for you to read, i hope you enjoy it:)

Posted by: Lori at February 19, 2004 1:40 PM

You're just loving all this attention aren't yah? Look how many comments you are getting! whoa, look at me, the comment queen..la la la. Off with Michael's head, while I profit on his downfall with links and commentary. You made four comments? Criminal, just boosting the count...mwahah. I'll get you Gadget!

Posted by: Puff at February 19, 2004 1:40 PM

Yes. I do love a good controversy, but I comment to let my voice be heard, not to boost my comment count. And anyway, Lori comments to boost comment count :-D

Posted by: Amanda at February 19, 2004 1:45 PM


Posted by: Puff at February 19, 2004 1:46 PM

6 :)

Posted by: Amanda at February 19, 2004 7:26 PM

Ok first off, let me say Michael that Amanda does NOT write crap. For a fact she writes pretty d*mn good papers if you ask me. her articles are well structured and she works hard for it. wouldn't you get ticked off if your were trying to do something for baseball and someone wouldnt give you the time of day? yea im sure thats why amanda got a little upset that someone couldnt take 5 minutes out of their life to give her some input for her article. and i would think that because of how self-centered you seem to be that you would be happy she is writing about the baseball team. I'm suprised you have time to trash on amanda's writing with such a busssy schedule... and besides if you think amanda just writes crap, let's see something you wrote..i mean if you are so critical of her work, then your must be wonderful.. ha i state my point, thank-you very much! >:|

Posted by: Steph at February 19, 2004 11:25 PM

I never said that i wrote for anything or anyone and even if i did who gives a crap? We are talkn about Amanda's writing .. Not mine and because i dont agree, does that mean i dont have the right to voice my own opinion, even though it is disagreeable to her own opinion?? and reports are pesky, just like telemarketers are pesky so keep that in mind the next time one calls you..aight? and one should be more careful on what they vent, it might actually offend someone just as i have offended you people...am i correct..or am i correct..thought so. later ppl!

Posted by: micheal at February 20, 2004 2:13 AM

Michael, your posts are perfectly ok, i completely believe in stating your opinion, i was simply stating my opinion to your opinion.

Posted by: Lori at February 20, 2004 8:54 AM

And I was simply stating mine, offensive or otherwise. That is what comments are all about. I am sorry to hear that you do not approve of my writing style, my opinion on this subject, or that I am a "pesky reporter". However, I am not sorry for posting this; I cannot please everyone in the world, and I plan on making a living, as William Storey, of The Chicago Times, said "print[ing] the news and rais[ing] hell." I adjure you to come back and read my "crap". I am growing an thick, additional layer of epidermis that needs your assistance. Please return and aid in this journalist development process. :-D

Posted by: Amanda at February 21, 2004 1:57 AM

Glad to have caused some controversy and get peoples reactions..ur writing is rahter somehwat interesting to read, or else i wouldnt have come back a few times... so lest just agree..to disagree..

Posted by: michael at February 22, 2004 6:56 PM

Thanks. Good.

Posted by: Amanda at February 23, 2004 2:12 AM

Ok. Well I read Amanda's post and then I read the "Famous Comment." If anyone knows me I am pretty blunt and I voice my opinion on anything at anytime, but I also do it to the persons face so they do not get offended. I see where both Amanda and Michael are coming from and I understand both of them. The problem is that Michael just went a little bit too far and crossed the line. No one says you can't write whatever you feel, but before doing that you should think about consequences. If I was Amanda and someone called my writing "crap" I would of handled things alot differently..lol..Amand will know what I mean : ) I am in favor of honesty, but I would have to say Micheal crossed that thin line and I hope he never does it again!

Posted by: Gina at March 9, 2004 1:37 PM
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