September 6, 2005

I'm blogging that....maybe not.

I can't write about my work.
Because it is coming out in tomorrow's edition.

I can't write about my personal life.
Because I've already given away -way- too much.

I can't give my opinion about current events.
Because I'm supposed to be this objective journalist.

I've reached a point in my blogger career where I'm not sure what to write about anymore. I'm either treading on my personal or professional life, either now or in the future.

Sheesh, it becomes something you have to justify.
That was just me at that time in my life. Gosh, I was just stupid back then. How I've grown. haha.

So shall we take stock?

a)I'm a journalist.
b)I'm a person.
c)I'm a journalist/person with biases and beliefs of my own.
d)Anyone can read this thing.
e)My grandmama reads this thing.
f)I love my blog.
g)I love writing.
h)I love my audience.
i)I'm addicted.

Hmm. I have some issues.

I could write about some online trends or keep giving insights into my SHU life. But I'm bored with both of those at the moment.

Maybe I'll risk my entry-level reporter career and start tackling harder stuff. But I've been warned.

Suggestions? Aid? Topics? I'm tapped out of ideas.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at September 6, 2005 11:21 PM | TrackBack

Amanda, I was just having a conversation with a friend about the lack of life lately in the blogosphere. I know exactly what you mean! I try not to write too much personal information on here for the reasons you've listed and sometimes you have to steer clear of politics and/or religion. etc.

I think the trick is to find whatever moves you and just go with it. Throw your heart and soul into your blog (within reason of course, there are some things that just aren't meant to be shared in an online forum). don't think about what you "can't" say but muse on what you "can."

You wrote:

"Maybe I'll risk my entry-level reporter career and start tackling harder stuff. But I've been warned. "

Tell me more about that. What do you mean?

What do you want to do with your life? What are you hopes and dreams and, perhaps more importantly, fears and worries? I think the SHU blogosphere definitely needs a breath of fresh air... and it's up to people like you and me to make it happen.

Dream on, Amanda, and don't worry... I don't think you could escaping the blogging if you tried... maybe you need a break? Or a re-evaluation of what you want? or maybe you're just havin' a crappy day?

good luck! i hope you keep up the blogging! :c)

Posted by: moira at September 7, 2005 2:27 PM

Moira, I've been warned by superiors at SHU and at my internship position that letting my opinions flow too freely might cause a conflict of interest.

That is, if I were chosen to write a story on something I had firm opinions about, I could be viewed as biased in the way I treat my subject.

Thanks for the suggestions. :-D I'll keep looking for that breath of fresh air.

Posted by: Amanda at September 7, 2005 4:25 PM

Amanda do not worry about what to write, you are a breath of fresh air to me, you are not always complaining. I think you need a rest from thinking just take it easy and you will be suprised what comes to you. I am old and I find something new to do all the time. I am crocheting helmet liners for the service people. This week I am trying to make jewelery, fun that is the secret. Do not try to be a perfectionist, it makes you dull. good old grammy

Posted by: grammy at September 7, 2005 8:58 PM

Hahaha. Thanks. :) I'll work on that.

Posted by: Amanda at September 7, 2005 9:34 PM

Welcome...think...never sell out.

Posted by: -jt at September 7, 2005 11:55 PM

So we all know my aspiring dreams to be a writer, and we all know i am extremely opinionated. Does that mean i am going to be presented with problems in the journalistic world? I hope not. I think i will be respected more if people know the real me, and they will realized i can truly write about topics i disagree about in a sense that is equal to the ones i do agree with. Be yourself Amanda, we miss the old you.

Posted by: Lori at September 8, 2005 2:28 AM

*realize* Lacking "ed"

Posted by: Lori at September 8, 2005 2:29 AM

Lori, I am being myself, but there's more complications attached to that me now that I have to abide by.

As Dr. Jerz posted, digital dirt digging is a very real possibility when you enter the job market.

It's not as simple as "there's my opinion" anymore. Sure, if I back it up with facts that would make it a little bit better, but a definite bias would already be established--something that I would have to overcome if I were sent out to cover a story. Wouldn't an editor rather have someone who can keep their opinions quiet and cover the story as objectively as possible? I can say from experience "yes". A blog about the topic covered is a letter to the editor waiting to happen.

Something like, "Your reporter on this event didn't cover this, so I think her bias is being demonstrated, as shown on her weblog (insert URL here)" could come in the mail. That can ruin a reporter's credibility, and the newspaper really can't say "Oh, we can't publish that." They are obligated to voice that opinion if it makes a real point. So, in order to avoid that circumstance, the prospective reporter is passed over during the interview process.

I'm just trying to cover my arse.

Posted by: Amanda at September 8, 2005 8:48 AM

Bloggers that intend to be writers some day should be more concerned with their lack of typing skills reflecting as lack of grammar and punctuation skills. Or maybe that's just my inner stickler trying to find a constructive way to complain about the apathy towards the finer features of the English language.

Posted by: Karissa at September 8, 2005 3:22 PM

Apologies, Karissa, if I have offended thee. :)

Posted by: Amanda at September 8, 2005 3:43 PM

What can a journalism major blog about?

Here's a list of journalists who publish independent weblogs.

If the SHU scene is starting to get old for you, why don't you drop by these blogs, join in a few conversations, and see what happens?

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at September 8, 2005 3:56 PM

Might I timidly recommend shifting from blogging as a mode of expression to blogging as a mode of analysis? You could share your "opinions" (informed and educated, of course) about news stories and other journalism/media pieces you find online. You could review books, articles, etc. related to your career. You could inform your audience by turning them on to things you discover on the topic online, and write a scholarly type of response to them, even. I don't think having an educated opinion on a topic will risk offending potential employers -- it will just show them how thoughtful you are about what you do. And you'll learn a lot in the process.

Posted by: Mike Arnzen at September 8, 2005 5:52 PM
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