December 2009 Archives

I'm not positive but this might be my last portfolio ever.  It's been a fun ride and as much as I've complained over the years, I've learned by blogging and interacting with my peers.

News writing has been an interesting class.  I have to agree with Greta on this one; I'm not the biggest news writing fan and I'm pretty sure that I could never be a journalist in real life.  I'm so used to writing academic essays that journalism was pretty hard for me.  I like the chronology of writing an academic essay.  It's organized and flows.  Nonetheless, journalistic writing definately has its place.  Nobody wants to sift through all of the flourishes of academic writing.  That just weighs down the paper.  People just want to get the information.  It's not chronological because sometimes the most important information comes at the end.

Here are the best entries from the end of this semester (which means all of them because there aren't that many)

Coverage:

Depth:

  • I'm Gettin' Wired! gives an overview of the wired website and an article about electric cars.  The links function really well within this article, taking you to previous, related articles.
  • Petland and Puppy Mills definately is one of my best.  I would consider it in depth because I worked really hard researching good websites that I could use in writing my article. 
  • Too Much Freedom!? is a little bit of a rant.  I can't believe that someone, let alone 53% of Americans, would make the suggestion that journalists have too much freedom.  Even though it's a bit of a rant, I make some really good points.

Interaction:

Discussion:

  • Pleasing the Eye is all about the aesthetics of online news.  Using multimedia adds another level to the story and gives online news the edge over printed news.  A few people had a lot to say about the subject and I returned to comment on what they said. 
  • This is ok...I give it a C+ stimulated a lot of conversation.  I was really harsh on The Harvard Crimson's website and some people agreed and some disagreed.  I returned twice to keep the conversation going and give my readers feedback.

Timeliness:

  • This Is Garbage! was turned in on time, as was all ov these entries.  I tried really hard to get everything done on time during the hell time of November.

Xenoblogging:

  • I took the opportunity in Too Much Freedom!? to promote Derek's article because he made some good points in his entry and it also related to my entry.  Check it out!
  • Freedom, Fairness, and Futility is Derek's entry that I mentioned above.  I was the comment primo on his blog.  The conversation was rolling well.

Wildcard:

 

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How to Not Have a Massive Heart Attack During Finals Week

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It's that time again, everyone!  To steal a line from Dickens, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Only one week left until yet another semester is over.  Just one more hurdle to overcome, but this may just be the hardest week of them all: finals week.

How do get your work and studying done without going crazy?  Well, obviously it depends on the amount of work you have but here's a few tips to help get you through the week.

  1. Manage your time wisely.  If you have one final a day, study the night before.  Then look at it again before your test.  Go through all of the information, especially the important information that you are likely to see again.  The more times you see it, the more likely you are to remember it.  Do not try to cram one hour before the test.  That's how to have a nervous breakdown.
  2. Find a study technique that works for you.  If your teacher is nice enough to give you a study sheet, make sure you go through the terms/questions.  Make a copy of the blank sheet then write the answers on one of the sheets.  Fill out one sheet with the answers.  Then practice filling in the information on the other sheet.  Notecards really work for me.  Put the term/question on the front and the answers on the back.  Try writing on the cards in different colors so you don't get bored.  Also, there is a program called CueCard that allows you to digitally make your own flashcards.  It's easy and free!  If you don't have a study guide, go over the things the teacher stressed several times.  Read your notes again and again.
  3. If at all possible, get away from all distractions or at least put them away.  Don't have facebook on or the TV.  Tell your boyfriend/girlfriend not to text you for a few hours.  If you are more concentrated, you are more likely to retain the information and your studying will go faster.
  4. Take breaks!  Don't study for six hours straight.  You're going to kill your brain.  Take a breather and eat a snack or check your email.  Just remember how much time you want to spend on that break and stick to it.  Don't get into watching a movie and decide not to study.  You'll end up kicking yourself later if you do.
  5. Eat regular meals.  Don't skip meals to study.  Your body needs food to function, so you need to eat to be able to think.
  6. Try not to stress when going into a test.  Chew some peppermint gum to alleviate tension and stimulate your brain.  Take deep breaths.  Everything is going to be fine.

Good luck on your tests!

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