AshleyPascoe: September 2009 Archives

Here is my Portfolio for my Writing About Literature class (Here's a link to the course website) at Seton Hill University (Here's the school's website).  A portfolio is a listing of all of the blogs I have made for this class up to date, and then they are seperated into categories.  The categories are as follows:

Coverage, Depth, Interaction, Discussion, Timliness, Xenoblogging, and a Wild Card.

  • Coverage:This is a list of all of the blogs I have made for this class
  1. Ok. I was gonna whack you. But I was really conflicted about it. ~Paul Vitti, Analyze This
  2. After all, your case will come up for review in 10 to 20 years, and you will get your name in the papers all over again.~Roxy Hart, Chicago
  3. We have to encourage a return to traditional moral values. Most importantly, we have to promote general social concern, and less materialism in young people.~Patrick Bateman, American Psycho
  4. Iocane comes from Australia,as everyone knows.And Australia is entirely peopled with criminals.And criminals are used to having people not trust them,as you are not trusted by me,so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you.~Vizini,Princess Bride
  5. Why do men feel they can justify death?~ Benjamin Martin
  6. Get used to disappointment!~Westley, The Princess Bride
  7. Hi! I'm Tourguide Barbie!~Toy Story 2
  8. Its time to expand the minds its homework time !~Mrs. Doubtfire
  9. So join the marines. It's like feminism never even happened. You know?~Gracie, Mrss Congeniality
  10. Brad, hi!You been holding this long?Uh huh.I'm incredible.Yeah,Neverland.Uh-huh.Lost Boys.Jim Hook,duel to the death.I'll fill you in later.Listen,I'd love to chat,but I gotta climb a drain pipe right now.Why?Because I ran out of fairy dust!~Peter, Hook
  11. I beat you up twice and I'll do it again!~West Side Story
  12. Let me show you around, maybe play you a sound. You look like you're both pretty groovy. Or if you want something visual...that's not too abysmal. We could take in an old Steve Reeves movie.~Dr. Frank-N-Furter, The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  13. And since I am dead, I can take off my head To recite Shakespearean quotations!~Jack, The Nightmare Before Christmas
  14. Daddy! I want a squirrel!~Veruca Salt, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  15. Now the snarfblatt dates back to prehysterical times when humans used to sit around and stare at each other all day. Got very boring. So they invented this snarfblatt to make fine music~Scuttle, The Little Mermaid
  • Depth: These blogs are the ones that I put the most thought and research into
  1. Iocane comes from Australia,as everyone knows.And Australia is entirely peopled with criminals.And criminals are used to having people not trust them,as you are not trusted by me,so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you.~Vizini,Princess Bride
  2. Why do men feel they can justify death?~ Benjamin Martin
  3. Get used to disappointment!~Westley, The Princess Bride
  4. Brad, hi!You been holding this long?Uh huh.I'm incredible.Yeah,Neverland.Uh-huh.Lost Boys.Jim Hook,duel to the death.I'll fill you in later.Listen,I'd love to chat,but I gotta climb a drain pipe right now.Why?Because I ran out of fairy dust!~Peter, Hook
  5. Now the snarfblatt dates back to prehysterical times when humans used to sit around and stare at each other all day. Got very boring. So they invented this snarfblatt to make fine music~Scuttle, The Little Mermaid
  • Interaction: These are contributions I have made to my classmates' blogs or their comments on my blogs
  1. Iocane comes from Australia,as everyone knows.And Australia is entirely peopled with criminals.And criminals are used to having people not trust them,as you are not trusted by me,so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you.~Vizini,Princess Bride
  2. O_o????????
  • Discussion: My blogs that my classmates have commented on
  1. Ok. I was gonna whack you. But I was really conflicted about it. ~Paul Vitti, Analyze This
  2. Iocane comes from Australia,as everyone knows.And Australia is entirely peopled with criminals.And criminals are used to having people not trust them,as you are not trusted by me,so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you.~Vizini,Princess Bride
  3. Get used to disappointment!~Westley, The Princess Bride
  4. Now the snarfblatt dates back to prehysterical times when humans used to sit around and stare at each other all day. Got very boring. So they invented this snarfblatt to make fine music~Scuttle, The Little Mermaid
  • Timliness:These are the blogs that I have done on time
  1. Ok. I was gonna whack you. But I was really conflicted about it. ~Paul Vitti, Analyze This
  2. Get used to disappointment!~Westley, The Princess Bride
  3. Now the snarfblatt dates back to prehysterical times when humans used to sit around and stare at each other all day. Got very boring. So they invented this snarfblatt to make fine music~Scuttle, The Little Mermaid
  • Xenoblogging:Contributions to others' blogs
  1. Omg! Disney Princesses!
  2. Iocane comes from Australia,as everyone knows.And Australia is entirely peopled with criminals.And criminals are used to having people not trust them,as you are not trusted by me,so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you.~Vizini,Princess Bride
  • Wild Card: These are the blogs that I am most proud of
  1. Iocane comes from Australia,as everyone knows.And Australia is entirely peopled with criminals.And criminals are used to having people not trust them,as you are not trusted by me,so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you.~Vizini,Princess Bride
  2. Get used to disappointment!~Westley, The Princess Bride
  3. Brad, hi!You been holding this long?Uh huh.I'm incredible.Yeah,Neverland.Uh-huh.Lost Boys.Jim Hook,duel to the death.I'll fill you in later.Listen,I'd love to chat,but I gotta climb a drain pipe right now.Why?Because I ran out of fairy dust!~Peter, Hook

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During class when we started talking about the different Disney Princesses and how it related to the play we just read, I began to think about how the three female characters perfectly portrayed the different types of princesses there are.  Juliet would be the princess, like Snow White and Cinderella, who just sits and does nothing, being completely confident in the fact that her prince will come to her someday.  Desdemona would be one of the active ones who pretty much does what Snow White thinks the men should be doing for her just like Pocahontas and Mulan.  Finally, our main character, Constance found her self being in the middle of the two others.  She would be equated to the princesses who did something but didn't go overboard with it, like Ariel. 

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Sylvia Plath's poem, "Daddy" was probably one of the most confusing poems I've ever read.  I just simply could not figure out if she hated her father or if she loved him.  There was so much diversity throughout the poem it began to get extremely confusing, really fast.  However, that was exactly what made this poem so interesting.  It almost seemed like she was wanted it to be as confusing as it was, and wanted the readers to get exactly that.  I think that she was confused about how she felt about her dad herself, and wanted to convey that to her audience. 

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While I was reading Shakespear's "Sonnet 73", I really enjoyed all of the descriptions he included.  It was really easy for me to picture everything that he was saying and it was all very vivid.  Although during the first two quatrains I had a difficult time trying to figure out what he was trying to convey to his readers, but the third and fourth quatrains were clear enough that they clarified all of the confusion that I had. 

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In Robert's fourth chapter, I again felt like it was another review.  However, there was a diagram on page 78 that I know will help me keep everything straight.  The faces that were shown in the diagram consisted of all sorts of different expressions which also goes to show that at one, single event, everyone will have different reactions and thoughts.  I'm an extremely visual person and I know that if I keep this diagram in mind, it will make life easier for me in the long run. 

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I beat you up twice and I'll do it again!~West Side Story

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This was the second time I've read Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge" and I didn't get anything new out of reading it a second time.  The first time I read it, I thought it was alright, it did have a surprising ending but other than that I didn't think there was much to get out of it.  I wouldn't mind reading the story again, but if I had my choice, I would probably want to read another piece of his work.

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Out of the poems we had to read by Billy Collins, I liked, "On Turning Ten" the most.  I can remember feeling weird about becoming a 10 year old.  My Dad would always say, "You'll never be in the single digits ever again."  However, I feel like the poem, in general, can be related to growing up instead of just turning ten.  This year I've had to accept alot of new responsibilities and how much growing up really really sucks. So at the end when Collins says, "It seems only yesterday I used to believe/ there was nothing under my skin but light./ If you cut me I would shine./ But now when I fall upon on the sidewalks of life,/ I skin my knees.  I bleed", I feel like it relates to every point in life where you have to accept more and more responsibilities.  

The more and more I thought about this poem, the more it became inspiring to me.  My family has taught me to always be responsible and accept my own duties and any necessary consequences I may have.  However, they have also taught me to still be my own person and have fun in my free time.  This poem really reminded me of what it was like to be a kid, and I feel like it can be a reminder to adults to make sure they take time out of each busy day to have fun, and let your hair down!

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In Susan Glaspell's "Trifels", she offers her readers a typical view of feminism.  When investegating the murder of a neighbor, the men automatically make assumptions and simply start walkin around the house to see if they can find any evidence, where as the women immediately begin an investegation in order to find the truth.  Throughout the play, readers can find many different things to represent feminism.

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Robert's thrid chapter seemed to, again, be just a review of things we've already learned.  It was good to be able to go over things again in the start of the school year, but I had hoped it would have expanded on things that I hadn't really known yet.  It basically just went over the different types of characters that can be involved in literature and the way authors can present them. 

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Hi! I'm Tourguide Barbie!~Toy Story 2

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This chapter really explained in detail how to write a close reading paper.  Close reading is basically focusing on one portion of a work of literature and showing how it affects/significantly relates to the rest of the work.  "Analyzing an individual part, therefore, should bring out not only the meaning of the part but also the function of the part within the larger structure of the work." (Roberts, 54)  It states that there are three things we need to expect: and early passage to get things going, a midpoint passage to include anticipations of thw work's conclusion, and things to come togheter in a passage at or near the conclusion.  I think this chapter will really come in handy the next time I'm writing a close reading paper because it provides a nice guideline to go by.

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Get used to disappointment!~Westley, The Princess Bride

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Ann-Marie Macdonald's "Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)" was relatively entertaining.  It had some creative twists and a few slightly amusing blunders, however, it was one of the most predictable things I've read.  There were many not so little clues about the ending of the play.  There were three things that blatantly foreshadowed the ending; the inscription on the cover, an attempted subtle play on words, and the ghost.

The inscription on the cover of the manuscript read, "You who possess the eye to see/this strange and wonderous alchemy,/ where words transform to vision'ry,/ where one plus two makes one, not three;/ open this book if you agree". (pg. 21)  After reading this inscription before Constance gets magically sucked into her trashcan, I immediately thougth of the title.  At this point in the play, we have found our main character to be Connie, and the title makes it fairly obvious that we will be meeting Desdemona and Juliet some time in the future.  Connie plus Desdemona plus Juliet= three characters.  According to the manuscript, "one plus two makes one not three", and here we have three main characters.  One of them, Constance, is assigned with the task of figuring out her own identity.  So, with the information given to us at this point in the play, we can safely assume that the three of them make up that one the inscription mentions.

The second piece of evidence that allows the readers to easily see the ending of the poem is cute little play on words.  Shortly after Connie befriends Desdemona, they get into a conversation about Connie and where she is from.  During this conversation, we find that they come to a cultural misunderstanding about what "B.S." is.  Constance explains as follows, "A kind of lie.  For instance, Academe believes that you're a doomed and helpless victim."  And Desdemona questions, "I?", receiving a response from Connie being, "Ay." (Pg. 38)  While I was reading this, I could easily see the difference between the responses, but in my head, it sounded as if Connie was correcting Desdemona and saying that it was her who the world she came from found her to be "a doomded and helpless victim." 

The thrid, and probably most blatant thing that foreshadows the ending of the book, is the ghost who Constance believes is Yorick.  Everytime that Connie attempts to ask the ghost if he is Yorick, he responds by saying, "Na-a-ay.  You're it." (Pg. 73)  This situation happens on a couple different occasions, the last being the part where she finally understands everything. 

All in all, "Goodnight Desdemona (Goodmorning Juliet)", is an amusing play to read, and it may be fun to watch, but it was extremely predictable which ends up taking out alot of the fun of reading.  I think if it were less predictable, then I would have enjoyed it much more than I did.

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Why do men feel they can justify death?~ Benjamin Martin

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Thomas Hardy's "The Man He Killed", is a poem that really brings its readers inside the mind of people who have been to war.  It shows how the narrator attempts to justify the actions he had to take, and experiences regret. 

As readers, we can see that the narrator attempts to justify himself, to himself and the reader, in the third stanza.  "I shot him dead because-/Because he was my foe."  The narrator stutters as he is trying to explain to his audience why he shot and killed the other soldier.  Some may find it odd that he needs to justify this, or that he is stuttering over it, but both of those factors show that the narrator realizes that he has, unfortunately, been forced to take the life of another human due to the circumstances and demands of war.

Through the majority of the poem, readers can see that the narrator is regretful of his actions.  The fourth stanza of the poem is entirely dedicated to the narrator realizing that the soldier he killed could have been just like him, "He thought he'd 'list, perhaps,/ Off-hand like--just as I--/ Was out of work--had sold his traps/ No other reason why."

Thomas Hardy makes it easy for his readers to see inside the thoughts of the narrator.  By doing this, he allows readers to see what it might be like inside of the mind of people how have had to go to war.

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In Mark Twain's story, "Luck", I thought that the reverend seemed relatively suspicious because he seemed envious of Lieutenant-General Lord Arthur Scoresby.  The reverend is only telling the narrator of the story about Scoresby's so called idiocy at the actual banquet to honor Scoresby. 

Alnother important factor is that in the middle of the story, we find that the reverend was actually involved in the army previous to his position as a military man.  This furthers the proof that the reverend is jealous of Scoresby because the new Lieutenant-General has out ranked any of the positions the reverend may have held during his time with the military.

Also, our narrator is supposedly the first person the reverend has told about how Scoresby is supposed to be a complete fool.  He kept this part of the the Lieutenant-General's life a secret until it came time for the banquet to honor Scoresby's new position in the military.  These kinds of banquets are bound to make some people envious of the person that is being honored at the banquet.

Unfortunately for our poor narrator, he has put his complete trust in the reverend simply because he is part of the church.  It is now up to the narrator to take or leave what the reverend has to say to him since, with a little bit of close reading, the readers can see that the reverend is jealous of the Lieutenant-General Lord Arthur Scoresby.

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I found Guy de Maupassant's story, "The Necklace", something that I could easily see happening to some people in this world.  Everything seems to be about "keeping up with the Jones'".  For some people, if their neighbors get a 46 in. flat screen television, they have to get a 52 in flat screen television.  If their friends get a 5 person spa, they have to step it up a notch and buy and 8 person spa.  It wasn't really even a surprise to me to see that someone like Mathilde could be so materialistc and overwhelmingly concerned with the way people saw her. 

This kind of situation is unfortunately way to common and I believe that it is something the everyone can relate to these situations whether they have been involved in them themselves or they have just seen it in action.

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The first chapter seemed to be primarily review.  Most of everything I read were things that I've already learned in the past years.  At first I was a little annoyed by this because I felt like I was simply wasting my time by reading this chapter.  However, after I was about half way through this chapter, I started to appreciate it.  It was, in fact, the longest chapter I noticed in the book, and there were a lot of things that it reviewed.  After reading the whole chapter, I felt much more refreshed from the summer break!

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What? Honest to blog?~Leah, Juno

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This is a compilation of all of my blogs for my newswriting course (This is a link to the course website) at Seton Hill University (School's website).  The blogs will be divided into the following sections: coverage, depth, interaction, discussions, timliness, and wildcard.

  • Coverage:

"How now brown cow! How now brown cow!"

It's the Never Ending Story!

Extry! Extry! Read all about it! Ellis Island in Flames!

This chick, man, without the benefit of dying herself, has broken down the process of dying into five stages: anger, denial, bargaining, depression and acceptance

We'll all be on TV! Which is my best side?

Look, the President is basing his decisions on some pretty bad information and if you shut me out, your family, my family, and twenty million other families will be dead, in thirty minutes

Sir, what you had there was what we refer to as a focused non-terminal repeating phantasm, or a Class 5 Full Roaming Vapor. A real nasty one, too.

Ladies and gentlemen, I'll be brief. The issue here is not whether we broke a few rules...

You'd have to have a lot of tape for my story

I-I was told that-that i-if I was late one more time that I-I'd be summarily dismissed

It means that uncommon beauty is commonly overlooked. You know, like people only notice the birds with the brightest colors

Now, in the 60s- there were only 2 other cars made in America that had positraction and enough power to make these marks. One- was the Corvette, which could never be confused with the Buick Skylark

I couldn't be more surprised if I woke up in the morning with my head sewn to the carpet.

My confidence has increased; reality is here. The game has been disbanded. My mind has been expanded

I bet you've never smelled a real school bus before. (reaches in pocket) Gummy bear? They've been in my pocket. They're real warm and soft.

  • Depth:

This chick, man, without the benefit of dying herself, has broken down the process of dying into five stages: anger, denial, bargaining, depression and acceptance

I-I was told that-that i-if I was late one more time that I-I'd be summarily dismissed

I bet you've never smelled a real school bus before. (reaches in pocket) Gummy bear? They've been in my pocket. They're real warm and soft.

  • Interaction:

Comment left on classmate's blog

  • Discussions:

"How now brown cow! How now brown cow!"

Sir, what you had there was what we refer to as a focused non-terminal repeating phantasm, or a Class 5 Full Roaming Vapor. A real nasty one, too.

You'd have to have a lot of tape for my story

  • Timliness:

"How now brown cow! How now brown cow!"

It's the Never Ending Story!

Sir, what you had there was what we refer to as a focused non-terminal repeating phantasm, or a Class 5 Full Roaming Vapor. A real nasty one, too.

Ladies and gentlemen, I'll be brief. The issue here is not whether we broke a few rules...

You'd have to have a lot of tape for my story

  • Wildcard:

I-I was told that-that i-if I was late one more time that I-I'd be summarily dismissed

This chick, man, without the benefit of dying herself, has broken down the process of dying into five stages: anger, denial, bargaining, depression and acceptance

"How now brown cow! How now brown cow!"

 

After reading the link to the blog (Click here to view the blog), I felt like these 'bus plunge' stories were the newspaper's equivalent of what we talked about with the fillers in the news broadcasts on the television.  It seemed weird to me at first that a newspaper would need to have fillers, but the more and more I thought about it, it made sense.  There are slow news days, and those won't effect just the news we find on the television. 

No matter how you get your news, there will be days that you will find fillers intermixed in the news that you are watching, listening to, or reading.  Unfortunately, there are days where there aren't enough stories or the stories available just don't quite cut it, and its simple for editors to insert one of the fillers they have saved away in their file cabinets.

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I felt much better after reading this prize winning article (Here is a link to the article) compared to the one we had to read before (And... a link to this article).  I felt that it stayed on topic throughtout the entirety of the article, and, I didn't feel confused in any way, shape, or form after reading this article.  I feel so much better after reading this and I feel extremely confident in the profile that I've written for the assignment.

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After reading this section by Clark and Scanlan, I feel like its really easy to see how a personality profile and an obituary are related.  This, surprisingly, helped clear up alot of the questions I had from reading the prize winning profile article that confused me about the main focus we should have while writing the profiles about our classmates. 

Something else that really helped was being able to see the different comments that were put alongside of the actual article.  The comments had both compliments and corrections, and they were on topics I wouldn't necessarily think of, such as a "good way to introduce another voice." (Clark and Scanlan, pg. 71)

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I really enjoyed reading this article (Here is a link to the article) because it helped me find a good basis for the profile assignment we're working on.  The only thing that sort of confused me in the long run was how the article seemed to focus more on the Delancey Street Foundation than its founder, Mimi Silbert.  The journalist who wrote the article incorporated many quotes that talked about the founder, however, the majority also included comments about the organization.  I feel that it may have gotten slightly off topic in the middle portion of the article but the last few quotes pulled it back on track and ended with quotes about Silbert. 

The part that confuses me about this, is that I though these kinds of articles were supposed to be about the people themselves, but this article won the author an award including a scholarship, so, is this the right way to write it, or not?

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"If one goal of the feature writer is to find the human being behind the celebrity, another is to discover what is worth celebrating in the life of uncommonly common men and women." (Clark and Scanlan Pg. 164)

This statement really helped me while trying to write the profile assignment because I wasn't really sure of where to start or what information I wanted to use.  Eventhough this seems like it would help with writing obituaries as well, it really helped me start my article and choose the focus I wanted to use to concentrate on the profile I need to start writing. 

"That's why TV news shows are filled with bloody crime, fires and accidents, suspects being paraded down sidewalks by cooperative prosecutors, teary-eyed victims, cute kids and animals, and small street protests photographed so they look bigger than they are.  The pictures will carry the story." Byron (Here's a link to Byron's article).

I never really noticed this until I read this portion of the article and watched the news later on that night.  All of the broadcast's big, "don't miss this!", segments involve the most pictures and video clips, where as some of the earlier, less advertised stories seemed more important to me. 

Even though I don't entirely agree with down grading stories that deserve more attention, it does make sense for a tv broadcast news station to use these kinds of tactics.  Their audience is watching the television because they want to be able to see things they normally wouldn't be able to with out the television.  Because of this, most viewers won't mind that some stories are being dismissed because they are provided with more viewing material that way. So, essentially, it does make sense for the tv news to make the decision to dismiss these stories becuase they don't quite cut it for their needs.

"Rave parties" is not a story idea. "Garage sales" is not a story idea. These are topics." (Joe Grimm)  Here's a link to his article 

The thing I found most useful in this article was his first tip.  He said that when pitching ideas for an article, we have to avoid the use of topics.  A proper idea to pitch will often consist of a question, and its answer.  From there, we can write the article after doing some research and gathering facts. 

I found that the way he worded everything made it much easier for me to get his point.  His examples really helped too.

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"Chop up long sentences into their functional components and aim for an average sentence lenght of 16 to 17 words." (Cappon,37)

I've always had problems with keeping the things I want to say to a short length.  I have a tendancy to add lots of adjectives or extra words that are relatively frivolous.  As weird as it seems, having a general count that I should keep my sentences to in an article will really help me.  I'll just go and write my article because I write best just typing my thoughts as they come and then going back and organizing them if necessary.  All I have to do now, is after I organize, I will just go through each sentence and count the words I have and delete the ones I feel are unnecessary to that sentence and to the article.

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"Well, what's the most important here?  The cancellation of the trip?  The acknowledgment?  The bit about the strong defense?"  (Cappon, 24)

Lately, I've been having some trouble deciding what the most important information is in a story, especially in our latest assignment, the accident report.  I have been trying to include both parts of the story (The car hitting a pedestrian and the package getting stolen).  However,  it just seems to loose the articles importance when I try.  I still think that I should be using both because they are both important leads but I just can't figure out how to do it.  I'm trying not to lose my focus in the process which I think is what keeps getting me.  I feel like my lead is similar to the title of this blog, where people read it and just go, "Huh?".  After I read the chapter, I had a better grip on how to write a decent lead, but I still couldn't decide if I should use one story, or the both of them since they are in fact connected.

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The Onion's video was very similar to the comic strip we had to look at before.  (Here's a link to the video).  It used the same concepts to get its point across that television broadcast does what it has to just to make a story even if they have no new information from the last time they updated their viewers. 

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In the comic strip, A Famous Person Has Died, from the series "Goodbye, Foom" by John Campbell, (Click here to view the comic strip), the characters are newsreporters.  This particular comic strip mocks the television news by pointing out how the news broadcasters word their way around saying the things the comic strip says.  My favorite part is when they say "People have gathered where we are pointing our cameras."  I never really noticed how they send someone to a location that is slightly related to the story, and simply announce that people are there.  This in itself is an odd thing to report because, most likely, people are only gathered because there are cameras at the 'scene'.  Television news broadcasts do contain some valuable information but, there are alot of things (many pointed out by the comic strip) that are completely unnecessary and are there, simply, to fill the time slot that the television station has allowed for the news.

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Essentially, there are 7 steps involved in the writing process.  Generating story ideas, collecting information, finding a focus with the lead, selecting the best material, creating a plan for the story, creating a draft, and revising/clarifying.  When generating story ideas, the world is a reporters story book.  We have to intrigue our curiosity when writing stories, and by doing this, the article will become much more interesting and entertaining to the readers. 

When collecting information, we must make sure that we always check, and re-check the information we have obtained to make sure that the article is as accurate as possible.  Also, we should try to gather twice as much information as necessary so that we will have everything that we need and more. 

The third step in finding a focus with the lead, which is the most vital tool for finding the focus of your story.  (Leads should be the first few lines of the article and should set the tone, voice, etc. for the article.) 

Selecting the best material is another important factor to keep in mind while writing a story.  This is most effective when your focus is crystal clear.  Also, we need to make sure we keep it as brief as possible.  Use the best few items instead of using most of the best material that you have.  

The fifth step is creating a plan fo ryour story.  It helps many writiers to make an outline so that they can keep track of where they want their article to end up. 

The next step would be creating a draft.  In this step writiers have to be able to pace themselve.  Working fast allows the momentum of the story to keep up, and keeping the pace slowed down allows the focus to remain clear.

The final step is revising and clarifying.  This will help catch mistakes as well as give writers suggestions that may end up improving that article, as well as their future articles.  This step has the potential to change a reporters writing for the rest of their career.

These seven steps, which can be found in "America's Best Newspaper Writing" by Roy Peter Clark and Christopher Scanlan, are steps that every writer should follow to ensure a well written article as well as make us better writers and reporters.

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The front page is the most vital part of today's newspapers.  It contains all of the eye catching graphics and the most interesting articles.  Newspaper editiors use those articles to help pull readers further inside the paper.  They do this by always putting small portions of those articles on the front page and then reffering readers of those articles to a different section of the paper.  This helps ensure that readers will see other articles that they would want to read while they are flipping through to continue reading the article they began on the front page of the paper.  This procedure helps bring in new readers as well as keep the readers the paper already has.  Because of this, the front page is often considered the most important part of a newspaper. 

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Its the Never Ending Story!

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The AP Style pretty clearly states that there is no need for a conclusion at the end of a news article.  However, for some reason, this is something that is extremely difficult for me to do.  I mean, you can't just stop with what you're saying right?  So technically doesn't it need some sort of conclusion?  I've been working hard on how to end news articles but I still have alot of difficulties with it.  One of the things I'm good at in my writing is being able to wrap up what I need to say, but when thats not needed, I get so lost. 

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"Conflicts bring out extremes of human energy, causing characters to engage in the decisions, actions, responses, and interactions that make up fictional literature."        Roberts, Pg. 93

In every story we read, we find that there is some form of conflict.  It can be extremely dramatic, or some form of simple conflict such as something from a children's story.  For example, a book my Mom and Dad used to read to me all the time was Stan and Jan Berenstain's The Berenstain Bears' B Book.  Even in this story we find conflict when poor little baby bird's balloon is broken.

Without conflict in these stories, we don't have very much to entertain us or hold our interest to that story.  With that in mind, if an author fails to involve conflict, he/she potentially could have accomplished more than they did with out the conflict.

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