October 12, 2005

Chapter 10

::Question about Truthfulness::
I realize that we, as citizens, have the right to expect that what we read in the newspaper is true and can be varified. However, isn't there a way to bend the truth or not give the whole truth? Is it possible if I said, "I can't stand my roommate because she is always playing loud music." to change the statement into, "I can't stand my roommate..." Readers could get the wrong idea, but in a way, the statement isn't entirely false. What are your thoughts about this?

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Ann Stadler...

What were your thoughts about class today? I thought it was nice to hear from an actual Setonian editor. I never even realized that there were handicapped parking spaces in Lot D. (This could be due to the fact that I don't drive, therefore, I have no reason to complain or find a problem about searching for a parking space.) Ann's idea was both creative and definately an eye-opener to most students on campus. I also liked how she explained that the writer needs to explain how the problem is going to be solved. (That way, the readers will see the problem and understand why the problem has happened.) Overall, class was very interesting and I enjoyed listening to everyone's comments about not only Ann's article but the Tribune Review as well.

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October 10, 2005

Chapter 9 - The Elements of Journalism -

::The Pressure to Hype::

I thought this passage was humurous. "If you want to attract an audience, you could go down to a street corner, do a striptease, and get naked. You would probably attract a crowd in a hurry." ...How do newspapers and reporters keep their readers coming back for more? I have noticed however, after reading US Weekly for the millionth time, the editors only put well-known, dramatic people on the cover. Over the past several weeks Jessica Simpson has basically been on the cover of each and every US Weekly. Obviously, the editors method is working because people are buying the magazine and Simpson is repeatedly on the cover.

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Chapter 8

::Engaging versus Relevant::
The author asks the question, "Should we emphasize news that is fun and fascinating, and plays on our sensations? Or should we stick to the news that is the most important?" I realize that people of all ages read the newspaper. I feel this was a "going no-where" question because many times, a newspaper will have several different articles including opinions, facts, entertainment, and even sports. A single person will most likely not read a whole newspaper, however, he or she will most likely only read what interests him or her.

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Morgan Spurlock Visits Seton Hill University

Before he received a standing ovation, Morgan Spurlock, director and actor in the movie Super Size Me, closed his humorous lecture by saying, “You can shift the world with one thought… It’s up to you! Find it! Believe in it! … Just as you guys want to be inspired, I want to be inspired every single day as well.”
Morgan Spurlock spoke at Seton Hill University to people of all ages on Thursday night in Cecilian Hall about his movie, the consequences of eating fast food every meal for thirty days straight, and how he became inspired to create such a “really good, bad movie!”
Spurlock became inspired after sitting down on the couch Thanksgiving Day, to watch television. After seeing a program on two girls who were suing McDonalds for “getting them fat” an idea clicked in his head. “There’s a basis here for an argument.” Spurlock said to himself.
“But why McDonalds?” a bystander asked.
Spurlock explained, “McDonalds feeds more than 46 million people a day. That restaurant is feeding more people than any other fast food restaurant…That’s almost 17 billion people per year.”
The audience mumbled while Spurlock continued, “…Then a friend came to me and asked me, is this movie realistic?”
Spurlock answered his question, “Many people I know eat McDonalds for breakfast, Taco Bell for lunch, and order a Dominos’ pizza for dinner. These are all fast food restaurants. Therefore, yes, this movie is realistic.”
Another question was brought to Spurlock’s attention, “Well, don’t parents usually make dinner a couple times a week for their children?”
The audience laughed and clapped for Spurlock when he said, “I hate to tell you, if you’re eating McDonald’s five or six times a week, you’re eating shit all the time!”
After the first three weeks of filming the movie, Spurlock became worried when he noticed changes throughout his body such as massive chest pain, increase in cholesterol, and a liver that was compared to that of an alcoholic. When asking his brother what to do, his brother said, “Morgan, people eat this shit their whole lives. You really think it will kill you in nine more days?”
Since the making of the movie, Spurlock hasn’t been into the McDonalds restaurant. “I haven’t even been in McDonalds to pee!” said Spurlock.
Spurlock has been put on a nutrition program that was designed by his girlfriend to help him lose the weight he gained throughout the thirty days.

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Elements of Journalism (6-8)

Out of the three main forms of investigative journalism: original investigative reporitng, interpretative investigative reporting, and reporting on investigations, I personally would be most interested in "reporting on investigations." I feel reporting on investigations would be a very upbeat job. For one, the news reporter would always be covering a topic that atleast SOMEONE is interested in...whether it be a friend or relative...and secondly, this type of investigative journalism would keep the reporter extremely busy and on top of his or her work.

Just a comment on Chapter 7...
Although I do enjoy reading the news and the cold hard facts, I find an interest in readint the opinion columns in the newspaper. The opinion columns able a member of the community to share their thoughts about an upcoming community project or allow a journalist to express how he or she truly feels about a situation. There was a man by the name of Mike O'Brien who wrote for Somerset's Daily American. I loved reading his articles when they discussed his opinions. ...How do you feel?

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