September 19, 2005

Spot News Reflection/Comparison to Other Sources

For someone who loves literature more than anything else, I must say that this exercise for Spot News was actually kind of fun (If I just sounded like a dork then slap me). In all seriousness, it was really challenging and I think I enjoyed it because I put all of my effort into it. I am also finding out that I can actually do this. I thought I was going to be a walking disaster, but I found out that spot news made me a better writer.

I think the one thing I gained out of this entire experience, is to make sure what people say is relevant to the story you are writing about. Just because someone has a quote, doesn't mean that it is going to fit into the story. The story is supposed have the reader informed, entertained, and captivated. I felt pretty strong about my story, and I think that I filled two out of three. I don't think my story was as informative as it could have been.

I'm going to put my story up, so feel free to rip it to shreds like animals. As much as I am focusing toward literature, I want to be somewhat good at everything. So keep me posted.

After comparing to the Setonian, I found my article to be pretty good. There are still some things that I would need to touch up (Check AP STYLEBOOK), but overall, the details of this story is pretty good I think. I was actually proud of this story, because of the way I used a human-angle to get my story across. I must compliment the Setonian, because I feel that they did a better job then the Communicator. I say this for ONE MAIN REASON! It was clearly more interesting! It played a sentimental value on the hard work that was put into the building, as well as this woman's commitment and dedication to the building. I must be honest when I say that mine's not as good as either of the sources, but I am still proud of it.

Posted by The Gentle Giant at September 19, 2005 12:57 PM

Jay, I also wrote about the opening of the new dorm though I did not have as may quotes as you did. It looks like you were able to do a lot more outside research into the history of De Chantal and it's construction.

I believe I took a more general approach to the topic and wrote about the students reaction, an RA's reaction and the need for the dormitory because of our growing campus. I liked how you quoted Dr.Boyle's speech directly and remarked on "Dish's" life and times at SHU. I am impressed and just wanted to drop you a line. Kudos my good man, keep it up.

Posted by: Leslie Rodriguez at September 25, 2005 02:58 PM

Thank you Leslie,

It's good to know that a talented writer such as yourself is complimenting me. I'm really a lit major, so this Newswriting thing is new to me. I am proud of this story and I'm going to check your story, because you never know what another opinion might bring into. Thank you for complimenting on my blog.

Posted by: Jason Pugh at September 26, 2005 01:12 PM

Ha yeah,
I just pretend I'm one of the reporters you see in movies (the professional looking kind). I went up to Dr. Boyle and Highberger and said completely seriously, "I have a few questions for the Setonian, may I have a moment of your time." It was completely uncharacteristic of me as a person, but it was fun acting the part.

Posted by: David Denniner at September 26, 2005 05:42 PM

That is really amusing actually. We all do slightly unprofessional things. I really didn't even look the part. I started interviewing in my old Florida St. T-Shirt, and Running Shorts lol. I asked the right questions, but I really didn't look professional lol.

Posted by: Jason Pugh at September 26, 2005 10:46 PM
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