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November 1, 2009

Imagination Gone Wild

"By the time of the evasion, then, Tom does not see what others see. Others see a pick, Tom sees a case-knife. Others see a shed, Tom sees a dungeon. Others see a runaway slave, Tom sees an imprisoned nobleman."
~page 192 of Kevin Michael Scott's "'There's More Honor': Reinterpretting Tom and the evasion in Huckleberry Finn"

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Appearances Can Be Deceiving

"The book takes special note of ways in which racism impinges upon the lives of Afro-Americans, even when they are legally 'free.' It is therefore ironic that Huckleberry Finn has often been attacked and even censored as a racist work."
~pages 357-358 of David L. Smith's "Huck, Jim, and American Racial Discourse"

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Now That's Ironic

"Irony works because the audience understands something that eludes one or more of the characters."
~page 240 of Thomas C. Foster's How to Read Literature Like a Professor

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November 2, 2009

Remember, You're Human Too

"What if the roles were reversed; how would I feel?"
~page 30 of Haiman's Best Practices for Newspaper Journalists

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November 8, 2009

How True

"I early learned that it is a hard matter to convert an individual by abusing him, and that this is more often accomplished by giving credit for all the praiseworthy actions performed than by calling attention alone to all the evil done."
~paragraph 9 of chapter 13: Two Thousand Miles for a Five-Minute Speech from Booker T. Washington's Up from Slavery: An Autobiography

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Look the Other Way

"The South ought to be led, by candid and honest criticism, to assert her better self and do her full duty to the race she has cruelly wronged and is still wronging. The North--her co-partner in guilt--cannot salve her conscience by plastering it with gold. We cannot settle this problem by diplomacy and suaveness, by 'policy' alone."
~paragraph 26 of chapter 3: Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others from W. E. B. Du Bois' The Souls of Black Folk

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November 9, 2009

Foster Class of '09

"What this book represents is not a database of all the cultural codes by which writers create and readers understand the products of that creation, but a template, a pattern, a grammar of sorts from which you can learn to look for those codes on your own."
~page 280 of Thomas C. Foster's How to Read Literature Like a Professor

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The Steel Driving Man

"John Henry was a railroad man, / He worked from six 'till five"
~stanza one of an early version of "John Henry, Steel Driving Man"

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November 10, 2009

Importance of Good Listening

"Good journalists know how to listen. Listen to people even if they do not seem to have any useful information. They may still say something you can use later."
~chapter 40 of The News Manual

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Don't Forget the "Ordinary"

"The most powerful concern about bias we encountered in our roundtables was the perception that news organizations had a 'negative' bias. A school superintendent complained about the 'normalization of radical behavior' because it was so often prominently covered -- that is, reporters too often seemed to seek out the most extreme views and ignored the broad middle, where most opinion resides and where decisions typically are made."
~page 49 of Haiman's Best Practices for Newspaper Journalists

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Newswriting Portfolio 3

This is my eleventh blogging portfolio--my third for news writing. This is basically a list of all the blogs I've posted since my last portfolio.

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November 14, 2009

Interactive Content Draws You In

I found a link to a slide show in the "Late Night Revolution? In Taste, Perhaps" article. I know in class we've talked about how print news is designed to draw the readers' attention to different parts of the paper. It seems that online news is the same way. The slide show link was in the article. Below this link there were links to two related articles. There were links to these same two articles on the slide show page. The last page of the slide show was the same as the second to last, except that a box popped up prompting the reader to either go back to the beginning, go to related articles, share, or email.

The very nature of the interactive content has a tendency to draw people in as well. People are more likely to pay attention the whole time if interaction is involved. I remember hearing that, in general, the typical attention span is about seven minutes long--or something like that--and that's why commercials were spaced the way they were on television. I don't know how accurate this is, but, regardless, it is true that people are more likely to stay interested if they are involved or if the page changes--e.g. each new picture of the slide show along with new captions as part of the news.

Other Thoughts On NY Times

November 17, 2009

The Whole Package

It seemed the StarNet interactive website is a good way to educate people about the garbage and recycling processes. The one problem with it is that I don't know that anyone who isn't initially interested would "stay tuned" for the entirety of both routes. Regardless, the many links to outside sources, the videos, the pictures, and the captions all work together to give the reader a good sense of what happens with garbage and recyclables. It wouldn't have the same effect if any one of those components were missing.

Other Students' Thoughts On Arizona Star

Potential Online Content for Article 4


Level 3 Communications - This is the official website for Seton Hill's new internet service provider.

Wikipedia Article on "IP Access Controller" - This would serve the purpose of giving the reader more information on what the controller is and does, as Seton Hill's controller has been upgraded.

Level 3 Communications Commercial - Self explanatory . . . it is a post on youtube.com.

Informational Video on Level 3 Communications - Self explanatory . . . this is also a post on youtube.

Troubleshooting Internet Connection Problems - This site gives information on what can cause internet connection problems other than problems with the server.

Other Students' Article 4 Online Content

November 18, 2009

Skepticism Can Be a Good Thing

"But the checking process is best begun with the mindset that the tip is just as likely to be wrong as it is right."
~page 59 of Haiman's Best Practices for Newspaper Journalists

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Easy Access

I looked at two articles on wired.com, Concept Art Offers Peek at Tim Burton's Twisted Mind and First Look: Tim Burton Takes Alice to Weird, Wild Wonderland. In both articles, the links served the purpose of allowing the readers easy access to more information, if they should choose to seek it. There were a few links to wikipedia articles and many links to imdb.com. There was another link that didn't work, but my guess is that it was supposed to link to the publisher's website--this was in reference to Tim Burton's art book that is supposed to be released in December, and the link said "Steel Publishing." The purpose of this link was to give any interested readers easy access for pre-ordering the book, as the article stated.

Other Thoughts On Wired

Crowded Webpage

I almost thought there was too much going on on the homepage of The Harvard Crimson. I can understand arranging all of the individual sections to be this way, but they tried to put too much on that first page. It takes away from the content. If a few articles had been emphasized more, then more attention would be paid to them.

That aside, it seemed like a good idea to have the picture in the middle to change and have each of the pictures in the cycle to link to their corresponding articles. In all honesty, though, I don't know that I would have thought to click on the pictures if we hadn't talked about that in class today. The articles these pictures linked to were also mentioned elsewhere on the page as well. If they would add a comment under the cycling pictures saying that they link to the articles, they could leave the other links to these off of that page to save space.

I did like how some of the pictures linked to slide shows and to include videos for some of the sports stories; the slide shows allow the readers to see more, if they so choose, and if the story is focused on something that happened during a sports game, the video would be more effective.

Other Thoughts On Harvard Crimson

November 19, 2009

Article Spacing

When looking at The Cavalier Daily website, I liked how each of the articles referenced on each of the pages were more prominent. Between the way they were spaced and the size of the font, it didn't really seem like any of the articles were overshadowed. It was also interesting that they offer PDF downloads of their newspaper. I guess this would be for anyone who would rather read the articles in paper format rather than online but don't have access to the print version, maybe.
The only thing I wasn't sure that I liked was that all of the pictures they had on the homepage were in a row on the top rather than spread out.

Other Thoughts On Cavalier Daily

November 30, 2009

If I Only Had a Brain

"'Wait a minute!' called the Scarecrow. He had been thinking what was best to be done, and now he asked the Woodman to chop away the end of the tree that rested on their side of the ditch."
~page 81 of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Unwritten Responsibilities

"There are no First Amendment responsibilities. The press doesn’t have to be fair
in order to be free."
~page 71 of Kenneth A. Paulson's "Fairness and the First Ammendment" in Robert J. Haiman's Best Practices for Newspaper Journalists

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