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November 29, 2008

EL 200 Portfolio 4: On the outside looking in

The close of another semester at Seton Hill University (SHU) has bestowed upon us. This constitutes the last portfolio 4. A reflection or summary of what we, students of EL 200, absorbed throughout the semester. The economy is bad, a new president has been elected, and the world is changing at a fast pace. Media Lab students(EL 200) find those items newsworthy, hence why we, members of the the Setonian, work for the school newspaper. There is always something to write about, whether they occur on campus or off, they are all important to sources on the outside, looking in. Writers, editors, photographers, etc. share a common interest in events and stories that inform others.
I, Jeremy Barrick, have been the editor of the Setonian this semester and want to maintain the position during the next year. As the editor, I want to provide adequate material for students, faculty, and consumers off campus to read online. Issue six has just been published. This issue is the last of the Fall semester. My mentor is Kayla Sawyer, the previous editor of the Setonian Online and current news editor.The systems members of the Setonian use are MAC. If one is not used to a MAC compared to a PC, it is a difficult transition, as they are almost complete opposites.
Kayla Sawyer, a senior at SHU said, "Though Jeremy hates the slow Macs, he has shown restraint by not drop kicking them...yet," said Kayla Sawyer, the news editor.
I have also, besides publishing online content, written several articles for the Setonian, alongside working full-time at a demanding health care job and attending 15 credits at SHU.
"Jeremy has done very well with helping out the Setonian this semester. He has been able to contribute not only to his own sort of column but also picked up some in-house articles and did a great job with everything that he sumbmitted this semester. I only expect Jeremy to get better and better with newswriting as he continues here at SHU." Said Chelsea Oliver, a sophomore at SHU.
My evergreen story is near completed. I just need to put the final touches on it. The story concerns itself with the growing concern for more commuter parking at SHU. I took a commuter's standpoint in the article and interviewed a former student of SHU, current commuter students, and cited articles that related to my topic.
Going Digital discussed the cons of online content versus printed content. This article taught me that online content should be a priority. It is as important as print. The digital word reaches the same, if not more, people than a physical newspaper.
The fact that journalism has become an open sore in the public eye has given me doubts that I may not find a job out of college. The world of journalism seems to have opened up to the public as Rosales demonstrates in Chapter 5: Elements of Online Journalism.
Luckily I do not have anyone else in my department. A larger institution may have, but I was fortunate enough to work alone. The editor has many responsibilities, a lot of staff underneath them, and enough stress to make one want to explode. The position may result in oneself looking the other way, myself, on the other hand, embraced it and took it on as a challenge. Chapter 10 of the Students Newspaper Survival Guide educated would be and current editors on a how-to basis.
Students who have replied to my blog entries, agreeing with me "in my opinion(s)". Daneilla Choynowski on Chapter 5: E.O.J. and on Chapter 17: S.N.S.G. this chapter dealing with Multimedia.
Journalists inform the misinformed and uniformed one story at a time. Making the world a better place to live.

November 22, 2008

EL 405 Term project progress

I am creating a self portrait essay of my tattoos. I will make this in Flash. So far I've taken picture of my multiple tattoos, Photoshopped them, cropping them to fit. I have munipulated the colors and designs so that the art appears different in each slide. By Tuesday November 25, I want to have most of the photos imported into the library. The audio tracks will be laid shortly after. Afterwords, I will create effects onto the slides. Time estimated at a week.

November 18, 2008

EL 405 Narrated Slide Show

November 17, 2008

EL 200 Evergreen article: Rough draft

College life can be stressful, yet it can be memorable as well. Commuters should have the same experiences as residents who live on campus. Sometimes that is not the case. While some residents are able to jump out of bed five minutes before their first class, commuters are stuck driving to school, this entails getting stuck in traffic, defrosting the windows when it gets cold out, and other vehicle related stressors; to say the least: patience is a virtue for commuters.
The parking situation at Seton Hill University(SHU) is in itself a mess. This is due to many factors. One of them being that the school has more students than parking spaces. Yes, recently the administration put yellow tape all around the once beautiful scenic row in order to construct a mock parking lot. Have they ever heard of bad weather? When it rains or snows vehicles could become stuck in the grass or slide down the slippery slope in the wooded abyss. It’s sort of obvious that SHU needs more parking spaces.
Don’t look to far into this, SHU offers a shuttle service. A service that consists of several mini vans that are almost impossible to get in and out of. Just ask the extremely tall and very short people. The vans make stops throughout campus. The drivers are extremely friendly and the conversation, let’s just say, is that of a group of sailors on leave. Morning and afternoon drivers fill students and faculty with laughter and at times wisdom. Are commuters really getting what they paid for? The tuition is high enough, why make students suffer more than they have to?

November 9, 2008

EL 200 Evergreen story pitches: Portfolio 3

My evergreen story idea is about the shuttle service on campus. I can recall many instances, but the one that sticks in my krull is one particular driver, who shall remain nameless, left myself and several other students waiting, for over a twenty minutes, while he went to the Dairy Queen to get himself some ice cream. The shuttles now have a new route they have to take starting Monday November 8. The shuttle service is slow, there is so much drama on the shuttles by students and drivers. Commuters count on the vans to take them back and forth. If the shuttles are laxed, the students suffer. I for one do not find that fair. It has been going on for three years, for me. I can imagine that it has been going on longer than that.

EL 200 Reaction to election stories: Portfolio 3

Reaction to online election stories: I think that overall it went well. This is one of the only times in Media Lab, that I can remember, that the class got together and executed something perfectly. Yes, after reading that blog on the 2.0 elections I was pretty much for the traditional way. Print worked for me, but as we enter a digital age, there is so much technology that can be utilized, we might as well use it. There is no longer waiting to know who the next president is, text messages and the web have ruined that. I liked the surprise element. I know that the television serves as a device that can do those things as well, it can also make you a cup of coffee, alert you when your favorite show is on, and tuck you in bed, but I still like print, point of this entry. I would have liked more pictures on the Setonian Online. That would have spruced the articles up. I also wanted to change the colors in the border. If I knew how to do it, I would have had a red, white, and blue motif. Overall it was a success.

EL 200 Portfolio 3

1. Lab Report

2. Comprehensive reading reflection blog entry

3. Reaction to online election stories

4. Ex 4 ("Evergreen") story idea

EL 200 Portfolio 3 Lab Report

El 200 has just finished up a group project involving the election. The class had constructed a committee that made posters, wrote articles, edited the articles, some took pictures, while one person published the content online. The special election issue was placed in the Setonian Online. An Election '08 tab was made so the articles were accessible to the reader. The articles were carefully placed , one story was left, while the other was right, and so on.
Jeremy Barrick, a student at Seton Hill University (SHU) as well as the editor of the Setonian Online, published the election issue. He said, "I really wish there would have been more photos. I feel that a story becomes animated when photos are placed, somewhere, in them."
The election issue was a success. Many people have read it. Some liked more of the conservative articles rather than the leftist ones. Politics do divide people. As Barack Obama has become the 44th president of the United States, the election issue did not focus on just one candidate. Writers dispersed themselves all around. Per example, an article on John McCain's economic solutions looks like this, Obama’s advocacy of Catholic Social Teaching principles is a bit more tactful. Both articles are in support of McCain, but the reader may be tricked at first by just reading the title.
Chelsea Oliver, a sophomore at SHU said, "Jeremy's involvement on the election issue was focused. He emailed us, helped organize the committee, made up posters, and published the articles. I think that he will eventually make the online version of our school newspaper bloom."
After the election issue, the next project are the evergreen stories. An evergreen story is one that has a shelf life to it. It can be used at any time by journalists. When asked about Barrick's subject in this article Barrick responded, "The shuttles at SHU."
He continued by saying, "I am a commuter. I should have the convenience of parking near campus, not miles away. I have had to wait over twenty minutes while one of the drivers decided to get an ice cream cone. Now, this has been ongoing for the past three years. I'm paying for school not them." Barrick is going to write this for an upcoming issue of the Setonian and publish it online. "Other commuters feel the same way." said Barrick.
Watch for Barrick's article in the future and other ones from students in EL200.

November 8, 2008

EL 200 EOJ Chapter 11 Jobs in the Multimedia Marketplace

"People who want to persue a career in the Multimedia marketplace need to be aware of the kind of job requirements-knowledge and skills-needed in order to succeed in this highly specialized field." (Rosales, p.39)
Makes me feel a little safer. I became the editor of the online because I wanted some form of technology on my resume. Online has given me the opportunity to get comfortable with it. As long as there are online newspapers, there will be jobs? The positions the author posted are still fresh and are highly specialized. That's why I can relate to this book, but what about the others who are not targeted by it? Is it that the author is targeting the younger generation, Generation Y. The tech savvy world? The digital world of technology seems to be infinite.

EL 200 SNSG: Chapter 16 Design and Graphics

"Design isn't about making the paper pretty: it's about making it easier to read and easier to navigate. Good design guides the reader through the paper, showing what's important, where to find things, how to make sense of information."
The part of journalism I enjoy most, design. Design brings the artist of the writer. True, if the design is lacking tone and attitude, the reader skips over the story completely. A picture is worth a thousand stories, so the saying goes. The author demonstrates tips for good design on p.151. Graphics are not everything, but it helps to have them related to the article. Photojournalism and design go hand in hand in he field of journalism. They bounce off one another. A graphic designer is the artist of text, pics, and layout, whereas a photojournalist photographs subjects that are related to what the designer has done.

EL 200 Portfolio 3: Reading reflections

Chapter 13 of the Student Newspaper Survival guide dealt with the legalities of a school newspaper. Although students at Seton Hill University (SHU) do not deal with these types of issue, I still felt that they were important for a larger publication. One thing that bothers me most about writing is the fact that it is easy to fabricate of plagiarize stories. Chapter 14 was vital in validating that for me. These are serious offenses and can result in an assortment of disciplines, including termination.
Advertising is a way to get a business on their feet. The Setonian uses advertising minimally . A larger newspaper utilizes a lot. Chapter 18 discusses advertising in depth. The chapter does not relate well to the Setonian, but in the future, it may serve well as SHU expands.
The assigned reading, Going Digital discussed the online version of school newspapers and how Multimedia suffers due to neglect by the Generation Y tech savvy world. I agreed with the author, but I felt that the finger cannot be pointed at just one person, it should look at the whole slew of editors before it.
Jobs are plentiful in the online world. Rosales makes it clear that the online world is highly demanding and there are positions that need to be filled. Chapter 11: Jobs in the Multimedia Marketplace structures his rationale in the assigned text, The Elements Of Online Journalism.
Chapter 16 of The Student Newspaper Survival Guide focuses on design and graphics. This chapter validates Rosales' Chapter 11. Graphic and design challenges the journalist to go beyond that of writing skills and more of the physical field of art and text construction.
The readings have shifted to law and design in Portfolio 3. It gives us students the know how and awareness of the dangers of plagiarizing, the skills of design, morales of the newspaper, and possible positions in the online job market.

EL 200 Going Digital

I agree with the author. Multimedia is ignored when discussing online versions of school newspapers, especially ours. I think the ignorance came from some previous editors and their lack for the online Setonian. When the Setonian Online continues to get passed each year, I think it takes a loss. I feel that any multimedia takes a generation loss when passing the torch. It has the ability to gain more, but I feel that when a proprietor obtains it, they do the minimum and that's it. I put forth a little effort to clean it up. In the future, I am going to change the color and style of it while adding special content to it. I f I am able to do this, when the Setonian Online gets passed to the next person, they will have a reinvention of the wheel. I understand that I haven't exactly put bells and fringe on it, but I have plans for the future of the Setonian Online.

EL 200 SNSG: Chapter 18 Advertising

"Before you can sell an ad, you need to get to know your clients, their business and their needs." (Kanigel,p.172)

Once again, I feel that this section is targeting a much wider audience/college than Seton Hill University (SHU). The advertising that occurs in the Setonian is minimal. The city of Greensburg is small enough that some students/faculty may know the businesses, and or staff that work for them, that advertise through the Setonian ( i.e,Toyota and The Palace Theater). Advertising is an important aspect of any paper. Where the ad is placed, the size, and the content are all vital to the intended customers. Magazines fill up more pages with advertising than they do with content, no it's not stereo typing, open any magazine and page through it. Newspapers, generally, do not have to suffer through that.

November 1, 2008

EL 200 SNSG: Chapter 14; Ethical Issues

"Your newspaper should have a written policy on how to handle plagiarism, fabrication and other journalistic sins. These are serious offenses; at some student newspapers even a first offense may be cause for termination." (Kanigel, p130)
This is an issue that I find wrong. It is basically stealing. No one can ever accuse me of taking my stories from other sources. They may not be Pulitzer Prize stories, but they sure the hell are not stolen. What is the Setonian's policy on plagiarism/fabricating? I would think that the first offense would be termination. I would not want to work around someone like that. They would tend to ruin the environment around me. Has the Setonian ever dealt with cases of plagiarism? It is not uncommon. That's why I like that Seton Hill University (Shu) utilizes plagiarism sites such as turnitin.com. If one hands in a paper that has traces of plagiarism, the site highlights what percentage is copied and what. They should make a site like that just for student newspapers. Is that why they have fact checkers in larger newspapers?

EL 200 SNSG: Chapter 13; Legal Issues

"Obscenity is generally more of an issue of taste than law. Most potentially offensive content, such as profane language or ideas, is not obscene; obscenity refers to exclusively sexually explicit material." (Kanigel, p.124)
I would think that the Setonian is not one of the publications that warrants the need to worry about sexually explicit material. The Setonian, in my opinion, is a bit to reserved for that; although I do not see anything wrong with expressing your freedom with art, pictures, voice, or anything else. When our artistic minds are challenged by outsiders, that's when we become compromised. Look at the case of Larry Flynt. The man who created Hustler magazine. He fought tooth and nail with censors about what was right and what was acceptable. Flynt never, once, walked away from what he was doing. Obscenity is a touchy subject. For example, If a group does not like a particular picture, cartoon, or article dealing in the obscenities, such as a right winged Christian coalition, they will condemn the publication and protest it. I have seen censorship in the eighties and nineties when Tipper Gore made the music industry censor. Artists fought back. The end result was putting a warning label on albums. The Setonian, basically, deals with events ans situations, going on on campus. Obscenities are not one of them.