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February 22, 2009

EL 200: Portfolio one

News Story

Radical Proposal

Concrete Contribution


Journalism Program Needs

Class Project

EL 200: Portfolio one(sixth part) Class project

I would like to shoot a documentary about the Setonain. Show students getting an interview, covering an event, writing a sports article, every little nook and cranny of the Setonian. I think that would make a nice report to future journalism students. Has it ever been done before? With a crew, we will be able to come up with ideas, shooting times, angles, and put the audio to the video. This may even appeal to high school students who may want to enter SHU upon graduation. Sort of like the SHU commercial.

EL 200: Portfolio one(fifth part) Journalism program needs

The journalism at SHU needs more writers. The more content we have coming in, the more that can be published. News is important, but how much news, until recently, does SHU actually see? I like to read about everything in the Setonian; movies, news, features, music, blotter, sports, and events. We need specific writers. Giving each one a department. As mentioned on Tuesday, we, the Setonian, would be able to shorten the print version to eight pages, and open the online version.

EL 200: Portfolio one(fourth part) Needed

I have received keys to the Setonian office, and a staff of two, so far, to aid me in making the Setonian Online a better medium. That is all I need for nor now. Eventually I would like to branch out with the online version. By this, I want one person to make the proper updates, another to check dead links, and one person to create a new style sheet, download music, Flash games, and other providing entertainment to the digital site.

EL 200: Portfolio one (third part) Contributions

I have contributed to the Setonian Online by publishing it every three weeks. I have set aside personal errands on my day off to ensure that students and faculty have a digital paper. As a fallback, I would like to have the online better organized. I think that this can be achieved as I now have a staff backing me. I do want to fix all the dead links, from past authors and current ones, as well.

EL 200: Portfolio one (second part) Proposal

The Setonian Online is a great medium for anyone who has the proper time to sit down and read. The style is not very convincing to the eye. We are Seton Hill University (SHU). Shouldn’t the main page reflect that by color, and a Griffin icon? As the editor, I want to provide an aesthetic picture for the reader. This can be done by putting music and movie trailers (YouTube) as a link in the A&E section. The lead stories can have a commentary section. Somewhere to leave opinions for user(s). The online version has so much to offer. It is an open forum to further construct something larger. I want the reader to keep coming back. Not use it once and forget about it.

EL 200 Portfolio one: On the acme of journalism peaks a digital age

Part 1:
Jeremy Barrick, Editor of the Setonian Online, has just published Issue 8 of the Setonian. Barrick, currently a junior at Seton Hill University (SHU), has been the Editor of the Setonian Online for almost a year. He has recently acquired a staff of two: Aja Hannah and Jessie Farine. Together the three will begin to renovate the Setonian Online by changing the style of it, fixing broken links, and other problems that were prior hindrances.
Barrick has shown his strengths in the online world by keeping up with the Setonian Online. “I feel that past Editors have done a great job, but I want to make this something that everyone will be talking about at SHU for years to come. By that I mean changing it. Giving it a makeover. I want new colors, styles, working links, music, and games.”, said Barrick.
Barrick, in the last issue, had an article printed about the night life in Greensburg, his hometown. He had also contributed some information on the Joe Briggs incident.
Maddie Gillespie, a sophomore and Layout Editor of the Setonian, said, "Jeremy is an exceptional addition to the Setonian, both to the print version as well as the online version. His articles are always unique and have a new spin. If Jeremy wasn't there to handle the online Setonian...well, let's just say that the blogging flagship might have gone down long ago."
This is Barricks fourth Media Lab (EL 200). He has gained a lot from it in the past years. Barrick has learned the fundamentals of journalism. He has devised a journalism contest, covered, local, election footage, written an Evergreen story, and now he wants to plan a Setonian documentary. Barrick said, “I will eventually have to pass my position, on the Setonian, to another student. I just hope that they are as eager to learn journalism from another perspective.”
"Jeremy sacrifices his saturday afternoons to sit in the Setonian office uploading the proper files to the Setonian Online. He spreads our distribution farther by reaching our online readers. His job helps the Setonian go where our print paper cannot," said Tiffany Gilbert, a junior and Editor-in-Chief of the Setonian.
Barrick will continue to write impressive articles that are not necessarily the “norm” at SHU. He likes to be impulsive and unique. That style of journalism is rarely seen in school newspapers.

February 19, 2009

EL 200: Peace within a time of anarchy

"If newspapers die, so does reporting."
So true. I do defend the online version of a story, but the physical print has so much impact to it. The observer has the job of booting up his/her PC, finding a news site, and searching for the story of preference. Seems more work than leisure. I have always preferred print. What has society become? Robotic? The digital age has never seemed so evident until now. Everything has gone online: jobs, papers, comics, communications, and so on. There is a revolution going on. A metamorphosis of sorts. The physical paper has become the beautiful butterfly. So some are fooled. If society still relied on the newspaper, companies would hesitate to abolish it. It is the law of supply and demand. Bring it back! How can we loose such a wonderful thing. The first thing I do when I walk into work is grab the daily newspaper. I do not run downstairs and boot up the computer to read it. I need something that is aesthetic, not overcome with pixels. While I do realize the need to go digital, I tend to resort back to a simple vintage style.

February 16, 2009

EL 200: Off-campus shooting sights another wave of consumers

I do not agree that an amateur journalist should take that kind of angle on a campus shooting, ever. Leave that to the pros, if they shall. What about the suspect? Do they deserve any respect? They never seem to get any. Journalists tend to put these people, shooters, in a negative light. Exposing their negative qualities. That presents a question of morals and ethics; what's right or wrong, good or bad? Suspects deserve a degree of respect, I think. What about their families? They are the sufferers. They have to live with a community of hate if newspapers cite the name of the suspect, their address, ans so forth. At Seton Hill University (SHU), they promote Catholic Social teaching. Not that I am very religious or anything like that, but SHU has a history of religion to its backing. When writing for the Setonian, one may want to want to wear kid's-gloves when approaching the off-campus shooting, that occurred on Sunday. I sprung into action Sunday night by writing an appropriate article on Mr. Briggs. I did not put anything into it that I hadn't read about it at that point. I quoted JoAnne Boyle, the police, and gave a short summary of how I feel students and faculty should handle the situation, while focusing on gun safety. I am not trying to pick on journalism, I just think that people, no matter what any one person might have done, deserve and have rights. This is in general, not in particular.

February 15, 2009

Unwanted tragedy affects Seton Hill

Police kill Seton Hill University student after 3-hour standoff
Sunday, February 15, 2009
By The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania State Police killed a Seton Hill University student this morning after a three-hour standoff at his off-campus apartment in Greensburg.

The dead student was identified as Joseph Frederick Briggs, 22, of Dickerson, Md. State police said at a 2 p.m. news conference that he was shot at 7 a.m. when he pointed and fired a long-barrelled weapon from a window at an apartment at 426 Concord St.

Mr. Briggs, a senior, had been drinking at a strip club and returned to his apartment, where he began threatening three roommates and another woman, police said. They called Greensburg police about 4 a.m., and when police arrived the other four had gone out into the street, leaving Mr. Briggs alone in the apartment.

State Police said Mr. Briggs fired several shots from the apartment window when police arrived, hitting several cars and a nearby house. Greensburg police called state police for assistance, established a perimeter and evacuated some nearby residences.

Over the next three hours, Mr. Briggs repeatedly fired shots from the apartment, as many as 30 or 40, police said. About 7 a.m., he appeared at an apartment window with a long-barrelled weapon that he pointed out the window and fired. A state trooper returned fire and killed him.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

During the incident, Seton Hill activated its emergency communications system that sent e-mail and made telephone calls to students on campus, asking students to stay where they were and locked down campus buildings until the incident was over, according to a statement posted on its Web site.

The university immediately offered counseling services to students and members of the Seton Hill community. Members of the Counseling Center staff may be reached at 724-838-4295, or extension 4295.

The statement invited the campus to attend the 7 p.m. Mass at the university's St. Joseph Chapel to join the community "in praying for the soul of the student and the student's family."

February 14, 2009

21st Century Digital Newspaper; a standard for the NEW masses

As the Editor for the Setonian Online, I have wanted to make some extreme changes to it. This is due to many factors. One of them being a style issue. I feel that bringing out the color would entice individuals to read it. People are drawn to material that is colorful, shiny, and new. Take, for instance, the funny pages that accompany a Sunday edition of the newspaper. If all the cartoons were in b&w that would be bland, as they are in any weekday paper. Individuals, sometimes, skim over that section and move onto the news. We want our Broom Hilda, Spiderman, and other favorites to be how we normally see them. That is why I feel color is a main issue with the Setonian Online.
Another issue are the articles. I would, eventually, like to see the Setonian Online with pictures that are able to transform to video. Every important article, accompanied with a picture, should have the ability to be clicked on and play a video. For example, a debate between the republican club vs. the democrat club. A video, with audio, playing the highlights of the debate.
Music is important. If the Setonian Online had music, I feel that more students, and others would be more compelled to give it a chance. An example, a music review is written. I publish it online. Consumers would read the review. The name of the band is linked to go to, maybe YouTube and watch a hit song by a particular band.
Flash games would provide entertainment for Setonian Online users. Think of it, almost any site that I have ever gone on, I get bored after a few minutes because of the content. If there were games or crossword puzzles, I would stay on a site. Maybe even bookmarking it for later visits.
The Setonian Online links to other sites. If an individual is reading about the pre-med LECOM students coming to SHU, wouldn't it make sense to link to LECOM's web page?
I would like to know the percentage of people in the Greensburg area that read the Setonian Online. If we, students, make major changes to it, there may be more users. We should be the first, EL200, to morph it into something better. Something stronger. Let's make it last. I need a staff who are will to commit to this. If we do this soon, future journalism students will be able to use us as stepping stones.

February 6, 2009

EL 200: The Dailyplanet.com

"As a journalist you are constantly being told that the news media have enormous power to shape society, and events, to change lives and history. So why are we so careless as a society about the future of journalism itself?"
Good question that raises many debates. Why do we, as a society, condemn journalism and see it as a failing effort? I think we do because of a failing economy, and the Internet. Social networks, blogs, and other communicable sights have given control to just anybody who can turn on a monitor. Consumers are able to create their own blogs, for free, and within minutes be able to write the latest news. Technology has somewhat crippled society. Enabling us from advancing any further without its assistance.
Last week I had read about the Times going under. That was a sad ordeal. No more paper print, just digital. If major papers are going out, why not have a bleak outlook on journalism?
I have never given up on my journalism experience, though. I don't think that I ever will. I am dedicated and eager to see where the future if journalism will go. I love to write stories that are read by masses, well maybe not masses at Seton Hill University. OK, a few. If one wants to write, then write, no matter what. That is being dedicated to your trade.
I do believe that in order to reach the world, reporters have to go to extremes. Being shot at by radical groups are what grabs the attention of readers, not hiding in a field watching soldiers get nailed by mortars. I the 21st Century, news has gone from ordinary to insanity. Reporters will get killed just to get a story out. That is what I want. To be remembered for my dedication to the world of journalism.

EL 200: English Essay VS. News Story

Of course there are differences. We, students, should not be in the journalism major if one of us does not know the difference(s) between an essay and a news story. A news story should be to the point. Getting all the important information out within the first few sentences (inverted pyramid). Whereas an essay has important point of interest throughout each paragraph. The lead being the thesis statement. I was fooled before writing my first article for the Setonian. I began it like I was writing a paper for class. Wrong. I thought all I had to do to create serious stories were to take an English course and that was it. I had no clue that journalism writing had its own definitions and sets of rules. Man, I came a long way since my freshmen year, and I still do not know everything there is to know about news writing. Educated-yes, naive-no. I am human to error. I still screw up. Thinking I am doing something right, there are others who are more knowledgeable than I who find errors in my drafts. With that, I learn from my mistakes.

EL 200: Newsworthiness VS. Snoozeworthiness

"Reporters report on what is newsworthy."

When I pick up the Tribune-Review I grab the Local section first. I love to read about, newsworthy events that occur in my neck of the woods. For instance, a local man, from Greensburg, who gets stuck in an air vent while being attacked by rats is interesting to me. Something that is snoozeworthy doesn't hold much weight. If everything we write and read were boring, what kind of an audience would that get? Not many, I suppose. Take the Setonian. Now if us, writers, were constantly contributing articles that didn't pertain to Seton Hill or around the area, that would not grab anyone's attention. Consumers want news. News that interests them. Everyone has different tastes. That's why newspapers have different sections: Local, World, A&E, and other categories. I learned my freshmen year about newsworthy stories. That has made my writing stronger rather than random. The more I furthered my journalism education, the more I became aware of a stronger sense of writing. Boring stories just do not hold any weight to them.