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September 28, 2003

homework: response to "Local TV News" links

alright, here's the homework! These are some very thought-provoking links. Even if you aren't in this journalism class, you may want to skim them out of pure interest--here's the link!

Reading just the first link on the page conjured up some very intense feelings on my behalf--mostly of disgust and curiosity. Disgust, because I have to think about how many times I have seen the tactics which are presented in the article (ie. "this could happen in YOUR neighborhood!" to get emotional response, or keep people glued to the TV). And curiosity because I've got to ponder both sides of the arguement before jumping to conclusions. Perhaps some of the accusations about TV news are true; yet, I do know that the news is not purely interested in entertainment and what the majority of people are going to be interested in (because then, in my opinion, there wouldn't be any stock market reports or everyday-business government coverage--it'd all be lottery numbers, weather reports, and shocking stories of scandal and triumph). (And since when is sex an emotion?! You have to have read that one... gads, that's a stretch.)

On the second page, I found it to be mostly informational, rather than critical, like the first link. I agree that the news stations seem to put far too much emphasis on the looks of their news anchors, but I have seen some that are better journalists than "barbie-and-ken-look-alikes," as it was so plainly put--take Sally Wiggin on channel 4 action news, for instance. She's not exactly young anymore, but she's a great journalist, and people still watch channel 4...

You know, the third page really bothered me. What kind of suggestion is it that news is just to fill space between commercials?! I agree that there are certain deadlines that must be adhered to, but newspaper reporters often have the same rush in producing stories to publish as do television reporters. Television reporters don't always have to hurry and throw something together. I have seen very informative, well put together stories about events and investigations that stations claim to have spent time researching (I know they "claim" to it, but there's a valid arguement for suspicion of everything if we can't believe anything anyone says...). What I found most astounding, however, is the ploy to undermine the fact that "visuals are everything." IT'S TELEVISION! Of course visuals are everything!!!

I've always had a problem with the weather casts on the TV news. I find it irritating that a meteorologist is the only person in the business world that can be right or wrong--or any variation inbetween--and still get paid. (The rest of us have to be right... or else. Can you imagine if doctors predicted thing the way meteorologists do...?) The failings of ethics mentioned are honest, yet, I find difficulty in believing that the TV news can get away with much more than the newspapers. There is a similar sense of ethics in both situations, so the assumption of the "public right to know" is really stretching the truth.

It's true that news in general tends to attack government, but I believe that the reasoning behind that is because we can. Since this is America, and we have the right to free press and speech, I think that newscasts run rampant with the stories on shady politicians and how a new tax will rip through the community merely because they can. Unbiased news when it comes to advertisers is always hard to come by, as well as is negative press for the so-called protectors of the community (policemen, firemen, etc.), but I believe that this is because no one wants to offend these people because of their status, their power that stems from their status, and the fact that their jobs aren't easy either.

News "on-demand" is an interesting thought, however, it's already been done--the Internet has presented itself as a reliable and, for some, more convenient source of news. I don't personally believe that the Internet will fully take over the TV news circuit, but that's just me.

The idea of feedback is a beautiful thing--typically, people complain, but don't ever turn proactive to do anything about what they find wrong with it. Diligence and honesty are probably the most important things to consider when giving feedback, though. Being 100% honest, an at the same time making sure that what you're complaining about is a viable complaint is vital. Sitting down to watch one measly newscast and deciding that there's something tragically wrong is a bad idea, especially if you expect anything to change.

It's fascinating how many people seem to agree with this article and its author. I don't agree or disagree entirely--just in parts. I do believe that there are somethings tragically wrong with the way that TV news is presented (the need to have attractive reporters, the brevity of important stories, the novelty of serious stories such as murders, fires, and what have you); however, I do think that there are things that are quite worthwhile about it as well.

Posted by KarissaKilgore at 10:07 PM | Comments (2)

SHU's First Homecoming!

I really don't feel like updating this today because I'm so tired, but I will. Homecoming was a blast--despite the rain sneaking up on us all day... Food, music, sports, dancing: it was all a wonderful time. If you missed it, well, you MISSED out. The tent on Sullivan lawn was a great place to eat and dance, but throughout the day it appeared that we were taking on water! There were puddles everywhere, and if your shoes weren't muddy from being at the field for the games, they got their mudbath under the tent--that's how much mud there was! *ick!* I'm not a big fan of mud, but whatever. The concert was good, even though I couldn't hear afterwards. And the dance was a nice way to end the whole day--and I was ready for it to end because I was exhausted! B^)

How was everybody else's homecoming experience? :)

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September 26, 2003

"'s damn good!"

Alright, this entry is a tribute to my friend Amanda, and our oh-so-hysterical conversation at lunch today. Read on, that is, if you already didn't know of my high-level of insanity... (mwhahaha! B-)

*edit 9/28/2003* here's a link to Amanda's journal!

Today at lunch, I sat with Jen and Amanda, both members of my journalism class. We talked about simple, conversational things such as the value of a good cup of soup and an even better cappuchino... Alright, maybe they're not typical conversation, but it was mostly food-based chatter. After eating a fairly satisfying meal, Jen and I swiped some chocolate chip cookies and made a bee-line for the cappuchino machine where we filled foam cups with warm, caffinated, liquid temptation. MMMM... Dipping the cookies into the cappuchino was pure bliss, and I highly recommend it to everyone. :) In lieu of our bliss, Amanda soon retrieved her very own cup of heaven-on-earth and a few cookies in order to sample some of this pleasure. Her response? "This is better than cookies and milk!" So, I replied, "Not as healthy as milk, more caffiene than milk, but it's damn good!"

B-) run out and get some cappuchino and chocolate chip cookies from the Lowe Dining Hall and you'll see what I mean ;)

Posted by KarissaKilgore at 3:23 PM | Comments (4)

September 25, 2003

online journalism mini-handbook

I'm going to post this on my site, and on the NMJ site, so that more people read it. I found this handy little thing in lieu of my search for definitions for terms that will be on our terminology quiz next Wednesday. Take a look--and make sure you scan allllllll the way to the bottom, because that's the reason I'm postin this--not only is it a nice little handbook for journalism, but there's some mention of the quirks in the English language (which, by the way, is presicely why I love English so much :)

here's the link. It's a PDF, so I couldn't copy and paste the thing I wanted, but it's certainly worth a look as a quick reference, too!

Posted by KarissaKilgore at 9:52 PM | Comments (0)

September 24, 2003

more homework!

this is my work for questions 8 and 9 on page 162! It wasn't that bad... at least, I didn't think it was awful. It took awhile, but I got it done...

8. Vote in California to Proceed on Oct. 7, Judges Rule

A federal appeals court ruled unanimously today that voting on whether to recall Gov. Gray Davis of California should proceed as scheduled on Oct. 7.

Type of lead: immediate identification lead
Qs answered:
Who? Federal appeals court
What? Ruled that voting on whether to recall Gov. Gray Davis of CA should proceed on Oct. 7th
Where? California
When? Today (September 23, 2003)
How? Unanimously
Coaster Ride Gives Patient Extra Thrill

The therapeutic value of amusement parks has been largely overlooked by doctors. Until now. When the young man, 19, arrived at a hospital in Zurich, his right eye had an odd resemblance to the eye of a cat. The pupil had become a long, narrow vertical slit — a result, he admitted, of a bar fight.

Type of lead: multiple-element lead
Qs answered:Who? Therapeutics value of amusement parks
What? Overlooked
Where? Zurich, Germany
Where Did Dewey File Those Law Books?

Who knew that someone owned the Dewey Decimal System?
Apparently not the owners of the Library Hotel, nestled in the shadow of the New York Public Library. Now the boutique hotel, which numbers its guest rooms and stocks them with books according to Melvil Dewey's century-old library classification system, is being sued for using it.

Type of lead: lead with flair
Qs answered:
Who? Owners of the New York Public Library
What? Being sued
Where? New York
Why? Because the now hotel numbers its guest rooms and stocks them with books according to [Dewey]’s…classification system
For Chinese Mothers With a Dream, Hard Knocks
Propelled by his parents' ambitions, Han Weiding, 13, left behind all that he knew in China and decamped this summer with his mother to this city-state to go to school.

Type of lead: summary lead
Qs answered:
Who? Han Weiding (13)
What? Left behind China
Where? China to Singapore
When? This summer
Why? To go to a city-state school
Student Shot in Standoff at a Spokane High School
A 17-year-old student at a Spokane, Wash., high school, fired a gun today, barricaded himself in a science classroom with three other students and a teacher, the authorities said, and was then shot by the police.

Type of lead: summary lead
Qs answered:
Who? A 17 year-old student
What? Fired a gun, barricaded himself in a science classroom, was shot by the police
Where? In a high school in Spokane, WA
Jets See the Error of Relying on the Pass
For the Jets' offensive coordinator, Paul Hackett, the game film seems like the goriest horror movie on a continuous loop, one attempt to score a touchdown dying a painful death after another. "Agony," he called it. And this is the sequel.

Type of lead: delayed identification lead or summary lead
Qs answered:
Who? Game film
What? Seems like a gory movie
Where? New York
Why? Because of the failed attempts to score

Calif. Recall Vote Reinstated for Oct. 7
By DAVID KRAVETS, Associated Press Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - With stunning decisiveness, a federal appeals court Tuesday unanimously put California's recall election back on the calendar for Oct. 7, sweeping aside warnings of a Florida-style fiasco two weeks from now.
Will recall evolve to a Florida-style recount squabble?
DAVID KRAVETS, AP Legal Affairs Writer
California's on-again recall election could become embroiled in more litigation after the Oct. 7 vote. If the tally is close, a Florida-style recount, complete with court battles over hanging chads and dimpled ballots, could repeat itself in California.

Comparison: What I found interesting about these two articles is that they are supposedly to have been written by the same person, but they have different titles, and they are entirely different leads! The first is internet-based only (Yahoo! News) and the second is from the San Francisco Chronicle (I found the link on Google News). How curious… I prefer the second lead to the first one because there is more information sooner. As a quick reader, I want fast information, and the second lead provides more vital information faster. However, the first only mentions the Florida “fiasco” and the second goes into recalling the details of the fiasco. Are the details necessary? Not really, but they help rouse the memory of what a pain it was dealing with all the chads—hanging and pregnant alike. Differences between what types of leads they are include that the first is a lead with flair, and the second is a summary lead, and that while the first may catch attention, the second really does provide more information, in accordance with the "inverted pyramid" technique.

Posted by KarissaKilgore at 12:06 PM | Comments (0)


alright, this is my homework from Monday. I just realized that we'r supposed to have it on our blogs, so here it is! This is the work I did for numbers 1-4 on page 161-162.

1. who- United Jewish Appeal
what- walk-a-thon
where- Springfield
when- this morning
why- raise money for soup kitchen
how- sponsorship

who Federal Trade Commission
what Rule
when Today
why Prevent funeral home rip-offs

who Funeral home directors
what Detailed cost statements
where Nation
when Today

what Disclosure law
when Today

who Funeral homes
what Federal regulation
when Monday

3. a. You won’t be likely to get ripped-off by a funeral home anymore. A rule going into effect today by the Federal Trade Commission, that began 12 years ago with federal staff investigation and led to hearings and court fights, intends to prevent any further rip-offs in the funeral home business.
c. You should easily be able to determine the cost of a funeral thanks to a new disclosure law going into effect today.

4. Detonated a mere 40 miles from a demonstration against nuclear testing, a nuclear weapon with a yield equivalent to 150,000 tons of TNT has raised more than just a little dust. The weapon was tested by the Department of Energy beneath the surface of the Pahute Mesa in the Nevada desert.

Posted by KarissaKilgore at 11:55 AM | Comments (0)

September 23, 2003


Alright, I know that everyone out there has a gripe or two (you know, "pet-peeves," the things that drive you absolutely crazy even though they might seem really commonplace...). C'mon and share 'em with me.

Let's begin with what I have gripes about...

Karissa's gripes:
-people that refuse to "dot" their "i"s in writing
-internet sites that don't have a "home" button *argh, that one drives me bonkers...*
-people that refuse to walk down the right-hand side of the hallway (i.e. when you're walking down the hall and someone is walking right at you, and YOU have to move out of their way because it's not like they didn't have the rest of the hallway or something... *can you tell this happened today?!*)

I'm sure that I'll think of more, but until then, feel free to add your own gripes in a comment or two! :)

*edit* 9/25/03
ok, I got this email today that fits perfectly with this entry about gripes! i apologize for anyone that is offended by the use of foul language--I did NOT write it, I'm just posting it. If you've got a problem with it, feel free to comment because this is the entry about GRIPES!!! :) read on:

People who point at their wrist while asking for
the time.... I know where my watch is pal, where the
hell is yours? Do I point at my crotch when I ask
where the toilet is?

People who are willing to get off their ass to search the entire room for the TV remote because they refuse to walk to the TV and change the channel manually.

When people say while watching a film "did you see that?". No Loser, I paid $12 to come to the cinema and stare at the floor.

When people say "life is short". What?? Life is the longest damn thing anyone ever does!! What can you do that's longer?

When people say "it's always the last place you look". Of course it is. Why the hell would you keep looking after you've found it? Do people do this?


Posted by KarissaKilgore at 3:49 PM | Comments (7)

September 22, 2003

Pyrophobic me

alright, for anyone that cares, here is a personal note: yours truly is a fire-phobe. for many reasons beyond my control, I have become a 100% scared-to-death, I'd-rather-chew-off-my-foot-than-watch-something-burn, pyrophobic maniac. I can't stand fire. At all. Period. End of sentence. (I think I made the point.)

want to know why? Well, little things here and there when I was younger, but the biggest thing happened 7 months ago last Thursday. (Yes, that's February 18th, geniuses.) Anywho, I was still at school for musical practice (I had earned the role of Queen Aggravain in "Once Upon a Mattress" I love being evil...) meanwhile, my house was being decimated by a fire that consumed most of my belongings, and those of my family as well. I never actually saw flames or smoke--I just saw the result of their presence. My bedroom, which was located above the living room (the main room of the fire) took quite a bit of damage. Yes, I lost most of my possessions, but it's just stuff. Corny as it may appear, it doesn't matter just then when you're so happy to see that every last member of your family is alright--pets included.

So we've been rebuilding for the past 7 months... I can tell you that I NEVER want to build a house, due to this experience. It's far from easy to relay details of precisely how difficult it is to "bounce-back" from something as life-changing as a house fire. I lost the most on a personal level, and come wintertime, I'm going to have a brand-new wardrobe because I don't have too much in the means of sweaters and all that jazz... but day in and day out, if someone mentions fire, I totally freak out.

Fellow journalism students, for those of you that read chapter 7, understand that I was deeply disturbed by the chosen example of a small fire. I have had that kind of article written about me. I can remember the lead. I can recall the details listed. I can remember the reason they referred to my father as a borough councilman. I'll never forget. Never.

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The web log that I chose to use is a personal web log with the site address of I found the site using the suggested link to recently updated web logs. It took me awhile to scan through some of the titles and find look at ones I thought sounded interesting, but I found this one, and chose to look at it based upon the title of the log, which was “Funny haha or funny peculiar?”

I found this to be quite interesting because I have often used that expression to determine whether something is funny, as in laughable, or funny, as in strange. The title is what got me there, but the content is what had me hooked. I read what the blogger had posted for today, which was an interesting reply to an article on BBC about the psychology of sleeping positions. I read the link to the article and found it intriguing. I read down through her updates from yesterday and the two days previous, and found them to be equally amusing. One log was a “virus warning” about a supposed “virus” that many people have encountered. Symptoms of the “virus” include sending blank emails, sending two emails accidentally to the same person or group of people, accidentally deleting emails when you meant to hit send, accidentally hitting send before you were finished typing the email… ok, obviously this isn’t a real virus, it’s a “you know you’re getting older when…” type of joke. Since I found all the content to be interesting, despite its variance, I decided that “Funny haha or funny peculiar” was a good web log for me.

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September 19, 2003

my dais

OK, so I finally got this thing to work... ! Yay! I'm hoping that this will remain in working order so I can keep this thing up-to-date.

What I'm hoping to do here on my "blog" (<-that's such a funny word!) is to display opinions, articles, poems and quotes (some of my favorite things!) to let everyone know a bit about me. :) So, technically, this blog just became my dais to profess my vast understanding and knowledge... or lack thereof, lol :D

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