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EL 200: Exercise 4 - Group Project Work...

This entry will serve to demonstrate the progress I have made since the begining of school year as I have worked on both the new media journalism web site and the high school journalism contest. I would consider this a group project portfolio of sorts because it will include links that refer to blog entries I have previously done. This entry will showcase the work I have done on both projects, which is rather equal, and how I have involved and inspired my classmates as they developed their own contributions.

In the begining...
Portfolio I: Class Project Action Item - The project that I would be most interested in would involve creating a set of online resources to put on the New Media Journalism website. I have spoken with Dr. Jerz briefly about creating a page linking to home pages of local news sources. This would be useful for students that are not from the area like me. Being from out of state it would be a helpful resource. I was also thinking that it might be a good idea to put together a few lists of Setonian guidelines that current and future writers can follow. I know that in my section [Sports] we always ran into an issue with the capitalization of coach’s titles and team names. Finally, in order to remedy the confusion I wrote up a set of guidelines for the Setonian in order to create consistency. They are still hanging up in the office. If any other sections have taken similar actions I think it would be a good idea to make the guidelines available online.

In the middle...
Ex 2: New Media Analysis - A collection of five news related links that I thought would be particularly useful in my position as a student in a journalism class. Here I also provide explainations for why these sites are valuable. Some of the topics covered are types of leads, directions on how to copyedit written works, and an explaination of the inverted pyramid. In the latter part of this entry I expressed that a small group of EL 200 students could work together to boost the student involvement in the paper and make the NMJ web site more useful. As of right now the NMJ site is simply a list of blogs and blog entires. I would like to see the site more informational as it related to the NMJ major at SHU. I know that there is a small part on the SHU Division of Humanities website that deals with NMJ, but it is hardly something I would consider easily accessible.

Portfolio II: Class Project Action Item - For this action item I stepped over to the journalism contest project to contribute my help in that area as well. I listed the high school contact information that I gathered for six local high schools in the area. Please note that I included the private school GCC because Seton Hill University recruits a lot of students from this school. It would be great if we could recruit some NMJ majors from there as well.

Ex 3: Group Project Check Point - In this entry I summed up the work I had been doing on my part of the NMJ website project. I thought it would be beneficial to include information on the site that may be new to many first time writers/journalists. I found that there is the certain assumption that all writers on the Setonian know the rules of AP Style or the various types of leads. This entry really got a lot of people thinking in the class and helped to narrow down other people's ideas. I felt the specific areas Iwe needed to cover were: AP Style number rules, AP Style capitalization rules and various types of story leads.I have gathered a list of resources for each area are listed above.

In the end...

Portfolio III: Class Project Action Item - Here I personalized my contribution to the website a little bit. I narrowed down some ideas that I want to add to my original proposal. It would no doubt be beneficial to have a page that gives tips to writers in the sports section. This year we have had a lot of new writers in the section that seem to be lacking direction and independence. These guides/examples would really help people that are unfamiliar with the format of sports articles. I hope that the writers would look at these boiler plate examples and eventually when they become more confident in their abilities, write using their own style. In this entry I have included several web links that will act as resources for my part of the project. We can pick and choose the most helpful tid-bits of information and feature them on the site.

Observations: First I would like to note that I have given all of my materials from the previous journalism contest to Tiffany Gilbert and Jeremy Barrick. So they should be set as far as guidelines on how to put it together. Continuing with the theme of my last proposed idea in the previous class project action item I have compiled a list of frequent errors being found in my section that I think could be addressed on a tip page for sports writers on the new NMJ website. I am prepared with enough material to make contributions to the website specific to my section, but also general enough to apply to all forms of writing. Right now it is just a matter of taking the information that I have collected and compiled and putting it on a website.

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