November 2007 Archives

chapter 10 ABNW

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So I am quite confident that I have chosen my writing style. Although newswriting basically follows the inverted pyramid just as Vanessa said, I like the idea of a story. Although most news articles do not reveal this such structure, I like how creative a good jounrnalist can get, just like Fusion.


Lead: The scattering of ashes
Flashback three years: Man reveals to his wife that he has AIDS
Flasback 20 years: How they met, fell in love and married.

There really is an outline and structure to a newswriting story than the typical......THREE MEN WERE SHOT TODAY AFTER AN INCIDENT OUTSIDE GIANT EAGLE.....


I like straigt to the point newswriting but it is also nice to have it mixed up a little bit too with creativity. Not too many journalists will try to make the story appealing when they are being rushed on a deadline with limited sources and information either.

Future of News

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So In a History of News, topics have revolved around the changing of technology and spread of news since the beginning of time. Not a bad overlook, but what about the future? After reviewing the history, what is in store for us in the mere future even talking 10 years down the road? Well like Stephen's said even the alphabe perfected by the Greeks has seved fewer than 95 generations and the latest challenge is on the keyboard of computers. Much of the globe has already been wired so in 2020 will there be wirless internet connected on the moon?

With each new technological advance we can entertain ourselves more than before. Just as radio used to broadcast mainly news, it is now 50 minute music hours on y108 and 10 minutes of commercials with about 40 seconds of news in between that. Radios have developed into more fun than news notification. In my blog about Hollywood, I have already talked about Hollywood celebrities' lives are pure entertainment than not.

Advancement in techonology brings entertainment yet new forms of news. It can't be that bad if we are having fun spreading the news. Who knows what is in store for us in the future, perhaps like I said before, broadcasting from the moon daily?

I wouldn't be so suprised.

HOLLYWOOD!

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Everything I ever see on tv revolves around the celebrities and what they do. Just because celebrities drive mustangs and live in 100 million dollar mansion doesn't mean they are not ordinary people. The paparrazzi's watch them like they are sparkly fish in an aquarium. Then we watched them in awe and entertainment. News in Hollywood is our fun.
Just the other day I was looking at pictures from a friend's trip to Hollywood and there were pictures of what seemed like a famous person being followed by 7 cameras just walking down the street like it was an ordinary day. These people were not actors and the man had two children with him walking.
My friend wasn't able to see the man's face so who knows if it was on ET or the Insider. But those people just walking down Hollywood Boulevard are fascinating to us. Why? I don't know why but probably along the lines of us thinking they are bold, beautiful and idols in our eyes.
Anyhow, Hollywood news is something we can all relate to and we really do find entertainment in the lives of celebrities. Anything they do is newsworthy, which I really cant explain, but something that will continue to intrigue people around the world.

Ah, What a Day!

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Well this is certainly something I would want to read to cheer me up.

It was heart warming and enthusiastic and full of visions for the eye to see! He really does take an assignement made of straw and mud and spins it into gold. It has to take more than one try to make a masterpiece like this. I like being creative but to get a realistic description of a typical day in March to sound like that. Fusion had to feel his observants and get into their head and yet reveal the truth behind their thoughts and actions.
Everything described in Ah, What a Day! is realistic and people relate to and often yearn for on a cold wintery day. Not every story needs 3 sources, and a four line introduction. A change is good for once!

Midnight Fright!

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Prisoners With Midnight in Their Hearts:

I found this article insightful that gets straight to the point.

It is a fact that two, three, and even four men are confined together in the same cell in violation of the law....


It is a fact that every day a man serves in a dungeon is added to his minimum sentence....


There are 44 statements that begin with "It is a fact." This statement grabs your attention making you believe there are all these known facts. Prisons can be made out to be a serious topic and yet a common one. This article was written very well because of the easy read statements that grab the readers attention. It is simple, complete and true (if the Journalist is good).

I think stating all these facts about prisons raised eyebrows and concern. If I could pull off something this creative that grabs attention and makes a topic newsworthy, it would be a complete success. I would like to apply something like this to my second news article to make it original.

"Every editor ought to be 'covered' once in a while just to see how hard it is to shake a reporter from a preconceived thesis."


So I have certainly had good ideas for stories and they turn out to be duds because either no one wants to talk to you or you don't have the angle you wanted to get. Really, its not as easy as it looks.


and......."Newspapers are unfair when they can't admit sometimes there is no story." I don't find shame in admitting there is nothing to tell. It is kinda like an akward conversation, when you have nothing to say, you just talk about the weather, it really never fails. There is no use in that, but something has to happen. Newspapers do the same thing. When there is no news to cover, they print out fluff and soft news stories. It's really the only thing journalists can get. No it is not failure, it is more of side of success, they work through the rough, easy, boring, and thrill.

All of Best Practices

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People are watching you.


It is a general statement, as a journalist everyone sees your work. You've got to be on your "best behavior" all the time, otherwise that could bring on bad jugement. The last thing you want to do is mess up in front of a wide audience. There is so much tedious work to get an article accomplished. The interviews and equally balancing a story is tough work in itself. Just as Dr. Jerz said in class, while writing for a newspaper, no one sees our practices, just our games. We don't have time to practice unless you count News Writing, however in the real world, you're on the go all the time, full throttle, no looking back and eyes on you.

Mass Circulation-chapter 12

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Looking at Stephen's chapter 12, it really breaks down the "mass circulation" that newspapers went through. Today every city and many towns have their own papers to deliver news. Back in 1786, the Pittsburgh Gazette was first published which was viewed as the "west." This newspaper delivered news to many more people than it does now. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette doesn't even travel as far as Erie. In 1786, this newspaper was the only print for several states. Journalism encountered obstacles yet prevailed in the end. Some journalists trying to make it printed in tents, sod houses, and log huts! Just to get the news out and make a living! It sure does make you think about the competition and start of newspapers. Compared to what we have today. We are dry in our houses/dorms using the internet to our advantage to get our point across on blogs. While starting newspapers, only the top high-surviving journalists made it to the top. Now everyone has access to the news in more ways than one. Newspaper competition is no longer a competition between newspapers, it is the rival between internet, television and radio as well.

My O my, we've come a long way....

"We figured that if we refused to let unnamed people lie in the news columns, there would be a lot less lying in print."


So being young and naive, I just realized that a sneaky attempt to get your "3 sources" would be to make up an imaginary friend as that source, posting them as anonymous. That way, you don't get in trouble for using someone else's name or making up an unknown character's identity. This way, the source doesn't have an identity. Clever, is what I see it as, however, authorities seem to have found their way to bust manipulative people. That is one use of an anonymous source.


Another use of an anonymous source would be to get the truth. Let's be realisitc, when talking to the press, most people are going to tell the reporters the fluff and pretty much what they want to hear to not make them look bad since their name is attached.
It is kind of like when you fill out a form about a teacher or your RA. You're very honest because your name is not attached. How are they going to know you were the one that gave them all 5's on the scale or all 1's?

So when people submit information anonymously, it is usually their normal feelings. You may not know who the person is, which seems quite fishy and curiousity strikes, but at least you have the truth.


So if a journalist does have both opinions of an issue but they are anonymous, the readers may get more out of it, since it is more of the truth and they are not afraid to hold back their feelings. I think anonymous quoting is stronger in truth, but it also make you wonder if it is the truth at all or if you've got that sneaky reporter that makes up sources to make a deadline.

"We figured that if we refused to let unnamed people lie in the news columns, there would be a lot less lying in print."


So being young and naive, I just realized that a sneaky attempt to get your "3 sources" would be to make up an imaginary friend as that source, posting them as anonymous. That way, you don't get in trouble for using someone else's name or making up an unknown character's identity. This way, the source doesn't have an identity. Clever, is what I see it as, however, authorities seem to have found their way to bust manipulative people. That is one use of an anonymous source.


Another use of an anonymous source would be to get the truth. Let's be realisitc, when talking to the press, most people are going to tell the reporters the fluff and pretty much what they want to hear to not make them look bad since their name is attached.
It is kind of like when you fill out a form about a teacher or your RA. You're very honest because your name is not attached. How are they going to know you were the one that gave them all 5's on the scale or all 1's?

So when people submit information anonymously, it is usually their normal feelings. You may not know who the person is, which seems quite fishy and curiousity strikes, but at least you have the truth.


So if a journalist does have both opinions of an issue but they are anonymous, the readers may get more out of it, since it is more of the truth and they are not afraid to hold back their feelings. I think anonymous quoting is stronger in truth, but it also make you wonder if it is the truth at all or if you've got that sneaky reporter that makes up sources to make a deadline.

Speedy Delivery

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In chapter 13 of A History of News, There is a small box outling the speed of news over the past 500 years. With today's television and internet, the world is notified of an event immediately. Like not just immediately that day but instantly like in a second. I was looking at 1963 when 68% of Americans learned the President John F. Kennedy had been shot 30 minutes after the attack. Now 30 minutes seems quite convienient back then and I would sitll consider myself fairly lucky to hear something like that after 1/2 hour, but in time, the speed of news is certainly a "speedy delivery" as Mr. McFeely would say. I compared the news of today and 1963 to 1481 when a handwritten letter reporting the death of a Turkish sultan took 2 years to make its way to England.
Well, if I had learned about 9/11 in 2003, I think it would be a bit awkward. Since the event 9/11 affected an entire nation and each person individually, we would certainly be out of the loop for 2 years......if people like Mr. McFeely never delievered our speedy deliveries ....or in real life newspapers, internet, television etc.
I just like Mr. McFeely
and the fact that we do not get our news years after it has happened.
I try not to take that for granted......

Did we really need to know that?

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Do we really need to know that "Veritas and Justitia" were carved on the outside of the building?

This feature article is one of a kind.....for sure. Writing about crimes in a feature story is unique, something I have never read before until now. This is an example of what happens when you DON'T "pick and choose" the important content to squeeze into 800 words. There certainly is no repetitive information however there is most definately irrelevant information. For a short essay or novella, Linnet Myers would have won the nobel peace prize.

Too much crime is definately a bad thing .......

Bad Bad Hedgehogs

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So, as I was reading "It Ain't Necessarily So," I most certainly enjoyed The Danger of Hedgehog Interpretations. Well, we have talked about decieving statistics and biased articles but what about the straight-way path to the answer? Ohhh there is none! I get it now, blind spot, tunnel vision. As journalists, we want an angle, a fair and yet unbiased angle, which we search for among the crowd with our blinders on. We know what we're looking for and fail to understand when a roadblock or new passageway opens up. Now if there is change in the already outlined passage, we tend to disregard it, thinking it will just mess up the angle.

Hedgehogs who ignore such changes miss out on an important part of the picture.

I, as well as many others are guilty of being bad hedgehogs. For example, as I was covering the King and Queen of the Hill article for the Setonian, I had an angle, to cover the basic information everyone covers every year. But, this year, there was mischief! There was a crime! It was far more juicy than I made it out to be. If you did not know, the crown was actually stolen. Not so much of a big deal to some, but it definately would have added a "new angle" to my story. I have my reasons for not submitting the entire negative aspect of the contest (and because no would confess or talk about it). But I did leave it alone and go without it.

Some people think, what you don't know can't hurt you.......and I am starting to think it happens more than we think!

This is for You! Portfolio 2

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This portfolio is my second of the semester. I have been proud of myself for actually keeping up with my blogs for once. It really does pay off and gets us students involved in class discussion and enables us to express ideas to one another.
Coverage
These are all my blogs since portfolio 1
Frog Blog
If at first you don't succeed, try try again
My news is Extraordinary
Statistics Disproven
Tell the Truth
Depth
These are my top blogs that go into depth, linking to other sources for further information.
Statistics Disproven
My news is Extraordinary

Interaction
Vanessa on What's the Truth?
Jackie on The not-so-Invisible Observer
Bethany on First Hand Experience

Discussions
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again
Frog Blog!

Timeliness
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again
Statistics Disproven

Xenoblogging
I was the FIRST to comment on Vanessa's!
My GRANDE comment on Maddie's blog
My Comment Informative

Wildcard
This is my entry on an assignment from Media Lab that is fairly well researched.
Jonbenet Ramsey

I also learned how to do this!

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