Portfolio 4

I always heard that the older you get the quicker time goes. I am truly starting the believe that. It is the end of the semester the stress is in the air at Seton Hill. Finals are beginning and we are wrapping up the final assignments which includes Portfolio 4. I have learned a lot about journalism over the last 16 weeks. We talked about fake news, interviewing, layout and many other things. Now its time to finally analyze my blog for the last Portfolio.

Depth: As for depth I think I didn’t really dig too deep this time because there was a lot of math involved. Sorry Wrong Number, and Math for Journalists were two of my longest posts this time around. Sorry Wrong Number I included what happened in our class with Dr. Jerz screaming MATH and everyone being scared. Math for Journalists I included some of my math background that made me dislike math.

Riskiness: Any topic that is happening in the world today are topics that I find to be risky. The post I wrote about Roy Moore would be one of the risky posts of this portfolio. While this post is an example of fake news I think just because it is about a sexual assault of a young girl and since Moore has been in the news so much over it the riskiness is there.

Discussion: As for discussions I have posted on a few of my classmate’s blog posts. I have also talked outside of class to a few people about the topics we have discussed in class and through the blog posts.

Intertextuality: While I read an article I can sometimes find it easy to connect it to myself. What is good writing is one of the times where I really connected with a piece. “Simple is good. Writing is not something you have to embroider with fancy stitches to make yourself look smart” (William Zinger). This quote really reminds me of myself. I’m a fairly simple person and that reflects on my writing style as well.

Timeliness: As I have stated in Portfolio 1, Portfolio 2, and Portfolio 3 I have finished all my assignments before they were due. This time around I did find myself very stressed and busy with the holiday season and working in retail but I have made sure my assignments were done.

Coverage: We didn’t have that many articles to go over this time around. As for coverage Pearls Before Breakfast was one of my shorter articles because I didn’t really know what all to include. It was a story that I have read previously so I couldn’t include my initial reaction.


I have found these portfolios as a nice reflection of what I have done throughout this News writing class. I like finding new articles to read and thinking about who they could effect me and the world around me. It is hard to believe this is the last portfolio but it was nice to reflect on everything that I have done the last few weeks.


Source: Portfolio 4

Washington Post Fake News

The post from the Washington Post  explains that a lady came to the Washington Post claiming that Roy Moore, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama impregnated her teenage daughter. Turns out that the women works with an organization that uses deceptive tactics to secretly record conversations in an effort to embarrass its target. In the light of all the sexual assaults happening in the world this is awful. I have always thought it was illegal to record someone without their permission. The interview process sounded really interesting. While the interview was going on the reporter stated it was being recorded. Overall Fake News is something that we have to deal with in the world today. Figuring out what is real and what is fake is something we need to figure out. Journalists need to make sure all the research adds up and all the fakes are truthful.

Newsroom Math

I actually found the slideshow very helpful for journalistic math. It was a nice refresher to understanding percentage change, rate per thousands, Mean and medium. As a journalist you need to make sure that all your math information is correct because if it isn’t your actually not being truthful. I know math can be hard at times but if you use different resources you can understand math again. I also liked how the slideshow actually showed at the end how to write number in AP Style. I found that very helpful because I  wasn’t sure exactly how to write out different number in AP Style before.

Source: Newsroom Math

Sorry, Wrong Number

In the Sorry, Wrong Number article the one thing that stood out to me is “Journalists deal with numbers every single day, and yet so many of us willingly profess ignorance or fear when faced with simple arithmetic.” I found this really interesting because in class the other day when Dr.Jerz came in screaming math everyone looked terrified. As a communication major we always joke that we can’t do math that’s why we picked communication. It also said in the article that “every story contains a number, be it a statistic, an address, or someone’s age.” I think most people would think an address or someone’s age is different than a math problem so it isn’t as intimidating than an actual math problem.

One key element that I think journalists should use no matter what is the verify or duck. If you are unsure of a math problem or if you did the math correctly ask someone who knows math. Even contact a local school and talk to a math teacher if you have too.

Source: Sorry, Wrong Number

Pearls Before Breakfast

I remember seeing this article: Pearls Before Breakfast  before when it first came out. I found it very interesting that Joshua Bell is a very popular violinist but no one in the L’Enfant Plaza noticed him. While I was reading this article I would thinking that at least once person should have noticed him. I was also thinking that since it is a metro station that people were in a hurry to actually look and listen to his performance. I think this article was written very well. I think this showed some basic math which is what we have just discussed in class.

Source: Pearls Before Breakfast

Math for Journalists

I’ll be completely honest I don’t like math. I use to love math until I had to take Pre-Calculus in high school and ever since then I have hated math. That is one of the reason I picked Communication when I was declaring a major.

Dr. Jerz gave us three different examples:

  • I ate half as many donuts in 2015 as in 2016
  • In 2016, there was a 200% increase in the number of donuts I ate.
  • There was a 50% decrease in the number of donuts I ate in 2015 as compared to 2016

The first statement is good because it doesn’t use actual number. The second statement is fine but I personally think that 200% is a huge scary number. The third statement needs to include a number of how many donuts there was in 2015.

I found the Khan Academy videos very helpful for the math subjects. I thought they were a good refresher video.

Source: Math for Journalists

What is Good Writing?

“Simple is good. Writing is not something you have to embroider with fancy stitches to make yourself look smart” (William Zinsser). This quote stood out to me because it is very accurate. I think that especially for English writing we have letters that aren’t very difficult to make. While other countries use elaborate drawings in their writing. While we are writing we do have to create pictures in someone else’s mind, which could be hard at times but is a simple process.

While I was reading that quote I thought of myself. I look at most of my writing as pretty simple and basic. Most of the time I can get my point across in a few short sentences. I don’t like when something is over emphasized to the point where nothing makes sense anymore.

I found the Writing English as a Second Language post very interesting. Any time I hear something speaking in another language or even writing in it I find that so interesting. For me even though I have taken a foreign language class I can’t speak fluently or write in that language. I know a few saying but that is it. Being able to write in a second language is an amazing skill in my eyes.

Source: What is Good Writing?

Portfolio 3

Welcome to portfolio 3! It is hard to believe that we are already doing the third portfolio of this semester. For this portfolio I tried to improve in some of the categories compared to in portfolio 1 and 2. The blog post are starting to become easier which is very good because It shows that I am understand the topics more.

Depth: One post that I found very interesting to write was Blue Feed, Red Feed. I thought that link that was provided to use was very interesting. It really made you think about your own social media and if its being effected at all. I would say for this post I really thought a lot about it because it has been something that was on my mind that week. The book chapter that discusses the First Amendment I went into more details about the First Amendment. I took multiple quotes from the book to include into this blog post. I thought this chapter was very important because it is something that could be helpful for anyone.

Riskiness: As I wrote Private-Jet Investigative Journalism I connected it to the Las Vegas shooting that happened. As a risky post I think this would be accurate because it involves politics and that is a very touchy subject for many people. In the post we had to look at 3 different news articles and discuss them. Another topic that I wrote about was  Fake News. I wrote about how fake news has been publicized since the 2016 Presidential election.

Discussion: Since the last portfolio I have been commented on other classmates posts. When someone responds to a post I find it easier to start a discussion. On my posts I make sure to comment back on what the other person is saying because it could start a discussion.

Intertextuality: When I was writing the post about Vanessa Otero I connected it to my Professional Development class. In Professional Development we discuss topics from the news and look at the topic as a Communication Professional. With this post I look at the chart the same way as I would in that class.

Timeliness: I have stated it in portfolio 2 I have gotten all the blog posts done before the class has started. I think that it is super important to have all the assignments done before class so it is easier to participate in the class discussions.

Coverage: For me most of the book post have not been that detailed for me. In PAJ Ch. 6 I discussed the concepts of perfect duties and imperfect duties. For this chapter I didn’t go into great detail because I thought the quote and information was really straight forward. In one of my posts I talked about the risk that journalists take for stories. The quote from the chapter stated that if your a good journalist will make people upset. I thought this chapter was interesting because I thought it was really true.


I found that these blog posts were easier for me because I have gained information from the class along with outside sources. Like I have said before in my portfolios I do think I can improve on more areas. I feel like I can really expand on the posts more and add more details to these posts. That is what I’m going to work on for the next portfolio. I want to expand my posts by adding more information and outside materials.

Source: Portfolio 3

Vanessa Otero’s Complex vs. Clickbait, Liberal vs. Conservative Media Chart

While reading the Vanessa Otero blog post I was thinking about a discussion I had in my Professional Development class. In that class we were talking about how different news channels will lean left, right or in the middle. I think that this goes along with my previous blog post about how you can have social media feed based on  your own viewpoints. Since the 2016 Presidential election most of these news outlet have changed based on what is going on with the country. A good example of this is that if you are pro President Trump you would want to watch more of FoxNews, if you are don’t like President Trump you would watch CNN. In the graph provided by Otero she has CNN in the middle but since the election I think it has moved a bit towards the Liberal side. You can actually tell by the President’s tweets that he like FoxNews compared to CNN.

I really think this topic is really interesting because even our broadcast news could be bias on a certain side weather it is Liberal or Conservative.

Source: Vanessa Otero’s Complex vs. Clickbait, Liberal vs. Conservative Media Chart

Blue Feed, Red Feed

After reading the Blue Feed, Red Feed blog post it made me think about my own Facebook feed. I was actually talking the other day to a friend about something similar to this. We were discussing how when you look up a brand or product on google it will then automatically appear in ads throughout social media sites or other sites. I think that this is similar to what the Blue Feed, Red Feed post from the Wall Street Journal suggest. When you block someone online based on their viewpoints social media sites will start showing most of the posts that you would want to see. I thought it was crazy to look at the two different feeds.

I think that this could cause more issues because you might think everyone agrees with you when really there are people out there that have different viewpoints.

Source: Blue Feed, Red Feed