This is just to warn you that there is a phony in the classroom who is not really a journalist. She has dark hair and glasses, stands at 5’5″, and wears a cool hat.
Oh wait, that’s me.
While I have been a member of the Setonian staff since my freshman year, I have not submitted a single news article.
This is because I am the paper’s cartoonist. My duties usually consist of goofing off for the entire month, struggling to come up with an idea for a comic on the day it is due, and then submitting it, the day before it goes to print, to the ever-patient editors who don’t deserve the added stress of irresponsible cartoonists. To write an actual article would require both talking to people and timely research, two activities which I fear greatly.
Of course, now I taking this journalism class to fulfill a requirement for my major, and these two activities are mandatory. Though I am not considering a career in journalism, I realize that strengthening my poor communication skills as well as my developing research skills is crucial for any type of writer, even an author of fiction. Besides these skills, I hope to learn how to recognize objective journalism from biased news stories, which will help me process current events in daily life. I also am interested in learning the proper format and writing style for writing articles, as that will come in handy if I ever write a press release or a scene in a story told through newspaper format. While I may be a phony journalist, I still intend to put effort into my work this semester and come out of this class with a better understanding of everything that goes into news writing.