Email Interview

  1. The “cold contact” of this particular student wasn’t very appropriate unless he was looking for the background information you gave him through the link, which he obviously was not. Yes, he seemed polite enough, but he put all the work on the interviewee rather than do the analytical thinking himself by actually interviewing someone while already having preparation. Simply emailing a list of questions seems nearly like a waste of time to the professional who is being questioned, and it’s easy to see how that could be interpreted as disrespectful due to the simplistic nature of the questions all at once.
  2. The fifth question actually regarded the professional personally and engaged her. The definition of humane and her professional work really make her passionate, so incorporating these aspects of her personality into other questions in a more face-to-face discussion would have been really helpful.

Source: NR

Media Awareness Exercise

  1. This video is both entertaining and true! TV news follows a certain formula, and the satire of this video is very forward in pointing out the lack of creativity. The clip shows how repetitive many TV spots are by simply mimicking them.
  2. How mindless many people accept what they see on TV, or don’t even pay attention to the patterns, is the obvious message of this video. We are being turned into the model consumers of both news are products, the blending of the two on TV making it hard to tell different once one is used to the patterns pointed out in the first video.
  3. This poem shows how the TV numbs us to the violence of the world and loves to cling to stereotypes. The ‘Dumpling Goldilocks’ is the typical woman in distress while other characters in the poem fit similarly appropriate situations according to their nickname and situation. The same graphics are used over and over until we are so accustomed to them that we can do nothing but believe what comes next. The closing line best summarizes the meaning itself as the poem is about being controlled by media found through the TV: “Stay on, TV, and teleprompt my soul!”
  4. In this podcast general format is covered. Pitch of voice intrigues a listener, and allows a listener to keep track of which subject is being spoken. So long as the pitch is the same, so is the topic. “Formal but conversational” style of speaking engages a listener into continuing the podcast, making it slightly more personal. Wrapping up a podcast is indicated by a drop in pitch and slowing of words to signal to the listener that things are mellowing, slowing down, and ultimately coming to an end.
  5. I personally enjoy when humor effectively uses the audience, as this blog post relates to. In the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, the writers successfully use the listener as the main character for two or three episodes without any confusion, and allow the story to flow naturally. This humor allows the audience member to laugh and oneself and understand what exactly they are thinking about, all limelight now thrust upon them without making anything too awkward by the self-induced irony. In this case, the audience would consist of me. And I love laughing at me–I’m hilarious.

Source: Media Awareness Exercise

TV News Exercise

0:00 Intro/Lead to Lower Hill Development

0:08 Field Reporter with Pictures

1:14 Politicians talk about construction

1:44 Field Reporter

2:03 Anchor – Online Registration coming up

2:14 Remembering Katrina coming up

2:25 Field Reporter talking about little girl

2:40 Anchor – Pirates back in town, weather

2:50 Lawyer commercial

3:13 Dentist commercial

3:24 Housing commercial

3:40 Weather App commercial

4:09 Steve Harvey commercial

4:40 School Visits commercial

5:10 Talk show commercial

5:40 Welcome Back intro

5:53 Anchor – voters can now vote online

6:11 Mayor says how people can now vote online

6:22 How to register online

6:31 Anchors – Remembering Katrina

6:48 Convo with expert on how to plan before disaster strikes

7:00 President visits residents who have rebuilt lives

7:10 Everyone else talks about preparation

8:10 Red Cross gives advice

8:20 Anchors chat about warmer weather

8:48 Pics of clouds/weather

8:50 Weather report

9:55 International weather

10: 25 Back to local(ish) weather

11:40 Consumer Alert coming up Are you Naked w/o Phone?

11:45 Sports Scandal coming up

11:55 Lawyer commercial

12:10 NASCAR Raceway commercial

12:40 Paint Monkey commercial

12:55 Contractor commercial

13:10 Restaurant commercial

13:25 Plumbing wares commercial

13:40 Talk show commercial

14:10 Dr. Oz commercial

14:40 ‘Mobile Addicts’ research segment

15:15 Anchor – StarKist scandal

15:50 Baby name facts

16:20 Little girl finds hero coming up

16:40 “Christmas in August for Divorce Lawyers” coming up

16:50 Dental commercial

17:04 Charity commercial

17:35 Paint Monkey commercial

17:50 Harvey commercial

18:20 Weather App commercial

18:50 Dr. Oz commercial

19:20 Breaking News kid may be shot

19:40 Field Reporter

20:40 Kid hurt in police chase finds one of two ppl who saved life thanks to help of news station

21:05 Field Reporter

22:20 Interview the Hero found

22:35 Field report, woman who helped still unknown

23:00 Anchor – Robbery/murder of old man no death penalty

23:25 Anchor – Kindergarteners forced to change schools overnight

24:14 Anchor – Penn State hazing scandal

24:40 Anchor – Estate Theft

25:04 Anchor – August Wilson Center Comeback

25:50 New Tonight – Cruises

26:20 Pope visit > Nuns make tons of communion hosts

27:05 Next Time: keyless ignition=deadly, sports scandal

27:25 Weather update

27:45 Honda commercial

28:15 Dental commercial

28:30 Paint Monkey commercial

28:45 Talk show commercial

29:15 Morning News commercial

29:45 Weather App commercial

Approximately 11 minutes have been spent on the news, not counting weather, in this 30-minute newscast. Majority of the news did matter to local people, especially the breaking news that occurred of the boy being shot. Weather and sports aren’t very ‘investigative’ in nature or strange, unique, ect. in order to fill enough requirements to really be counted as ‘news.’ Yes, the weather is important–it also happens every day. Sports aren’t as important due to the objective quality of them in general. I am not a sports fan, but the person next to me might. This huge difference in importance of news even though both this person and I are currently under the same conditions is what disqualifies it as ‘news.’




Source: TV News Exercise

Invisible Observer

In Invisible Observer I noticed this passage: “…the motion from “I” to “you” is helpful, but the reporter is about as invisible as a guy with a bag over his head.” The context is implied to any situation where Gus Griffin is writing “one.” Even worse, he directly injects himself into the story, going from hazy to totally visible. “I asked” and “I decided” go directly against the Invisible Observer’s rule as follows: “too personal and self-referential.” It doesn’t allow the reader to fall into the story as the outside person they are.

Setting the scene is a good start, but Gus didn’t hook me or tell me anything about his article’s contents. If he cleverly reveled the bloody murder in the middle of this lovely walk I would be far more interested and understand the article far better. Lay out a time line better, seeing as “found this morning, as of this afternoon” is confusing.

Finally, don’t push any blame where there isn’t any solid evidence. “Slyly casting suspicion” does just this, putting the cop that is most likely doing his job with a thorough investigation in a bad light.

Source: Invisible Observer

NR&W 3

  1. The profitable side of emerging media is mainly splintered into two factions: for- and not-for-profit. With the emerging media changing so fast-paced entire segments of the media are publishing. At the same time there are more ways then ever to make profit, from venture capital to individual entrepreneurs and back. Some aren’t even financed by a single stable source, it’s writers and editors have completely separate jobs. The options make modern media both the easiest and most complex business to get into.
  2. To put my observations simply: the more tech-oriented, the better. Teachers will even have to upgrade to digitally-synced classrooms. But credibility for these people will be important, regardless. Combining the powers of the web with whatever projects these graduates take on would be the smartest choice. Jason Pugh is a Corporate Applications Instructor, a position that doesn’t necessarily require a background in English, but does nicely integrate the technological etiquette he learned with his more specific skill set.
  3. Today, in relative terms, I could join Eye Contact and The Setonian, becoming closer to being an editor. Yes, my dream would be to make my living off my own series of books; more reasonably and timely I want to be a literary editor, and the business of journalism as it is and as it is heading can allow me to be close enough to my goal for now through layout, copy editing, and writing. First thing’s first: join a thing. From there I can be on-staff for at least one, possibly both.
  4. By the time I graduate I would like to have published one novel or work of some sort of my own, not through the school. I need to polish my current work to a more acceptable level then work toward getting that published, hopefully with the assistance with a professor or two. I will take the courses at Seton Hill that are oriented toward the publishing world so I can better understand where it is headed, and become more fluent in publishing by having a major role in Eye Contact, at least.


Source: NR

NR&W 2

  1. The text restates something we learned in class: newspapers are still one of the most integral original sources for a story. The internet is becoming a secondary layer over legacy media as we know it today. Just because I don’t use traditional newspapers doesn’t mean they aren’t important, they just aren’t always as fast or effective as blogs and online paper companions for spot news. However, newspapers are the one with the most professional journalists despite their cutting back because of the internet. Companies unfortunately have to cut back on the amount of journalists they employ because of the internet, so the basic source of most news is–ironically–being bullied out by it’s own dependent.
  2. The journalistic process is being hampered by the lack of news being consumed by young people in America today. According to The Missouri Group’s ‘News Reporting and Writing’, “I’ll-informed members of the public can’t make good decisions in the voting booth, if indeed at all.” This call for action is aimed towards how journalism can effect people’s lives more directly. Citizen journalists help fill that gap. Democracy is about giving as many people in a republic a voice, and citizen journalists are those people exactly, now more than ever thanks to technology able to instantaneously report. During uprisings in the Middle East, citizen journalists were the best to report. “Social media allowed citizens to provide eyewitness accounts,” the same textual source says. By informing the public with the public, more trust is had than with a larger organization with a well-known political affiliation, such as Republicans to Fox News.
  3. While newspapers may die off, the companies themselves won’t. They way they operate and present themselves is what’s changing, putting an huge task of trying to predict the future in terms of what to study as a student. How will journalism work by the time I graduate? If the world of news will be just as bright and shiny as the text implies, what will be my role in it? Will my education have one at all? A lot of web-based outlets are becoming more and more profitable and will grow into new beasts that I can only hope my education at least touched on. As a leader I am free to use this new press however I want with the limitless, untested possibilities out there. The digital world doesn’t have very many restrictions as to what sort of leader I could potentially be in the society of tomorrow, only how I be it.
  4. The closing of actual newspapers as a whole is worth talking about The text offers a few examples on page 25, “Many well-knows newspapers have closed, including the ‘Rocky Mountain News’ of Denver and the ‘Seattle Post-Intelligencer.'” The changing economic landscape of the modern newspaper is confusing, from crushing debt due to buy-outs by other companies to still turning a healthy profit with advertisements. Physical ads are still more profitable than physical ones, creating this split along with said destructive mergers.

Source: NR