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