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Month: September, 2011

A Brief Interview


More Miscellaneous Journalism Tips and Examples

I just thought I’d add a couple of fun Journalism-centered things to make this blog a less dreary.

Here is a video. Videos are fun, right?

I also have a cartoon here for the kiddies.

Miscellaneous Journalism Tips and Examples: Unabridged

Breaking News in Journalism


This post essentially states what anyone else who has kept an eye on any news network is already aware of; the American people want jobs, and the media is capitalizing on that. Last week the economy was the topic most reported on in the nation, and the trend doesn’t appear to be drawing to a close. According to the data listed on the site, news stories on job creation are rising at a continuous rate, probably due to the emergence of potential presidential candidates in recent weeks.


Capitol News Connection, a self-proclaimed watchedog group for the goings-on in Congressional debates, will cease its reporting services as of September 30th. This is due in large part to the loss of the foundational funding that supported them for eight years. While opponents to this closure cite government conspiracy to evade accountability, CNC is taking everything in stride.


I realize that this story isn’t exactly of the utmost importance, but I found it to be rather encouraging. It is merely a short post on the achievements of a journalism major and the fellowship she earned for her efforts. As any Journalism major will know, the field is no longer considered a promising one, as technology enables any average Joe to do the work of a seasoned reporter. It was rather encouraging to find that professional journalists are still being sought-after and rewarded for their efforts.


The author of this article simply addresses the most common issues that data journalists make, like getting sidetracked with statistical curiousities and being consumed by editing and updating. One must understand that data changes by the minute. Therefore, painstakingly collecting data is of very little value in day-to-day journalism, as tomorrow it will already be outdated.


This post serves as a reminder of the relationship between the first amendment and the media. By making use of one’s first amendment rights to free speech, one keeps the tradition alive and in the public eye.

“How-To” Articles for Journalism Students


Yes, I’m aware that this article is for teachers, but the student can still gain quite a bit from looking over it. The author attempts to allay the fears that students generally express concerning using technology in their work. He first challenges them to see such advancements as an adventure in exploration rather than as a challenge, then leads them through the ins and outs of basic technology use.


This blog is rather self-explanatory. It basically suggests that all Journalism students a) watch the news b)become involved with campus social groups and take advantage of local service opportunities, and c) be very forward when trying to reach sources for commentary on your work.


Though it’s not so much of a “how-to” articles as it is a list of “how-to” articles, I believe this to be a very valuable resource. A journalism student can essentially find any information he or she needs by browsing through these articles.


This is Rob Niles. I appreciate him.

Before coming across this article I hadn’t even thought of a Journalism requiring something of his or her school. I suppose that’s because I’m generally the type to do as I am told in the classroom setting; words like “demand” bring to my mind pictures of the collegiate hippie movement. Still, the author (Rob Niles) offers a very reasonable list of requirements for students; The pupil must have able role-models and mentors, employment contacts, and work opportunities. It sounds fair to me.


For myself, I feel that the pride I have in my work is much more important than the approval of my fellow man. However, for the Journalism student who seeks for fame and fortune through his or her work in the media, this article has a few good tips: seek outside help (cheat?), learn how to do background checks on your sources (scandal always makes for a good story), and recruit professors to completely edit your work (more cheating.) I don’t recommend this article for moral reasons, but I feel like I should provide it so my viewership (i.e. Dr. Chalfa) will realize that I am trying to appeal to a wide demographic.



A [Simplified] Beginning

     Introductions are always difficult for me to write. I suffer from a writing style that is chronically lyrical and overly expressive, and whenever the time comes for me to put pen to paper I feel an intense need to make Robert Frost proud and make every line both savory and necessary.

     This is, however, just a blog for my Online Journalism class. No fluff is needed, no etheral imagery is required, and no impressive display of my vocabulary is desired. Only the short, concise facts written in the most basic language will be displayed here. Le sigh…

     This will take some getting used to. Nonetheless, I will press on.


     Thus far in my journalism class we have learned many precious oddities that will give us a basic understanding of the online world. Our greatest focus has been centered on the learning of HTML and the complexities that come with it. Using the Mindy McAdams blog (which is, funnily enough, all about writing a proper blog), we have equipped ourselves with several valuable tools: how to build a website from scratch, how to discern good sources from bad, and what journalism websites to rely on for advice. The work is none to difficult, but this certainly won’t be a class that one can breeze through.

     Silly as it may be, the most difficult assignment for me to accomplish was to increase my involvement with social media. I personally feel that having both a Facebook and a Twitter account is enough social interaction for any person. However, our class was instructed to a) set up Google Reader accounts b) subscribe to what i consider to be an excessive amount of blogs on said accounts, and c) to set up this blog. I’m not sure how exactly this is beneficial at the moment, and I hate that the internet now has a larger claim in my personal life, but I’m sure there is logic behind it all.

     I understand that this first entry has been altogether uninteresting, but I ask that you bear with me; I’m still learning to work outside my lyrically-saturated comfort zone, and this was my first step into a simplified literary beginning.