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Chapter 3 of the textbook has some very useful insights on the topic of grammar and sentence structure. Filak’s mention of an author’s credibility being his “stock-in-trade” is absolutely true (p. 38). If a writer has no credibility, what does he have? Nothing. I liked his statement: “if one component [of a sentence] is weak, the whole machine suffers” (p. 39). Sentence structure is one of the most important ways for a writer to get his point across. Many people think that embellishing makes their writing sound more sophisticated, but it actually just tends to clutter the sentence structure and take away from the initial idea the writer is trying to convey.

I thought is was very interesting how Filak mentioned that sometimes grammar actually gets in the way of a writer’s main idea. I’ve always been one for correct grammar, but I agree that sometimes it can actually misconstrue what the author was trying to say, or confuse the audience he is trying to reach. I also liked his section on how reading aloud can help a writer find his mistakes. I’ve found this to be true in my own writing.

In chapter 4, Filak talks about the inverted pyramid. I find this useful because I would normally write in a chronological order. However, by writing the outcome of the story first, the writer catches his audience’s attention and gives them a reason to keep reading.

In chapter 8, he mentions knowing background information before going to an event. This seems like common sense to me; but the more I read, the more I understood. Covering an event seems like an easy task, because all a writer is reporting is what took place. However, if he has no beforehand knowledge of the event, topic, or people he is covering, his story is likely to be bare and boring. The audience members he is trying to reach will likely pick up on this and look elsewhere for their source of news on the event. Post-event interviews are also extremely helpful, because they may be able to fill in gaps the spokesperson has left out. They also may be able to explain some of the formal language and jargon at the event that readers may possibly be confused by.

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To begin this response, I would like to say that everything that Filak has mentioned in “Dynamics of Media Writing,” I had to apply throughout the course of my newspaper internship this past summer. This guy is seriously a genius.

Style and grammar matter TREMENDOUSLY when writing. If you can’t communicate to your readers clearly, how will they be able to understand what you really mean? A clear connection of speech from yourself to the readers builds a trusting bond. Forming that trusting bond will give your writing a characteristic that brings more readers in.

Simplicity and clarity is the first step to creating a relationship (and that bond I was talking about earlier) with your audience. When Filak introduces this strategy, he shows you that your sentences set the pace for your specific piece of writing, which is an important aspect of journalism. The flow of your writing shows your readers your style.

Let’s be honest here, media writing is unique in itself. There are many rules to follow, but there are also many ways to keep your writing creative, without it looking identical to every other journalist’s work. Writing is a skill that can be developed and shaped and Filak explains how media writing can be perfected, while keeping it your own. Building your writing up, beginning with the basics, helps guide your writing in the right direction.

Along with media writing comes the decision on if the event should even be covered. Is it interesting? Is it worth telling? Will it make an audience want to read your story? Filak states that you have to know how to cover an event– and cover it productively. Preparation and fact checking is mandatory to be successful as a journalist.

During my internship, I applied all of the news reporting steps that Filak mentions. It was a way to conduct my interviews, event coverages, and photo ops adequately to get what I needed for the paper. I made sure I questioned my motives beforehand to be sure of the purpose of my story– which was a key aspect of my success as a reporter.

Hi, I’m Jade!

This is my sophomore year at Piedmont College and I am absolutely in love with this small school in this small town. I could not wait to move back here and continue my journey.
I was in a wreck over the summer where my car was totaled. Everyone walked away with minor injuries but considering it was my first accident, it scared me to death. I walked away with a new perspective on life. Iv always heard the saying “live everyday like its your last” but I never really understood it until that day. Since then I try to make everyday as productive as it possible can. Whether it’s working, hanging out with friends, or doing a few chores; I try to do more than just sit and roam all my diVAnfferent social media apps. Doing this I found a new love for hiking and going on adventures, so if anyone ever needs a hiking buddy, you know where to find one!
If you want to get me to talk about something, ask me about my 6-month-old nephew, Van! Just look at how precious he looks! I can sit all day and tell you about what makes him laugh or what little weird quirks he has. If you want I can shows you videos and picture that has completely filled all my storage on my phone but it’s totally worth it.
Oh and by the way, I work at Chicago’s Pizza right down the road for the school, we have really good food so everyone should come in sometime to see me. 😊

A Transfer’s Journey

My name is Cameron Verona, and I am a Sophomore transfer student from Reinhardt University. I fled briefcase in hand from a place I once intended to call home for my entire college career, and ended up here at Piedmont, hoping to find a home for myself amongst the sea of green and white lions.

Leaving was not easy, but I knew a change had to take place in order to impact my life for the better. While I am currently involved with the MCOM program and find every aspect of the major to be absolutely captivating, this path is not one which I intend to tread down every day for the rest of my life; no – I want to play professional soccer. Without the game, I am nothing, and this is seen to be doubly true when I believe the former phrase with all my being. This is the primary reason I have transferred to Piedmont.

I was always told that in order to make it at the highest level, a track record of success must be surmounted first at the college level. To keep it short and sweet, I was not seeing much of the field at Reinhardt, and it was imperative that I find another institution in which I could fight day and night, on and off the field, to play and create success for myself and the team. With all of the above in mind, I packed my bags and made my way to Piedmont, craving to seize the opportunities that now exist right before my very eyes; opportunities that I have always wanted.

On the side, I play guitar as a hobby alongside video games. I have continuously taught myself how to play guitar for about two years now, and was inspired to begin the task after seeing my high school British Literature teacher play for us in class (this combined with my desire to play the rock and metal music that I have come to love since I was a child). On the video game side of things, I have been playing those much longer and they exist to myself just as valuable a way to spend time with friends as seeing them in person may be to others.

I’m excited about the upcoming year at Piedmont!

 

[Pictured below: Pablo (left, a friend from Spain) and me (right) at the Slayer concert in Atlanta on August 10th]

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Blue-Eyed Belle

Actress. Singer. Costumer. Writer.

Though these are the most prominent of my hobbies and talents, I am a girl of many interests. But before I get to those…

I was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia on April 25th, 1997. My full name is Ansleigh Shae Harrison, but I am frequently mistaken as an “Ashleigh.” I have a sixteen year old sister who also doubles as my best friend. I love anything to do with Disney. The first thing people tend to notice about me is my blue eyes. My favorite Disney princess is Belle, and my good friend Toni thought I looked so much like her that he started calling me “Blue-eyed Belle” (hence my title). I’m a Christian, so going to church is a huge blog 29part of my life. When I was in kindergarten, I started going to choir at my church. I sang in the ensemble of all of our productions until I was in the fifth grade, when my mother and choir director forced me to audition for a part. Shy, little introverted Ansleigh did as she was told and was given the lead in a Christmas production called Candy Cane Lane. I immediately fell in love with performing, but I’m also very athletic. I acted in several shows in middle school, but cheerleading was a huge love of mine. In ninth grade, I tried out for the varsity competition cheerleading squad at my high school, Hebron Christian Academy, and made it. For two years, I juggled hours of practices, football games, and competitions, while also struggling to continue performing. After juggling a supporting role in a play, varsity softball, a lead in a musical, and basketball cheerleading my junior year, I realized how much I loved theatre. I quit cheerleading for good to pursue what I am now majoring in: Theatre Arts.

In my free time, I love to paint, read, write blogs and novels, sew, and practice photography. But theatre and music remain my favorite extracurriculars. I am a senior Theatre Arts major with a Mass Communications minor. I am a part of the Piedmont College Singers, and have taken voice lessons all four years at Piedmont. I became interested in costumes my sophomore year, and have since then costume designed three shows–one being Piedmont’s mainstage production of The Shadow Box. I helped start a religious organization on campus called ILTEL (Intentionally Loving to Eternally Live) and am the Media Coordinator for the group. I’m a part of several societies on campus, such as Alpha Psi Omega, The Torch, and the National Society of Leadership and Success.

And just to sum myself up…

I absent-mindedly tap dance when I’m bored, I love all things Audrey Hepburn, I am constantly laughing, I love to sing at the top of my lungs, and I am a devout Christ-follower.

Thanks for taking the time to read about my quirky but blessed life.

Sincerely,

Ans

About Me: Evan Easton

My name is Evan Easton.  I am a sophomore Sports Communications major at Piedmont College.  I am from Hall County, Georgia but was born in Gulfport, Mississippi.  I play basketball at Piedmont and have been playing basketball since i was four.  I also played baseball and football until middle school.  I have always had a love for sports and enjoyed watching and playing them.  My dad played football at Ole Miss and my brother played football at Liberty University so sports have always been integrated in my life.  I have always enjoyed going to Braves and Hawks games and attended several Atlanta United games in their first two seasons. I have always loved sports and they have always been a major part of my life.