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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.

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Abby With a Y

Aby, Abi, Abbi, Abbey, and even Abbie, believe it or not, are some of the misspellings I’ve acquired over the many years of school. With these misspellings, comes the awkward response of, “It’s just a Y,” every single year. I’ve even had a teacher who spelled my name wrong the entire duration of her class in fourth grade, so you can believe how sick I am of this devastation of misspellings. Just imagine the stress of a ten-year-old dealing with that kind of misfortune.

Sometimes, I accidentally give off the persona of a quiet, shy student that stands in the background of photos, refuses to raise her hand in class to ask questions, and is too afraid to step out of her comfort zone to try something new. Honestly, it’s usually just because I’m tired, but no one else knows that that’s the case. So, whenever I corrIMG_3126ect the misspelling of my name, I get a few glances because my peers don’t expect me to talk. But in reality, it’s the complete opposite—I am a boisterous, lively 19-year-old who loves Harry Potter and has the frequent tendency to sometimes be a bit louder than intended.

I just get really excited.

This past summer, I interned at a newspaper and man, what an experience. The opportunity to learn so many new things wouldn’t have been given to me if I wasn’t tossed out of my comfort zone—and by tossed, I don’t mean gently. I was literally thrown upside down, head first into pure mayhem. To put it simply, there were many curveballs involving this internship. What do I mean by this? Well, I once sprinted in heels on the highway to get a picture of a man being life-flighted. I was also denied access to take pictures of a train wreck, forcing me to stand my ground until I got the pictures I needed. I even had the chance to see a grand tour of a beautiful 7000 sq. ft. home being built. Even though I felt very uncomfortable in certain situations because I wasn’t used to the confrontation, it helped shape me into the growing journalist I am today.

Throughout the years, I have learned that I have a true passion for writing. Wherever I am, if I think of an idea to write about, I pull out a crumpled receipt or gum wrapper, maybe even a napkin—whatever I can find usually— and write down key notes about what thoughts have popped into my mind. When I write, it makes me feel as if I have my life together, even if that isn’t the case. (I’m a college student, so I most definitely DO NOT have my life together.) Writing is an outlet that calms me when I feel panicked and relaxes me when things may not be necessarily going as planned. It’s a way of expressing myself in words when I feel like I can’t express them out loud. Plus, personally, writing has no rules for me except for one: we can’t be brave in this big world without at least one small safe space to work through our fears and failures—writing is my safe space.

And with that being said, I plan to take on this big world, one disastrous misspelling at a time.

XOXO, Abby With a Y