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Filak makes a few points that anyone looking to be successful in writing must remember. The most important rules? Spell correctly and make sure your grammar is correct.

In these chapters that we also read last semester, Filak highlights important rules of writing, the basics of how to construct good sentences and what makes a reporter great. Writing so your readers can understand is one of the most critical parts of media writing.

One of the points Filak made was to make your sentence structure vary to make an impact. For some reason the way this was presented sounded to me like the structure of every horror movie cliche.

Long sentences invoke the same feelings audiences get during the first 15 minutes of a horror film when you’re meeting characters and discovering the plot.  It’s boring and long and not full of action and your audience is just along for the ride until it get more interesting.

Medium length sentences are like when you’re watching the stupid cheerleader girl go into the haunted basement. You know something’s going to happen soon and it’s definitely more interesting than the “meet the characters” filler.

Short sentences are like when the girl finds the ghost in the closet. Or doll. Or nun. Take your pick. Short sentences add drama and are more impactful than boring longer ones.

Filak makes some valuable insights that help the reader know what the best way to be a good journalist is.


A Traveler’s Take on Returning to Piedmont

I was born in August on Friday the 13th, 1999 in Dacula, GA. Since then, my life has been pretty weird. I’ve played almost every sport, played piano for seven years, and have fallen in love with writing for much longer. I started honing my skills by joining my high school yearbook staff and being co-lead writer and design editor for three years.

Last year, I had the opportunity to travel to Italy and fell absolutely in love with it. The people, the food: everything about it was pure heaven. I took a Maymester trip to France and even though it poured for most of the trip, it was still an amazing experience.

As a returning Piedmont lion, I’ve noticed that this year seems much less intimidating than last. Maybe it’s because I’m not a freshman anymore (I’m one credit hour short of being a junior), maybe it’s because I’ve made friends that I know I can rely on, or maybe it’s because I’ve found a home in the Mass Comm department.

I’m usually pretty shy unless someone else initiates the conversation. It’s something that I’m working on. But I like to challenge and push myself to try new things and be better.

I’m currently a Mass Comm major with an Art minor planning to pursue a Master’s in journalism after I leave Piedmont (fingers crossed). I’m a section editor for the yearbook staff and have a part-time job as a graphic design assistant on campus.

I’m sure Joe’s class won’t all be sunshine and Ke$ha, but it’s nice to  see so many familiar faces and I’m excited to greet the new ones.IMG_3497