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Just a college girl who loves Jesus & wants to share Him with everyone

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Chapter 7 seems like a common sense chapter, but is also a good reminder for good journalism. Be prepared, understand why you’re there, be flexible, and look outside the event you’re covering.

Beat reporting is a very specific type of reporting that leads to more knowledge in one area. Thematic, conceptual, and geographical beats are three broad categories beat reporting typically falls in. In order to be a beat reporter, a journalist needs to be knowledgeable in the topic he or she is reporting. Listening to stories and advice from other people in the field is a good way to do so. Making friends, seeking out sources, building up a document file and talking to the boss are also good ways to become knowledgeable in a beat.

There’s nothing wrong with reading older stories about the beat either. This will help to make the point of the beat and the style of the publication more prominant, and help the journalist write a story better-fitted to the audience he or she is trying to reach.

Profile stories often take more than one interview in order to get as much information as possible. They might also require more than just a primary source as well.

 

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Honesty and accuracy are two of the pillars of good journalism. A journalist’s job is to provide the truth with no bias and portray everything accurately. Journalists write to inform the people. If a story is skewed or information is left out, the reader is not getting the whole story. Facts can be hard to come by in today’s society, however. Fake news, photoshop, and corrupt journalists make writing accurately and factually-based very difficult.

Overgeneralization can be just as bad as providing inaccurate details. There are times when journalists don’t know the whole of the situation, but overgeneralizing is not the answer. A journalist’s job is to dig deeper than the average bystander so he can provide the public with correct information.

Being able to adapt to the situation is also a mark of a good journalist. Preparation is good, but journalists should also be prepared for a plot twist. Filak reminds journalists not to let their egos get in the way.

Euphemisms can be dangerous in journalistic writing. Being politically correct is okay, but Knight reminds journalists to not let it get in the way of their writing.

William Gabelhausen profile story

William Gabelhausen wasn’t supposed to become a theatre artist, but an Aha! Moment in his early high school years caused him to approach the rest of his life with a thirst for the performing arts.

“Somebody said, ‘You wanna try out for a musical?’ And I was like, ‘Heck yeah!’ So I got hooked,” said William Gabelhausen, department chair and associate professor of theatre at Piedmont College. “And then after high school, I debated — I really wanted to do theatre. But the commonsense side of me said I should go into mechanical drafting, which I was really good at. And every male in my family has worked at Caterpillar Tractors, so that just seemed the logical step, but I chose to study theatre.”

Gabelhausen abandoned the family career path to study theatre at Illinois Wesleyan University, and then moved to New York City to pursue his dream. His first day job was at a casting agency called Soble/LaPadura Casting, where he was able to take off work to attend his own auditions when possible. Gabelhausen, who is originally from Peoria, Illinois, moved away after awhile because the city began to make him feel restless.

“Living in the city kind of made me into a person that I didn’t want to become,” said Gabelhausen. “And I had seen other people like that — friends who graduated before me. I felt very hardened. And being from the Midwest, after so many years in New York, I felt very closed in.”

Gabelhausen didn’t let that stop him, however, from experiencing life in the Big Apple— if only for a short while.

“I did a couple other smaller things in New York. I never made it to the big old Broadway,” said Gabelhausen. “But then I got national tours and ended up touring with “A Chorus Line” and “1776.” And then after I did my master’s degree, I toured with “Taming of the Shrew” and “The Elephant Man” and that’s kind of what left me in Atlanta.”

Gabelhausen’s heart, however, lies in education.

“I got my MED (master’s of education) in secondary English education and was very lucky right upon completing that,” said Gabelhausen. “I was hired at Oconee County High School as part-time English, part-time drama (teacher) my first year, and then my second year I went full-time drama.”

During his 11th year teaching at Oconee County High School, Piedmont College reached out to Gabelhausen and he accepted a job, thinking he would only work there for a year. Instead, he fell in love with Piedmont and decided to continue teaching there.

“I really love working with Bill because he is so passionate towards his profession,” said Tyler Vandiver, a junior theatre arts major and student assistant to William Gabelhausen. “The one thing that I admire about him is that he is really caring towards all of his students.”

Gabelhausen uses his professional experience in his teaching and directing methods at Piedmont College to help his students.

“Bill has already taught me so much about the process of seeking jobs in the world of theatre in audition techniques,” said Kaitlyn Echols, a senior musical theatre and theatre for youth double major, and one of the students in Gabelhausen’s audition techniques class. “I’m learning so much, and beginning to feel more and more prepared for graduation in May.”

One show in particular that Gabelhausen directed this past fall is very dear to him for several reasons. Gabelhausen’s passion for directing “A Chorus Line” was contagious and made an impact on the students involved, as well as sparking some old memories for Gabelhausen too.

“The second [Broadway show] I ever saw was “A Chorus Line” and just fell in love with that,” said Gabelhausen. “And I haven’t touched that script really in any way, shape or form until I directed it this season and it brought back some really amazing memories.”

Gabelhausen is a firm believer in using real-life experiences as tools for teaching students the art of theatre.

“Really in any class that I teach here, I try to rely heavily on the real world because that’s the ultimate goal for any student,” said Gabelhausen.

Even though Gabelhausen’s talents and dreams led him to New York City to pursue performing, his heart led him to Demorest, Georgia to teach students the art form he so dearly loves.

“I love that Aha! Moment when, all the sudden, somebody gets something or realizes something,” said Gabelhausen. “That’s very exciting to an educator.”

Source: William Gabelhausen, wgabelhausen@piedmont.edu 706-778-8500 x1320

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In chapter 1, Filak says that good journalism is using the skills that make a good writer to benefit other people. Writing for a purpose makes an impact on people, making the journalist’s voice heard and introducing readers to the person, topic or issue the journalist is addressing.

Infotainment is a large source of news for many people, but can also be detrimental in spreading true and important news. Parodies are funny and spread news, but they can also be taken out of context and create more controversy.

Knight mentions that certain broadcasts or stories go out to certain audiences. It is important to know who an author is writing for, so as to include the most relevant information to that specific group of people.

A good journalist must also be able to decide what is considered “newsworthy.” Nowadays, there are so many sites dedicated to pleasing/humoring audiences with fascinating, yet unimportant topics that make no difference in society. However unimportant these articles are in the grand scheme of things, people still continue to read them in order to escape responsibilities and to have a little down time. Knowing your audience as a writer makes a huge impact on what you write and how it is received.

Brittany Gowen Profile

By: Ansleigh Harrison

Lacrosse isn’t necessarily the big sport in south Georgia, but Brittany Gowen, a member of the Piedmont College girls lacrosse team, pursues it with passion. Gowen, however, didn’t originally start her athletic career as a lacrosse player.

“I was playing softball for thirteen years. And it got to the point where high school softball is full of politics-well any sport, really, in high school, is full of politics. The coach moved up one of the other girls instead of me, which was younger, all because her dad was on the board,” said Gowen.

Gowen felt as if all of her hard work and talent was going to waste. After chatting with her mom after practice one day, Gowen made the decision to quit softball and pursue lacrosse instead.

“Forget softball. I’m not playing next year. I’m gonna play lacrosse,” said Gowen during her high school softball career.

Gowen played three sports during her sophomore year of high school, but only went on to pursue lacrosse in college. The sport resonated with her in a way that basketball and softball did not.

When asked why she chose to play lacrosse, Gowen responded “it’s upbeat. And I guess because I saw potential in myself in it, cause I was getting to the point in softball where I was just gonna burn out.”

Gowen didn’t always see herself quitting softball to play lacrosse, but taking that step led her to where she is today. Gowen’s story is proof that life doesn’t always work out the way one hopes, but it can lead to something even better.

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The lede should highlight the who, what, when, where and why aspects of the story. The lede doesn’t have to be just the first paragraph of the story; it can be even the third and fourth paragraphs too. Leading with a question  can cause the reader to feel as if he must have an answer, and can disinterest the reader from the entire story if he cannot relate to the lede.

Although there are several forms of ledes, they should always emphasize the point of the story. The whole point of a lede is to grab the reader’s attention, so the lede should make the reader want to read more. Most writers think that they should increase the severity or sexiness of the story as they write, saving the best for last. Information the reader needs to know should go at the beginning, however, because he can stop reading at any time.

Filak says that neither overciting nor not citing enough is wrong in journalism. I find this interesting since we live in a world where plagiarism is such a big deal. However, if the source doesn’t change, not citing every single sentence seems logical so as to avoid wordiness and keep the story straightforward.

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Although an interview should be more about the interviewee than the interviewer, the interviewer is also the one steering the conversation most of the time. An interviewee can take the conversation in a new direction with a topic they connect to their answers, but the interviewer ultimately is the one who has to lead the conversation.

Knight says to treat the interviewee as a normal human being capable of giving intriguing information. Otherwise, the interviewer can become too caught up in who he is interviewing and not the information he is receiving.

Knight also brings up the issue of bringing the story together. No one wants to read an outline transferred to paragraph form; readers want exciting sentence structures and information that will keep them reading.

Filak says to know your interviewee before you interview them. It’s hard to ask them questions if you haven’t done your own research first.

Profiles need more than one source in order to gather correct information, especially if that information happened a long time ago.

Watchdog journalism is where the journalist acts as a watchdog, alerting the public eye to certain issues–typically involving politics and/or people in power.