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Sophomore, lax player, sports communications major


In Filkas chapter 12 and 13 he talks about the different rights you have and should follow and also different ethic approaches.

It’s important to know what ethics you should follow and also why they matter. The Golden Mean is very helpful to know because it helps journalists find a happy medium with whoever they’re interviewing. Finding a balance between people is a good approach to writings. Ignorance is a risky area for journalists. Whether or not to release a story for someone being in jail as a star player somewhere, is a tough call to make. Being honest in your stories is very helpful and beneficial. Although we have freedom of speech, we as journalists can’t stray too far from the truth due to the backlash you or your company may get for publishing a certain story.

Filak tells us many do’s and don’ts in these two chapters and i do find them both very helpful.

Feature story

Running to be conference champions, Piedmont Colleges track and field teams and coaches slowed to down talk about their season.

The track and field teams at Piedmont College are coached by head coach Jeff Jenkins and assistant coaches Taylor Browning and Brain Gawne. Jenkins has been a coach for 11 years but has been at Piedmont for the last five, ever since the track and field program was started. This year is Piedmont’s first year in the USA South conference. Due to NCAA Division II teams dropping down to the USA South conference, the conference commissioner proposed that they add track and field with their own conference championship.

Prior to being in the USA South conference, coach Jenkins said, “We created what we call the Atlantic independent track and field championships. That was a good start for us.”

The Atlantic Independent track and field championships were held in Fayetteville, North Carolina at Methodist University. The following year they were held in Berea, Kentucky at Berea College. Being in the Atlantic Independent Conference the past two years, allowed Piedmont’s track and field to be prepared when their time came for USA South.

When the outdoor season starts, the team has eight weeks to be able to have meets. The NCAA requires them to participate in seven meets leading up to the conference championship. In order to be as successful as the track team has been this year, they focused a lot on rest and recovery. This helped them get through the rigorous seven weeks before the championship.

“We were thinking about our bodies, listening to our bodies.” Killian McClain, a junior thrower said. ”That was the biggest thing, if your body wasn’t feeling it, you shouldn’t be doing it.”

 Rest is just as important as training for these athletes.

“We rested.” coach Jenkins said. “One of our philosophies we have in our program is train hard, recover harder.”

Resting and training hard in their season and off season has been the key for Piedmont’s track and field team. This has ultimately led them to the conference championship that was this past week, April 18th and 19th in Berea, Kentucky.

“We competed less than a week before conference which we typically don’t like to do,” said coach Jenkins.

However, being well rested going into the weekend, helped lead both the men’s and women’s teams to victory.

“Our coaches were always there to listen and made sure everyone was happy.” Karla Cantrell, a sophomore runner said. “They knew we were going to be the best prepared team at conference and with that we would win a ring and we did.”

Coach Jenkins, Browning and Gawne all prepared their athletes properly for the conference championship with the feeling of winning it all.

“It’s important we’re fresh going into the championship.” said coach Jenkins.

That is exactly what the track team did going into the championship. Both the men’s and women’s teams came out on top with championship wins. Piedmont’s track and field teams started off in a conference a few years ago not knowing if they would become a part of USA South and this season, they won it all in the first official year in USA South.

“This has been incredible to go from that to this,” said coach Jenkins.

Disaster Drill

Disaster on Piedmont Colleges campus? Nope, just the Piedmont College Disaster Drill of 2019 held by the R.H Daniel School of Nursing.

The school and community participated in the annual Disaster Drill this past Wednesday, March 27. The disaster for this year’s drill was a fire that started in the theatre of the Swanson Center at Piedmont College. Junior nursing students as victims of the fire and senior nursing students as the nurses assessed their injuries from the fire. Piedmont’s theatre department helped create a realistic fire setting for the drill. They help do victim’s makeup, added smoke to the scene and added lighting and pyrotechnics to set the scene of a fire disaster.

Fred Bucher, Piedmont Colleges facilities management and safety director was on the scene of the Disaster Drill. He helps maintain campus safety and helped create this year’s event.

“The smoke, the noise, the lights… this is what they’re going to be faced with moving on into their career,” said Bucher.

Senior nursing student Katelyn Durmire was on the scene of the drill and was one of the nurses that got to give handson aid to the victims of the fire.

“The disaster drill is a good practice opportunity for us as nursing students to be prepared for our future jobs coming up in the next year or so,” Said Durmire. “It’s a very realistic setting that we get to be placed in to help victims right away.”

This Disaster Drill also serves as practice for the first responders in the community. Piedmont Police Chief Jim Andrews said.

“he responders involved were the City of Demorest Police, Habersham County Medical Center and EMS, Habersham County Fire Department, Sheriff’s Office, 911/Emergency Management Agency, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Homeland Security, Habersham Search and Rescue and the District Two Public Health Administration.”

Having all the first responders on the scene is important to show the lifelike resemblance of an actual fire taking place and what everyone’s roles are in helping victims.

An Airlife Georgia helicopter based in Gainesville, Georgia, Homeland Security drone and rescue dogs were also on the scene in order to help simulate a real fire disaster. Having the first responders from all areas of the field is very beneficial for Piedmonts nursing students to get used to working with responders, because one day it won’t be a drill and they will have to work hand in hand with them. Andrews said.

With the help of about 400 students overall, the disaster drill of 2019 involved many.


I find myself using a lot of the cliches talked about with Knight. Reading the way they should or could be written instead is very helpful for my future writings. I feel as if i use them so much sometimes because of trying to fit a word count or try to make my story more “juicy” when in reality it makes it harder to read looking back at my writings.

Reading about the no no words we should not be using in our writing is a big eye opener for me because I use those words a lot in my writings. Reading about the word “very” and “that” and how they shouldn’t be used in certain ways is interesting. I like the part talking about the word “very” and how it says to not tell the reader how to think. I like that way of thinking and find it interesting to not use the word. I never realized the word “very” could possibly have people trying to get the reader to think the way they do.


Knowing information about the topic you’re about to write about is very important. Having a sense of what you’ll be covering is a good way to have an idea of how to write your paper. Reading previous stories, documents and even official websites is a good start to do research on the topic. I agree with Filak on that. Getting facts ahead of time before an interview or on scene coverage is important because it may help you ask the person more questions or help you focus on one part of the topic you may want to focus on.

Reading about how to keep your beat in reporting is very helpful. I think reading about your interviewee before you interview them would be helpful to keep your conversation going. If it is a topic about an environment or something, still doing research on the area of topic would still be helpful in my opinion.


Reading Filak’s work, i find it very helpful when he talked about Learning How To Think. My favorite part is when he says, “learning material is not the same as think, let alone engaging in critical thinking.” I agree with what he says there because i feel as if it’s something we can all learn off of. Learning something and thinking something are two very different concepts.

Thinking open-mindedly is also something a journalist needs to do. It’s important to keep your views open to what the person has to say/tell you. Being open minded will also open doors for more questions you may think of on the go as a reporter and lead you to a more juicy story.

Not letting your ego get in the way goes hand in hand with being open minded in my mind. Not allowing your ego to be in the way of what story you need to cover is important. Your ego can impact your attitude towards a person you’re interviewing or also not allow you to think open mindedly about a topic you are discussing as a journalist.


After reading Filaks writing, I do believe our generation is sadly losing our attention spans. If the reader doesn’t like what you’re saying or isn’t interested in it within the first lines, they will move on to the next best thing. I think in today’s world there is too much information and different types of it (true/false) to have a reader feel more at free will to move on to the next best article even if it may not be true. The clickbait articles can grab the readers attention faster with false information than a true article can sometimes.

After reading Knight, I feel as if I need to make my writings more “juicy” and to get the readers attention for the sake of newsworthiness. Also being able to keep the reader entertained in it and have the reader want to keep reading more. Knowing your audience is also an important part of writing. Writing a story for ESPN but it not being sports related, isn’t going to go too far.