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About BGowen

Sophomore, lax player, sports communications major

RR6

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.

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RR5

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.

Professor Jackson interview

Professor Melissa Jackson mjackson@piedmont.edu 706-778-8500 ext. 1196

From thinking still photography was for her, to news, documentaries and production. She’s done it all and now professor Melissa Jackson hopes to bring decades of field experience to the classrooms here at  Piedmont College.

“I decided I could either tell more stories or I could help the new generation tell stories,” said Jackson, “I wanted to bring all my experiences that I had had and help this generation tell the stories now. I think there are plenty of students out there that want to learn and go out there and make a change. I think that video and film is one of the ways that they can do that.”

Before joining Piedmont College’s Mass Communications program in the 2018-2019 school year, Jackson had her big start in news with two different internships in college: one her junior year and another her senior year. The second internship led to a job two weeks after her college graduation. This brought her into the world of news, documentary videoing across the world along with working for an Atlanta based news, weather, traffic and sports station, WSB-TV.

“I worked in what they called a special projects unit and was a field producer. I put together pieces for the anchors you see,” she said. “Everyone from Dr. Randy Martin, Clark Howard, Monica Pearson John Pruitt, Jovita Moore.”

Jackson was a main part on the WSB-TV team behind the scenes. She covered all areas of stories for the team, and sometimes be in the midst of the action for a breaking story. Jackson worked with the main anchors at WSB-TV and was requested to come back and help with their farewell material. Once she ended with her field work, she headed back to the classroom to get her master’s degree from University of Georgia and to then give back in the classroom.

“It’s really cool to have a professor that is coming straight back to the classroom setting from the real world,” sophomore sports communication major Davis Barlow said. “It adds to her credibility as a professor since she knows exactly what she needs to teach us.”

Barlow believes professor Jackson is here to better Piedmont students and also help them get prepared for what jobs are available after graduation.

Mattie Keaton, senior mass communications major said, “I think she helps students because she gives them assignments that allow them to get out into the field and really get comfortable with the different equipment.”

Professor Jackson says she has high hopes and big dreams for Piedmont Colleges mass communications program.

“I’ve been blessed to work in every part of this,” she said. “The movies, film, documentaries, production, cooperate, news. That’s what I want to bring here.”

RR 4

The lede is a pretty important part of a story for the sake of getting readers to read the whole story and keep wanting more. The lede sets the tone for the rest of the piece you’re writing. Reading about how some people want the lede to be 25 words or less makes me somewhat stress out. It makes me think of trying to get all my good points out in 25 words which is personally hard to do because I’m quiet a wordy person when it comes to papers.

In my mind, a good lede me think of click-bait where random click-bait websites have a good title to some article through a link to their website just to get views or clicks. True or not, click-bait hooks people and gets a lot of people to click on the fake news titles just for the views. I believe if you have a good lede to your story and/or title, you can do the same for the readers.

RR #3

The interviewer has a pretty big job while they are interviewing someone. To me, always trying to find open ended questions to ask someone during an interview is pretty hard. Through audio production 1 with DVC, I personally found it hard to keep a conversation going with open ended questions. Being the one that has the whole interview in my hands, to be good or bad, honestly made me feel pressured.

After reading the Filak’s take on interviews, it makes me wish I had read this earlier than I have encountered this reading. He breaks it down to where you can think through an interview and realize what parts you may personally need to work on or focus on more through your interviews in the future.

RR #2

Wordiness has been something I have personally struggled with through my writings growing up. After reading this part of chapter five, I have realized that wordiness isn’t what is needed to have the story told fully. Using the right words, in the right order, along with some adjectives, can get the job done better than adding fluff to the writing.

Along with the fluff and wordiness, avoiding redundancy also plays a large roll in writing. I personally am too redundant in my writings. I feel as if I’m repeating myself over and over again or adding just fluff words to drag out the sentence or point I’m trying to get across.

After reading chapter six, I feel as if it would or could have helped me on the grammar tests we have taken. Just seeing and reading about the different verbs and where and how to use them and such, feels pretty beneficial and helpful for the more grammar stuff we may do in class. After reading chapter six, I feel somewhat more confident with my grammar.

RR #1

Writing and grammar have always been something I’ve struggled with. Growing up, seeing even a sentence diagram on the board made me want to just go hide in the bathroom all of language arts class. Through all the tutors and tears, I’ve managed to get this far with grammar and writing. I think having a topic to begin with, media wise, will be help me become better at writing because it’s not just telling a story, it’s having people interested too.

Knight puts writing into a better and different perspective within this chapter for me. I’ve never thought about how if you have a good introduction, then it sets up the organization of the rest of the story. I’ve spent way too much time focusing on the body instead of the introduction. Instead of finding a style that fits well with my work, I tend to find myself trying to fit a style of someone else’s work especially when it’s in the introduction. I really think that reading and applying Knights strategies and styles will help me become a better writer throughout the semester.