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RR 9: Law and the Medai and Ethics

In chapter 12 of Filak it was very interesting to read about how law affects media in some ways. Like how on page 211 it goes into law across media platforms and how the Bill of Rights comes into play.

I liked how this chapter went into about all the different ways law has an effect on everyone in the media. I liked the part on the rules of recording because it goes on about the one-party consnet, which is when you record someone without their consent.

I also liked not only it went on about the rules recorders have to follow but what to do after things go too far. The chapter has a section on deffenses agaisnt libel, it gives you all the options people can take: truth, opion, and privlage.

In chapter 13 I was really just reminding myself the ways in which ethics comes into play with just about everything. This whole chapter was stuff I was already told in high school with maybe some updated things such as, th golden mean.

This was a new term and I liked to read about how this is all about finding a middle ground for people.

What IS Lacrosse?

Guys running around a field throwing a ball and hitting each other. This is lacrosse looks like to many observers. To Timothy Dunton, Piedmont Colleges’ men’s lacrosse head coach, it’s more than that.

“I would describe lacrosse as a combination of a lot of different sports, all kind of intertwined.” says Dunton.

Coach Dunton has coached Piedmont Men’s Lacrosse for four years, “I took over half way through it’s life,” he says.

The men’s lacrosse team has only been around at Piedmont College for eight years, and the past two seasons have been the best yet. “Second year in a row we made playoff,” says Dunton. “Technically the third, but we weren’t in the USA South Conference (for the first time).”

Lacrosse is a sport few, besides those who play and coach it, know what exactly it is. Coach Dunton says, “it’s a combination of a lot of different sports, kind of intertwined, definitely a lot of sports mixed into one.”

Junior Brandon Murria and freshman Parker Cheatham, both on the men’s lacrosse team, describe it differently.

“I would probably compare it to hockey because of all the similarities, but without seeing a men’s game for yourself it can difficult to explain,” says Cheatham.

Murria says, “I would describe it as a vacation.”

Cheatham and Murria both started playing because of a friend, but have kept playing ever since middle school. Cheatham likes the competitiveness of the sport and even more when playing his position as goalie. Murria played football before realizing lacrosse was a bigger passion.

“I like the sports participation,” says Murria, “everyone who plays it usually is cool and just makes it seem like a family away from home.”

The men’s lacrosse team is very young themselves with only a few seniors on the team. “We have a better team than the record show, and were very young,” says Dunton, “my junior class has been the core of that, we built around them.”

North Georgia does not have much of a lacrosse prevalence, the closest area where you see this sport is Gwinnett County. “It’s been kinda fun growing the game up here and exposing lacrosse to this area,” says Dunton.

With the men’s team being so young Dunton is on the fence about this season. “There’s not a lot of history for men’s lacrosse, and we don’t have any history to rely on.”

“I feel like we’re creating the history,” says Dunton.

BREAKING NEWS: Disaster in Swanson

On Mar. 27, 2019 at 10:07 a.m. a fire broke out at Piedmont College’s Swanson Center. Smoke filled the building as victims are inside, with screams of pain and distress filling the building.

Firefighters entered at 10:13 a.m. with a hose to put out the remaining fire and check to make sure the Piedmont nurses are safe to go inside. Nurses arrive onsite with a rush into the building at 10:21 a.m.

The first group of victims were rushed out of the building and taken to the safe area. Running begins at 10:24 a.m. as the nurses realize how bad it is on the inside.

Groups of nurses are bringing in spine boards to help with those who are in critical need of care. Tarps are brought onto the field: green-minimally hurt, yellow-critical care, red-immediate care and black-deceased.

The yelling grew louder as victims were brought outside to be being treated. People were running all over the place dazed and confused, “Has anyone seen my husband,” a lady says.

“That’s all the victims who are able and in need of care,” a nurse says.

It’s been 15 minutes and all the conscious and aware victims are out. Those who need care are taken by ambulance, fire truck and helicopter. Air Life Georgia 2 Gainsville was the helicopter on sight. Dogs are let inside to make sure the nurses did not miss anyone. All that’s left inside are the unaware and uncouise.

“Chaos, lots of smoke,” says Rachel Hill, a nursing student for Piedmont College, describing the scene.

At 11:58 a.m. Kasey McEntire arrived on the scene to pronounce 28 dead.

Lin Smith with Habersham support and 911 EMA says, “The call came in this morning around 10 o’clock, it reported the fire and multiple injuries.”

Assistant fire chief of Chason Davey and Caption Jeffrey Adams say, “took a little bit to put the fire out, we had several victims, one hundred overall total victims.”

A lot injuries occurred on this morning with 28 fatalities, 29 non-critical and 28 being very critical to moderately critical.

RR8: Expanded News Writing, The Eternal Cliche and Red Flags and No-Nos

In chapter four, I feel there was a lot of recap to what we learning in class. I liked the part at the end of the chapter was very interestng.

In building self-contained segments I liked how they went through and said that the goal is to produce content in a way that anyone can read any part and not get lost. This was an interesting concept to read bec ause usually we want to flow and have information given throughout. I neverf thought to think about arraning my stories in a way where any part of it is unerstandable to what the main focus is.

In chapter eight, I like how cliche is used in the the whole chapter it doesn’t avoid the concept. The apprrentice cliches and slang paragraph It goes into how there are phrases we can use that will get the point of the senetence across.

I like the part with cop and c criminal lingo as well as journalese, for the mere cause of the title of the paragraphs. They go into different phrases that these types of people use and my favorite is the list in journalese. The terms I remeber reading in high school, but to see them all writen out is amazing.

In chapter nine, I loved how each paragraph goes into what words are red flags. Seeing each of these words made me realize how often I use them. I like how they go into how using these can affect how your story comes across. The no-no paragraphs were just as helpful and gave a lot of explanation as well.

RR 7: Basic Reporting and Beyond Basic Reporting

In chapter seven, this was a review for me on how to find sources and plan interviews. It was a recap on how when I was in high school finding soucres and getting interviews planned were the hardest part of a story.

My favorite section in this chapter was the part about making sure you’re sure. They told us to make sure to go back through our work and read word for word to make sure a quote is correct.

The parts on conferences and sports events were interesting because it never hit me that, in a room full of reporters, everyone has the same verison of a story. With sporting events it’s all about the game and understanding the game to report on it.

Chapter eight, was about news reporting just about, and this style of story was never my favorite to be on. I find news stories to be a lot and sometimes can be too narrow, in my own opinion.

They talk in a section about how to find stories in everyday life, and how finding a story that people will care about requires a lot fo critcal thinking. This doesnt surpirise me for it’s a lot to think about in general.

Beat reporting was an interesting section because of the types: thematic, geographic and conceptual. These three areas made me think that a lot of stories focus on the conceptual beat for it’s more of a differnet view point on stories, and everyone wants that story that stands out.

RR6: Critical Thinking and An Appearance of Honesty

This chapter really goes into how the though process. A sentence that stuck out was, “good journalists are both proactive and reactive as they survey the chessboard that is their story,” (pg 22). This stood out to me most by the use of chessboard.

I see where they were getting at and I like how it’s seen as a strategy instead of just random moves.

In Knight, the section on respecting the reader was interesting for the statement, “it can lead to generalizations that make your copy bland and riddled with sterotypes,” (pg 179).

This section really made me think about about this. I got that instead of telling the reader what is what, it’s more important to let the reader decide for themsleve what something is either difficult or scary.

The examples give a lot of insight for how to write these types of lines.

RR 5: Audience-Centeri​c Journalism and Is It Newsworhty​?

In Filak, it goes a lot into how the audiences nowadays are easier to get in touch and get feedback from. It talks about how social media is now the way of the future in terms of getting information out.

I like how they give us these two new terms, infotainment and demolisticles. I myself have never heard of these but once they go into how Buzzfeed and The Daily Show are examples, it made more sense.

These terms are a new phenomenon that is an issue for journalists. I feel that even though it’s an issue, it is how the generations get information.

The ‘Gen Z’ers’ and Millennia’s, tend to not follow up on information. It brings up fake news and how we have short attention spans. Now we can all argue this is not true but, come on, it’s true, we’re lazy, and we don’t really care about what’s going on in our country. Which is a problem in itself.

This chapter brought a lot of insight to how the audience has a lot to do with what to put out and i defintly agree.

In Knight it goes in about how the audience plays a big role in if it’s newsworthy.

This chapter also goes in about prime criteria which were interesting. It talks about quotes and what you decide to out in and what you don’t. One part goes into how if you leave out quotes then you go into the objective area of reporting.

This chapter was helpful with the information given about newsworthiness for eyes and ears. This section of the chapter stood out to me more because of the title.