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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.

Story Profile 1: From the Ground and on

For Timothy Menzel, a Piedmont College life science professor, everything started in Piscataway, New Jersey. With the sound of music to the wide road and his precious ants, Menzel had two passions he wanted to pursue, and music was his choice.

At the age of 7, his love for music and nature became a big interest. “I wanted to be an ornithology professor,” says Menzel, “someone who studies birds or a music professor.”

Menzel’s love for music had taken him down the road to Stockton College. He studied music for a few years and started a band with his friends. “After graduating, I basically moved to the beach to play with my band at shore bars.” he said.

Menzel and his twin brother also played in a band while he was in graduate school. Once he moved to Georgia, he played solo for six to seven years, before an injury changed his course.

“I took a year off from playing with them when I hurt my hands.” he said.

Menzel never got a full diagnosed report on why his hands hurt, but does know it’s an overuse injury, tendonitis. “It just got really tired and I couldn’t hold a pencil,” says Menzel.  “It was from over practicing.”

His choice between music or nature became clear.

After college Menzel worked as a florist delivery manager for one year and electrical supply driver for another. He was full time for four years but only drove for two. Menzel’s boss would ask him questions about what he was doing there. “I had three things going for me,” says Menzel, “music, nature, and making a living.”

This didn’t last long before he got injured causing him to be bedridden. Menzel was hiking one day when he slipped on ice and needed to be helicoptered to the hospital, “I was unable to work for three months,” says Menzel. “It was kind of a low point.”

He spent a lot of time on the couch trying to figure out how to do things with his cast.

Menzel’s best friend gave him hope with reasons why he should keep going. “He basically convinced me to get up off the couch and do something with myself.” he said.

Menzel’s friend would set up obstacle courses in the yard for him to do on his crutches and forting streams. “He basically convinced me that I could tackle the world,” says Menzel. “I don’t know if I had, would it of not been for him.”

“I think if I were to talk to my students today about what they could learn from my experience is it’s never too late to follow some kind of path, but it requires belief in yourself and dedication.”

That didn’t happen for Menzel until he was 29. Menzel will continue to teach at Piedmont College helping to teach his students to keep going. “Sometimes it takes something like that to motivate you to see something, to see potential that you might not see otherwise.”

Hunter (Kari) Juday short profile

Hunter Juday is a 19-year-old education major sophomore who lives in Stevens country. She has a little sister, Chole, and lives with her mom and dad.

Hunter is a professional dancer and has been since she was in high school. She’s been dancing since she was 7 and now is a dance choreographer. She has been choreographing since she was a sophomore in high school. She teaches all ages ranging from 18 months to 18 years male and females both.

Her dance competitions range from ending at 11 o’clock to only lasting three hours. These competitions will take different routines such as solos, duos, trios and group dances. Hunter will compete in these recitals as well as watch the ones she has helped for their solo, duo, trio or group dances.

She’s studying education to become a teacher for high schools. She wants to teach at her high school but still teach dance on the side.

RR #4: Leading the Reader on & Basics of Writing

In leading the reader on I like how it goes into how a good lede is a lead regardless of how it is. There was a part where it says it’s worth repeating because you have to save the lede. I was interested to read how leads can change the way you go about the story.

The part about generic and dull ledes because it tells you that the reader will most definitely of already knew the information you give them.

In the basics of writing it gives you a more interpersonal way of how ledes can come across. The helpful hints in the book are very helpful, obviously, for the way it goes into a further perspective towards the topic.

The question leads were defiantly my favorite part of this section because it was interesting to realize how often this is used on us, especially on twitter.

This whole section went into a good depth of how to go into the forms we use most often without relizing.

RR #3: Building the Story, Interviewing

In chapter four I liked how they go into how not to have an interview right off the bat. I liked how the whole first part was based on a big example of how this one reporter was during their interview. I already knew a lot of what was being said but to refresh myself.

The section where it talks about when to stop describing I liked more in this chapter. I liked how they tell you even though it’s written beautifully and with nice wording you can, in the end, sabotage your writing. The section goes into telling you when to stop describing things, nonessentials.

This whole chapter had a lot on what to do in an interview setting as well as how to write without having too many descriptors to where it is unnecessary.

In the interviewing chapter of Filak there are a lot of tips and tricks. It has sections on where the source is one you need and how valuable the story. For me, this chapter was a lot of refreshing on how to interview so most of it I skimmed.

The section I did like was the helpful hints and how it was written almost how you talk to yourself. I am one to overwrite questions and have more then I need and end up not using half the answers to the questions. This section defiantly helped me understand that having precise questions are ok and are more needed.

The purposes for interviews was very interesting to read and see how people take interviews for a lot of reasons I didn’t even know about. I knew about fishing for quotes but provoking a reaction seemed almost unethical. I was always told you want to keep a story as non-biased as possible before getting in regions where it is very skewed.