Writing a good story can be a daunting task when taking into consideration the amount of work that goes into the process as well as when making an attempt to think critically when information comes at you like a speeding bullet, however this can be remedied by writing down everything heard on the spot without omissions. By doing this the information is 100 percent accurate and allows the reader to believe the facts right in front of them when the story is read. Being clear and not treating the reader like a moron who knows nothing of a subject is a good start however the use of highly technical jargon shouldn’t be used. Embellishing should also be avoided to reduce confusion and help add to a writers own credibility.
Writers should have a “passion for accuracy” as said by Knight and should strive to bring the news to the public in an honest manner with the same sentiments being mirrored by Filak. Keeping the facts straight can be tough in the modern era with misinformation being widespread however the source of information should always be known when reporting to keep this accuracy. By informing the reader correctly they can form their own thoughts and ideas on a topic while not having to pick through politically charged articles. This encourages readers to further research after the news has been read to inform themselves even more.
FIlak and Knight hold the integrity of the news writer highly and their advice should be followed by writers daily.
When writing to inform, the reader must be taken into account. Catering the information and adjusting larger words and jargon can be a good thing, however the reader should never be underestimated. Finding an audience can be an important task to accomplish so the work done by the writer doesn’t fall on deaf ears. When finding the correct audience the waters should be tested before jumping right in with massive stories.
Finding something news worthy and exciting can be a difficult task due to numerous events occurring in the world, so when writing the story it’s best to locate stories that pertain to the audience. An event in a locale town on the other side of the globe with no impact on the world at large should be avoided unless writing for a global audience. The writer should also seek to write in a distinct manor from their colleagues to make themselves stand out to the media world.
Writing for the media world has its own challenges when compared to fictional and non news stories. Finding the audience and making sure the story pertains to them, challenges the writer to think outside the box when writing the story.
Not everybody has the ability to
teach. Some believe they can while not making an attempt to understand the
blights of their students, however others, like Dr. Gene Pease, teach to the
best of their abilities and deeply care for the students. Pease has been the Director
of Disability Support at Piedmont College for three years and in those years,
she has met some of the nicest students in her career.
Having been a teacher of teachers
for years this seemed like a natural fit due to her experience with all types
of people she deals with in her field. From her experience she has also learned
that the faculty here at Piedmont is filled with those that seek to help
students to the most of their abilities. Working relationships with these
people are also excellent with teachers taking the time from their busy
schedules to even assist other faculty members.
Students such as Jiro Kurokawa, frequently
call her one of the nicest teachers, and many believes that everyone should
visit her at least once during their stay. With these low class sizes teachers can
have more one on one time with their students so they can find problems and rid
the students of them easily. Pease also believes that due to the SAIL program,
which provides help to freshman allowing them to get acquainted with college
life sooner, the students also feel as if they belong and can succeed during
their time here. “The thing that has kept me here for all these years is the
collaboration between students and faculty.” She says when asked on why she’s
stayed for so long.
“The Success Center is a safe place,” she says. “Nothing leaves this office
unless permission is given.” It’s clear that Pease cares about the students and
their privacy. When people visit the center, due to the large variety of
services provided by the school such as job assistance, tutoring, COMPASS help,
and counseling nobody can make judgement on the students using the facility
since nobody know the reason they’re there for.
After years of working at Piedmont
College, Pease shows no sign of stopping her unending support for the students
at this school. The Student Success Center is a success due to her and the
countless others working with her to bring knowledge and acceptance to those in
need at Piedmont, making them feel at home even when miles away.
Hailing from the north a future sports caster finds himself in a warmer place. Seeking an escape from the enveloping cold weather taking Indiana this student brought himself to leave and find an education here in Northern Georgia. While Conner came to this school seeking an education he has also resolved himself to the struggles of competing in the local baseball team, no doubt brought about from his early involvement in the sport from his father once being scouted for an MLB team.
Conner has honed his skills like a needle taking up position as the third baseman as well as the middle in-fielder here at Piedmont. Having high hopes for the season he has gone on record stating that he thinks the team will do well this season. The current score for the team is sitting at 2 wins and 2 losses and according to this player if they win the season will rely on the mindset of the team as a whole.
With great hopes for his team Conner strives to keep hopes high for the season and is willing to give it his all to win as many games as possible.
Creating a worthwhile lead for the read is just as important as researching the story. By having a compelling lead the writer is able to hook the reader and give them enough information to keep the reader enticed until the end. While quotes can make for good information during the story they shouldn’t be used creating a compelling lead for the story. Using two to three of the five Ws and one H can help to create the lead properly. The lead should be also be lean and concise while also giving the information needed to grab readers. Writers should also restrain from making the leads to stories formulaic or they risk sounding repetitive in stories and could lead to laziness in later stories.
Quotes should be added later in the stories and must be cited in any story. Direct quotes are to be put in quotation marks to signify the use of the quote in the text with a reference mark in subscript noting the location of the quote towards the end of the story. When using large portions of stories condense the contents of the story to one to two sentences to keep from taking too much from the source. Stories should be the writer expanding on information gathered from sources rather then worded exactly as the source.
A journalists ability to interview is crucial. When interviewing keeping the 5W’s and 1H helps to start out but a more in-depth analysis of the person and their motivations. The interviewer needs to engage the target and keep them engage through the entire interview to avoid half baked answers from the person being interviewed. Knowing where a person is from can also lead to a better relationship between them, helping the tone to be properly set. An interview must flow so to get the best results, allowing for pauses in proper moments to make sure fatigue doesn’t set in for either.
Before going into an interview the person conducting the interview should create a profile and conduct thorough research on the person being interviewed. This is done to reduce any confusion that may be had about the person being interviewed. After the Interview is conducted writing the story can be a difficult task to accomplish. While the details are there for the writer to construct the piece, structuring the story and making it flow can be difficult. I feel that these are the most important things to be taken away from these chapters.
Writing extensively is something we as students have been taught since elementary school. Word counts and ideas had to be done in specific ways to ensure the reader was informed and entertained by every paragraph, however this leads to a problem in the world of journalism. In this world writers are responsible for conveying information in short columns or big name articles. With space being limited the need to get a point across using concise wording is key to their success. In chapters 5 and 6, Knight teaches to compound sentences while making the most of the short space provided in such articles.
Taking this information to heart can help when writing for the press industry or for online daily columns. The lessons on structure help to also provide a sound foundation for writers to work from. Having too many words can be a problem and Knights’ notes that a dilemma of the English language is that there are numerous words for a writer to use.
I find that the information conveyed by Knight is important and has helped to better understand the way media writing should be done.