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Reading Response 9: Ethics and Law

In theses chapters Filak goes into depth about the laws that are in place to help and protect reporters, as well as guidelines to be followed to avoid lawsuits. While the First Amendment seems iron clad, it does have gaps in which reporters can get in trouble for incorrect or misleading information shared to readers. Laws are ever changing, and keeping updated on them is a good idea to help avoid complications. Knowing your rights as a reporter is important in this regard as news of any length can cause trouble. A reporter must remain true when writing or be put at risk of being found Libel for a defamatory piece.

Being ethical when writing is required to avoid issues with publishers and readers. Reporting is a give and take relation ship between reporters and the people, where the people give information in exchange for a future article on the information. The warping of words should not be undertaken in this instance to avoid damaging credibility. Being upfront about reporting should also be done to insure retaliation for false defamation doesn’t occur. A reporter must also refuse being manipulated so their credibility remains intact. Bribes, favors, and special treatment should be avoided to help do so.


Reading Response 8: Do’s and Don’ts in Writing

When writing a news story it’s important to give it the attention that its worth. Its not always true that a longer story is better then a shorter one as long as the details are accurate and it is well written. Making sure the readers are able to acquire the information through the story is just as important as the accuracy. The type of story should also dictate the way it is written and way information is gathered. If the story mandates that it be written with a narrative feel then beginning with a descriptive opening is an excellent start to set the scene. Keeping the reader hooked can be achieved by creating word pictures for the reader.

Avoiding cliches can be tricky due to their widespread fame. While it may seem appealing to use a coined term to add familiarity to the story, however due to these being widely used and known readers grow tired of reading them. This can cause the reader to feel as if the story is not important to them and will likely cause them to grow dis-interested in reading the story entirely. Use of business jargon should also be avoided to lessen confusion among readers and to better describe the events taking place. Action verbs should also be used in place of “There is” to help bring a larger impact to the story.

Filak and Knight bring large amounts of insight into the world of media writing with these chapters with tips for new and old writers alike.

Reading Response 7: Finding The News And Having It Find You

Learning the basics and expanding upon them is a staple of reporting. Researching provides the cold hard facts when done correctly while interviews can help to provide a sense of where the information belongs and the context in which to use it in. Researching the topic helps to lead to a better news story rather then going in and just conducting an interview without the supporting context from the facts. Accuracy also be at thee core of the story to properly inform the reader and retain said readers. Information for stories can come from a variety of different sources. These can range from public speeches and news conferences to meetings and sports events. Information gleaned from these types of events must be accurate.

Another way to go about finding stories is to look for them in everyday life rather then looking for the big ticket stories that will receive coverage from every other outlet. By finding local stories of similar styles, a reporter can get a groove going that will allow them to gain readers and a reputation with the local community. Getting immersed in an area will help to humanize the reporter, making them seem like an average Joe to the readers. Doing this will allow better coverage of local topics due to being known around town. Keeping in contact with past interviewees is also an action to be undertaken so that the reporter seems more human to the readers.

Reading Response 6: Thinking Critically While Honestly Writing

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.

Reading Response 5: Catering to an Audience

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.

Dr. Gene Pease

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.

Conner Jelley: A Short Profile

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.