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RR6: Knight Chapter 7 and Filak Chapter 2

In Knights chapter he talks about being honest and not straying away from the facts. Don’t be a fake news website and report on something that isn’t true. Gather all the facts and evidence before you think to write it. Knight expresses, to stay on the “journalistic ethics” path because getting the facts right is the only way to be accurate.

In Filaks chapter he talks about critical thinking being the main focus in structuring  a story. Gathering the information is only half the job in writing and you must assess the information in the other half to make it matter more. For example, stories can use quotes and facts, but that doesn’t do much to help the readers understand the value of what you have written. Quotes shouldn’t be the main reason for asking a question but instead they should be a byproduct of good questions meant to help the journalist understand the subject’s view on a topic.

In conclusion, Knight and Filak tell us to gather and write true stories but structure it and tell it how you would like it to stick out for the audience reading.


RR5 Knight, Chapter two & Filak, Chapter one

These two chapters covered how to tell a story properly and grab a readers attention. Like discussed in class you want to show the reader not tell them what is going on in the story. Knight expresses, “too much description can kill a story”. While Filak says, “you have to write for your audience and not yourself”.

Knight tells the readers to work on crafting a lede and create a dialogue from it. The dialogue method insures that there is no stop sign in your story. Instead it is a bridge of transitions that flow and make the story interesting and exciting .

Filak applies to these three rules when writing for an audience. One write for your audience; meaning make the story tailored to a specific group and not a broad audience. Two don’t click bait the readers because you need to be fair and objective. If you don’t give them legit information they can always go somewhere else and read. Finally, find the most interesting element in the story and focus on that work to help build a strong and valuable story.

In conclusion, these two chapters showed me how I can further my writing skills to make my writing more fascinating and enjoyable to read.

Zachary Moore: Greek Life is Life Changing

As one of the newest additions to the Student Affairs Department at Piedmont, Zachary Moore has introduced Greek Life to the students of Piedmont and intends to expand on this fraternity/sorority experience.

“Our mission is to empower members through diverse learning experiences to achieve academic excellence, engage with local and global communities, and cultivate leadership while fostering those lifelong relationships,” Moore said. “Greek Life is a life changer. It really does mean a bond with your organization and I know that if I ever need anything or anything is going on in my life that I have my fraternity brothers to lean on and help me out.”

In his senior year of college, Moore’s mom was diagnosed with cancer and his fraternity surprised him by helping him out with a philanthropy event. Although he planned the event by himself, Moore was thankful for the donations and support his brothers gave to him during this time.

Moore wasn’t always interested in Greek life. “At first I didn’t want to join a Greek organization because I didn’t drink, and I still don’t drink or party,” he said.

During his undergraduate orientation at Austin Peay State University, a young Moore came across the fraternity called Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) and he said. “The two people that were there were just very casual and welcoming,” he said. Moore ended up getting invited to an interview, but it actually wasn’t an interview and instead the fraternity surprised him and gave him a bid to join. Moore ended up graduating with a bachelor of science in communication.

Moore attended Ball State University in Indiana for graduate school, finishing with a master of arts in student affairs administration in higher education. When looking for a job Moore missed the southern culture and hoped to return to his roots. Moore found Piedmont to be the perfect fit and feels lucky to have found this job.

“I am really fortunate to have hit my three favorite components of student affairs with orientation, Greek Life, and student activities,” he said.

Will Sargent a sophomore sports communication major who works with Moore as a member of the fraternity said, Moore has been a tremendous help to the program.

“I think his position with the school is really beneficial to Greek Life here. Whether he is helping us with administration, planning out events, or whatever problem arises he is always very eager to help out in whatever way he can.”

Kobhe Macias a sophomore applied health science major who works with Moore on the Campus Activities Board (CAB) said, Moore is there for students, even when it’s not a work-related matter.

“Zac is a great person,” he said. “He is the type of person you can go to when you’re dealing with things and need guidance.”

Moore plans on creating a foundation where everyone on campus will find Greek life fresh and shy away from the stereotypical movie credentials.

“I want to see the organizations truly make a difference on the individual members and as well as leave an impact on campus.”

Short Profile: Sage Shirley by Christian Castro

Growing up a young boy and a camera went together like two peas in a pod. Fast forward to Freshman Sage Shirley, an 18-year-old mass communications major, currently owns his own photography business.

“Literally since I was born I’ve had a camera in front of my face, but I don’t want to be confined to that one thing.”

Shirley plans on being more than just a photographer and although he doesn’t know where his major will lead him; he’s opens to any opportunity. Shirley went to DreamHack this past fall and took pictures for them. The pictures he took ended up being used for marketing purposes of the event internationally.

When asked about where he planned to be after college Shirley responded, “hopefully employed.”





Christian Castro: RR4- What is Lede?

When I first read chapter 3 from both books I had no idea what lede is. Reading the chapters, I now know it is the opening paragraph talking about the summary of a story. It is a guide for the reader on what is ahead in the reading and typically in less than 25 words. Knight says if the lede is important to the reader they will continue to read the story. A lede can summarize, tease, entice, evoke, and provide facts to the reader. The lede also provides the writer with the special tool of organization and ultimately saves the writer time on making a deadline to a newspaper. Filak says, the lede should serve as a guide for you to write the body of the story and every sentence should contain a little information that advances and supports the initial sentence.

Heading into the first story assignment should be interesting now that both Knight and Filak showed a foundation on how to make a story worth reading. To my knowledge, the lede is another smart method I’m going to incorporate into my first story. It challenges us, writers, to stay away from wordiness and to keep it simple.

Christian Castro-RR3-Interviewing

Interviews are a great source to bring a story to life. Reading from both Knight and Filak displayed how interviews are meant to play out. Knight says to be careful wording the story and not to overcomplicate things. He wants us to refer to the keep it simple stupid method (KISS) because it would be a waste of space to add more to the story and sound messy. Filak expresses good interviewers should always have multiple sources and do plenty of research on their interviewee, so no nervousness occurs.

In the past, I have always been the interviewee and this semester should be interesting to be the interviewer for both this class and my audio production class. I know from experience of being the interviewee it can be hard to answer questions on the spot and I even asked the interviewer to give me the questions in advance, so I could come up with the answers my interviewer was seeking. Of course, I understand that not everyone can have the luxury of doing so in an interview and everything is on the spot. I can also agree interviews sound more genuine and authentic when the interviewer puts the interviewee on the spot.

When interviewing someone you must be a “watchdog journalism” which means to be a dog barking out to alert readers to areas of concern and steadfastly guarding the public’s best interest — reading both chapters and from pages 148-152. I can say I’m going to use the method of conducting more than one interview with the same person to develop practice.

Christian Castro: RR2-Chapter 5 “The Craft” & Chapter 6 “Active Voice, Action Verbs”

These two chapters showed me writing as a journalist can be kind of like a work of art. In art you need structure, and you certainly need structure with writing. Knight shows us that instead of being so wordy you can present all of your information by just changing up verbs, sentence structure or even dropping complex sentences altogether and separating them so that it does not feel redundant or bloated with content. As a writer, I struggle with keeping it simple because I feel detail is necessary to inform your reader. The problem with doing so is the reader can get bored reading the material.

Knight says, journalist are not supposed to make things up, but it does not mean they cannot be creative in the way they deliver their facts. However, the “slavish” rules in chapter 5 ruin creativity. Knight tells us, “part of being a professional journalist, is that they know the rules well enough to know when to break them” (pg.164). I took that quote as saying everyone is different. We read, write, and retain information differently; so sometimes you must break the rules of writing.

Chapters 5 and 6 are both active chapters I will be returning to throughout the semester to help improve my writing.