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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.


RR1: Chapter 1 Why and How Good Writing Counts

In Writing, I think everyone can agree that it takes a massive amount of motivation to write a masterpiece. My experience with writing can simply be explained as trial and error. Grammar is just one of those humps I cannot seem to escape, and it haunts my papers. When I write about a topic I am passionate about it shows in the paper, but if it is something I am bored with; you best believe I am still going to be there struggling even to finish it.

In Chapter 1 of Journalistic Writing, Knight explains “the jargon trap.” It explains to be concise and write for a general audience as the people who read your work might not understand the acronyms you have in your writing. The phrase he uses as an example is “writ of summons.” You can expect an attorney to know, a writ of summons is a legal tool that brings a civil action. However, if your reader is an average person and doesn’t know about the “writ of summons” phrase, then you have to explain to the reader what they just read. Writing for your audience is important because it lays a foundation on simple and to the point. Knight points out, that no one is going to read something they do not understand and if you use big vocabulary words, it is hard for the reader to follow your lead.

In conclusion, Knight explains in order to write well, you must structure your introduction, and the body will follow, write for your audience, and keep your vocabulary simple. I am going to use what Knight said in this chapter to improve my skills as a writer. Moreover, I am going to refer back to his exercises and with luck grow as a media writer.

Christian Castro: The Story of a Mediocre Writer

My Life had always loved boring Gainesville, GA with its clumsy, curly city. It was a place where I felt happy and safe. I found it comforting that I finally found a home where I didn’t have to say goodbye.christian castro

My name is Christian Castro. I was born in Gainesville, Georgia on December 10, 1997, and my ethnicity is Puerto Rican. Growing up sports was a significant part of my life as I moved a lot as a child. I moved around because my dad had many job opportunities as an engineer. He was an entry engineer, facility engineer manager and now is a staff engineer today in Cornelia for Ethicon Inc. I lived in Puerto Rico, New Jersey, Switzerland, and Georgia. One thing I can take away from being in these different areas across the world is that they all have one thing in common, sports unites them all.

(keep in mind my writing skills were awful in middle school and high school)

When I first arrived at Piedmont college, I was an undecided major, and I explored every major. I took English 1101 & 1102 my Freshman year and surprised myself with my writing getting A’s. I didn’t enjoy writing so in the spring of 2018; they added a new sports communication major and decided to try the class out. When I joined Joe’s Sports Communication and Society class. I started to then enjoy my writing and put the passion I had towards sports on paper. I ended up enjoying what the sports communication major had in store and declared it my major in the fall of 2018. I consider myself to be a mediocre writer and hope to learn a lot in this class.

My favorite sports are baseball, basketball, football, and soccer. My favorite teams to watch are Braves in the MLB, Falcons in the NFL, and Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. I keep up with a lot of trades in sports and try and see if any underdog teams can come out their slumps as I always cheer for the underdog.

I used to play a lot of sports, but I stopped playing sports on a team when I was 17 years old as I felt I wasn’t good enough to compete at a high level. I still play them from time to time as a hobby and for fun. My passion for sports has always been there, and I’m trying to see if I might like writing for sports as a future job.