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Chapters seven and eight in this book are the basis of a good reader. The foundation to what a writer can become. Know how to cover to different types of news. Like described in chapter seven, know how to cover the stories that find you.

Know the three steps to be able to do this. One, be prepared. Know the topic you are writing about inside and out. As if the topic was the back of your hand. Know your material before covering it. Step two, find the story. Every news story has different ways of attacking it. Do some digging to find the way you want to write about the story. Without details, you cannot write a good story for your readers. Step three, be safe in your writing. Double check for grammatical errors and see fi your story flows. Then, check it again just to be sure.

Chapter eight describes what to do when you find the story. This will require some digging but not just to find information. You are also finding the story in this case. Because believe it or not, anything in this world can lead to a story. If you don’t believe it, look at any story that comes out of Hollywood or just anywhere from LA to San Francisco. A celebrity wears a different pair of shoes than normal. The whole community of paparazzi goes crazy. But when you find the story, focus on the people involved in the story. And never be afraid to dig deeper than what the eye can see.


From my understanding of Knight’s principles in this chapter are what makes a good writer. To be a good writer and catch the admiration and attention of the public. It takes effort and not laziness. To think clearly and gather every bit of detail that you can on a story. This way you are not trying to oversell a story that is not necessarily backed up with facts. Instead of generalizing an idea to the point that your readers cannot even piece it together can get you fired as a writer.

Be specific in your details and do not leave anything to the imagination of your readers. Understanding what they want and need to read rather than what they have to imagine. As a journalists you have to be willing to dive deeper into a story. Meaning, go further into investigating so your readers do not. Give them the information. Do not restrict them from what is rightfully theirs.

Michigan native finds more than a coaching position in Georgia

From one small town to another, Luke Harris has lived a life of baseball dreams. Now assistant baseball coach at Piedmont College, Harris, grew up in Fairview, Michigan. Located just more than an hour west of Lake Huron his passion for sports and small towns began. 

 “I had the chance to be surrounded by people who genuinely cared about myself and the community,” Harris said.  

He was fortunate enough to play sports throughout his childhood. However, when it came to High School he focused on baseball and basketball all four years and ran track for one.  

And he did all this while maintaining a job. It was through this, playing sports and holding a job that Harris learned to work hard. To him, that was his biggest takeaway from his hometown.  

“Not having a lot of free time taught me how to manage my time which translated into college where I was playing baseball and going to school. I feel that having to juggle school, sports and a job in high school really helped prepare me for my career as well,” Harris said.  

It was after high school that Harris found his calling. He attended Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan. He was offered a chance to continue his athletic and academic career at Adrian, playing baseball and majoring in secondary social studies education. He played baseball until an injury took his senior year away from him. This led him into coaching.  

Due to his injury, Harris was able to put his foot into a new pathway as a student assistant coach at Adrian College.  

 “My original plan was to teach at a high school and coach baseball” Harris said.  

However, after his experience helping coach in college, he realized that is where he wants to be. He continued coaching at Adrian for four more years as an assistant coach.  

During his time at Adrian he met Jarred Broughton, who is a coach at Piedmont College. Over the years Harris had gained a respect for the Piedmont baseball program. When coaching against Broughton up north, they both found respect for one another. This bond that the two had opened a door for Harris when coach Broughton signed on as an assistant at Piedmont. This past year Harris had a chance to interview for Piedmont’s assistant coaching position before the start of the fall semester. “After coming for an interview, I knew that this was a program that wins at a very high level and that was something I wanted to be a part of,” he said. 

Harris has become a huge addition to the Lions coaching staff. He focuses working with the catchers and is also the strength and conditioning coach for the Lions. Harris said that coaching has taught him a little in every aspect of life. 

 “The biggest thing I’ve learned is how much to value relationships I’ve built with teammates, other coaches, and also players that I’ve coached. At the end of the day, winning baseball games is the goal, but I think the relationships I’ve built throughout coaching far outweigh the wins and losses,” Harris said. 

From a coaching standpoint Harris values his relationships above all. He seems to of found a new home in this small town.  

A Chris Barker Profile

Chris Barker, a Piedmont student was born and raised in Athens, Georgia. Piedmont was not Chris’ first choice when it comes to schools. However, he was resurrected in a way by attending this school. A Mass Communications major who has found a home here. He has always had a passion for computers. In fact, during his early school years, he and friends would break fire walls on computers for teachers. This eventually led to a fondness of gaming. Any console is fun for Chris. He loves them all when it comes to gaming.

RR 4: Lede

When writing a paper, what becomes your main focus of such a topic? Is it your body paragraphs? Your introduction which includes the dreaded thesis statement? However, as explained in chapter three of Knight’s book it should be the “ledes”. The meaning of this is to be able to grab the attention of the reader fast and keep them wanting more. Most have heard that saying before when it comes to “grab the attention”. Make sure to make it more of a focus within your next paper no matter the topic.

RR #2

Between chapters five and six I feel as though chapter five stood out to me more. Chapter six talked more about understanding the relationship between and active voice and action verbs. One sentence that made sense to me from chapter six was “Active voice and action verbs do have one thing in common: They contribute to strong, honest, direct writing”.

Chapter five helped me out a lot. It talked about being able to limit your writing. Take out the unecessary words or sentences that were needed to get a point across. For most students, they understand this as “reaching word count”. Trying to reach a certain word count I believe has severely harmed students writing. Instead of teachers allowing us to get our point across in fewer words. Chapter five taught me that it is okay when writing a paper to use fewer words to tell that story.

RR 1: What about writing

I think most of us would agree that writing is not a strong suit for any student. Many of us struggle with certain punctuation, grammar, or run-on sentences. Yet even after years and years of hearing the same critiques from various teachers, we find ourselves making the same errors.

When reading what Knight has to say about writing, I feel it puts things into a different perspective. Some of the points he makes gives better understanding of writing then what I have been taught throughout my life. When he describes the idea of focusing more on your introduction to your story so your body will become effortless it made sense. As an introduction you are supposed to reveal your idea and points you are making to your audience. Then allowing your body to go into more detail.

I think this chapter really helped me in that area of writing. Now I understand that I should spend more time on my Intro than what I originally thought. Hopefully I will be able to improve after this chapter.