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Reading Response 6

Knight talks about being honest and speaking politically correct in your writing. In today’s society it is more important than ever to be as politically correct, if you offend the wrong person your job could be on the line. But being politically correct doesn’t mean your writing should feel constricted in any way, it just treating people and groups the way they want to be treated and calling them what they want. And honesty is very important, we are reporting the news you should be honest.

Filak goes into great detail about critical thinking. Critical thinking means being open minded about the many subjects that Journalist are tasked with. If you approach each issue with an open mind and let your self find out more information without having preset biases then you can critically think about it.


Reading Response 5

Filak in chapter one talks about the basics of journalism and what it means to be a journalist. He goes into detail about fake news. I like that he has to say about news stories should be completely opinion based. You can’t completely slander someone you don’t like without presenting real facts. And it also flips to the side of the reader, if you like what you’re reading you can just say it’s fake. Fake news requires both the writer and the reader to just use common sense and it won’t be an issue.

Our generation is definitely losing our attention spans, it becoming more and more difficult to sit through a Tuesday/Thursday hour and 15 minute class. It’s the culture we live in now, it’s so easy to get a bunch of information fast. We need to slow down as a society and sniff the roses or just read the whole news article.

Coach Jenkins Profile

A running magazine shipping mistake led head cross country and track coach Jeff Jenkins to find his lifelong passion and future career in running.

“I got a free running magazine subscription through my school when I was training for the Auburn Special Olympics torch with my Dad, and the magazine was given to me by my high school’s head track coach and he asked me me if I wanted to run,” said Coach Jenkins. “And I said no I play other sports, but the seed was planted that got me interested in running track.”

Jeff Jenkins would try out for baseball that year only to get cut, so Jenkins decided to take the track coach up on his offer. Jenkins did not take seriously at first, but his competitiveness would lead him to strive to become team captain. Jenkins found his passion in wanting to become coach while assisting his coach, leading him to go to Huntington College for a coaching education degree and to continue his running career. After a quick semiprofessional running career, Jenkins became the head cross country coach at Piedmont College, where he is passing on his passion to more runners today.

“Coach Jenkins is a great coach, not only because he’s knowledgeable about the science behind running, but also because he is very caring person,” says senior cross country and track athlete Mackenzie Devine.

Being a senior, Mackenzie is one of the few people on the team that have known Coach Jenkins all four years he has worked at Piedmont. She has had the ability to watch him grow in his coaching abilities as the cross country team grew and as he started the track team at Piedmont three years ago.

“I think this workouts are effective in making you the best athlete you can be,” said senior Nate Crews. ” But more importantly, he works to be a mentor so I can be successful in life.”

Crews sees Jenkins strive to make his athletes the best they can be on and off the track.

Jenkins recalled what was his drive and motive that kept him going in his passion for running.

“I continued to run even as the really competitive races started to be further in the rear view mirror, I realized what drove me from the beginning – that very first track race – it was all about the competitiveness.”

Reading Response 4

In Chapter 3 Knight focuses in on ledes. Ledes help lead the reader on, getting them invested in what they are about to read. This makes ledes important so reader actually reads all of what you wrote. Ledes should interest a reader in what you wrote without telling the whole story. If you tell the whole story in the first few sentences what is the point of continuing to read. Ledes are tricky to execute effective but the payout is necessary to get your whole story out there, not just the beginning.

In Chapter 3 Filak also talks about ledes but spells it leads. Filak mentions name recognition leads, probably the fastest way to get clicks on your story is to throw some famous person’s name in there, and BAM you have a story! Leads or ledes are all about gaining interest on your story so people actually read it. It’s up to Journalist to make a interesting story without skewing the truth, harder than it sounds.

Reading Response 3

Knight talks a lot in chapter 4 about some key interviewing skills. His story about how he was overwhelmed by the President which led to lackluster question struck home with me. Interviewing is something I’m mist weary about in the Journalism business, but I also understand It can give you the most important information you need. It is all about asking the right questions and responding to their answers with hard hitting follow up questions. I hope I’m able to think of great questions when I do get the chance to interview someone.

Filak also goes into interviewing in chapter 6. He goes into the preparation you will need going into an interview. It makes sense when researching someone to learn as much about them as you can. So if they refer back to something they did earlier in their life you know exactly what they are talking about. You basically need to know the person better then they know themselves.

Reading Response 2

Chapter 5 starts out with how some writers can go to far with their titles of the articles they write. It is easy for writers to modify the titles so the article stands out more. But the audience relies on the titles to give them the news quick and easy to read. If I can’t even understand what the title of the article means I’m was less likely to click and read into it.

Chapter 6 talks about the use of active voice. I’m a fan of getting my information in a form that makes it easiest to read. Active voice gets straight to the point, allowing the reader to absorb, digest and make an opinion about a subject before any false information can get in. Knight’s writing points out things we see in our everyday life when gathering information from articles and makes it easier to understand why we think these things.

Reading Response 1

Writing is something I have always struggled with in school. I always have had a hard time putting my thoughts on paper. I took AP Lang and AP Literature in high school so, I have always been use to “fluffing up” my papers to get them to their appropriate word count. I think media writing will be refreshing by just getting the facts down, it’ll be a change of pace getting straight to the point.

Knight talks about writing directly to the audience. I agree with him. I think knowing your audience is the most important thing you can do when writing. It gives the writing a more personal feel, making the reader feel like they’re talking to a friend. Overall I agree with a lot of the points made by Knight, his writing is just light enough for it not to be boring. It will make it easy to compare his strategies with my writing and hopefully changing my writing for the better.