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Interviews are crucial when looking to fully grasp an understanding of a person or topic. By conducting an interview, you are able to take an in depth look into whatever it is the interview is about. With the right questions, new doors can be opened and new information brought to light.

It is important to avoid yes or no questions as they are short and simple and bring no real importance to the interview. Also, opened-ended questions lead to boring and short answers, so they too should be avoided. The questions that need to be asked are the “why” questions, which is the reason someone would want to be reading/listening to the interview in the first place. Failing to be able to conduct a good interview, can lead to a rough career as a journalist. Or maybe even no career at all.



Chapter 6 caught my attention, particularly the part where Filak discusses Twitter. I am an avid Twitter user and rely mainly on Twitter for both news and sports updates. With this being said, I was very curious to see how Filak believed it could be used for a journalist standpoint.

The main area which floods my timeline on Twitter (whether I like it or not) is politics. In this generation, politicians campaigns are heavily influenced by social media and quite often they will use platforms such as Twitter to campaign.

Filak discusses 5 points about using Twitter that I believe politicians and others use to get their point across. The first point is rather simple, tweet to be read. Tweeting something that will capture the reads attention is ideal. It can be a breaking news story, something funny or just something interesting to a particular audience. The second point is that spelling and grammar are important. To look professional to your audience, you need to type like a professional. The third point is much like first, and is to tweet for your readers. Information that is for the reader and has purpose is much more meaningful in the long run. The fourth point serves as a warning and a reminder that Twitter is dangerous. While Twitter offers a delete button, once a tweet has been sent, there is always a chance someone screenshots it or retweets it before it is deleted. The final point again talks about how to grow your page and your intended audience following. No matter how great your tweets are, you need an audience to see them.


In Chapter 8, Briggs mentions that data can be used in a variety of different journalistic pieces, which I had never considered until reading the chapter. At first thought, the only time I would consider using data would be for a sports piece that involved statistics. The main difference between how I imagined using data and how Briggs uses it comes in how the reader perceives it. In my mind, I figured we would sue data as a visual aid, but Briggs wants to use the data to tell a story and paint an image in the readers head. This is a technique that I plan to try in the near future.

The second half of the chapter is a focus on towards how data can be displayed with the main example being a map. Maps can display exact points of interest while still allowing for numerical values.

The final element of the chapter actually showcases one of the scariest things that technology has brought us. With progressions in technology, companies are able to track someones movements through their phones and other gadgets. Modern technology work as data collectors that companies and the government are able to access. As long as our data and information do not fall in to the wrong hands, this should not be a problem.

Prime Anderson Silva was Pound-For-Pound the Best Fighter the World Had Ever Seen


Anderson Silva W: BeltBetween Oct. 14, 2006 and July 5, 2013, there was not a man in the Ultimate Fighting Championships’ (UFC) Middle Weight Division that truly wanted to fight Anderson Silva.

A lot of people said they did, but not a single one left with a victory. Most left with their face beaten and battered and their egos severely damaged. Silva’s reign of terror over the division lasted 2,457 days, which is a UFC record. During his reign of terror, Silva displayed talent in all areas of combat: striking, grappling, wrestling, counter-striking and movement. Having all of these tools allowed prime Anderson Silva to cement himself as the greatest pound-for-pound fighter the world has ever seen.

Silva took the title from should-be UFC Hall of Famer Rich Franklin at UFC 64 in the first round. From there, Silva built one of the most dominant win resumes, with wins over current and future UFC Hall of Famers. Not only did Silva consistently win, he did so in impressive fashion. Silva’s striking and head movement were unparalleled in the UFC during his prime, and have yet to be matched in current times. And to top it off, Silva fought with a border line cocky style, often leaving his hands by his waist and simply dodging his opponent’s punches. At UFC 101 against Forrest Griffin, Silva sent a message to the world that he himself believed he could bring the matrix to life.

During the reign, Silva showed no mercy to his opponents, even when they were his own teammates and training partners. Silva met fellow Brazilian and teammate Victor Belfort at UFC 126 in February 2011 and turned it into a highlight for UFC history. Everyone knew that Silva was lethal with his hands, elbows and knees but he reminded the UFC and the world that his feet were just as dangerous.

Four years into his championship winning streak, people began to question whether Anderson Silva could handle a wrestling style fighter. In 2010, Chael Sonnen answered the UFC fans and analysts calls and began openly trash talking Silva. Sonnen, a former NCAA Wrestling All-American, began goading Silva into a fight by trashing all his training and UFC accomplishments. Silva and Sonnen met at UFC 117 in 2010. The fight lived up to the hype, going almost five complete rounds. However, bloodied and battered Silva was able to submit Silva and further submit his legacy.

Silva’s downfall came July 6, 2013 when he entered the octagon against a young and ready Chris Weidman. Silva’s cocky, hands-down fighting style finally got the best of him and Weidman landed a knockout blow ending Silva’s reign. Silva would receive a rematch opportunity but would break his leg in a freak accident against Weidman. However, by this time, many including myself believed Silva had done enough to cement his legacy.


Briggs’ chapter on the importance of using photographs to create a story. The process of using photos instead of words can be done but is a difficult task unless done properly. Briggs focuses the chapter on using photos that capture emotions and reactions of a scene and turning them into a scene.

In order to get the proper pictures, one must first understand their camera completely. Briggs discusses this, and the true importance of understanding exactly what type of camera you have and all capabilities that you posses with the camera in your hand. Being comfortable with the camera in your hand is a major first step. Besides the capability of your camera, there are serval outside factors that can assist or hender the photo taking process and the quality of the photos. One example Briggs highlights is lighting. Understanding exactly what lighting you want (natural, flash, or a combo of both) will help produce a better photo.

Even after all the great information Briggs gives in this chapter, it is important to remember that being in the right place at the right time can outdo all of them.


There is no doubt in 2018 that an online audience is a huge part of information distribution, which is what Filak covers. Briggs chooses to focus on the creation of a blog.

With Filak and Briggs choosing these topics, the learning really flowed well. Filak gave quality information over how to effectively use a blog to influence readers. The focus pertains to training everything based on what your viewers want and not necessarily on how creators would want something to look. At the end of the day, catering to the audience should be the first priority and will bring the most revenue and viewership. Briggs’ chapter does virtually the same thing by reminding owners to update their page constantly, add links to new additions to the site as well as many other things to retain viewership as well as add new viewers.


Public relations can be a very tricky business but play a major role in every field of business. In this chapter, Filak covers the true importance of public relations and how the ultimate outcome of their jobs can lead to how the general public views the company or product.

PR specialist today are crucial to relaying information to the public that projects a positive image of the company to the general public. Failure to do so could lead to repercussions against the represented party, and hurt both sales and reputation. It is the journalist responsibility to proved both accurate and positive messages to the general public.

One of the best points Filak highlighted in the Chapter was the importance of invoking a response of the audience. The press release could be written perfectly, but without a true message of significant, it would not generate any quality feedback from the audience. Thus, it would be difficult to gauge the true effect of the press release.