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In chapter 12 and 13 Filak talks about the ethical approaches in writing. Also the laws that are put into place for writing.

In writing or journalism you must understand how ethics relates to writing. In theses chapters, Filak discusses how ethics relates to freedom of speech. A writer can only go so far when writing about particular subjects.

A writer always has the right to speak the truth. Which brings in the law “freedom of press.” However there are limits that a writer has when the government feels threatened.

Filak has many rules in these chapters to develop a young writer. In journalism you must understand the limits you can go.

Feature Story Revise

Feature Story

What is the relationship between balance and pitching control/velocity in collegiate baseball pitchers? This is the question Piedmont senior Andy Turner attempted to answer.

In Turner’s research, he used different research components to answer his theory. He integrated the importance of pitching mechanics and balance, specifically gathering information from Piedmont College baseball players. When determining balance, Turner had to figure out the Lumbopelvic control for each pitcher. Lumbopelvic control is the muscles related to the lumbar region of the spine to the pelvis. He had the players do leg stability on one foot while trying to move forwards and backwards. After doing that, he had the players throw and see if velocity responded to the exercise.

For another component, he had to see the difference between static and dynamic stretching. Turner emphasized on the importance of stretching. The mobility of the arm motion plays a huge role in pitching mechanics for baseball. “Without balance, the entire motion will be compromised”, Turner said, noting that a pitcher has to have balance and range of motion while asserting a force when throwing a baseball.

Turner used “Statistically Methodology”. Which means to measure the results from pitching performance in games. He used different correlations and comparisons between training/exercise and results. His main correlation was between velocity and balance, but the one that gained the most attention was balance/velocity between starters and relivers. While gathering results, he found that there was no significant difference between relivers and starters with velocity. His test proved that there was a positive correlation between strike percentage and stable balance. Also, there was a negative correlation between strike percentage and unstable balance.

These findings were based off game results and velocity gathered from the Piedmont College baseball pitchers. In assessment, balance plays a role in accuracy for a pitcher but not velocity. Tuner said, “There’s a positive relationship between pitch velocity and pitch control.”

Piedmont baseball player and Exercise Science major Cameron Johnson pointed out that pitchers should start stretching more seriously at a younger age. This would help players to understand the importance of range of motion.

Lion’s relief pitcher Will Janofsky was part of Turner’s study. His highest velocity this season was 91 mph but consistently 85-87 mph. He said stretching and balance is a huge part for him to pitch. “Starters and relievers have always had different velocity’s……Backend bullpen relievers have always had higher velocities than starters.”

However, Turner’s results had the same velocities for both types of pitchers. Turner said the differing results could be due to his limited participants. Turner’s study shows that balance plays a huge factor in accuracy. Whether velocity can be measured, more data would have to be collected.

Disaster Drill Story Revise

Every year Piedmont College holds a disaster drill on their campus. Many students that study in different fields, all come together to make this event whole. The event is initially for the R.H. Daniel Nursing and Health and Science majors. They are able to gain real-life experiences in a fiction setting. Mass Communications and theater majors play a role in making this event successful as well. Local emergency services also come out and support the main cause. With everything put together, Piedmont College is able to create a false sense of chaos, for students to be ready in their field.

Connor Jelley and Nate Roys saw everything for what it truly was, because they were behind the camera the entire time. Both are mass communication majors, and both take filming very seriously. Jelley was impressed with the amount of people that came together to make everything happen. “The smoke effects and makeup really made it feel like an explosion actually happened.” Roys said the preparation impressed him. “My favorite part was seeing the theater department work on the victims beforehand………. victims that had very realistic looking injuries was awesome.”

Piedmont Police Chief Jim Andrews said the nursing students are the future caregivers for our community, they need proper resources to be ready and be experienced for real life. He said plans are already underway for next year. “We’ve already started to plan a 1 to 2 hour meeting next week with the nursing department on what we can do better.” Even though the drill is not real, the school makes sure that all majors gain real life experience.


In chapter 4, Filak speaks on how stories in journalism can gain attention. Journalist always find themselves rushing to get a story done. Filak has a writing pyramid in the chapter to explain journalist should write. The pyramid helps writer to be fast while also helping to engage a reader.

Knight speaks out about different styles of writing in chapter 8. In particular, the use of cliches. He says their use in not needed in journalism. In my opinion, it should not matter what a writer uses in a story. No matter how you engage a reader, the story should be what’s important.

In chapter 9, Knight spoke on the use of “red flags” in writing. Specifically the use of casual conversation words like “feel” and “like”. Knight feels that these words should not be used because they do not correspond with a reader.


Chapter seven talks about the basic principles of  news reporting. The chapter speaks on how to attain information and how to put it on paper correctly. This chapter was a little bit of a review for me. Accuracy needs to be a main point in reporting as well. You should never have false information in a new’s story. Reason being, is that everyone in the room gets the same story. Like in sports, everyone saw the game. Everyone receives the same information, but what a reporter is able to do with that, makes them a good reporter.

In Chapter 8, beat reporting is emphasized. You can find a story anywhere, you just have to be creative and look. The more you look, the easier it is to find an interesting story. But again, accuracy is very important. Since I see sports beat reporting interesting, I read this chapter thoroughly. Sometimes your stories are not as interesting as the last one. You just have to anticipate something wrong happening and having a plan B. Writers must be able to adapt when not everything goes right.


Knight  talks about editors losing jobs because they violated the ethics of journalism. Writer’s who tend to break these ethics, write false stories that appear to be true. Readers want to read the truth, some writers. Knight spoke about respecting the reader. To my understanding, Knight wants readers to understand information correctly. So the reader can create their own opinion.

Filak and Knight both speak about the accuracy of writing. Don’t generalize ideas and make sure you gather all material. Being able to react is important while doing journalism. Must be able to adapt an interview even thought you came prepared for something different.




When interviewing, you receive first person information. It allows remarks and questions to be answered correctly. In media writing, interviewing gives the writer room to be creative with their questions. When asking the right questions, you have to be careful. You never fully know how the one being interviewed will react.

Personally, I believe the best source is the direct source. You must be able to gain information from the interviewee. A lede is hard to come by when going to other sources. Sometimes you receive little information or just wrong information. Writers must be careful when directing an interview as well. You must be able to feel the person being interviewed. You must understand that not every story can b e the same. Like Knight says, there is not just one way to write a lede,