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Reading Response 5

In this reading, Filak and Knight talk about the importance of keeping the story relevant and interesting for the readers. Journalists have a job to keep the attention of readers and this is often difficult because people’s attention spans are very short.

Sometimes, Journalists provide fake news in order to make their stories more interesting. This may seem like a good idea at the time, but it often makes the Journalist acquire a bad reputation in the writing community. Knight goes on to talk about how important a lead really is. The lead is what grabs the reader’s attention right at the start, and if you have a bad lead then the reader will quit viewing your work after the first sentence. I agree that the lead is highly important, and in my past profile story I tried to focus on my lead and make it as intriguing as possible.

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JP Kircher Interview

The bags are packed, the car is started and the friends are waiting.  An exciting adventure awaits one collegiate golfer and his acquaintances as they leave the comforts of their hometown.

“I caddied all summer and made a bunch of money so I could spend it all across the country,” says JP Kircher, now head golf coach at Piedmont College. “We left Rochester, N.Y and started our two-week adventure.” 

Kircher graduated from Huntingdon College in 2011, where he played on the men’s golf team, winning two All-American titles.  After graduation, Kircher got news that his buddy, Mike Short, was going for his Ph.D at Stanford, and the idea for a journey unfolds.  A road trip in the fall of 2011 from their home of Rochester, New York across America to Stanford, California begins.  Their first stop…Chicago. 

“There’s no cooler way to see the city than from the water,” says Kircher.  “We did a boat tour and learned about Chicago’s unique architecture.”

Kircher and Short head for Vail, Colorado, driving through open plains that seem endless, seeing the flat part of the country.  Until arriving in Vail where the mountains are now endless and everywhere you look is a scene of towering peaks. 

A trek through the mountains followed Vail, as the two companions drive to Phoenix, Arizona.  Adding another passenger on the trip, the two picked up Troop, a friend of Short’s.

“Troop is always up for an adventure,” says Short.  “He was fun to have along for the ride.” 

Arizona provided many different experiences.  Rafting down a river in a tube, surrounded by canyons and cliffs, is something he will remember. 

“What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”  This tagline describes the friend’s next stop, Las Vegas.  A city known for its nightclubs and gambling, it is a recent college graduate’s paradise. These three travelers enjoyed the experience and lived in the moment here.

“Vegas was a mess, we didn’t do much productive stuff in Vegas,” Kircher says. 

Driving from Las Vegas to Monterey, California involves a lot of adventure.  Riding along the Pacific Coast Highway, twists and turns take breaths away as the car rides along steep edges of cliffs dropping into the Pacific Ocean.  Before heading to San Francisco, Monterey provided new looks at the country.

“We kayaked in the Monterey Bay and saw so much marine life,”  says Kircher.  “The restaurants were so unique and the food was incredible.”

Wrapping up the trip, Kircher, Troop and Short drove through San Francisco where they toured the big city and said there last goodbyes as Short got dropped off at Stanford shortly after. 

“I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else on that trip, and it was an amazing journey across the country with my boys,” says Short.

Kircher reminisced on the trip and talks of the good times he had with some great friends, spending all $4,000 he made caddying the summer before.

“I encourage people to travel and experience other areas of the country,” says Kircher.  “It was probably the coolest memory I’ve had in my life.”  

Reading Response 2

In chapter 5, Knight focuses on how our writing is mostly too much talking and not enough of getting to the point. A lot of writers, when writing essays by a due date, focus on the word count instead of the quality of the piece. This is why journalistic writing is preferred among writers, because it gets right to the point of the story and doesn’t usually have a required word count.

Chapter 6 focuses on the use of the active voice over the passive voice to get your point across stronger. The active voice uses more action words to emphasize the action being done. It is important to know when to use active voice over passive voice and how to recognize them both in a text.

Michael Leemann Short Profile

Ever since his first job, my brother, Michael Leemann, has been hustling in hopes of one day starting his own company. Not everyone is suited for a business career, but for Michael it’s right up his alley.

“I just love the idea of being my own boss. I’ve always felt like a leader and feel like people would enjoy working for my company, whatever it may be, one day,” said Michael.

A Junior at the University of Georgia, Michael was accepted into the Terry School of Business at the start of last fall. Studying finance and management, he will acquire all the skills he needs to move on his own once he completes college. Michael wants to create a company where the employees are loving every day and really striving to be the best.

“I want people who work for me to feel like they are welcomed and like they have a family away from home,” Michael says. “If I can engrain that sense of belonging into my employees hearts then I feel like I accomplished my goal as a business owner.”

Reading Response 4

The lede of a story is a very important piece of the article. It should pretty much provide a summary of what is to come in your story. The lede is normally the first sentence or the first paragraph of the story, giving the reader insight on the rest of the story. Knight talks about the impact of leading the story with a question, but it is sometimes not good to lead with one. This is because it can cause the reader to get confused and not know the answer, therefore making the reader want to stop.

The most valuable information to your story should go at the beginning. This is why the lede is so valuable and it is important to start off on the right direction for the reader. Filak also talks about citing, and how over-citing something isn’t really a huge issue. On the other hand under-citing isn’t a huge problem either. He states that its better to leave out a citation if the source stays the same, however. I have always found citing my sources to be a difficult part of the paper, because sometimes to forget to do it or i don’t know wether to put a citation or not. So Filak’s explanation helped me understand better.

Reading Response 3

In chapter 4, Knight describes the importance of interviewing. He emphasizes the ability to give a good interview is very important for a journalist or reporter. An interviewer needs to be able to keep the person entertained and not bore them with dull questions. The interview must flow in a smooth pattern and keeping the questions coming and going will help achieve this effect. Personally, I have never conducted an interview so I am interested to see how my first one goes when the time comes.

Filak, in chapter 6, also talks about the interviewing process and how a person can better themselves in this area. He says, “the ability to speak to others and gain information is a basic element of everyday life.” It is so important to have good communication skills when conducting interviews because you want to be able to avoid the awkwardness while speaking. Always be able to create a smooth flow of ideas in an interview, as mentioned by Knight and Filak. Filak also mentions the preparation part of an interview, and that you can prepare by creating essential questions based on research conducted.

Reading Response 1

Writing, for me, was very difficult while I was in Elementary and Middle school. I could never force myself to sit down and finish my papers. Once I got to high school, however, I started taking advanced Language Arts and Literature classes so I was forced to learn the correct writing techniques involved in a good paper. This made me a better writer and I am confident now that I can produce a solid paper fairly quickly and efficiently. I hope to further my skills in Media Writing 1 and learn new techniques that I have not been taught yet.

Knight’s chapter 1 was very beneficial for me to read and I learned a lot from it. I especially liked the parts about audiences and effects of words. He writes that it is extremely important to understand the audience you are writing to, because you can better grab the reader’s attention and make sure the audience will focus in on your writing. Also, he talks about making the correct word choices, and how choosing words that make sense to the audience is very important.