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In Chapter 8, Briggs discusses how Most people rely on technology to access local and world news, allowing users to learn about events and watch them unravel in front of our eyes. Data collection can be used to record data and organizer them in spreadsheets to be used by the public.

In some cases, data can tell a story all on its own. An infographic or spreadsheet can be very helpful and informative to the reader. Interactive maps could also be very useful. Readers tend to connect and pay attention more when they have something that they can interact with.

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. Breaking news apps and websites use push notifications, email alerts, and news streams to reach users in a matter of seconds by using metadata. Metadata can help better inform people by allowing these outlets to give the exact locations and details of an incident.




In this chapter, Briggs discussed photojournalism and how a picture can tell just as much of a story as words on a page. Briggs talks about this in his book and gives a few pointers on how to achieve the photos that will have the best impact. The bottom line is photos add drama to a story, any story.
Photography is a critical tool for journalists, its all about the moment, being able to capture quick and fleeting moments. The chapter provided the basics on how to capture solid photographs, edit and manage digital photos and how to publish.
To take better photos Briggs suggests holding the camera steady, fill the frame, focus on one thing, get closer, go vertical, shoot action.

The Truth about D3

I never would have thought, five years ago, I would quite lacrosse. Although neither did Vontae Davis, cornerback for the buffalo bills when he retired at halftime during a game this past Sunday.“…reality hit me fast and hard: I shouldn’t be out there anymore,” said Davis.

I hate writing about being a college athlete. I hate writing about being an athlete at all. Nevertheless, it’s all I know. For the past five years, that’s all I was, and that’s all I did. In high school, I played three sports. I started out as a cheerleader and lacrosse player. Because of cheer, I played lacrosse and because of lacrosse, I swam. Lacrosse was my favorite. I only swam because my lacrosse coach said it would get me in better shape for lacrosse, and that’s all I ever wanted.

By senior year, I was captain of both the lacrosse and swim teams. At this time I had to decide what I was going to do with my life. I had applied to a few schools to appease my mom, but I hadn’t heard anything back. My high school coach was always looking to send us to college. So one day we sat down and discussed my future. From there we began searching for schools with women’s lacrosse and film programs. Like all athletes, I went through the recruiting process. I talked to coaches, visited schools and made a pros and cons list.

By the fall of 2018, I was a Piedmont College student and athlete. The first few weeks were great. Both my roommate and I were from the same high school and at Piedmont for the same reason, lacrosse. So starting my new journey, I wasn’t alone. We made friends easily and our other teammates seemed cool. As school continued, things changed.

The practice became my life. I felt like I had to adjust everything to it. When coach wanted to have practice, we had practice. Of course, it depended on who else was using the field, but some nights we didn’t eat because we got out too late. As our pre-season continued, the resentment continued to build in me. For one, I was no longer having fun, every bad pass or throw involved a punishment. If we didn’t speak, punishment. Eventually, it felt like we were only being punished for our mistakes and not rewarded for our accomplishments. Besides practice and off the field tension among the girls began to rip my spirit apart. Each day it felt like a new victim was chosen. “Will they or won’t they talk to her today?” It became so nerve racking I felt like I had to walk on eggshells.

This made me feel uncomfortable in an environment where I should feel welcomed. This made practice awful, spending time with my teammates uncomfortable and to the point where I sought counseling. I realized I no longer wanted to play lacrosse, but I felt ashamed and embarrassed. I couldn’t quit. I thought I was alone, but I wasn’t alone. Thirty percent of athletes quit the respective sport. A study conducted at Brown, “about 30 percent of athletes choose not to continue playing their sport through their senior year,” according to Director of Athletics Jack Hayes. As the semester more and more athletes began to quit. I no longer felt alone. Quitting didn’t mean I no longer had integrity, it’s  just that “…reality hit me fast and hard: I shouldn’t be out there anymore.”





In chapter 5, it talked about visual storytelling, documentary photography and even just the basic illustration of information used to be reserved for serious technicians. In the section I learned journalism without photography is like writing without verbs. “Photography is all about moment” according to Colin Mulvany. Even if you don’t have aspirations of becoming an artist with a camera, you should understand how digital photography works.

The rest of the chapter outlines how to capture solid photographs, how to edit and manage digital photos on your computer, and how to publish photos, including compelling slide shows that really tell the story.


In chapter 11, I learned what it truly means to be a public relations representative. Their work is often filtered through multiple media outlets and thus the public rarely sees it. I also learned that to be a PR rep you have to be deliberate. Public relations workers take action that is international. They act in the hope of creating a specific result. With that being said PR reps also have to be prepared, well-performed, mutually beneficial, and responsive.

Being a PR rep also means journalism. There are a few different types of writing PR reps have to do that are similar and different from journalism. This includes News release’s, Announcements, Spot announcements, reactions releases, bad news, localization, fact sheets, media alerts, and pitches. These are all so interesting to me to see the difference in what a PR person does vs. a journalist.

Finally, the keys to being a PR rep is having transparency, to lay bare all of the issues associated with a topic, regardless of how good or bad they are, in a clear immediate way. As a PR rep, you’d also have to have to know that, the more you hide, the worse it is, and the bandages approach; which is just when you have to pull off a bandage.


In chapter 3, I learned that regardless of the intentions of the sender, the failure to put the best-crafted message forward will lead to huge problems for everyone involved. The more you can do to make your material clear and concise, the better chance you have of drawing readers and retaining them. It’s also always necessary to write clearly and plainly to best reach your readers. And not allowing yourself to choose un-concrete nouns and verbiage. And doing so to make sure you have the proper length in the sentence and control the pace and flow of your writing.

In chapter 4, I recognized the basics of media writing. Media writing requires you to rely more heavily on facts and the opinion of others as opposed to what you think. There are six killer “Be’s” in good writing. To Be right, be tight, be clear, be active, be smooth, and be quick. Which is how we get the most information to your reader as quickly as possible and use quickness to keep them interested and engaged. This leads to the inverted pyramid, a writing style to help you meet the needs of your readers.

In chapter 8, I noticed the basics of reporting and how reporting can take you through a number of situations that can rin the gamut of happy moments and tragic events. There are four different types of events: breaking news, speeches, meetings, and news conferences. When preparing for any of these events, it’s important to remember that you’ll be outside of your comfort zone. Once you get to the event, you need to assess the situation, find the core, look outside the lines, post-event interviews, seek secondary sources, fact check, and get information.