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After reading Filak and Knight’s writings on the emphasis of keeping the stories and works relatable for an audience. It also made me see the importance of journalism and how capturing the reader early is important, because if you don’t get their attention in the lead you might lose them completely, and you have to know your target audience to get the readers you are looking for.

One problem a lot of journalist usually gets hit with is “fake news” and many news outlets, whether that be, newspapers, websites, magazines etc… are often accused of this. Both Filak and Knight expand on this and say that some journalists provide false information in order to capture the audience. This could be a good strategy they say but, often times, these reporters and journalists often get a bad name and are seen as non-credible news sources after repeated offenses. 

Filak and Knight also go over ways to get information out that multiple reporters are also doing stories over. The authors tell us to make our writings unique to us and recommend we get different takes from what the other journalists might write. 


Jeff Bowers

For Jefferson Bowers, English started his Spanish journey. 

“A lot of people say it’s crazy to see a little white kid speaking Spanish, but it all started when I was 16 years old in English class with a Mexican guy named Hugo” Said Bowers. “I just started messing with him asking stupid typical ignorant questions like, “Do they have TVs down “there” (Mexico)?” and stuff along those lines.”

First year assistant Spanish Professor Jefferson Bowers, originally from Rock Hill, South Carolina, graduated from Appalachian State in the fall of 2014 with a masters degree in Spanish, but at first sight you would not expect him to be a Spanish professor. Ironically, his passion for Spanish all began in an English class.

“A lot of people say it’s crazy to see a little white kid speaking Spanish, but it all started when I was 16 years old in English class with a Mexican guy named Hugo” Said Bowers. “I just started messing with him asking stupid typical ignorant questions like, “Do they have TVs down “there” (Mexico)?” and stuff along those lines.” 

Bowers said Hugo’s family always ate dinner earlier than his and often invited him to stay. Sitting around the table was the first exposure to Spanish and since then he’s been listening to music, watching movies, and trying to dive into the culture. “You have to be interested in learning, and motivated to learn… I tried to say everything I said in English in my head in Spanish,” Bowers said “I was obviously very wrong on most of it, but it allowed me to think through the organization of the language.” 

Students say Bowers’ teaching style has been beneficial to them. 

“Jeff has been an incredible Spanish teacher and has really helped me when I needed help understanding different conjugations, and translations,” said sophomore Matt Crumbley who is currently enrolled in Bower’s Spanish 1102 class. 

“He’s just a genuine and happy guy who makes learning the language fun,” said freshman Leul Tekilemariam, Piedmont student. 

“I think he really makes learning the language fun for all the students, and he’s understanding of the unintentional ignorance some students may have with Spanish culture, but learning from him intrigues us to get connected with the culture,” said Cameron Earls, a sophomore at Piedmont College. 

Out of class Bowers hopes to translate his love of Spanish to his students. Bowers says he “loves to see people gain interest in the culture and language of Spanish-speaking countries. (and) really enjoys seeing people get excited about the language.”

“My greatest reward is being able to interact with the students and see them grow academically and personally… and I want them to know that they are truly appreciated and an important part of Piedmont College. 

Aaron Palmer Interview

Born and raised just down the road in Gwinnett County. Aaron Palmer has played basketball pretty much his whole life starting at a young age, and plays here at Piedmont College. “I came to Piedmont to play basketball and on signing day I actually found out I knew someone else I knew from my highshool that was also coming to Piedmont. So that made it cool and less frightening.” He said. Aaron has enjoyed basketball here at Piedmont and has really enjoyed the class sizes and the connections/friendships he can make with people despite being from different areas and sports.

Aaron is a Sports Communication major and hopes to use his degree in sportscasting or sports journalism. 


In Chapter four Knight focused on interviews and what to do and what not to do. Interviewing is something that every Masscom and Sportscom major should know how to do. Interviewing is all about asking the right questions and interpreting their answers to get substantial follow up questions. I believe the key to a good interview is to make yourself, and the interviewee comfortable and turning it more into a conversation. In doing this you will get more personal answers as they begin to open up to you.

In chapter six Filak goes over interviewing and he talks about some of the important things you should do before, during, and after every interview. He makes an emphasis on knowing the person you are about to interview. He makes sure to go into the interview with background knowledge about the interviewee. 


After reading these two chapters I learned that in writing there isn’t just a standard template you can go off of to create good writings. You have to be creative and kind of treat your writing like a building you’re constructing. He also helped me understand that you need to be concise and get to your point when doing journalistic writing. I like the KISS method with most things and I think he made me realize how writing should be no different and that I should keep it super simple

. I think one of the things I found unique is in chapter 5 he says that we should all be creative and to somewhat break the rules of writing. These chapters contain very useful information I will try to apply to my future writings.

RR1: Nick Pope

When it comes to writing it has always been something I’ve dreaded. I don’t think I am a bad writer, but the idea of being told specifics about what to write has always bothered me because I believe it discourages creativity. With that said, if I do enjoy the prompt given to me I will enjoy the writing and can create a semi-decent paper. Word counts are a flawed approach for writing, and on topics I’ve struggled with I’ve gone through and taken apart contractions just to get the word count. I am looking forward to this different style of writing, and I hope I get a better interest in writing and maybe even begin to enjoy it. 

I think the book does a good job of pointing out the emphasis on being aware of who your target audience is. The book also made a point of not needing an outline, and I’ve never found outlines useful for me personally. My Lit teachers in high school took my outline as part of the essay grade, so I’ve learned to make good looking outlines but they’ve never been helpful. I believe my writing will improve after putting to use the points Knight wrote about.