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These sections focus on a few essentially things all journalist need to keep in mind when writing. The first of these major ideas is being correct. This is in both in the right of reporting the truth and staying politically correct. This is not hard to do with just a little prep and attention to detail but so few want to sped the time to check. Others prefer to stretch the truth to get more views and its killing all of journalisms credibility.

Thee next important topic is critical thinking. Critical thinking is a basic skill all people should have in any field of work. It allows you to adapt quickly and solve problems on the fly. This is especially important in journalism as we have to be able to cover and adapt to things as they happen. Making decisions based on what happens is just part of the job and critical thinking is just part of that.


Melissa Tingle

PIEDMONT COLLEGE- Professor Melissa Tingle, from the sounds of music to mass communication scholars.

“A happy accident,” Melissa Tingle said when asked how she was led onto the path of teaching. “I was supposed to be a musician, and that’s what originally went to school for.”

Tingle was born in Clayton county where she would grow up in a world of music. This would drive her throughout her life till circumstances would take control. These circumstance would move her away from the life of a musician towards a life of cultivating young scholars.

“I had trained in classical music since i was 4,” she said. “It was something that i had always done and was a part of my family’s expectations and the expectations id set for myself.”

She would follow music as more opportunities opened up to her. It seemed like music was going to be Tingle’s life until faith pushed her towards what would become her passion.

“After i had my first daughter,” she said. “I went back to school and i understood that going back into the music program was going to take to much time from my family… I also felt like i was supposed to be moving in a different direction.”

This led her to enroll in the communication field which would later lead to her position as professor. Although what she learned here would only be a portion of what she uses as a teacher.

“My first work experience was running the cash register for my grandmother every morning.” she said. “I’m talking like 9 and 10 years of age.”

She would continue with this job until the store was sold. When she was a senior she worked with the FUN company which coordinated business events nationwide. While at the time she didn’t know it this work would give her teaching later in life a uniqueness not many have.

“All of my corporate events experience with marketing and promotions, experience with logistics and PR have shaped how i teach that to my students.” she said. “I worked with some really big companies like Coca-Cola, nissan, Fleet, and Toyota learning how to navigate those relationships… Learning how to communicate organizationally to deliver a event, coordinate a event, iaison between key players. Those are things i like to pass onto my students.”

She has used this experience to give a unique education to her student that couldn’t be offered by anyone else. Her students love her classes as much as she loves them.

“Dr. Tingle is a great professor.” said Savannah Richards, Freshman Mass Communications major. “As students, we can tell she cares about the subject material and genuinely wants us to succeed.”

Melissa Tingle’s life has given her the ability to change so many more through teaching. Her experience mixed with her personality will continue to inspire students for generations.

“She taught us to form our own opinions and stand firmly with them.” said Jesskah Stewart, Freshman Mass Communication Major. “I am forever grateful!”

RR 5

This section in both Filak and Knights covers how you get a reader to keep reading. This builds off the last chapters like creating a “sexy” lead. This is to grab the reader but then you have to keep them once you have them. One way to keep them is to make the story fit the audience its reaching. A example would be a south Georgia newspaper covering a rise in crime in Chicago, no one is going to read it and care because it doesn’t apply to them in anyway.

A very popular way of trying to keep a readers attention is by just lying to them. Fake news is everywhere and it works because if you see a story about Trump and the Queen getting in fight to the death you’re going to click on it. In reality they just said some small remark to one another but you’ve already read to see what happens. Though this method is effective it is harmful to everyone involved by spreading lies ,and wasting time of the reader with lies and destroying your credibility.

Will Sargent: Floating through life

Whether he’s long boarding or studying, this sophomore is enjoying everyday.

“I’m floating through the times of life taking each day as it comes.”

Although hes not just some balloon adrift in life. Will is working toward a degree in sports communication.

“Hopefully becoming something with a major sports team taking stats.”

This interest in sports is nothing new for Will. It has been a lifelong obsession .

“There hasn’t been a day I haven’t been around (sports) one from a young age.”

Even though a injury has taken Will out of the game, the game hasn’t been taken out of him.

“I told myself in middle school that if I couldn’t make it in sports id wanna be as close as I can to sports.”

Lacrosse holds a special place in his heart.

“because not many know about it or play it so just being one of those few.”

When he gets his degree he hopes to change this and see his sport touch other kids just like him.

“Yes I do hold it close to my heart and want to see it grow and it s growing and I want to be a part of that.”

RR #4

This chapter leads right into a talk about ledes. Ledes are short intros that grabs the audience and holds them. In the world today these are crucial to writing and journalism. People don’t have time to read something if they don’t care or aren’t curious. If you don’t hook your reader in the first couple of sentences you’ve lost them.

Ledes are one of my favorite things to use. I like to think about what would get me invested in this write away. I also think about what audience I’m trying to reach and cater to them. They also encourage the use of citations in your leads. This can be very useful as people usually read more into something in quotations then just standard writing because it catches your eyes. If your lede and leads aren’t good then theres no need to write anymore because no one is gonna care.

RR #3

This chapter covers interviews which is something I have experience in. Interviewing is at the core of journalism and any form of media. If you cant work with your guest you wont get a quality answer to your questions. Good answers require good answers from the interviewer. Back when the wildfires occurred I had to interview the head trainer and coordinator of the firefighters. She walked out on a ABC reporter the day before I had my interview. The first thing I reviewed was my questions to make sure they were open ended and correlated to create a flow. She enjoyed my interview and we built a lasting business relationship because of it.

Filak goes over interviewing but with more of a emphasis on prep work. This includes getting to know the person which is crucial to forming good questions. The ABC reporter didn’t do this as the first few questions were knowledge that should’ve been said in her introduction. The person being interview will always appreciate you going the extra mile for them.

Reading Response #2

Ch. 5 is a important chapter. It takes about how people like to talk to much. In journalistic writing you want to get the point across and nothing else. I feel we’ve been engineered through our writing career to fill our writing with as much extra as possible. Thats one of my favorite parts of writing this way because id also encounter coming up short on the length but having my point across. This happens to be the only time I’m short on length however.

Ch. 6 dives into active and passive voices in writing. Ive always struggled with proper uses of each, so this chapter was very useful to me. Active voice pairs well with Ch. 5 as it allows you to speak right to the point. This allows a more direct way of communicating while using confidence to get your message across.