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RR 9

In these chapters we get into what the first amendment really means to us as journalist. we are protected by freedom of speech and freedom of the press but that freedom does have limits. We can publish any story of fact of truth but people still have a right to sue or try to bring the story down if it hurts government process or is slander. In these cases the right of freedom of speech doesn’t stand up.

He uses ethics to view how we should use our journalistic abilities. He uses the phrase “just because we can doesn’t mean we should.” a example of this in journalism would be having details of a CEO’s affair. Just because we can make a story doesn’t mean we should be the ones to publish it and expose them.

Breaking News: Fire Drill at Swanson

    Sage Shirley

Laughter and chatter was replaced by smoke and screams wednesday morning. The annual disaster drill took place on Wednesday where students from all over campus took part in a simulated fire.Working with the event was many local departments such as police, EMT and firefighters. Over 100 nursing students from both Athens and demorest campus took the roles of responders and victims while mass communication students acted as the press and theater students aided with making it believable.

 “I’m working on the technical aspect with the fog and making sure it looks like a fire and such,” Said Antonio Atoa, Musical Theatre major, “[We’re] just trying to make it look as realistic as possible with all the lights off and the colors and everything.”  Low visibility and thick fog make it hard to see or tell what things were inside. The drill saw the firefighters coming in to the building first and securing it. They were followed by nursing students rushing in to aid the victims. They would evaluate the victims then bring them outside to color code sections.

“My injury is a bleeding wound from the head,” said Casey Crunkleton, nursing major “[The nursing students] will have to assess me and do their nursing applications seeing what a real-life situation would be like.”They would then be treated according to severity. Patients would be sent off either by van or by helicopter or be declared dead. We had a total of 28 patients declared dead. This event provides practice that these students can’t get anywhere else.

“Students who can experience what they’re going to do in real life before they leave school– where they can safely make mistakes– we know that that really helps their education,” Said Dr. Abbey Dondanville, Associate Dean of Health Sciences. “It’s hard to expose students to emergencies because you can’t really plan for an emergency to happen.” Giving students a realistic environment into what they will have to face is a great way to prepare them for what’s to come in their careers.


Dr. Abbey Dondanville

Casey Crunkleton

Antonio Atoa

RR #8

This chapter covers something I struggled with in high school. Over used words can kill your story by making it boring. Its not hard to use different kinds of words by utilizing synonyms in your writing. In most cases this will extremely improve your writing by giving it more depth and making it more enjoyable to read.

The next topic covered is cliché in writing. I see clichés being used because we are all taught to write a certain way for years and penalized if we slightly stray from that. By doing this its cause a overuse of the same style whenever a writer gets comfortable. When everyone is taught the same it creates a space of clichés everyone uses with few being original.


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.”