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Final RR: Filak 12 &13

Chapter 12 feels a lot like common sense. The law won’t always protect you. You are responsible for your verbal actions – which have consequences. An invasion of privacy isn’t cool. Ninety-nine percent of the time you have a boss to answer to that won’t let you publish anything you want – people have standards. With that being said – follow your moral compass. If there is a story that needs to be published and the higher powers that be won’t let you publish it – find another way to get it out there that won’t get you in trouble. Send it to someone who can publish it.

Ethics contain common principles that are true in more areas than writing and reporting, I think it boils down to what kind of person or writer you want to be. However, you will make it much farther being honest, accountable and transparent, than someone selfish and dishonest.

Story #3: Feature Story

Anna Watson  

Media Writing 1 

Professor Joe Dennis 

22 April 2019 

Game of Thrones PRIDE 

Michael Adams went from long-time Game of Thrones fan to researching Jaime Lannister’s transition from Kingslayer to Oathkeeper.  

From noon to 5 p.m. last Wednesday, the Swanson Center was stocked full of students presenting for the Lion’s Pride research day. There were different categories including health sciences, business relations and literature. Michael Adams, a non-traditional student, presented his research project titled “Jaime Lannister: From Byronic to Ironic Hero” during the first session from 1:45 p.m. to 2 p.m.  

“Mike attended the Popular Culture Association of the South conference last year but didn’t present,” said Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Department of Humanities, Hugh Davis. “He expressed an interest in doing a Game of Thrones panel this year, so I encouraged him to use Pride Day as a test run.” 

Adams began his presentation warning the audience about gore and spoilers, followed by a video that showed the entire character arc for Jaime Lannister. From getting caught having sexual relations with his twin sister and pushing young Bran Stark out the window, saying “The things I do for love,” in season one to charging on Daenarys in season seven, one would not expect Jaime to be considered a hero.  

“A Byronic hero is a hero that stands out as an anti-hero,” Adams said. “He is not a normal hero.” 

Adams presented his “Hand theory” – given to him by his sponsor, Professor Davis – claiming that Tyrion Lannister, Hand to the Queen Daenarys Targaryen and Jaime’s younger brother, and handless Jaime Lannister complete each other as a whole person.  

“The Hand theory was interesting because they complete each other with Jamie being the brawn and Tyrion the brains,” Ian Bourret, Game of Thrones fan, said. “They were each other’s only true friends and trusted each other the most.” 

Adams also presented the use of Mimetic Desire to characterize Tyrion and Cersei Lannister where “two people desire the same thing, they being to mirror each other as they compete to possess it,” said Professor Davis in an email. Cersei and Tyrion are both after the power they believe Jaime has behind Casterly Rock. They are clever, conniving and ruthless. 

“Tyrion and Cersei both escaped their trial – Cersei blew them up and Tyrion escaped like a snake,” Ian Bourret said. “They have quick come backs and are always seen with a glass of wine.”  

 Jaime suffers through his “symbolic castration” during his hero’s journey. Jaime was the finest swordsman in all the Seven Kingdoms, where he “whoops some serious booty” then lost his sword hand. Jaime turns his desire from Cersei to Brienne the Beauty on his journey, leaving his vicious past behind. Brienne expresses what it means to be a true knight. Brienne is gifted with Jaime’s sword Oathbreaker and renames it Oathkeeper. 

“Jamie has been through the biggest journey in a literary sense, outside the norms of being a hero and fulfilling his duty as a knight,” Adams said.  

Having read the Game of Thrones books three times, watched the television series twice, and been a fan since high school, Adams claims Jaime to be one of his favorite characters. Adams ended his presentation with a few predictions for the final season, giving Jaime a 30 percent chance of surviving until the end of story, a 20 percent chance to end up sitting on the Iron Throne and a whopping 80 percent chance that no one gets the Throne.  


Michael Adams 

Hugh Davis 

Ian Bourret 

Disaster Drill 2019

Triage is the Name of the Game

If you are able to save only one of the following: a baby, a young woman, an old woman or an old man, whom do you pick?

Triage is fighting the initial instinct of saving the most helpless in order to save more people in the limited amount of time a rescuer has before the building collapses. Nursing Professor Vincent Pair said the Disaster Drill tests the students’ ability to asses patients’ injuries, as well as their ability to care for them. Floyd Canup, Captain of the Sheriff’s Department, said, “The Disaster Drill exposes the student to life-like situations, however, in the field there are more civilians and it moves quicker.”
The annual drill is a mock trial, with roughly 200 nursing students, where the juniors act injured and the seniors rescue them from a common disaster that the Theater Department puts on display. They provide the lights, pyrotechnics and make-up. The city of Demorest and Habersham County send almost all available first responders, including the city of Demorest police and fire departments, Habersham County Medical Center and EMS, Habersham County Fire Department, Sheriff’s Office, 911/Emergency Management Agency, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Homeland Security, Habersham Search and Rescue and the District Two Public Health Administration, according to Piedmont Police Chief Jim Andrews.
“The event has evolved and come a long way. It involves more agencies, more students and more departments,” Nursing Professor Jamie Johnson-Huff said. She has participated in the Disaster Drill for over 13 years. The students involved include high schoolers, theater, mass communications, athletic training and nursing students, each combining their skills to simulate a life-like disaster. “It is good to see them step up and watch how well they interact.”
Many of the nurses and athletic trainers felt prepared conducting the Disaster Drill, focusing on saving the lives of their classmates.


Filak 4, Knight 8 & 9

Filak talks about not falling into a comfort zone with tools, this resonated with me not using voice memos to conduct interviews. I have always written notes and miss some of the words that are critical for me getting correct information. It’s hard to describe the narrative “in my minds eye” while keeping it short sweet and simple.

Words, phrases and quotes can become stale, Words that are often overused, mostly clichés, imply that the writer was being lazy. You don’t use the cliché just because it fits – there is almost always a better way to say something.

I agree the writer should always take a chance for revision, but readers are not judging every word so minutely, asking if it belongs. They only get critical when they see red flags. Removing the word “located” would not have been caught or thought of by the reader unless they were looking at it with a journalistic mindset. Many of the words considered “no-no’s” are not sounding alarms because they are used in everyday speech.

Filak 7 & 8

It’s hard to imagine that everything that happens has already happened before, every story has already been told , although, I suppose it is true for journalism.

Good stories are made through good practices: preparation, grammar, spelling and reviewing. While covering different types of events, it is important to keep in mind the other people doing so as well. If many people are getting the story – like in a press conference – then the journalist must ensure they have the correct quotes and verbiage.

Finding deep stories seems daunting, and certainly not as simple as “open your mind’s eye.” However, deep stories can be found anywhere when you ask “why?” This can be asked to any person, place, idea or thing, especially people. Everyone’s story is different.

RR6: Knight 7 & Filak 2

Balance is a key ingredient to life, food portioning and cooking, yet it is also important in journalistic writing. No writer wants to be so honest that it enrages half the readers, or so dishonest that they are discredited. It takes a balance of being honest and appearing honest. Honestly, it never occurred to me that in being honest I may not appear honest. Being honest comes with being accurate, avoiding generalizations/overblown statements and avoiding assumptions. Good writing strays from ambiguity. Respecting the reader means not shouting at them with fonts, exclamations points and italics, not embellishing the story and not editorializing the story. The journalist provides the fact – not the truth – the reader creates the truth. Creating your own conclusion disrupts your fairness and balance.

I know it’s crazy, but journalism requires you to think. A journalist should show up prepared and ready to ask the tough questions that encourage the story and help the reader out. It is not about the writer, it’s about the reader. The bias and the credit don’t matter unless the reader says so. The skill it takes for writers to put themselves and their egos second comes with time – as does thinking critically.

RR5: Knight 2, Filak 1

Who would read the articles journalists write if no one found them interesting? According to Filak and Knight, this is the journalists responsibility – to make the story relevant to the readers.

“This is a goldfish and it has a longer attention span than your readers do,” said Filak. “That means we have to work a lot harder and a lot smarter to get their attention span and keep it.”

If not serious about their profession, Journalists could often succumb to fake new and bending the media to their biases, weakening their reputations amongst professionals and the people. These people, like Filak said, take advantage of the people that want their own biases confirmed and search the web for confirmation bias.

Knight points out the decisions of which stuff is newsworthy enough to go into the lead and the article. In my past two pieces, I have struggled with making decisions about the topic of the articles and what main points I use. I never thought about the information being in the lead as important as the information in the story.

I have a pet peeve when it comes to social biases, fake news and agenda setting. The news is a story, not a campaign for people to trash their enemies.