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RR 5:

Fake news is a phrase that you hear a lot thrown around these days, especially in journalism. One reason why they do it is to get the reads, they put out a juicy and interesting headline to suck readers into their articles. Filak also teaches us how to fight fake news by always being suspicious and not believing everything we see without doing some digging first.

Filak also talks about how this is the social media era. That social media is how we get most of our news, and all of the platforms that are out there. He also states that we are losing our attention spans because of it and I would thoroughly agree with it. Every time a notification pops up on your phone you have to check it as soon as it pops up. It’s just the way we live now, the information and everything we need is in the palm of our hands.  

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The Life of Justin White

From crossing the Grand Teton Mountains in a Kia Soul to zip lining with supermodels Justin White continues to “send it.”

“You just have to push it, you have to think about it and you have to see what is surrounding you,” he said, “you can’t just sit there and accept the circumstances.”

Adventuring has always been in Justin’s DNA, and his journey has since led him to be the assistant director of student activities and wellness at Piedmont College. The way he got here was not planned but “by chance.” He said, “Life is kinda like a road, you just gotta pick one and just go.”

Life is all about seeking discomfort and stepping out of your comfort zone and making that leap of faith. White has fully embodied this mindset throughout his adventures in life.

“All right, here we go!”
Teton National park is one of the most majestic mountain ranges here in the U.S. But when Justin White takes it on he goes to different lengths to trek through it. When asked by one of his friends if he wanted to go camping in the Tetons, he was quick to accept the offer. But there would be no normalcy to it, driving through the back country of Teton National Park, White had all of his belongings in his 2012 Kia Soul as he was moving at the time and decided to take on this treacherous adventure. While encountering a few Bison crossings and enjoying the Midwest scenery, they soon came across a river and had to make a decision to cross. He simply said, “All right, here we go!”

“He always encourages me to do the absolute most.” “Always give it 100 percent, and just ‘full send it’ as he says” Said Noah Wood, an employee of White’s at the Piedmont rock wall.

Just “sending it” is a major part of Justin’s life and he makes sure to let everyone know that if they are hesitating with something in life, to just “Send it.”

A friend of White, said he is always encouraging people to get out of their comfort zone. Close friend Cordell Jones said, “By always pushing folks, whether it be in the form of random excursions or just having new experiences.”

From being a thrill seeker to connecting with students at Piedmont, White said it is important to keep an open mind.

“Say you are sitting down and you have a plate of food and everyone else has a plate of food, you just can’t sit there and eat your food and be content with it. You have to try a little but from each one. You just have to travel out and see what is out there and experience the differences in the world.”

Christian Castro: a short story

Christian Castro has always been an active guy growing up and always been involved with sports playing soccer, basketball and playing baseball for around 10 years. But injuries held him back from continuing.

When asked about what his dream job would be he said, “I would like to be involved with sports in any way that he can.” he said that ” Being in the stadiums, you feel that moment where everything seems like it is in slow motion. You hear the crowd roaring, it is an amazing feeling.”

He also said that he would love to get a job that travels the world, “Seeing new places, experiencing new cultures, and living life to the fullest, because we only get one chance at life.”

RR4: Follow the Lede-r

Having a strong lede at the beginning of the story is very important for captivating the reader and grasping their interest. Knight and Filak both emphasize this and how important it is in writing. In my case I’ve never had to write a lede, it’s always been an introduction paragraph and I kind of have it serve the same purpose. Grabbing the readers attention is something I often struggle with when it comes to long papers. I have since found out that it should be short and to the point, but in the same case in the midst of being short grabbing the readers attention.

RR #3

Interviewing can sometimes be a tall task to handle, but its a major part of the Mass Communications field. From gathering information to formatting the interview questions for optimal responses there is so much that goes into interviews.

One way I that we can combat this is just simply going by the KISS rule, by just keeping it super simple. Not looking it too much, but that doesn’t mean to come unprepared. Filak did say to know your audience before you conduct said interview and research the person before you sit down and talk to them.

Knight then goes on and says that whilst conducting the interview you must treat the interviewee as a very insightful person but also just like a regular human being.

Will Sargent: Reading Response 1

Writing has always been a very touchy subject with me. There will be sometimes where I can write for hours and hours and just get on a roll without even thinking about it, but there will be sometimes where I just hit a roadblock and just simply don’t get anything done. The process of writing a paper is easy and the layout is really typical but the process of getting the thoughts out of my head seems to be where I struggle with. I always see myself “filling up” a paper with the expansion of thoughts and filibustering until I get to the word count but I hope to be a more accomplished writer and being more confident in my writings whilst going through this class.

I thoroughly agree with Knight and the way that he describes writing. He says that we should not try and simplify really complicated matters, but we should use words that everyone understands and get to them through our word choice and our writing style. Especially how he speaks about knowing your audience. Knowing the audience is one of the most beneficial things that you can use to your advantage when writing, and it brings the writer and audience closer together. I also like how he used the acronym KISS to apply to the papers and good writing skills. I feel like I can use that principle when writing papers in my near future and it will help me not to over think when gathering ideas and writing up papers.


A traveling man

I don’t really know how to start off this blog post, whether to include a good quote or anything so I am just going to start it off like this.

Hey everyone, my name is Will Sargent and I am a sophomore here at Piedmont. I was born and raised and still live in Gainesville, Georgia. It’s about 45 minutes south of Demorest. I went to Gainesville Highschool, home of the Red Elephants. I played baseball for 12 years until I gave it up sophomore year of high school. I also played lacrosse all 4 years of highschool. I was going to continue my career at college but a torn Achilles and broken foot my senior year as well as a torn labrum in my shoulder prohibited that from happening.

I feel like traveling is a part of my DNA. Whether it be for mission trips with my church or the average family vacation, I have gotten to experience parts of the world and have once in a lifetime opportunities that are great memories. From swimming with sea turtles in Hawaii to having a snowball fight on a glacier in Alaska are just some of the things I have experienced aside from going to Haiti and the Eleuthera island in the Bahamas for mission work. I consider the wonderful city of Boston my second home because we have been up there a lot and I am a huge fan of the Red Sox.

My favorite teams include the Oregon Ducks and Clemson Tigers football teams. I am a big soccer fan and I am of course an Atlanta United fan, as well as FC Barcelona and Manchester United. I am a huge Boston Red Sox fan ever since I can remember, I have always liked them, as I have never really been a Braves fan. Some of my favorite foods are crab legs, fried chicken, and mashed potatoes just to name a few. I like to watch sports and longboard in my free time. And I am looking forward to what this course has to offer