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Reading Response 9

In these last two chapters, Filak ends the book as if he’s saying his final parting words.

I find this one of the most important lessons of journalistic writing. It is important to stay true to the story and not to sacrifice ethics for a good story. A good story can still be written with honesty.

The SPJ, NPPA and RTDNA are new for me, but they give the layout of ethics for journalistic writing.

Filaks warns when writing to be considerate of others and to be careful of what you publish and how you write it. It is important not to give out personal information and if important information is given out, it is important to ask for permission first.

Filka warns that even though you are able to say and write what you want, there will still be consequences, good or bad. Technically writers may not be arrested for falsehood or over-exaggeration, but here are still major consequences. They can lose readers and more importantly lose credibility.

Digital Fabrication Lab

Not known to many people on campus, the Digital Fabrication Lab – also known as the Fab Lab – is where students learn how to manufacture through the process of machines. For students who love to cut things, create things, creatively solve problems and want to know programming and coding, this is the place.

“We can print something three-dimensionally, we can cut something with a laser or we can cut something with a router,” said professor Chris Kelly, Director of Art and overseer of the Fabrications Lab. “Everything in here comes out of the digital world.”

It was brought over to Piedmont by graphic design major Rebekah Kanipe, who took a two-week workshop at Penland School of the Arts and Crafts in North Carolina in 2018. In this workshop, she learned how to use computer aided design and computer aided machining  – also known as CAD and CAM technology – with laser cutting, solely on wood. This year, the program was brought over to Piedmont, and since starting the Fab Lab, Kanipe has made multiple innovative chairs and has taught other students of Piedmont on how to use the items in the lab.

Along with the ability to make innovative chairs, the laser cutter can also engrave to the tiniest detail on the side of a yeti cup. Along with the laser cutter in the fab lab comes a 3D printer, a paper cutter and sensory technology kits.

 “I want to make a lamp you could turn on by licking it,” said Hannah Oliver, who is working on building a lamp that turns on and off by the moisture in the tongue.

Other projects by students using sensory technology are a sensory piano and a rotating ballerina that switches direction with each tap.

“The idea is to solve problems,” said Kelly. “Students come in with problems and solve them.”

One of the main foci of the fab lab is to find solutions to everyday problems. A couple of the students made a cutting board with a measuring cup attachment to measure the food as it is being cut.

“It doesn’t have to be reasonable, it just has to solve the problem,” said Raleigh Wunderlich for her invention of solving the problem for Pringles cans. She plans to have an automated tube that pushes up the snack as chips are taken, as to not get one’s hand stuck half way through eating Pringles.

With Kanipe’s chair, she had to make multiple mockup models to find out if the chair was stable or not before she could make the real, life-size chair.

“It’s not necessarily an art class. It’s not a design class. It’s not a business class.” Said professor Kelly about the Intro to Digital Fabrication course. “But hopefully students from all the different majors can use this course to create stuff for their work.”

The fab lab is not exclusive to one major. Although it may be in the art annex building, the lab is not just for art majors. Theater Major Shanna Ward uses the router cutter to create faster and more efficient sets for plays.

“As we’re discovering what can be made within these walls, the idea is that you can make anything you want with the help of the digital world,” Kelly said.

Titling This Response RR8 Would Be Such a Cliché

I honestly use a lot of clichés in my everyday speech, so it can be hard sometimes to not use them in my writing. While I do well in avoiding most clichés in writing, I still leave a few of them in there. I do agree, that some clichés are annoying and need to die, but I don’t find all of them to be bad. Knight notes how important it is to have original ideas and to put thought into your own writing. He also warns to not use over complicated vocabulary as to not lose your readers and so anyone of the general public can read what you have written. If I have to have a dictionary at hand in order to understand what someone has written, it’s not worth reading and ruins the flow of the story.

Filak’s chapter 4 I felt as if it was basic information we have already covered, probably due to the fact that we are reading these chapters out of order. He encourages to be descriptive in your writing but cautions not to be too descriptive as to not sound repetitive. He gives an example of a basic outline for a writing an engaging story, which I found as a refresher. A Nut Graph is a new term for me which is basically the part of the story which tells why the story is important and gives any important information while still keeping the story interesting. Overall, it was an okay read. Not my favorite.

Fire Erupts at Swanson Theater

Nearly 30 fatalities have been confirmed after a fire broke out at the Swanson Center.

Shortly after 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 27, an explosive fire erupted in the theater, setting off fire alarms and throwing people inside the building into a panic. With blaring alarms ringing through the hallways and smoke filling the air, the atmosphere was in disarray.

“I need a Maui!” screamed one victim as the injuries from the explosion were too painful and in dire need of something to relieve the hurt.

Nurses and first responders carried victims out on stretchers and even lifting them up in their arms to secure them to safety.

“Have you seen my daughter?” asked one mother named Maggie in a frantic cry. “Her name is Calliope.”

The explosion left people missing and disoriented. The thick smoke caused people to be separated and lost. Not only were children missing, but also a dog.

“Have you seen my dog, Rover?” continually cried one owner.

At 11a.m. a news conference was held to address the public on any new information. Leading the conference was POI of Public Health for District 2 Gainesville Dave Palmer, along with Lynn Smith of Emergency Management and Chief Jim Andrews of Piedmont College Police Department.

As of now, 28 of the 108 fire victims are confirmed dead at the scene, 28 are in a very critical state and 29 suffered non critical injuries. Injuries range from dazed and minor burns to major burns and broken limbs. There were no further comments from the nurses and first responders at the scene.

“We’re here to assist in any way we possibly can,” said Lynn Smith.

A possible reason for the fire was assumed to be wood and cardboard used for the sets, but nothing has yet been confirmed as it is still early in the investigation. Although it is still unclear as to how the fire started, officials are working to make sure something like this never happens again.

“And I always think it’s wise to look around in neighborhoods and in communities to see what you have in your community that could be a threat,” said Jeffrey Adams. “To stop events like this from ever happening.”

Basic Beats: RR7

We were brought back to the basics of journalism in Filak’s seventh and eighth chapters.

Chapter 7 goes over the importance of preparation for an interview and checking for errors in your writing. As with the last reading response, checking all your sources and facts and checking for errors plays into the honesty quality of writing and how important it is to double check before publishing as to not have your credibility questioned. Going further into chapter 7, Filak discusses how imperative it is to be a flexible journalist and improvise when unforeseen situations occur. Being able to adapt to unforeseen circumstances allows you to be ready for anything and keeps you from getting frazzled.

Chapter 8 was kind of a new one for me as I didn’t know what beat reporting was. I had an idea, but wasn’t entirely sure. Unlike regular reporting where you often move from place to place every time, beat reporting focuses on one thing, person or place for a lengthier period of time. I find beat reporting interesting because instead of moving from one story to another and just barely cracking the surface of that one person or place you are reporting on, in beat reporting, you are able to really learn about you topic and almost build a relation with your topic. It is important to build a strong connection with and know your topic so the story can be the best possible.

Tall-Tales and Short Comings: RR6

Overgeneralizing and assumption writing are dangerous in journalism. Generalizing everything can come off as rude and makes it seem like the writer doesn’t know much of what they’re talking about. Knight touches on how important it is for journalist to research what they’re writing about and to know facts about the story before going into the interview. Research is helpful as to not look uneducated when interviewing the subject or writing about the breaking story.

Filak’s second chapter is all about thinking critically and how beneficial it can be. It seems a bit weird for someone to teach you how to think, but critical thinking and understanding is necessary in journalism and in every day life. Thinking in a critical sense helps a person better understand material and enables them to pull on that critical thought to be able to apply it later.

Writing honest material is what I strive for as a writer and having true content is what look for in other’s. With anybody able to publish whatever content they want as biased as they want now, it can be hard to know what’s fact and what’s fiction. I know how tempting it can be to overexaggerate or over emphasize details to try and make the story sound more interesting, but Knight cautions in his seventh chapter that doing so can be damaging to the story and to your own credibility as a journalist. It can subject your work to only being seen as tall-tales for entertainment. I find there’s nothing wrong with having a style of writing, as long as what you’re saying is true and not blown out of proportion.

I Literally Have No Fancy Title for This One: RR5

The fact about humans having a shorter attention span than goldfish is a bit sad, but as a person who gets distracted fairly easy and always has her head in the clouds, I know how important it is to start a story off strong and to keep it strong in order to keep the audience reading what you have written.

Knight and Filak both touch on the importance of knowing the audience you are writing for and how to keep your audience reading what you have written. I think it is very important to know how to capture an audience and how to start off with a good lede.

The words infotainment and demolisticals from Filak’s are new words for me and I’m still unsure as to what demolistical means, but I find them both interesting words and might be worth looking further in to.

Knowing how to decipher what is newsworthy and what is not is very important so you can avoid just spitting out facts.

With all the different ways to get your news nowadays, it can be hard to know what is fact and what is just fan fiction, and knowing where your sources are coming from – whether writing or reading – are important so you can be sure you are receiving the most accurate and truth-filled story possible.

I wish Knight talked more on photojournalism than just that one paragraph because it is something I’m very much interested in, but I understand this is a journalistic writing book and not a photjournalism book.

Overall, interesting chapters and can’t wait to see what’s next. I might learn some more new words