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Reading Response 7

After reading this chapter, I was refreshed on some things I already knew but also a few things I that I did not recognize. This chapter reminded me what it takes to be a good journalist.

One of the things I did not recognize was beat reporting. I never really heard of the word “beat” when it comes to journalism. I feel like that is something I should have known but now I know what it is after reading and doing some research on the topic.

Beat reporting is also known as specialized reporting. It is a type of journalism that goes into in-depth reporting on a particular issue. You need to be familiar with the topic in order to be a beat reporter. You can do research to learn more about the topic you are reporting or you can make friends inside the business and listen to their advice. I feel like making connections and communicating will be the most effective way to be successful in beat reporting.

After reading this chapter I learned a lot of new information. This information will help me in this class and in my future plans.


Jared Broughton profile

Jared Broughton was an athletic kid growing up, playing just about every sport, so it’s no surprise his career path took him to coaching. “I fell in love with sports at an early age and I am still in love with them today, said Broughton.”

Broughton is from Indianapolis, Indiana. He played baseball, basketball, football and tennis in high school. After high school, Broughton attended Vincennes University, a junior college located in southeast Indiana. He played one year of baseball there then transferred to the University of Dayton, in Ohio, to play his final three seasons of baseball. During his college years, he found himself eager to be a baseball coach when his playing career ended.

Broughton got into college coaching after graduation at Earlham College, a small Division III liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana. After a few years coaching there, he found himself in Demorest, Georgia, where he would become the associate head coach of the Piedmont College Lions.

“I have a very aggressive coaching style,” he said. “We want to have a team that’s hard to play against, steals a lot of bases, and puts pressure on the other team.” “Coach Broughton’s coaching style is a perfect fit for me. Having a good relationship with him allows me to feel comfortable coming to him for help. The best part of it is that I feel like I don’t have to be scared of making a mistake. He always reminds us that if we make a mistake, we should just forget it, move on and get ready for the next play,” said senior first baseman Andrew Burden. “My favorite part about coaching would be the relationships that I get to make with the players,” said Broughton.

Broughton is considered the big brother of the coaching staff and wants to build relationships with every player on the team. Broughton hopes to help the team improve their offensive production, steal more bases, and eventually help the Lions win the the USA South conference championship. “This team has a lot of talent and I feel like these guys could do some very special things this season,” says Broughton.

Jessekah A.K.A “Baby”

Jessekah struggled in her early years of high school but later on in her sophomore year she found herself, made friends, and accepted who she was.

Jessekah is a 18 year old freshman at Piedmont College. She went to high school at Duluth High School, where she adopted the nickname “Baby.” She stated, ” I was the youngest one in my class and I was the shortest, so that nickname stuck.”

Jessekah was choosing between Piedmont and Harvard to further her education. Piedmont won the battle against the prestigious school. The mass communications major stated “I’ve always wanted to be on CNN… but i knew I wanted to do journalism and writing.” Jessekah plans on graduating from Piedmont College with her mass communications degree and hopefully working for CNN one day.


In chapter 4, Knight brought up some very good interviewing skills. Interviewing is a huge part in the Journalism business. Interviewing gives you great information for the topic you are talking about. I love to watch interviews on TV, especially after sports games. The interviewer always asks solid questions and each person they interview has their own unique way of answering. The person interviewing someone always has to ask the right questions and always have a plan B. A lot can go wrong while interviewing someone but if you are prepared it should go smoothly.

Knight says to treat the interviewee as a human being. The interviewee is able to give good information but if the interviewer gets caught up on who the interviewee is rather then what information they are receiving, it is not a good interview. For example, if someone is interviewing a legend like Lebron James, they could easily get distracted him instead of treating him lie a normal person.

Filak brought up an important piece of information. He says to always know the interviewee before you interview them. The interview will be more difficult without doing the research on the interviewee. This goes with having a plan and being prepared before conducting the interview.

Reading Response 1

Writing has always been a hit or miss with me. If the teacher assigns a topic that I enjoy and know a lot about then I can write for days. On the other hand, if the topic is something I do not know too much about then I will stare at my laptop screen for an hour without writing anything down. I have taken plenty of English and Literature classes so I am use to figuring it out and try to put as much on the paper as possible. I have learned that is not always the best way to write. With media writing I think it will help me just focus on the topic and not write about complete nonsense.

I really liked when Knight talked about writing straight to whoever your audience is. I believe that if you focus on who you are writing to it will make your papers more enjoyable to read. I was very surprised to learn that Knight said using big vocabularies can be a trap. I always thought using big words made my papers better even though I did not even know what the words meant sometimes. I agree with him about keeping it simple. I think that keeping it simple will help me out personally.

Overall, I thought Knights points were very helpful. I think they will take my writing skills to the next level.


Hello everyone, my name is Zach Swindell. Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am from Newnan, Georgia, about two hours south of Piedmont College. I attended Northgate high school in Coweta County. I have been playing baseball since I was four years old and I am extremely blessed to be able to still play the game I love. I started out my college career at a junior college, Gordon State College. I played baseball and took classes there for two years. I transferred to Piedmont College last semester and I love it so far. I am so excited to play my first season for the Lions this Spring.I am a huge sport fanatic. My favorite teams are the Atlanta Braves, Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Falcons, and the Atlanta Hawks. When I am not playing baseball my favorite things to do include fishing, hunting, watching Netflix, going to the lake, and skiing. I love spending my time outdoors rather then sitting inside. My favorite foods are mac and cheese, caesar salad, crab legs, and chicken parmesan. I can’t wait to see what this course has to offer.