Chapter 3 talks about how failure to put the best typed message forward will lead to big problems for everyone involved. We need to write with solid nouns and powerful verbs in our sentences and use simple things to get our word across. Over complicated things can confuse the readers and not get the point you needed across. Reading our work aloud will help with this. We will be able to hear our mistakes better than just reading it silently in our minds. Own od the most powerful things that spoke out to me was “When in doubt, look it up. If you still don’t know, don’t couch it with vague notions and weak qualifiers.”
Chapter 4 we learn about the killer “Be’s”, which are, be right, be tight, be clear, be active, be smooth, and be quick. We need these to make our stories great and enjoyable to read. This chapter seems to tell us the rights from wrongs in writing.
Chapter 8 taught me that for all types of events need preparing. Such as breaking news, speeches, meetings, and news conferences. Knowing how to cover an event will help you with the preparing process. This was probably my favorite chapter to read because it broke down how to cover events to get the best possible outcome. It tells about localizations, obituaries and profile writing. I found it interesting that the first step for these stores were not all the same and that is what I like about writing. Its always something new.
In the chapters for our reading response, Filak explains a few ways to make articles easier for readers to comprehend. One of these ways is to write shorter sentences. Since longer sentences are harder to understand, it makes sense for journalists to write in shorter, simpler sentences. Along with this are what Filak calls the “Killer Be’s”. Be right, be tight, be active, be clear, be smooth, and be quick. Having taken a media writing class before though, most of this information is not new to me. However, having worked on the school newspaper, I have seen them put into practice more and more. Having experience writing, I have seen the effects of following these principles in my own writing as well as my fellow journalists.
In chapter 3, Filak speaks more on understanding a reader and to a deeper extent. The use of your language and style plays a role in relating to the reader. He basically says your content should be consistent and Filak puts an emphasis on having an Active voice. Active voice means using more in-depth verbs which results in shorter sentences having more of an impact. In this chapter, the importance of sentence length is mad. He says that usually media writers frown on using long sentences, BUT Filak explains how to use it as a tool instead.
Chapter 4 starts off with The Killer “Be’s”. They are BE right, tight, clear, Active, Smooth, Quick. These all help to be a good writer. All of these “Be’s” all collide in each story and Filak explains how they all go into Leads. Leads can be stories, information or even what you heard. Leads are so important in Media writing and Filak goes into detail on what and which lead could be used in different situations.
In chapter 8 the emphasis is Reporting. In reporting you must be straight to the point while also holding the viewer or listeners attention. Filak speaks on the tone of voice and what influences the audience. Also, when reporting you must understand how to relate and being resourceful. Your audience always plays a role on what story to tell. In both chapters 4 and 8, Filak talks on the importance of “facts” and “information”. You can not be a successful writer if you are not credible.
My name is Cameron James and I am currently entering my fourth year of college. While I say that, I must include the fact that this is also my fourth college. Out of high school I went to Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga. That is where I first went to play baseball. Like many other college athletes, I decided it was not right for me and transferred again to play baseball at Georgia Highlands in Cartersville, Ga. There is where I felt like I had to grow up quick. Unlike Reinhardt, Highlands is what you call a “JUCO” which means junior college. I did not play baseball that year because of credit issues. So after it technically being my sophomore I was considered to be a Red-shirt freshman on the baseball field. So, after Highlands I transferred to South Georgia State in Douglas,Ga. This was an entirely new area to me. I had never experienced the type of I met there anywhere else. There, I grew to be the person I am today. So now it is 2018, and I find myself here at Piedmont. I graduated in the year 2015 from Kell high School in Marietta, Ga. Although I went to high school there I am originally from Macon, Ga. As you can tell I have been everywhere but lately it has been for something I love, which is the game of baseball.
In the chapters we read, Filak brings up an interesting point about the length of sentences and the effect the length of the sentences has on your writing. The short sentences can provide the reader with easy access to the information with little effort spent from the audience. The longer sentences can bring in more of a flow and connection to the other parts of your story. Not only is the length of the sentences important as well as the information the reader provides should be clear and concise.
Another interesting point Filak brought up was the basis of media writing. Media writing is much more about facts and delivering the truth than staying stuck in your own opinions. Within media writing there are six “Killer Be’s” that are important fro each writer to pay attention to. Be right, be tight, be active, be clear, be smooth, and be quick. These are important for writers to utilize in order to have successful writing.
In chapter 3, I learned that regardless of the intentions of the sender, the failure to put the best-crafted message forward will lead to huge problems for everyone involved. The more you can do to make your material clear and concise, the better chance you have of drawing readers and retaining them. It’s also always necessary to write clearly and plainly to best reach your readers. And not allowing yourself to choose un-concrete nouns and verbiage. And doing so to make sure you have the proper length in the sentence and control the pace and flow of your writing.
In chapter 4, I recognized the basics of media writing. Media writing requires you to rely more heavily on facts and the opinion of others as opposed to what you think. There are six killer “Be’s” in good writing. To Be right, be tight, be clear, be active, be smooth, and be quick. Which is how we get the most information to your reader as quickly as possible and use quickness to keep them interested and engaged. This leads to the inverted pyramid, a writing style to help you meet the needs of your readers.
In chapter 8, I noticed the basics of reporting and how reporting can take you through a number of situations that can rin the gamut of happy moments and tragic events. There are four different types of events: breaking news, speeches, meetings, and news conferences. When preparing for any of these events, it’s important to remember that you’ll be outside of your comfort zone. Once you get to the event, you need to assess the situation, find the core, look outside the lines, post-event interviews, seek secondary sources, fact check, and get information.