Working on an article.

I’m currently working on an article about women who drastically change their appearance/cut their hair following a break-up or other traumatic experience.  I’ve done two interviews so far and am finding out really interesting information.  A lot of it is what I anticipated but other information is new and gives a depth  about people and their coping abilities.

I really can’t wait to write it and file it and post it on here!  I definitely want to accompany it with a post about the process.

German Newspaper Layout

I love this new layout, and I think it will be something I can handle.

Especially with how full my semester will be.  I’m taking six classes, 17 credits worth.  I’m also on the e-board in two clubs.  Not to mention I go to the gym and try to have a bit of a social life.

I just got done with my first week of classes for the new semester.  One my classes starts next week so I haven’t been to all of them.

My classes are:

Text Me! – This class is about computer mediated communication.  I’ve found this topic really interesting especially with my fascinaition (and addiction) to social media.  But now I get to learn the history of all of it, like how the Justice Department and ARPANET are two major factors in me being able to write this on my laptop.

Literature of Journalism – My professor speaks the truth in this class.  Literary journalism is something I’ve never had the chance to do, and it will be fun to add a flair of creativity to personal narratives while social commentating the way I see things.  Love it already.

Arts Writing – Writing about music, film, art, dance, theater… and the whole rest of the gambit.  My professor was a editor of the Rolling Stones magazine.  Cannot wait for her anecdotal stories and report on some of my biggest interests with integrity and the tools I need.

Investigative Journalism – Probably my favorite so far.  Taught by a New York Times reporter, I learned more in the first class than I ever did before.  This was the perfect class to take, I can’t wait to take the knowledge I gain and translate it into real impactful stories.

Advanced Editing – This class runs an online newspaper.  We are in charge of everything, assigning the stories, editing, fact-checking… we’re pretty self-efficient.  Getting a taste of ‘the real thing’ should brace me with a little more backbone for actual (and virtual) newsrooms.

Intercultural Interaction – This is the class I start next week and have once a week for seven consecutive weeks.  It’s my one credit modular course and all I know is that I will be working on some sort of project that involves a student from a foreign university.  Sounds pretty exciting, pretty stoked!

So, with all that said, most of these classes are upper division.  Which means the workload is…is… scary.  I’m looking at my homework list from this first week and don’t know how I will pull it altogether

Case Studies

I’m attending the National Communication Association conference in New Orleans in 2 weeks, and I just received my badge to get in and also the book I chose.  I chose “Critical Studies in Media Communication”

I cannot wait to read it! It looks like it has such interesting information in it, thumbing through it the first chapter is about journalism during the Beijing Olympics.  I was really excited when I read that title.  There’s also coverage of racism in journalism in modern day and how the New York Times covered fires in the late 1800’s.  Fascinating.

I’ll probably get to reading it this weekend.  When I cut into it, Ill give a little non-libelous review!

 

Hope everyone is adjusting to November!

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I attended the Cable Mavericks Masters Forum yesterday at the Paley Center in NYc yesterday.  What a fantastic experience!  I took pages and pages of notes of the advice industry professionals were giving during panel.  You always feel reassured when you hear about high-level professionals and the feelings of doubt and trepidation they had when they started out.  I’m very grateful to have that experience and will take what I learned and apply it immediately to my life.

Much better.

I like this theme, the basic magazine, much better.  I’m just going to learn how to tweak it a bit so it’s perfect.  I will also be updating my publications page later tonight with both published and unpublished work.

I am also attending the Cable Mavericks Masters Forum this Friday in the city.  Got to work on my interview answers, but I’m nonetheless ecstatic and excited to be attending.

Working on a little something.

I’m writing an editorial piece for my Public Affairs Reporting class about the NYSUNY 2020 legislation.  Although I am still researching my materials and gathering information, I’m really writing with a strong voice.  I feel this will be one of my best articles in a while.  I had been dreading this article because I’m not very savvy when presented with a lot of numbers, but I found my story, and I think it’s quite good.  Perhaps I’ll submit it to one of the schools’ publications and see if either of them pick it up.

Oh and one more thing.

Bear with my on the whole sparse looking site.  The internet barely ever works in my dorm, so when I do get a signal I’m usually doing something for homework, or perusing Facebook.  It’s getting there.  It is fun to watch the website transform step by step.  Looking forward to the finished product.

Signing off,

Laura

Quick Quip

Reading text for my Copy Editing and Layout Class.  I just wanted to note that I now know the difference between Serif and Sans Serif.  This greatly pleases me.  I think it is interesting because of how copy editors use it to distinguish text type from that of cutlines.

I’m still learning a great deal, and every day as well.  I feel ready for whatever is out there.  But I will never stop learning.  There is no living without learning.

Anyone agree?