Breaking News

My professor asked me to put my breakup story on hold for a breaking news story that occured yesterday on my campus. I’m extremely nervous because this is such a huge story and if all goes well can be one of my most important files of my career at school. I’m nervous. I’m scared. I can do this.

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

Court Cases

Currently writing a paper on the court case Branzburg v. Hayes. I never knew how much reading there was to do in a court case. Sunday bummer!

The case is very interesting though. If you’re not familiar with it, it is the Supreme Court case that allows courts to subpoena journalists to reveal their sources. I think the 35 year gap is also astounding. Thirty-five years ago courts were always subpoenaing journalists to reveal their sources, and it died down after that until present day where it has started back up again. I think it shows how the 70s and present day have linear circumstances.

Subpoena is also a really cool word.

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!

Reminder

I was reminded today that the work I produce is copyrighted.  If anyone is going to use examples of my work, please attribute properly and contacting me would be nice.  It is my job to write stories about people and the things affecting lives, and I work very hard at it.  It pains me to see content I’ve produced not receiving the proper respect it deserves.  Even though this is the internet, the same rules apply.

The internet is not a playground for the real world, it is now where the real world is taking place.  As a blanket note, please respect all authors integrity and do the right thing.  It means the world for someone like me to be recognized and appreciated for the work I do.

Thank you!

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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.