It is often said, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” I say, “when life gives you lemons, you throw that shi* right back!” We all know life likes to place obstacles in our way. It is as if we are on a never ending Mario Kart course and Bowser and Donkey Kong are forever in front throwing bananas and turtle shells at us in a rage of fury. As in the game, the only way to win, is if you retaliate or drive faster and more tactfully and do a little taunting along the way. Forget making lemonade, grab life by the lapels and show it whose boss.
I used to love throwing around the word “bane” but now I use it with the insatiable need to show the world that I too have discovered the connection between Batman’s “Bane” and the word that I so often use to express my distaste..but….I digress….so.. I respect the environment really I do, but when its 5:13 and you have 10 episodes of Vampire Diaries to catch up on before its season premiere this Thursday, “market share liability” and “tort claims” tend to take the back seat. This got me thinking. Clearly, I have no interest in the words that are coming out of my professors mouth nor do I wish to act like I am paying attention, but in the back of my mind I think he knows. He knows I am not paying attention but perhaps, out of his need to satisfy his pedantic nature, he has lead himself to believe that when I glance towards the power point, and continue to type, I am taking notes as a concerned citizen of the environment should. Alas, I am writing a blog and have no intention of taking notes from the words that lie on the screen before me. This blog will not be of much to concern to another. It is simply a shout out to all those Vampire Diary loving, evening class chained, stressed and bored students stuck in class. This one’s for you.
It is not until Journalism399 that I was freed from the bondage that is known as, “MLA format” I now have a skill set that makes me able to write journalistic pieces. In having to write my own journalistic piece I was given hands on experience into the life of a journalist. Its about coming out of your comfort zone and telling a story. In having to do so I learned more about a community and was let into the lives of others. I loved having to interview people I had never met before in my life. It makes you realize that there is so much more to the world you live in and that everyone truly does have a story. I also was taught to be flexible. Flexible in the sense that when things were not going my way, I had to figure out a way to make it work. I had to be sensible to the experiences of others and understanding in situations of miscommunication. Ive also learned that in writing a journalistic piece there are many ethical standards that must be taken into consideration. For example, not tampering with photos, making up news, or what content is “OK” to publish. I also learned that composing and editing things such as audio clips is important, yet time consuming. In addition, journalistic pieces can consist of audio, video, print and pictures. In the realm of pictures, it is important that one consider the angle, lighting and content and that one set the scene for their audience. Also in analyzing other journalistic pieces it was nice to analyze the good, bad and the ugly because it gave me a first hand example of what to do and think about when writing a journalistic piece. This class has definitely raised my awareness of journalism as an art form. I now have a greater appreciation for great journalistic work and the evolution it has gone through over the years. I hope to continue my trek as a journalist in training and look forward to seeing where this road will take me and the new people I will meet. This class has been an overall great experience that has opened my eyes to a new world.
Jeff Jarvis’s blog about occupy wallstreet, consists of some colorful language. He uses words like, “goombas” and “heaven forbid within his blog, Occupy #Occupy WallStreet. He goes on to say that twitter can bring power to the occupy wallstreet movement. On most occasions, If I were reading another blog about wallstreet I would stop because my interest lies in other matters. However, Jeff’s writing held my interest. His casual form of writing was straightforward and he made his point. He did not resort to using unnecessary “colorful” language. In addition, Jeff Jarvis portrays his opinion in such a manner that although I may not agree with his view point I want to continue reading and in a way, “hear him out”. This is a great example of normal people writing what they think in an arena where literally anyone with internet access has the opportunity of accessing such information. This shows how much journalism has changed since the days of printing press. I hope that If I continue to blog, that my blogs do not come off as “dry” but full of zest and with a PURPOSE.
The internet provided amateur journalist an outlet in which they could write to a large audience whether they were trained to do so or not. The internet, although it is not technically an organization or institution it has the ability to spread news faster than the forms of media. This foreshadows a future in which amateur journalist will outnumber professionals. Technological media has had a life changing effect on the world of journalism. Generally, a profession is something someone has mastered. These people are then consulted for their certain expertise in a field. Similarly, professional journalist are knowledgeful of the field they are in. This idea however is overshadowed by the large influx of people who rely on their news from internet media sources, sources that consist of both amateur and professional journalist. This is largely due to the fact that publishing pieces onto the internet is much easier than being published in a newspaper. Online, people can easily open a twitter account or a facebook from which one can write whatever is on their mind or report news as its happening in real time. The internet even acts as an outlet in which people can voice their opinions in regards to published work. This then brings us to the reality that journalism is evolving and more and more amateur writers are creating a facade of being a professional.
The Seattle Times Multimedia Project was done well. It not only includes a text but it also includes video clips and photos. This piece is done well because it does more than just focus on the graffiti. It focuses on the people affected by it as well. Using photos of those different neighborhoods, it feels as if the writer takes you through a mini tour of Seattle. The piece also addresses surrounding neighborhoods. In addition, the piece shows its readers how the graffiti is removed. In showing all of these different aspects it takes what was once literally two dimensional and makes three dimensional. It lets people see that there is more to the graffiti art on the wall. It shows something that by some is viewed as expression and something that is viewed as defaming by others.
In today’s world in order to truly be successful in the field of Journalism it is important that journalist are familiar with blogging, search engines, flash, HTML, audio files, video files and mobile devices. More importantly, however, journalist must be able to represent people. Journalism also requires innovation. Howard Beale utilized a media outlet that people use so much,television and used it to tell people to stop. He did so by using what people watch so much, to persuade them to do otherwise. In today’s world getting news expands farther than your living room tv set. People now use things like facebook, twitter, cell phones and in using these media outlets, people can update and spread news almost instantly. This represents great progress in society in the realm of expression. In the past (and sometimes, even today) great political leaders would with hold information out of fear that their “followers” would revolt against them. Journalism relies heavily on its audience, and as such it is important that journalist see its audience as the public, because in essence, that is what their audience is. Journalism, especially this year, has been the catalyst for great political change all around the world and this is largely due to the fact that people are sharing knowledge on an almost “instant” basis.