Last person I talked to

September 10th, 2015

I was talking to my classmate Macy about what we are supposed to wear for the Ag Lab Field Trip coming up. She is a Freshman Ag student who was seeking help from me, a sophomore Ag student because she had missed the last class. Macy has short blonde hair, a nose ring. She was wearing a white T-shirt and grey sweatpants. Both of us have not ordered the Ag polos yet, so she decided she would ask the Professor what to wear instead of the polo and get back to me on it because I had to get going to my Fundamentals of Journalism class. The conversation lasted only a minute, but it was short and to the point and mostly in questions. We both had a problem that we were trying to solve together.

News Comment 3

September 8th, 2015

I read an article from the New York Times called “Ellen DeGeneres Interview Offers Hillary Clinton Chance to Connect With Women”. It’s about how Clinton and many other past presidential candidates have sought to get interviewed on Ellen to show their fun side to female viewers.

This story is newsworthy because it relates to News Values such as Timeliness. Next November the polls will be open, so politicians are already well into their campaigns. People who like Hillary Clinton are now informed that they can watch Ellen to see a different side of her. Those who don’t support Clinton, now know not to watch that specific episode.

As stated in the article the target audience is women. The audience can also be Clinton supporters.

The lead is a little misleading. The title talks about Clinton, but the first paragraph talks about how lucky the Ellen Show was to get an interview with one of the most talked about women during the summer…Caitlyn Jenner. The next line stated that they also got Clinton. The lead did get my attention, but it also got confusing how Jenner fit into the story.

I also noticed that the author used adjectives like warmhearted to describe Ellen’s Show and the way she comedically handles interviews. This author was obviously a huge Ellen fan and had a lot of positive things to say about her and her successful show. Positive quotes from Ellen’s producers were also slipped into the article to make it more about her rather than Clinton. The author also mentioned how women are now getting turned-off by Clinton, so that is why she needs this interview.

Good Lead

September 8th, 2015

This article has a good lead because it sums the story up. It says how the Kentucky clerk, Kim Davis, was released, but now her future will be effected. Just that one paragraph lets me know that she is not in prison. Yet, I am intrigued to read on the see about her future with her job.

News Comment 2

September 1st, 2015

I read the article from the New York Times called, ” Missouri Teenagers Protest a Transgender Student’s Use of the Girls’ Bathroom”. This was written by Karen Workman. The article was about how students at a Missouri High School walked out in protest because a senior boy turned girl wanted to use the women’s locker room to change for P.E.

Yes, this is newsworthy because it’s dealing with a person’s rights. Also ever since the Bruce Jenner/Caitlyn Jenner event, transgenders and identity have been  popular topics of discussion.

The audience is both supporters of transgenders and the one’s  against. Mostly teenagers and their parents will be most influenced by this since that is the age range in the story.

 The title makes it sound like the protesting students are the enemy and to feel sorry for the transgender teen.

 The article quoted a parent who was against the situation. I would have liked a quote from a parent who didn’t have a problem with the situation or even Ms. Perry’s parents’ comments about the situation.

 Like I mentioned earlier, the title led for me to think that the teen was being victimized. The article contained quotes from her saying how she felt scared for her own safety, and wanted things to change in a positive way for other students struggling with sexuality. I did like how the brought in a parent’s opinion from the other side saying how his daughters right to privacy is being broken. I could not detect any sort of bias in this article. Therefore, I would have just wanted to see the view of Ms. Perry’s parents and if they will take a stand for their child.


September 1st, 2015

Danny Penaloza is a  single 20 year old Junior attending Morningside College. This History major with a double minor in Philosophy and Business would like to one day be a historian for a museum. He is originally from Orange County, California and decided to come to Iowa for school because he liked how smaller private schools gave him more one on one attention. Danny has one brother and one sister, and is a fan of watching anything sports or history related on TV.  Activities that he is currently involved in on campus are the Philosophy Club, College Democrats, and he is in the DSP Fraternity.



September 1st, 2015

My definition of objectivity is the finding an objective to keep non-biased. It’s what a story should be, but often gets personal opinions to make it bias or even untrue.

We should be objective so we can have credibility and be trusted as a journalist. We want people to read our stories and be informed and not get offended by them.

How do you do it? Keep your mouth shut! Get used to not expressing your own personal feelings. Interview both sides of the story to express equal view points. Now in extreme situations like an article mentioned about the end of World War II, you wouldn’t interview a Nazi because they already committed an evil doing.

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