Cappon Ch. 3

This chapter actually threw me off for a little bit. It was actually a little different from what I am used to. Chapter three was strictly about journalism writing. The chapter’s main point was to make a clear statement of the news point and when possible add a detail that makes the story stand out.

There’s a part in the reading where it told me to ask myself what is different about each story. Although this isn’t about creative writing it made me think to my own writing. What makes my writing different? What makes the stories different? How are the stories different from each other? I feel like I’m writing a lot of the same things, but a lot of it isn’t the same.

The one thing I have learned from these readings is to be clear and concise. Simple and straight to the point and hold the pretty things for later.

Cappon pg. 1-22

Keep it easy. No one likes to be confused.

Keep everything short, sweet, and to the point. Don’t make it pretty. Everything doesn’t always need an explanation. On the first page it says: “News writing should be clear, concise, accurate, and interesting.” I learned a lot from this reading and was reminded of a lot of things I had forgotten as well. “Writing is the art of second thought.” You put everything down, but it isn’t perfect. So then you go through it again to make it perfect. Editing the piece by finding the perfect balance of words, going big and fancy isn’t always necessary. Everything doesn’t need to be decorated; things can stay as they are.

“Simplify. Avoid clutter. Prune. Think twice.”

Does the Media Have a “Duty of Care”?

Ted Talk:

That accent is distracting me. It reminds me from when I was in Ireland, although it isn’t an Irish accent. I could honestly just listen to it and not do anything else with my life. Anyone with a British, Irish, or Australian accent can just come up to me and rant to me about their life and I don’t think I will remember a thing they said. Just keep speaking. Please. I am a great listener, I swear.

What I learned form this Ted talk was that, yes the media has a duty of care becuase people will and can believe anything you tell them. What people read, people will take that side. If they read negative, they feel negative about the situation. Read positive, take positive. If they don’t reading or care, they are considered neutral but very uninformed. Basically no matter what you are, vlogger, reporter, etc. You are always held to a high standard and are given a rep. Once that rep is lost, you will never get it back. People remember the negative better then the positive, because its easier.  Just as it is easier to do bad, then to do good.

The news does have a duty to care and to stay that way you must be: reasonable, productive workable compromise, and honest with facts. People must also have trust and leadership, to be true to that and with who they are. People will believe whatever they read and whatever they are told if they have no information about the subject.  If you don’t want people to lie to you, why lie to the people?

Some questions about facts: What are facts? What are opinions? Could opinions become facts?

The News About the News

Ted Talk:

Oh yay! Another Ted talk. I remember reading somewhere last year that nobody watches Ted talks. Rather, that they just play in the background while people do something else. I remembering being one of those people. I’m pretty sure I’d still be apart of that group if I had wifi at my house. Although since I am sitting at a Starbucks with nothing other to do then my homework. I’ll pay a bit more attention.

That was the fastest 4 minutes of my life.

Basically the news about the news is that people care about overseas news, but news reporters don’t report it. From the video I learned that: “News networks removed 50% of their oversea stations and that covering Brittany Spears is cheaper.” Getting news online isn’t reliable either and that a lot of it is just retold stories. Also people get alot of their news from the local news. Although it isn’t surprising that the local news only covers 12% of overseas news. People are interested, its just no one covers it. People say college grads know less about the world becuase they are not interested. Rather the percentage of college grads who are interested has grown to over 50%. The news about the news is that everything costs money.

The WORST Thing…

This is the worst thing that has ever happened to anyone ever!

I know as a generation we are addicted to being connected and that our life revolves around technology. I know for a fact, speaking for myself, that is the truth. Its labor day weekend and my house has no wifi. The bill came in late and our wiffy was shut down. They said the soonest it will be back is Tuesday. This is terrible because now I can’t watch Once Upon a Time on Netflix and two because all of the homework I have to do is online. Hard to do my homework when I can’t even get to it.

SO here I am. Sitting in Starbucks writing a blog post about how this is the worst thing that has happened to anyone ever.

Kinda sad that not being connected to the internet is the worst thing that has ever happened. Honestly, there are a lot of bad things in the world and the situation is what you make of it. This isn’t that bad, I’m just a girl who likes to complain about the little things. At least I’m doing something about it instead of making excuses for myself. Honestly though, I always look for the positive in any situation and not having wifi isn’t that bad. On the brightside, I get to sit in Starbucks with that awesome coffee smell surrounding me while I do my homework.

Hot in Here

I’m sitting on the floor in my own sweat. My super skinny jeans are clinging to my legs, not because they are super skinny jeans, from the sweat. I can feel the sweat forming on my forehead and then reform as I wipe it away. I feel it rolling down my back and soaking through my tank top. The arms of my sweater are rolled up to my elbows, but that doesn’t help much. Underneath my sweater, I’m sure my tank top is just drenched. The humidity in the place is crazy. I don’t know how they do it. Yet I find comfort in it. Not sitting in my sweat, but rather just being in this particular area.

Not that this place is pleasant by any circumstances. It’s actually the last place I feel comfortable in. It reminds me of my days as Monte the Mustang. The room is loud, everything echos: the boots of the set-up crew, the slamming of the door, the bounce of the balls, not to mention the sound of the generators. I can’t even hear the guy sitting right next to me. Plus, I’m sure my butt is stuck to the floor.

Even though I’m complaining about all of this. I really don’t mind. I like it here and what I do.

“Diane! C’mon!”

I’m already sweating up a storm. What’s a little more sweat?
I love my MAC Family~

Hello Girl?

Actually! This is fairly new, its from last night! I’m Asian. Hello Kitty is in my blood. I took my senior pictures with Hello Kitty. I love Hello Kitty. Hello Kitty is my life. Ehhh, kinda of a bit of a stretch,  but I do want to go to Japan and visit Hello Kitty World. Its on my bucket list. So, when this popped up on my Facebook newsfeed last night. I learned that my life is a lie and I refuse to believe it.

Hello Kitty isn’t a cat at all, but rather a girl.

In the article this girl was putting together a Hello Kitty exhibit and when she verified with Sanrio, Hello Kitty’s company, they corrected her and said: “She is not a cat, but a girl.” Continuing with how she doesn’t do cat things, she doesn’t walk on all fours, she does everything as a human would, and she has a pet cat. It’d be weird for a cat to have a pet cat, Hello Kitty is a girl. That fact is very interesting, but I refuse to believe it. If you wanted someone to be a girl, why make them a cat? I’m okay with believing the lie that Hello Kitty is a cat, who only acts human. Just not a human girl.

News Article:

I’m Starving

Describe the last person I talked too before I came into class:

I was leaving psychology class with my friend Carlie. We were talking about the weather and softball practice. I said hi to Connor as we kept on walking and then I left for Lewis Hall. I stared at the flight of stairs above me. Hoping that by the end of my four years here, my legs will look awesome! At the third floor of Lewis Hall I sat down in one of the chairs knowing that the class in here before my Journalism class wouldn’t be over and then I smelled it!

“Good morning.” she said.

“Morning!” I replied taking a glance at her cinnamon bagel, which I would’ve learned later. It was Dominique.

She asked me what I thought about my video production class and I told her that besides I hate the fact that its at 6:30pm-10pm. I thought it was pretty awesome, but how did she know I was in that class? Plot twist! She’s in that class with me. I then asked her how to link other people’s blog to mine, but she wasn’t sure either. Honestly, I don’t remember much of that conversation, but Kayla did come over to join us. We then talked about Dominique’s new puppy and then she showed us a picture. It was adorable. Eventually, it was time for class to start.

Here we are.

JB vs. Paramore

I love music. When I say: “Music is my life.” I literally mean Music is MY life. I don’t play music, I used too, but I was never awesome. Music brought me to where I am today. It keeps me sane and makes me happy. So, a lot of my news article may be music related, but maybe I’ll actually keep up in the real world. Music news is just more entertaining to me.

Another old article, but in this article, Justin Bieber (JB), is accused for stealing Paramore’s Riot! album cover. His publicists say that it was all coincidence, but Paramore fans would like to say otherwise. Also, if he didn’t steal Paramore’s album cover why was it removed from his SoundCloud page? Nonetheless, it was some beef that Paramore came back with by copying Justin’s Believe cover as a joke. Instead of Justin on the cover with ‘Believe’ it was Hayley Williams, the front woman of Paramore, on the cover with ‘Ain’t it Funny’. Eventually it all blew over and everyone probably learned a lesson from this. Just as stealing someone’s writing isn’t cool. Neither is stealing someone’s album cover.

News Article:

Lucas Zimmerman Leaves Paradise Fears!

It’s definitely not big news. Definitely not national headline news either, but the night I found this out. I was a complete wreck for a solid week. A bit of an exaggeration, but maybe three days tops. I just know that my sister was out of town and I declared a family emergency. What happened was the drummer of Paradise Fears. My all-time favorite band and musical crush. Lucas Zimmerman has left Paradise Fears.

Happened a while ago, but news is news. Maybe next time I’ll do a bigger and much more current event. According to his good-bye Facebook post on Paradise Fears’ page, he has decided to quit the band to go to college. After his many adventures around the world from touring with the band. He decided that he would like to better the world, being the awesome selfless guy he is. He had decided to go to a technical institution to be able to find a way to purify water in third world countries. In the long run, Lucas Paul Zimmerman dropped out of high school to join a band and then dropped out of the band to save the world.

Congrats, Lou! You’ll go far. We all have #LouToBelieveIn

News Article: