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.