I learned this from chapter 7 that can be applied to Loquitur

We do enough game stories and not enough advances. A precede could open up the conversation better for gamers and give a more in depth story rather than focusing on the outcomes of games. Teams prepare for particular match-ups for weeks and that should be highlighted in the paper along with the final score.

  • The risks of talking to opposing team coaches and players as they are excited for the match-up games.
  • QUOTES, QUOTES from everyone not just the stars.. Everyone on the bench has an opinion and can give you a better feedback than the people always on the field.

Profiles are also needed more.. Players who have interesting stories that are outside of the end lines of their sport. For example, I know there is a lax player who is Jewish and played on their national team at the world games.  This could really be a in depth profile since he is attending a Catholic university.  Dive into the staff of the Dixon Center.. What are they doing outside of scheduling games, are they participating in personal sports or philanthropy?

  • Keep it light sometimes, do a story around the mascot and his influence at games. Where is the Cav? (similar to the Where is Waldo?)

Learned from chapter 6- Lifestyles

The lifestyle section of the newspaper should document the lifestyles of their viewers. For the Loquitur our story selections should focus on the topic and issues that face our student readers. This can be tough because the viewership is split between undergraduate and graduate students who lead very different lifestyles.

Stories don’t always document the things students are doing in the day to day. For example students who are running their own business, or who have traveled abroad. Stories that give profiles to students who are doing unique things on campus.

Topics like sex, drugs and parties are also something that isn’t written about enough. Despite public opinion these are all things that students are doing and should be documented by the watch dogs on campus. Not to make ever story we report on a scandal for the paper, but we would be doing a disservice to our readers for not covering the whole lifestyle on campus.

Overall, the Loquitur lifestyle section should be more edgy than it is now.

I learned this from chapter 5

Chapter 5:
The most important information in your article comes first! This is something that I have slowly learned as I have written more for the paper. I have also eliminated “fluff” introductions to my writing. Now I include the most important details first such as the “who, what where, when, why and how” and then follow support details that include lead quotes and background information.

It is like having the main course and then the appetizer. The juicy details of the story should be added but after the hardcore facts are established first. A reader should understand what they are about to read in the first line of your story and be compelled to read more. If not, the lede isn’t doing its job (whether it is a feature or a hard news lede). I often mistake using a feature lede for a news lede and vice versa.

This chapter also reinforced the importance of being able to have a process in reporting a story. For me the importance is finding my focus statement and leaving enough time for revisions and draft changes. (Also allowing for enough time to collect interviews, especially when interviewees don’t want to respond to anything on record.) This helps to make sure that your facts are correct and make needed changes if they are not.

Keep it short! I tend to write too much in sentences and can write with more passive wording than needed. READ IT OUT LOUD! I have started to read my stories in a british accent to make sure all of the wording is correct and that the sentences are short and sweet.

Chapter 5 helped to reinforce skills and techniques that I learned as a J1. I still have room for improvement but know I have established a strong writing ability since reading the chapter the first time.


Homework for Sept 15: What is ISIS?

This summer was the first time of me hearing about the group called ISIS. ISIS stands for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria a malicious religious group who is trying to gain the power of the Iraqi and Syrian states. The CNN website says that the group originated from the terrorist group al Queda but has soon gained its own identity with its recent attacks against westerners and the American resistance in the area.

Who is running ISIS? The organization is well-equipped with resources and is led by the extremist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Why are they so important? The movement has been a hostile force in the Iraq and Syrian areas and is most recently responsible for killing three western journalist by public execution which was posted on Twitter. ISIS is also responsible for the mass killings of numerous ethnic and religious backgrounds outside of Islam. The people of ISIS don’t respect the international law of borders or the governments in power. ISIS is ungovernable even with the constant attacks from America

Their goal is to have a unified area of Sunni muslim in Iraq & Syria that is governed by the Sharia Law. What is the Sharia law? The law is written in the Quran and can be interpreted differently. The law as explained on Billion Bibles Organization includes a “wide scope of legal codes and public behavior” that all followers of Allah must follow. Over the past two years the ISIS movement has become more covered on social media and news and their attacks have increased since April 2013 when it declared separation from al Qaeda. But the US have officially launched air strikes against ISIS in Syria.

Recently, President Obama declared that he would have a continued effort in the areas that are influenced by ISIS to eradicate the group entirely. But this may be a problem for American forces as the growing support of the extremist group is quickly traveling to other parts of the world with confirmed Americans joining the fight.

The BIG question Will ISIS be the organization that puts America on its heels or is their movement of hostile religious take-over just a moment in history?