Life After College

For me, a sophomore in college, it’s hard to imagine how I will survive in the real world after college. While I might have two more years left, some don’t. These last eight weeks prove to be crucial for seniors planning to walk in May.

 

  

 For senior Lauren Garvey, school is not her only priority as graduation quickly approaches. “Honestly, the most stressful part of graduation has been the pressure to find a job once I walk off that stage, and so far I’ve had no luck.” (Garvey) 

Sounds like the moral of this story is to definitely stay in school!

Picture 1: St. Louis native, senior Lauren Garvey puts on a smile as she takes a much needed break from applying for 7 jobs Tuesday evening. 

Picture 2: Senior Lauren Garvey patiently wait for a Human Resources representative to answer an application question. 

A Different Kind of Journalism

The video touching on the idea that documentary filmmakers are not artists but rather journalists was interesting.

The interviewees were speaking about how they get somewhat insulted when they are called artists. They mentioned that just because a documentary is longer, contains more information (most of the time), and is a bit more story-like…does not make it art rather than journalism.

However, I disagree.

Documentary films are still journalism, but just a different type. In most cases, documentaries contain up to hundreds of graphics, multiple interviews, music, lots of editing, and most importantly a lot of time to complete. When comparing that list to the list say a news reporter would have, it’s a bit different. Nowadays field reporters are reporting, filming and editing all by themselves. College graduates who are well versed in all aspects of technology are more likely to be hired upon graduation than someone who only understood the traditional roles of reporters. Filmmakers hire people to do their editing or filming. This is not to say they don’t contribute…because they do. However their contributions are not the only thing keeping the film afloat, unlike in reporting, when you can’t get one thing done…you can’t get any of it done.

There are some similarities when it comes to traditional journalism (video, audio, written or photo) and documentary journalism. These similarities lie in the conversation that’s taking place in interviews. In journalism, you learn to talk across difference not about it.   That is very important when it comes to the quality and meaningfulness of the story itself, whether it is a 30 second news story or an hour long documentary.

Journalism is a broad concept, and has a lot more to it than one aspect. Journalism cannot be defined in one simple sentence, it is much more than that which is why it is so interesting and so many people are successful in any field of journalism.

The link attached to this post is a short article written about a successful documentary filmmaker who joined the University of Missouri Journalism School. Helping to push the idea that filmmaking is not just an art, but also its own kind of journalism.

http://journalism.missouri.edu/2014/08/noted-documentary-filmmaker-joins-missouri-school-journalism-faculty/

Summing Up a Life

After reading the email, and processing the actions taken by not only the obit reporter, but also the editor…I was quite confused.

I am not an obituary reporter, and truthfully would not even know how to go about writing one, but as a journalist at the University of Missouri, and a student of the incredible journalism school here, if I have learned anything from my classes it is that checking sources and getting more information on your topic than most likely necessary is one of the most important things you could possibly do when covering any article that is going to be published, no matter the subject.

The reporters failure to not only follow up with the initial email sent (the one we read about), or to reach out to other friends or family of Stuart, is an example of poor journalism. I am making an educated guess when I say that it seems the reporter of this obit assumed the email was legitimate due to address it was sent from, like the sender of the email noted in the short article shared with us.

Because the reporter was a Mizzou j-school student, this directly correlates with the education the j-school is providing to its students. This is not to say that every journalism student conducts reports in this matter, however incidents such as this one do not help the programs reputation.

While the increase in usage of technology has slowly been changing the way journalism is done, it is no excuse to conduct poor journalism, which is what it seems the author of this obit assumed.

I wish there was more information in this tidbit about the author of the obit and what kind of education she was receiving. In today’s world I would like to think that any college educated person would know to obtain multiple sources when it comes to writing any kind of article/story, however it seems based on this information that is not always the case.

I have attached a link that touches on the complications of obituary writing, but also the way to go about properly summing up a life the way it deserves.

http://www.poynter.org/news/media-innovation/9699/summing-up-a-life-meeting-the-obituarys-challenge/

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Not only as a journalist, but also as a civilian…I found this article to be fascinating, intelligent and noteworthy.

Having been alive through some of the toughest times the War on Terror has seen, I have second-handedly seen what war/combat can not only do to a soldier but also a civilian. Without photojournalists who are brave and talented enough to go into actual war territory, we as civilians would have no actual knowledge of the real terror taking place within our own country, or overseas.

A program offered to photojournalists like this one is incredible. Every journalist sent to document combat- photo or written, should have to accomplish a program like this, not only for themselves…but also like the author said, for those they could have the possibility to help.

While there are people that disagree with the coverage of combat through photo, I believe if that if more civilians/outsiders were aware of an intense program such as this one…there would be more acceptance of a career such as this one.

I cannot fathom the idea of putting my life on the line, just so I can take pictures of those doing the same thing. However I believe that for the soldiers and commanders who don’t make it home to their families, or come back different from how they left…. they deserve to have their stories documented in something bigger than just words.

This program and opportunity gives people the courage and more importantly the knowledge to successfully capture moments we otherwise would not see.

Just as soldiers have training, journalists deserve to have the same opportunity if they are going to be entering the same battlefield…weaponless. They’re risking just as much to accomplish a similar goal.

Though budget cuts have lessened the number of photojournalists traveling overseas…like presented in the story, a number of learning opportunities are presented in this program to provide a real and accurate view of what it is like to get the real and raw picture.

The attached link is a breakdown of the involvement and importance of journalists as a whole in the war zone, and how crucial their involvement truly is.

http://www.e-ir.info/2011/11/09/from-absence-to-absence-the-visual-culture-of-the-%E2%80%98war-on-terror%E2%80%99/

The article introducing the idea of the success of native ads was incredibly fascinating and thought provoking.

I’m not a psychology major and the most I have studied the human brain was in my high school AP psych class. However, whoever came up with the idea and creation of the native ad, clearly understands the human minds’ process and what it is most likely to react to.

Going off the articles research and comments, I would agree that the native ad does create a less disruptive advertising experience. As a loyal smartphone user, specifically one that uses some of the most popular apps and has enough games to keep me occupied probably for an entire week…I have my fair share of run-ins with annoying and disruptive ads. Nothing is more frustrating than accidentally clicking on a banner or opening a new tab with a bunch of flashing signs telling me to buy something. There is always the option to buy the same version but more expensive app, and not have to deal with the ads; however with the new application of the native ad…I’m more intrigued and willing to put up with the advertisements, thus seeing what is being sold….which is ultimately what these companies paying for these ads want at the end of the day.

I acknowledge that the native ads are not just represented on phones, but also the internet accessed through laptops. I can’t say I know the numbers comparing if people generally use their smartphones or laptops more, but I would assume the number is pretty close. Either way, by addressing and studying the medium in which people access their entertainment, news, etc. it is to provide that specific medium with the most logical and user-friendly ad.

There will no doubt be specific people that do not like this type of ad, but by simply looking at the numbers presented by BI, it is evident that these ads are successful. Just look at the figures.

This is an interesting study and I am looking forward to the release of more research and numbers on the concept. As a journalist, I just can’t get enough of this stuff! The attached link is an insightful resource I used to better understand the idea of the native ad and what sets it apart from every other medium of advertising.

http://www.sharethrough.com/nativeadvertising/

Blame Game

As I read the article written about the OU grad who posted controversial pictures of a domestic dispute relating to a story she was working on, I wasn’t sure what stance I would take on the controversy. As a journalist, I see and controversies like this all the time. If I have learned anything, it is that there is never really a right or wrong answer to questions and debates such as these.

One of the commenters discussed,as a hired journalist, Sarah’s job was to take the photos and cover the story. Had Sarah not gotten those photos she was required to get by her editor, she could have faced the possibility of being demoted, or even worse…fired. This is something that I would not expect a non-journalist to understand. Ohio University has a prestigious journalism program, which I would assume Sarah graduated from. With that being said, I would fully expect Sarah to have faithfully learned that when you are given a story and a deadline…you meet it no matter what. Sarah was doing her job.

In Sarah’s response to the comments left by viewers, she admirably stood by her actions. She justified the situation by explaining her personal reasoning as to why she reacted the way she did to Maggie being assaulted by Shane. This is not to say that Sarah did the right thing, or the wrong thing. It was what she felt most comfortable doing, and either way she cannot be blamed for that. Each person would have reacted a different way to the given situation. In most cases of physical violence, a bystander or victim experiences fight or flight. Sarah neither fought for Maggie or ran from the scence, but like I said, she reacted in her own way.

The blown out of proportion response to this incident is just another example of the prevalent sensitivity in todays society in regards to almost any personal matter. I am not justifying Sarah’s actions, nor am I defending them. I can honestly say I am not sure what stance I would take because I was not in the room when Shane lashed out on Maggie. However I am a journalist, and I know what it is like to be put in a situation where ethics and morality are questioned when on the job. I enjoyed this article though, it reminded me why I fell in love with the profession of journalism. Even though it oftentimes brings heat and unsolicited attention…sometimes the risk is worth the reward. Especially when the reward is not personal (aka Sarah’s photos putting Shane in jail).

Attached is a pdf detailing journalism ethics, in which you can see that one of the main goals is covering news “without fear or favor”.
http://www.nytco.com/wp-content/uploads/NYT_Ethical_Journalism_0904-1.pdf

Spring has Sprung

Spring rolls in early this year with exceptionally warm weather and beautifully clear skies

Spring rolls in early this year with exceptionally warm weather and beautifully clear skies