Friday, July 23, 2010

This Week in Words and Pics

This week's news was all about how important it is to educate yourself.

Whether you are trying out new software, testing the waters with Twitter, creating your first multimedia news story or learning about the latest political debate ....

keep educating yourself!

This week's news kept reiterating how important a well-rounded education is. And more importantly: that the schooling doesn't end just because college does.

(Why the picture of Renee Zellweger from the movie Bridget Jones's Diary? Because this movie teaches us that even though learning the ways of the world is tough, you always come out with a better understanding of who you are and what it is you want)


College Journalists Are Good at Consuming Multimedia but Bad at Making It. Why?
-- The Huffington Post

My first reaction to this article was "ouch!"

Michael Koretzy begins the article saying that the college students' projects he was judging during SPJ's Mark of Excellence
were nothing special. But then he goes into saying why he thinks that is:
Students don't have the desire or the time to learn the complicated programs to create truly edgy websites. But I believe the real reasons can be best explained by psychology, not technology.
And then Koretzy explains this statement with five key points:

Dead Trees Make Me Feel Alive
Print is special to college journalists precisely because it's old tech: Hey, I must be important because they killed trees to publish my words.

The Velvet Page
As print editions shrink with the recession, that real estate only becomes more valuable. It reminds me of the way college students decide which nightclubs to go to.

The In-Your-Face Factor
Nothing motivates a student journalist like seeing his front-page story splashed all over campus. And he can easily impress his friends by tossing them a copy and nonchalantly saying, "Here, look at this."

Ugly Ain't Easy
College students are all about appearances, but they'll never admit it.

Printing Money
The web is the future. Print is the past.

It's an insightful piece that will have you nodding your head and thinking about how you can stand out among the rest. The key lesson is to open up your mind and embrace the "new" journalism.

Blog Post
hakuna matata-- alert the audience! by Tim King

This post was mind blowing.

King described it as, "
The first pro-gay adoption argument that makes perfect, irrefutable sense."
........And that's exactly what it does.
Every point he makes is backed up with witty and original examples that are wrapped up in an entertaining writing style. I was literally laughing the entire time I was reading the post. 

And I honestly have to say, I went into this post with a negative attitude when I read the "pro-gay adoption" part. I hate politics and avoid reading about controversial issues.

But King anticipated this and started off reassuring his readers that this wasn't going to be a persuasive, political piece because, "
The party lines have blurred from red and blue into a sickening purple, and nothing is actually going to change."

I mean really, how can you not continue reading after a statement like that?

But besides the creative language, King's post was full of valid points surrounding gay adoption. The one that left me speechless was the point he makes about families in general:
As far as I can gather, the whole argument against gay adoption is that it will dissolve the very concept of "family". I mean, what is the kid with two dads going to say when he gets to school? He might have an awkward childhood because of it? Holy Christ, please say it isn't so! Children with straight parents never EVER have awkward childhoods!
I liked this point the most because it's unfortunately true. It's a rare thing to hear about a healthy and loving family. It's even more rare to find out your friends' parents are still together.

When this is the case, who the hell is anyone to say today's  "concept of family" is correct?

Furthermore, King absolutely kills it when he relates this point to a "family movie," The Lion King.
Do you like the Lion King? Did you find it heartwarming how when Simba's father died and he was convinced that his family had abandoned him that Timon and Pumbaa took him in and fed him and despite providing him with a drastically different lifestyle than he was traditionally supposed to live, they raised him into a mighty lion who reclaimed control of the Pride and married Nala?
If you said yes and you're against gay adoption, congratulations. You're a fucking hypocrite.

Again, my jaw dropped. I never would have thought gay adoption relates to The Lion King. But after this excellent and almost perfect example, I can't believe I missed it.

I am adopted and for a while I thought that concept was complicated enough. But by the end of this post, I feel more educated on the subject of gay adoption and one of the key arguments surrounding it.


I title this: When Whales Attack! Read about the story that goes with this insane picture:
Whale-Yacht Encounter Recalled by Boaters

Today I am happy to say that I have an extra form of journalism to share.....

Video Journalism

Young, Educated and Unpaid
-- The Huffington Post

This news story was frighteningly true. It sheds light on a situation that is even more present now because of today's economy: When did unpaid internships become the norm, and why?

The journalist, Jett Wells does a good job piecing together a multimedia story depicting today's unfortunate circumstances.
While working on this project, I became more and more frustrated. It's a sad situation -- it's become the status quo for many students to take unpaid work and be expected to feel lucky about getting a foot inside the door and happy that their hard work might lead to a paying job eventually.
This story is important because it demonstrates how important your education is in opening up those opportunities -- even if they aren't at the highest level you think you deserve.

Read the back story and enjoy the video. Wells does a great job covering the topic.


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