College Journalism Assignments!

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I love my major, for the most part. (I’m not the only *extremely* introverted journalist.) I’m currently taking two journalism classes and took one in the past; Intro to Multimedia, Beginning Reporting, and History Of Mass Communication. If I had to say my favourite, I’d say Mass Comm because I learned a lot about how different news sources form across time and space frame things differently- also I didn’t have to talk to anyone outside of a group project.

Mass Comm

Here’s a fragment of a paper I did about how the media covers climate change: 

  “Al Jazeera’s coverage of the hurricanes gives a good sense of the places where the hurricanes made landfall, but have not mentioned climate change in any of their coverage. The separation of climate change from daily news helps climate denialists by allowing them to easily filter out the news they don’t want to believe…

 It is possible to cover hurricanes and climate change simultaneously. CNN does it well in its articles ‘Yes, Climate Change Made Harvey and Irma Worse’ and ‘EPA Rolls Back Carbon Emissions Rule’. We should be talking about climate change, CNN argues, because now there’s always going to be a recent hurricane or forest fire that people are suffering or recovering from.”

Beginning Reporting really goes back to the basics: the who, what, when, where, and why. My professor says we can do two types of opening for our stories: a descriptive opening or the nut draft opening. The Nut draft is all of the W’s:

  • Who: Queer yogis                                                                                                                     
  •  What: yoga                                                                                                                                   
  •   When: 5-6 pm wednesdays                                                                                                   
  •   Where: Arising                                                                                                                             
  •   Why: to destress from the pressures of living in a society that hates us

Come get away from the heterosexuals and destress with stretching and breathing, AKA yoga every wednesday from 5-6pm at Arising.

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Multimedia 

I’m not looking forward to our audio and video assignments- I suck at technology. We did recently cover photoshop, and It’s- kinda fun? So I’m hoping my second experience with the other techs are better than last time. I set up Queer Science Blog  for the class, so if you miss me here, I probably had to do something over there. 

An early assignment we didn’t put up on the blogs was Imitation Is Flattery, where we had to talk about a journalist we admire. I chose environmental journalist Naomi Klein:

Naomi Klein is a top environmental journalist who authored several books including This Changes Everything, which explores how capitalism is the problem, not climate change in itself. It was turned into a brilliant documentary that Klien narrates  in a very human way- she even says “Can I be honest with you? I always hated films about climate change,” and goes on to show how human lives, instead of the typical polar bear imagery,  were affected by poor regulations at local oil and gas companies, including a family whose goat farm was flooded with oil. 

Klein is a correspondent at the Intercept, and I recently read her article highlighting the strengths of Bernie Sanders’ campaign. While I respect how much of her personality shows in her writing, I found it jarring to feel to rage at Hillary Clinton while our collective hatred of Donald Trump is a simple fact. I believe that true journalism is objective, if framed. 

Klein’s brand is putting a human voice to climate change, to make people see that it’s not something that’s going to happen; it’s something that has been happening for years and is happening right now. It’s affected people.

https://theintercept.com/2020/01/22/bernie-sanders-movement-solidarity/ (Links to an external site.)

I hope this gave you some insight into the world of a journalism major. If you’re going to college, what do you think your major will be? If you went to college, or are in college right now, what was/is your major?

Published by TanyX Goffy

I am an author, poet, and playwright. My current WIPs are a doppelganger Dark Academia and sad vampires. I blog about YA LGBTQIAP+ books, with the occasional straight person book for diversity. They/them Wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2EVVFTZUX00P0?ref_=wl_share

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