Reflections from the week of September 17th – 24th

1. This week I learned 5 things.

1. I was reminded that I have been blessed with the GREATEST college instructor in the world. I don’t just say that. I have had JJ for two semesters in a row now, she cares about her students. You can ask her questions, speak your heart and she will listen to you, she believes in you and she makes you feel like you are going places in this world. She teaches you everything you need to know about the real world. She inspires you to work harder. She is phenomenal!

2. I learned that taking I-215 to the U is NOT quicker.

3. I learned sometimes you have to email busy people 3 times before they will respond to you for a pressing interview. (It’s understandable, they are busy and emails can become overwhelming.)

4. I learned it is our moral obligation to make the world a better place!

5. I learned you have to let listeners/viewers/readers discover things from your reports that drive them crazy and they’ll remember it, and act on it. You just have to be the voice that delivers the message for them to decide on their own.

2. A story that stuck in my media consciousness can be found HERE. This story ties in perfectly with the news story I am doing for my podcast. BYU fans are upset that Carl’s Jr. is a sponsor for the BYU games. Fans have been complaining on their social media about the commercials that are shown with provocative women and ketchup dripping down their almost naked bodies.

A school that promotes modesty and is allowing sponsors with distasteful ads like that should not go hand in hand. Where is the consistency?

3.  This week I advanced my own story by interviewing Lexie Kite with Beauty Redefined. I submitted a draft and had some peers review my story. I decided I needed a natural sound and a guy’s perspective so I have been brainstorming sounds and I booked an interview with a college guy to add his opinion in my podcast.

Reflections from the week of September 8th – 14th

1. This week I learned 5 things.

1. What it is like to have a real journalism news conference and how important it is to have a specific story idea when attending one. It is so important that your story can relate to your audience and they can pin point why it matters to them and why they should care. When attending a conference like this, come PREPARED!

2. I learned you should keep everyone’s contact info just in-case you ever are in a situation where that resource or connection will come in handy.

3. I learned is to send out thank you cards & emails to everyone helping you and giving you input on a story. It’s a common courtesy as you are taking time from their day.

4. Monday’s are slow news days. If you need a press conference, schedule it for a Monday morning.

5. Journalism is like Driver’s Ed – When you were first learning to drive, you were scared and cautious  always looking out for the signs. As you started driving more you got used to it and the fear started to go away. With journalism it will get easier, it just takes practice.

2. A story that stuck in my media consciousness can be found HERE. It’s about Scott Mitchell, a former University of Utah football player who later played for the NFL for 12 years. He currently weighs 366 pounds and will be on the upcoming season of ‘Biggest Loser.’

This story struck me by how afraid and hesitant he was to show himself in public but decided to take a stance and make a change in his life.

To be honest, I hate watching the news. I realize the importance of staying informed so I watch/read it anyways. However, the stories that stick with me the most are the ones that leave you feeling happy or make you forget about the bad in this world. I love seeing a story that allows me to reflect on the good and inspiration in the world. When I get a job as a reporter, my goal will be to always leave my viewers/readers happy and uplifted after informing them on issues that matter. I want them to feel that they too can make a difference.

3.  This week I advanced my own story by writing down my specific ideas and what questions I would need to ask. I started making a few appointments for interviews with guys on campus. I have a really good feeling about my podcast and I can’t wait to build my interview skills, interviewing as many as possible. If I get in enough to create statistics, I will add a poll to the content of my podcast.

Power of Journalism

I wanted to write a quick post explaining the purpose of this blog. This blog has been set up for my Digital Journalism class to show case the things I am learning and the projects I am working on. I always say, if you don’t like something – CHANGE IT! As I am learning more about journalism, I am realizing how much power a journalist has. I want to become a journalist to make a difference in the world. I want to use my voice for good, bringing to light the topics that matter and reporting on the stories that will either make you smile or jump for action. We all have a voice and I want my voice to be used with power to make a change in this world we are living in.