“Friendly” Journalism Quotes

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vintage-2608934_640I recently began studying the book Writing News for Broadcast by Patterson and Bliss.

If I could post the entire work I would because it is extraordinary.

I would like to share though some passages from the Foreword by Fred W. Friendly.

“A reporter’s primary job is to explain complicated issues and you cannot explain a complicated issue until you understand it. Of course, before a reporter can understand, he must search. And before he can do that, he must be predisposed to examine with parity facts and personalities he dislikes, as well as those he may support.”

“He must also know the tools of his trade. The grammar of broadcast journalism involves not only words but the vocabulary of sound and the dialect of pictures. The broadcast reporter is at once audio engineer, visual editor–and the producer.

…he is not only an explorer looking for the story, but he is also the artist looking for the key that will unlock the viewer’s curiousity.”

white-2523978_640“Understanding the complicated issue and concieving how to explain it with style and imagination are two of three critical steps in broadcast reporting. The final essential is the narration to tie it all together. Whether that narrative represents 2 percent of the airtime or 80 percent of the airtime, the linking copy can make or destroy the report.”

(I omitted some words from the final passage for flow.)

All quotes in this post are by Fred W. Friendly from the Foreword of Writing News for Broadcast by Patterson and Bliss.

Chocolate Milk!

Chocolate milk is one of my favorite things in the world.  I drink it on a daily basis!

It is something that I have enjoyed ever since Mama used to make it for me when I was growing up.

Enjoy this video where I show you how to make the best glass of chocolate milk ever!

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Impartiality VS. Point-of-View

away-1991860_1920.jpgWhen you go looking for a news story to read or a news program to watch on television do you prefer to read or watch those types of organizations that are 100% impartial and only report the facts and nothing else?  Or do you enjoy catching some of those that share a little of their point-of-view on the story while also sharing all sides fairly?

The most recent MOOC I have begun studying is part of a specialization on CourseRA called Report the News! in conjunction with Michigan State University.

The course is titled What Is News? 

One of the recent lessons that I have been looking at talks about the difference between Impartiality and Point-Of-View journalism.

Most of us understand that impartiality in journalism is when a reporter writes or covers a story without sharing their own opinion.  Reporting the facts and giving all sides their fair share of coverage.

With point-of-view coverage it is a little bit different.  It is NOT an opinion piece.  What happens is the reporter makes known their position or stance on a particular subject and then reports on it.

For example I am believer in God.  I practice Christianity.  I can state that openly, but also report on other religions both fairly and accurately.

I also love books and to read.  Say a library is being shut down for one reason or another.  I could actively pursue that story and make sure that the story is told as to why it this library should stay.  I also should make sure though that I give fair reporting on those who are trying to have the library removed.  That sort of thing.

feedback-2044700_1920One thing that Tom Kent pointed out in a piece that I read was that you must be careful about how you share your point-of-view because we don’t as journalists want to look as if we have given an endorsement to a certain side.

In the lecture series Joe Grimm shared these five principles of POV journalism.

Five Principles of Point-Of-View Journalism – from Joe Grimm

  1. Declare your point of view
  2. Be accurate
  3. Stay fair
  4. Be accountable
  5. Credibility builds trust

The best part about this section of the course was that it challenged me to think about the type of journalist that I want to be.  As have some of the lectures since this one.  More to come on that subject.

Impartiality or Point-of-View?  Which do you prefer?

 

Help Me Make A Difference in Journalism

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In 2006 I began the next chapter after high school of going to college.

After four years of time there I left to pursue a dream of performing at Walt Disney World.

That dream came true and I have now been here for almost 6 years!

I sadly left college without having finished my degree.

About three years ago I decided that it was time to begin the process of finishing my degree and pursuing my other dream of a journalism career.

I LOVE people and one of my many passions in the journalism field is bring the truth to the world and performing a public service that has been manipulated so much in recent days that it is hard to recognize what the truth actually is.

I want to be apart of a movement to change that and bring back journalism with integrity.

I need your help.
School costs.
A lot sadly.

When I was in school in the past I took out more student loan money than I care to mention.  This is an option that no longer exists for me.

I actively am pursuing knowledge through free online content to better educate myself in the only way I know how by researching and reading.  Unfortunately not all resources that I would need to learn about are available in free content.

I want to be proud of my knowledge and proud of my profession.  In order to do that I need to be apart of what it takes to get there.

What is that you may ask?

A journalism degree program.

I have spent the last six years of my life doing my best to make magic and memories for the people I meet at Disney.

Now I am hoping for some magic of my own.

I need $2000 to get started.

That’s the cost of one class.  Fees and such included.

What in the grand scheme of things doesn’t sound like much money is so far out of reach for me.

So I humble myself and reach out.

In the past year I have worked to try and help my parents survive due to thier overwhelming circumstances that they deal with.
I want to be able to help them more.  My education can help me in that direction.

I appreciate any donation and hope that my gratefulness will shine above anythings words can express.

To contribute to my campaign please visit

https://www.gofundme.com/CalebGraham

Help me to help the world with this dream of mine.

Thank you!

Many blessings!

Caleb Graham

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BLOG 50! Springtime for EPCOT – The Mix

What better to use for my 50th blog post than the season four premiere of The Mix!

Every year I look forward to the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and this year was no acceptation.  Enjoy a quick look at what Matt and I did there on St. Patrick’s Day.

Are you going to Flower & Garden this year?  Let me know your favorite things to do in the comments!

Course Complete

I am excited to announce that I have completed my first MOOC on Udemy.

This course challenged me in many ways.

Hearing knowledge and learning lessons from a leading journalist is something that we journalism students dream of.

It encouraged me to continue pursuing this dream.  And also challenged me to constantly be searching for the truth in both my career and my daily life.

I am grateful that the time was taken to produce something like this for learners to absorb.

I call on other leaders in news to do more of this.  Share your stories and knowledge of the craft.

It is both useful and inspirational to those of us yearning to join the search for truth.

Here is my Certificate of Completion for Udemy’s Dan Rather on Journalism & Finding Truth in the News

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BB-8 Now Meeting at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Who? – BB-8

What? – One of a kind droid

When? – Daily

Where? – Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

On Sunday April 9, 2017 BB-8 began appearing inside Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. 

Guests may now interact and take photos with the small droid daily from park open to park close. 

Yes you can even give him a hug!

Are you excited to meet everyone’s favorite Star Wars roly poly?