Building “The Mix”

Building “The Mix”
This is my third week on Anchor which means it is also the third week of the audio version of my show The Mix.
It has been such fun so far! I am so grateful for Anchor and all that it is allowing not only myself but so many people to do with podcasting.
I have already learned a lot about podcasting and also about Anchor itself. It is such a joy to connect with people and learn more about social media from personalities like Ileane from Ileane Speaks and Kathy over at WP Barista.
Dr. DAN over at Anchor Talk also has so much useful information on using Anchor itself as a platform.
There are so many other amazing stations as well to dive into for great content.
One of the many reasons I started this podcast is to learn. To try different things. See what works, what doesn’t, and have fun in the process. That’s why I call it “The Mix.”
I like variety.
I like to talk about and learn about so many different things that there is no other title that would work.
This too is what led me to want to be a journalist. A love of learning and talking about things with people!!
Trying to build a presence on social media as a journalist means spending much time doing so.
Time is precious to me as I MUST work full-time (sometimes six days) to provide for myself while I am in school and pursuing this career change.
Having said that the format of “The Mix” will probably change and be experimented often.
microphone-2469293_1920The first two weeks I did an episode every day. I learned quickly that was not within my means. I want my shows to be done well and as professional as I know how. This means spending time on them. Researching, writing, and finding great content to talk about.
I have ranged from two to four hours spent in total just for one 20 to 30 minute episode.
While I LOVE doing it and it feels like the time just flies by it is hard to find that much time every day.
In order to be able to get the most out of the time I will for now only be doing “The Mix” on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
This will allow me to be more invested in the individual shows and then on the other days of the week I can spend some more time on the “community” aspect which is THRIVING on Anchor.
I am connecting and learning in a way that I img_0928-1never have before on social media. So being able to utilize that community is important.
This format will probably change again in the coming weeks. I will learn new ways of doing things and try different experiments while having a blast building my life as a journalist.
Cuz like I often say… it’s always fun to add something new to “The Mix!”

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?


Daylight Savings Time

That dreaded time that occurs annually during the month of March has hit us all hard once again.  The social buzz online seems more on fire this time than it has ever in the past.

A lot of people have said that they think the government should get rid of that practice.

I can go along with majority and say that I am sure I would enjoy the abolishment of Daylight Savings Time.  Mainly because this year it happened during my vacation.  So yes it was nice to not have to get up.  I did however lose an hour of my vacation.

I would love to hear your thoughts so leave a comment and let me know what you think about this topic.

Happy Monday!

Caleb 🙂

National Media & Gatlinburg

gatlinburg-fire-3I have to say I am frustrated and saddened by the lack of coverage in the national news about what has been going on in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Just because it doesn’t involve terrorism or politics it is STILL a devastating tragedy just like those things are. Thousands of people lost everything. People have lost their lives. What is going on with journalism these days?!

Lord PLEASE let me get my financial issues resolved soon so I can get back into school, get out there in the field of journalism, and make some needed changes!! 

I should say a thank you to HLN’s “Michaela” show for actually going deeper into the story than any others I’ve seen.

When I posted about this on Facebook I had a few comments from people about the issues with media covering some floods in Louisiana.  As well as fires in North Carolina and Georgia.

Seana said…

“I know exactly how you feel! We had the same issue in Louisiana with all the flooding. I’m praying for everyone in Gatlinburg and the surrounding areas.”

Rebekah R. said…

“It really is so sad. When California and Colorado were burning, national news cared.  

When southern states were devastated by flooding and now while our Smoky Mountains burn, it’s just mentioned in passing. 

Praying for everyone who has suffered loss and for the brave men and women who are fighting the fires and finding ways to help during this tragedy.”

A comment from Shannon W. read…

“It was pretty bad. I think they have it pretty well contained in North Carolina now. I have to actively search out the local news to find anything. My family is from the mountains but the fires were all still west of them. I know Blowing Rock and parts of Boone were evacuated before Thanksgiving. 
In Georgia people as far south as Atlanta were under some type of warning to stay inside as much as possible because of how thick the smoke from the fires in northern Georgia. My Nana lives there and said she could see it in the air.
I lived in East Tennessee when I was younger so I’m strongly connected to these three states. It’s so sad.”

The south has been under heavy drought conditions and dealing with wildfires for quite some time.  In my home state of Alabama there was no rain for almost three months until a few days ago.

I ask that the media stand up against their own bias and start talking more about these people who are losing there homes, businesses, and lives!

I pray the best for all of them.

If you are in a place to donate money to help all of those effected by the wildfires in Tennessee please go to and donate what you can.

Dolly Parton performing on her “Pure & Simple” Tour – Photo: Caleb Graham

Dolly Parton is planning to donate $1000 a month to every family effected until they can get back on their feet.

You can help her.

After being in Orlando when the Pulse attack happened, I know how much these donations mean to people involved.  They can go a lot further than you may think when people give.

Also go visit these places when they get back up and running.  Go visit Gatlinburg.  Go visit Dollywood.  They will need the support of tourists to get their business back so they can continue on.

Many blessings to all.