Saturday, December 7, 2013

What I learned (Leyla Rad)

I know I'm a little late on this one but you know, I've been pondering what to really say that's important! (maybe).
This final paper made me see that when people enjoy what they are doing, it doesn't seem to be any sort of work at all. It's their life calling. I interviewed some girls who are trying to broaden their clothing business and the way they talked about it was so inspiring. Even though it's going to be and has been a lot of work, they were excited. And that's how I feel about journalism. I know it'll be a lot of work, especially getting started with a real career and not one just affiliated with school. But once I've got that down, I know it will be worth it. Because I know that I'm doing what I like despite the many comments of "finding something new" or "become a doctor"
I can't wait for this to take me somewhere, everywhere, anywhere. To travel, to meet people, to have new experiences, to get news across, to broaden minds...

Thursday, December 5, 2013

What I learned: Week 4 (Ashley Young)

I might have bit off more than I could chew this round but I'm proud of attempting to complete three pieces. I really enjoyed creating the Will's Pub article. I had a blast playing around with my new Nikon Camera. It was somewhat difficult with the low amount of light in the pub. There were a couple of good pictures but half the time I was trying to keep my finger out of the way! Overall it was a great experience tinkering with my new toy. I have really enjoyed this class and I think the last issue is something to be proud of. A lot of wonderful photography this issue and the cover is my favorite this semester!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Until next time...

Saying good-bye is hard. But the world hasn't seen the last of me! Reflecting on issue no. 4

Writing "until next time" at the end of my editor notes gave me a peace of mind knowing that I had another issue to write, edit and publish. Now, with the fourth and final issue in the hands of the printer I can feel myself filling up with jumbled thoughts and a sense of sorrow knowing this class and the editor position are coming to an end.

Being a journalist is not an easy job but it can be with proper education and a positive mindset. Criticism is going to happen nearly every article. If my articles were perfect I would be the one holding the laser pointer instead of sitting here listening to lectures.

I have come to the realization not every story I write will get published. There's just not enough room. I also have to learn to pick my stories wisely and give myself ample time to produce quality work worthy of reading.

Lastly, the best way to become a great author, writer and editor is to read, read and read some more. Study magazines, online newspapers and even advertisements.

Thank you to my classmates and Ms. Sheppard for making this learning experience one to remember!

Until next time,

Melissa B. Merkler

What I learned number four, by George Rivera

I really learned how to take charge of a design for multiple pages and take people's feedback and fit it into my own design without stepping on too many toes. There isn't a way to satisfy everyone, but sometimes a compromise will be just enough. I also learned the value of backing things up as the entire design for two of the pages had to be redone at home by myself due to a saving error. All in all I learned more about design than writing the articles, but I think this was the perfect issue to learn more about that since making anything appealing to a wide audience is important in what I want to do.

What I learned- Eric Anderson

This was the final issue that we were able to produce. From the beginning of class to the end, I can honestly say that I have learned so much. In my other blogs I spoke of how difficult it was to go from the story idea to the final print, but in the end I found that as time went on it became much less difficult.

For my final story I had been working on a specific article that was suggested, however it ended up being cut after the first edit. I had to find another story idea and start from scratch. Reaching out to law enforcement personnel I was able to come up with a great story idea that in the end worked very well.

What I have learned - John Nunez

I learned that it’s very easy to hate your work very quickly. I learned a few new illustrator techniques, Photoshop tricks and how simplistic design is much better. Adaptability to a situation seems to be the most important (is anyone even reading this) when I ran into a few issues with my interview results I had to make do with what I had. For future newspaper design, I would encourage students to look at magazines, (Even ones like Game Informer), to see how simple their design and how catchy to the eye it is.

I hope for next semester I can implement more techniques and learn how to hate myself a little less. It's been a great fall.