Growing Green Kids Put their Heads Together

Growing Green Kids put their heads together to design what their ideal city would be.

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“Photojournalism: The Professionals Approach”

Our reading assignment this week was “Photojournalism: The Professionals Approach” by Kenneth Kobre. The chapter begins by explaining that dramatic news reporters get there assignments from vigilant photographers who monitor scanner radios for breaking news. The chapter goes on to describe the different ways photojournalists stay informed. The various sources reporters and photographers get their information from was astounding to me.  The author provides photography tips, specifically what makes a good shot, what makes a bad shot, angles to capture. ect. This chapter was useful when it came to the photography section of the assignment this week.

Last Saturday was the anniversary of Flight 3407. I grew up in the town of Clarence, and where the flight hit was only about ten minutes from my house. I remember this crash so well it is frightening. One thing I remember the most is the mass news coverage seconds after it happened. The fire the plane had started took hours to put out and it was all over the news. My Uncle Pat is a volunteer firefighter, obviously this situation required all hands on deck, so he was there. It made me sick to my stomach, knowing that friends of mine were suffering, my uncle was practically diving into this explosion as I was watching it on television.

Brainstorming

After meeting with Erin Sharkey, I became even more infatuated with the Growing Green campaign. There are two different directions I could go with this story

1)This campaign provides 50 inner-city kids with a job each year. Erin described so many ways this program helps these teens. I would be very interested to meet with some of the kids working on the campaign and learn more about them and their individual experiences.

2) The Growing Green campaign practices food justice. Through gardens, greenhouses, aquaponics, and mobile meals the campaign strives to provide for people. If possible I would like to meet a few people who have benefited from this campaign.

Another organization that I wanted to look into was the YMCA.  Unfortunately I have not had much luck in trying to get ahold of Deborah Williams. However, I plan on trying to at least schedule a phone interview to get more information.

 

Response to Richard Craig’s “Online Journalism”

I found Chapter 3, “Generating and Focusing Story Ideas” by Richard Craig explained the obstacles journalists go through to get their final product, as well as tips and tricks to overcome these obstacles. I found this chapter to be informative and useful, particularly when I was formulating story ideas for the final project.  The section titled Surfing for Ideas stuck out to me the most. In this section Craig explained different resources to use as well as different angles to look at them when surfing the Web for story ideas.

Growing up in the 21s century, surfing the Web has become second nature to me. I could almost equate the level of difficulty with dialing a phone number. However, reading this section I found that there are several resources I have overlooked. For example looking at special-interest home-pages he points out that the story could simply be the intriguing or outrageous Web pages or  interviews with their authors. This notion sparked my interest and I considered Web page authors who I found quite entertaining. The first to come to mind was none other than Perez Hilton, notorious for his ability to dig up scandal and dish it out on his popular Web page. I think that there is so much more to him that could potentially be a story. I would be interested in reporting his journalistic habits, because he appears to be pretty on top of his game.

The entire reading proved to be extremely helpful, especially for this weeks assignment, which was to come up with three ideas possible for a story.

“We the Media” Dan Gillmor

Dan Gillmor’s introduction and chapter one from “We the Media” displayed the many contributions to journalism. The change in technology is what stuck out to me the most, specifically web blogging.

In the introduction Gillmor describes what he considers one of his first “epiphanies” in his web blogging, journalism career, his first victim of journalism, Joe Nacchio. Joe Nacchio made a poor business move, and Gillmor called him out on it. Overall Nacchio did not loose his job because of the blogs Gillmor posted mocking him for his stupidity, he lost his job due to his inadequate job as a CEO. Gillmor was astonished at how much this blog managed to anger the public. It truly showed Gillmor the power a journalist has.

After reading the last few pages of chapter one which describe blog posts in reaction to September 11, 2001, I could not help but wonder what it would have been like to be on Facebook. As silly as that sounds, Facebook has grown significantly in the last decade. I had had my account for about five years now, and one thing I have noticed is the constant status updates. Not only does it amaze me that people find it necessary to update hundreds of people on every single activity and mood change that they have throughout the day, but Facebook status updates have truly become one of my own pathetic ways to keep up with current events. For example, anytime a football of hockey team makes a bad move, I will see it on face book within a minute of it happening. Are people really that addicted that they must run over to the computer to let the world know when the Buffalo Bills yet again let us down? No! With the rise of smart phones people can pull up face book on their phones, no matter where they are they can let everyone know exactly what they are doing or thinking. With such technological advances I cannot help but wonder where journalism will be in the next ten years.