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NABJ Baby

August 27, 2009

I’m beat. I’m just about done with the first week of classes, but before that I spent two weeks in intense RA training.

Recuperation will come post graduation (hopefully) is my motto!

Anyway, back to my Student Multimedia Project experience! Now that I’ve completed the project I’m now literally an “NABJ Baby” (it’s what they call us, really!). I’m not going to do my original plan of a series but give an overall summary of the experience.

I learned/witnessed a great deal, and I’m afraid nothing I write will do it much justice. I’ve said this before, but I’m hitting the books once again when it comes to front-end internet development. Web design, web producing, content management…ect…doesn’t seem to be too high on anyone’s list of priorities in lieu of its obvious importance. I understand that I’m a bit of a computer geek as it is, but I think journalism has the potential to be even more progressive than it already is.

Okay, with all of that said I will say that I most appreciated the around the clock crunch time. Whenever I tell people I have intentions on becoming a journalist, they usually balk at the “newsiness” of news. You never truly get a break from it, and even with my experience in student media I still often go to class thinking about what’s happening in the news room or how my producing will go that day. In short, I love it. Not having a 9-to-5 doesn’t bother me in the least bit. I was a hybrid NABJ-B, dabbling in a bit of everything from the web to broadcast to print and, quite frankly, it would be impossible to get me to do otherwise.

What I appreciated most about the project itself is meeting so many new people. I’m already looking to coming back next year. We worked and played together, and even though there was a collective sigh of relief when it was over with (and intermittent yawns from lack of sleep!) I itched to get back to work not more than 10 minutes after my plane left Tampa.

That’s about it! It was certainly one of those things you had to be there for to get a full gist of it. Next year when I return (hopefully, I’m applying again) I’ll be sure to try and give a day-to-day update of what I’m doing for a broader scope of it.

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Sheeeeeee’s Back!

August 9, 2009

I’m back from the NABJ convention in Tampa, Florida. The student project is no joke! Lol…anyway, when I decide on how to blog about my experience I’ll put it up as soon as possible. I’m leaning toward a five part series, or something along those lines.

I’m also back at school (yep, hopped off my plane and into the car straight for Bowling Green), and ready to get down to business. It’s my senior year, and I’m looking forward to everything it’ll bring.

Adieu for now,

~ Bliss

TMZ: Relevant much?!

August 7, 2009

I’m tired and hungry, but couldn’t pass up blogging about this.

It’s TMZ’s new website.

And they’re looking a lot spiffier. Now, I’m not supposed to be blogging right now (I told myself I wouldn’t write anything until I got back home), but this is rule-bustin’ worthy. TMZ changed its layout to look a lot more like mainstream media outlets–complete with links to its Time Warner brethren.*

Has breaking the story of Michael Jackson’s death gone to their head?

*Note: A link to CNN was no where to be found. HuffPost was though, among others.

Be back later…

~ Bliss

Internship = done.

August 2, 2009

I wrapped up my internship at WKYC last Friday. I can honestly say I’m going to miss that place.

Also, I’m in Tampa for the the NABJ Students Projects/Convention this week! I already received some constructive criticism and am looking forward to more.

~ Bliss

I don’t think that’ll work…

August 1, 2009

I’m finally back in business (had some modem issues) and meant to post about this article I found the other day.

In short, it says Dan Rather wants the government to step in and “save” journalism.

In the article Rather is quoted as saying: “A democracy and free people cannot thrive without a fiercely independent press.”

This is absolutely correct, however having the government do something about modern journalism is counterproductive. In spite of what journalism may or may not look like in 2009, the industry is one built on people speaking out in lieu of risk and danger; for the sake of the masses. It’s American History 101 really, especially concerning the time around the American Revolution when those in the colonies needed an outlet to speak about what rubbed them the wrong way about how Britain was treating them.

In short, holding hands with and playing Red Rover with the government would be bad news for the industry. The government will not only be the weakest link, but also the defining link. Besides being a counterproductive idea, if, hypothetically, Rather’s suggestion comes to fruition I would imagine the following would take place:

1.) The complete obliberation of trust of the media. Journalism has been losing ground here for years. Genuine, quality news is already questionable. Government assistance and/or journalism reconstruction would raise many an eyebrow.

2.) An enormous surgence in freelance and citizen journalism.

3.) A really strange system of industry standards. I honestly have no idea as to what something like this would be, but I do know it would be completely unlike necessary ethics and mechanical standards such as the SPJ code of ethics or writing according to AP.

I’m not trying to knock Rather or anything, I do agree with much of what he says in the article. I’m just not too sure (okay fine, completely against) his method of reforming the industry. The very heart of the matter is we did this to ourselves, meaning journalism will have to strengthen itself from the inside to start seeing any sort of progress.

~ Bliss

Domain, here I come!

August 1, 2009

I’m going to make my own domain available soon.

I have to admit that part of what took me so long is that I’m quite comfortable with WordPress. In fact, I intend for my site to still contain many elements you see in a blog.

I’m in the process of designing it, and hopefully I’ll have it up somewhere around mid-September. I sincerely wish it could be earlier, but with fall semester coming up–and with it all the idiosyncrasies that generally come with being a college student–this time frame is my best bet.

In the mean time I will continue to update here. I plan to integrate this blog into the site.

~ Bliss

“I hate you people.”

July 30, 2009

Yikes. Daunting much?!

An older gentleman said that to me while I was heading to an appointment the other day. I used the bus to get there and dropped my bag while trying to pay the fare. Since I was running behind I grabbed the first bag i saw, the one I bring to work (internship), meaning my badge was in there.

The one with “WKYC” listed boldly on the front.

He kindly helped me pick it up, saw the badge that came out and made a face while uttering the words in the post title. A not-so-good face. I smiled, took the bag+badge and I sat in the only seat available–right next to him. Unfortunately it was long ride, meaning I had to listen to why he hated the media. Don’t get me wrong–this is actually something I both want and need to know–but I was heading to a dentist’s appointment and was more so worried about the fate of my wisdom teeth.

Anyway, he told me his main problem was with “wimpy” (i.e. soft) news. He felt that kind of stuff just didn’t belong mixed in there with “real” news, which included bloodshed and mayhem galore. I listened for about 10 minutes and said, “What would you do if you found the latest edition of the paper just had ‘The world is going to Hades. Remember to wear your flame retardent jammies as a precaution.’ across the front? We have to have something to think or smile about sometimes.”

He laughed at my comment and said I had a point, then admitted he liked a story about an albino alligator a while back. A little later in the conversation I also told him that just because we report the news doesn’t mean we like it. Yes, we like reporting as in the verb, but never in a million years will a murder make anyone warm and fuzzy (at least, no one sane). Simply put, we just might go crazy if we didn’t oblige to stories about the local animal adoption agency, or Twiggy, the water skiing squirrel.

It was an interesting experience and I hope I come across someone with negative and positive sentiments about journalism in the future. It’s the masses that have to ingest what we say, after all.

~ Bliss