Sunday, August 22, 2004

Journalosophy 101

By now I'm sure that almost all of us have fantasized about being apart of the writing staff for the "New York Times" or "People," being a head anchor for NBC, CBS, ABC, or FOX, or even writing articles for "www.MSN.com." But lately my research has left me a bit jaded and I'm only a Freshman.

Although the myriad of articles I read in the past summer were enlightening, they were not, however, fulfilling due to the overload of factual injections. Don't get me wrong, a strong factual foundation to an article is critical, but we shouldn't forget that we are also hoping to capture the attention of the reader and in some cases, provoke some sort of response. Otherwise, the reader ends up feeling like they are reading an encyclopedia (See: your history book). Knowing how painful it is to read a history book should be motivation enough to transform our pens into creative and philosophical swords to be wreckoned with.

But the question still stands.. What seperates an encyclopedia-esque essay or article from a fully bloomed tool of enlightenment and interest? I've found the answer to be a healthy dose of personal opinion. Let's face it, some people simply cannot keep up with rows of numbers and lines of constitutional matter, and, in all honesty, I'm one of those aforementioned people. Some require a prelayered opinion to discover where they stand on a position instead of having to wade through piles of bologna just to find themselves right back where they started. So to spice up your work you should explore the world of personal philosophy and apply it to your writing endeavors. What do YOU think about Iraq's economic situation and not JUST what the fact sheets say about it. Take those facts and exploit them to your reader. Suggest a possible solution to a problem or why a problem even formed. Push the reader to think more about what they read instead of performing those usual Superman scans over a cup of coffee. But make the line between fact and opinion clearly visible as to not raise any legal arguements!

This is all from a freshman, so take from all this as you will, but that's what this wonderful blog is for- to express our individual opinions and share our stories for others to harness information and advice from more easily.

Good luck and over and out!

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since you all plan to be in the business of communicating well, you might want to start by making your blog more readable.

I tried to read some of it, but frankly the low-contrast reversed-out type just drove me away. I'm sure you all have many insights to convey, but wonder how many people will make the effort ...

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