Thursday, August 14, 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

Interesting article about why taking notes by hand (rather than with a keyboard) improves your recall of the information:

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Last day of class

Thanks for a great semester!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

This is our interview with Amherst Police Officer Jamie Reardon.
By: Xiaoxiao Hu, Morgan Morselli and Taylor Gilmore

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Good example of an Issue story

Ethan's Story, Part 1:

Part 2 (with video);

Part 3

News "brief" about how a food blogger caused Subway to remove an ingredient from its bread:

Subway ‘yoga mat’ ingredient will be removed in a week

After a spate of bad publicity over the use of an ingredient also used in the making of yoga mats, Subway confirmed that the chemical will be removed from all of its breads in a week.

The sandwich chain earlier this year drew criticism after a food blogger launched a petition urging the company to remove azodicarbonamide, an ingredient used as a bleaching agent and dough conditioner.

A spokeswoman confirmed an Associated Press report in which Subway’s chief marketing officer Tony Pace said the chain will have phased out the ingredient from its bread in the next week.

Azodicarbonamide is found widely in other products, including foods served at McDonald’s and Burger King. The chemical, however, is banned from use in foods in Great Britain, the European Union and Australia. A 1999 World Health Organization study found it induces asthma in humans.

In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration says the ingredient can be “safely used” if it is intended for use as an “aging and bleaching ingredient” used in flour in an amount that doesn’t exceed 2.05 grams per 100 pounds of flour. It can also be used as a dough conditioner. The use of the ingredient was the subject of blogger Vani Hari’s petition earlier this year.

Monday, April 7, 2014

AP style points to review

1) What is AP style for movie titles, TV shows, novels? Newspapers and magazines? Newspaper articles? 2) When do you capitalize formal titles? 3) After mentioning sources by first and last name, do you then refer to them as Mr. Smith, Ms. Jones, Dr. so-and-so? 4) How do you handle percentages? Height and dimensions? 5) How do you write addresses?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Good parody of cliched, empty and abstract language and images intended to distort meaning and manipulate:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Simonica Mendes
Michelle Liu Class Visit

Michelle's class visit was very informative. It was very nice to hear about what she does at her job and what a typical day is like for her especially since most of us haven't been in that sort of environment before. I found it to be very easy to relate to Michelle because she is close in age with many us and she was also a journalism student. Michelle was also helpful in telling us about classes and things to be involved with while we're here at UMass that will be beneficial for our future. Although I'm not aiming to be a producer in the future, I learned from Michelle that it is better to have a wide skill set that can open many doors for you.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Feature assignment/Midterm quiz Spring 2014 answers

Journalism 300, Spring 2014 Feature assignment – Should be about a trend, group, phenomenon, event etc. First Draft due March 26, Final: April 7
·        1,000 words (include word count)  with photo(s).
·        Interview and quote a minimum of four (4) sources. You must include their complete names. Don’t quote people who won’t tell you their names.
·       Write your story with the idea of getting it published. Don’t include dated information. If you’re writing about an event that already happened make sure that the story is still relevant.
Journalism 300 – Spring 2014 midterm answers
1)     B is a better quote because it includes specific information, details and an example of why Mary is an admirable person. A just has general, clichéd comments.
2)     A standard obituary should include: name, age, occupation and address of deceased; Date and place of death, Cause of death, Date of birth and birthplace; Survivors in the immediate family; Memberships, military service; Awards and achievements, funeral arrangements, Where to send donations in the deceased's honor.
3)     The reporter should always prepare as much as possible in order to understand an event, not waste a source’s time with questions the reporter can easily find the answers to ahead of time and to assure the source that the reporter is interested and professional.
4)     The lead is the most important sentence in the story and should get to the heart of the event. There is no need to cram in every who, what, when, where and what time detail.
5)     “Remarkable” is not a reporter’s word. It adds judgment and is “editorializing.”
6)     Words like progress, freedom, liberal and conservative are too abstract. They mean different things to different readers and could be considered biased or “loaded” with insinuations.
7)     A is not a good lead because it is way too gory. B is not good because it includes a cliché (beating a dead horse) and is a question.
8)     Calling an oil rig a an “oil farm” is an example of a euphemism and is designed to obscure meaning.
9)     Always use “said” vs. other words like “exclaimed,” “expounded,” “propounded” and other words like them.
10)  Direct quotations must always be the speaker’s exact words. Otherwise, a reporter could start saying whatever he or she wants and saying a source said it.
11)  On-the-record means you can quote a source saying something. Off-the-record means you cannot attribute this information to this source.
12)  Journalism IS the reporting of the visible and verifiable – not the speculative, hearsay, or unobserved.
13)  The reporter cannot report what a subject is thinking, unless the subject tells the reporter he or she is thinking this.
14)  Reporters use the word “disaster” when there have been many deaths, damage, destruction and displacement.
15)  A nutgraph lets the reader know what the story is about, why it is relevant, what its context is and it gives the reader a “roadmap” to the rest of the story.
16)  The nutgraph in the story begins, “Conversations with area law enforcement…” as this paragraph puts the story of a particular overdose victim into broader perspective and tells us why her story is relevant and what other points the story will cover.
17)  The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and should be over well before midnight.
18)  University of Massachusetts Police Chief John Horvath explained to neighbors that there aren’t enough police officers to stand around in neighborhoods on weekend nights to deter people from trampling on all the residents’ lawns.
19)  My birthday is in September, and my niece, who is from Waltham, Mass., turns 15 on Oct. 1.

20)  President Barack Obama said there was a 43 percent reduction in obesity in young children.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Fake obituaries

Solid, overall, Taylor. I didn't know anything about her, so this was interesting. It isn't clear why she changed her name to Miley. I would add that. Don't forget to use AP style for states and to put movie and TV show titles in quotation marks.
Kim -- Good job. Jennifer Lawrence sounds very impressive in this fake obituary. Don't forget AP style for states and movie/TV show titles.

FAKE Obituary: Miley Cyrus
By Taylor Gilmore
Miley Cyrus (1992-2014)
Born in Nashville, Tennessee on Nov 23, 1992, she was the daughter of Letitia Jean “Tish” and country singer Billy Ray Cyrus.
Miley attended Heritage Elementary School and was a devout Christian. In 2001, Miley moved to Toronto, Canada and began taking singing and acting classes at Armstrong Acting Studio while her father filmed the television series Doc. Miley landed her breakout role as Miley Stuart in 2006 on Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana. On the set of her show she studied with a private tutor from Options for Youth Charter Schools. DID SHE CHANGE HER NAME TO MILEY BECAUSE OF HER LOVE FOR THIS CHARACTER? 
Miley grew up on a farm in Franklin, Tennessee.
As Hannah Montana, Miley produced three successful albums and two movies, including the Hannah Montana Movie and a 3D concert film of the Best of Both Worlds tour. Hannah Montana ended after a four season run, but Miley’s career continued to take off. Miley starred in The Last Song as herself, and produced four studio albums, and headlined three more tours. She was on the road for herBangerz tour when she lived.USE AP STYLE FOR MOVIE AND TV SHOW TITLES, WHICH IS TO PUT THEM IN QUOTATION MARKS
Throughout her career Miley has been nominated for numerous awards from all over the world. Some of the most prominent awards that she won include Favorite TV Actress and Favorite TV Singer at theKids’ Choice Awards in 2007, 2008, and 2009, which she won on behalf of herself and Hannah Montana. She also won favorite movie actress in 2010 and 2011. She won Favorite Breakout Movie Actress at the People’s Choice Awards in 2010.  Choice Summer Artist, Choice Music: Female Artist, Choice Movie Actress: Music/Dance, Choice Summer: Song, are some of the 17 Teen Choice AwardsMiley has received. Miley has earned awards from Radio Disney, Young Artist Awards, NRJ Music Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, MTV Latinoamerica, MTV Movie Awards, MuchMusic Video Awards, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Nickelodeon Austrailian Kids’ Choice Awards, Gracie Allen Awards, Brave Otto, Billboard Touring Awards, Bambi Awards, and ASCAP Pop Music Awards.
Miley leaves FAKE OBITbehind BE SUE TO INCLUDE PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS IF THEY EXISTher two half brothers, Christopher Cody and Trace, her half sister Brandy, her brother Braison and her sister Noah Lindsey.
Calling Hours are Wednesday from 3-7 p.m. The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday at the West Hollywood United Church of Christ. Burial will be for immediate family only.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cedars-Sinai and mailed to 10201 Charing Cross Rd, Los Angeles, CA, 90024.
Fake Obituary: Jennifer Lawrence
By: Kim Acer
Santa Monica, Calif.—Jennifer Shrader Lawrence, 23, of 1108 18th Street, lived Monday, March 3, 2014, after a collision NOT REALLY/FAKE on the Santa Monica Freeway.
Born in Louisville, Ky. on Aug. 15, 1990, she was the daughter of Karen and Gary Lawrence.
Jennifer attended Kammerer Middle School and she graduated from high school two years early so she could begin her acting career. Lawrence started her acting career on the TBS comedy The Bill Engvallshow, which went on the air in Sept. 2007 and was canceled in 2009 after three seasons. Her breakthrough came in 2010 with a lead role in Debra Granik’s IS DEBRA GRANIK THE DIRECTOR? Winter’s Bone (2010), which won best picture at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. She received her first Academy Award for Best Actress nomination and was the second youngest person to receive a nomination in the category.
In 2012, Lawrence played Katniss Everdeen, the lead in The Hunger Games, the film adaptation of a YOUNG ADULT novel by Suzanne Collins. The film broke box-office records on opening weekend, and Lawrence continued her role in the sequel: The Hungers Games: Catching Fire in 2013.YOU SHOULD PROBABLY MENTION THAT TWO MORE INSTALLMENTS ARE IN THE WORKS
At age 22, Lawrence’s performance in Silver Linings Playbook (2012) earned her several awards, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and the Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the second-youngest Best Actress winner at the Oscars. She also received a third Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in David O. Russel’s American Hustle in 2013.
Lawrence’s was called “the most talented young actress in America,” by Rolling Stone WHEN? and named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time.WHEN? Lawrence has been the recipient of an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, two Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, four Critic’s Choice Movie Awards, an Independent Spirit Award, a Venice Film Festival Award, and several other awards.
Jennifer leavesNOT REALLY her parents Karen and Gary Lawrence, her two older brothers Blaine Lawrence and Ben Lawrence, and her boyfriend Nicholas Hoult.
Calling Hours are Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday at the Kingsley Funeral Home of Santa Monica followed by a burial at 10 a.m. at Seaside Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Red Cross and mailed to 2707 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

Monday, March 3, 2014

FAKE Obituary for Woody Allen

Good overall, Morgan. This is easy to read and informative. Some word choice issues.

The contents of this obituary are FAKE.

(photo taken from WikiPedia)

Woody Allen (1935-2014)

Woody Allen, 78, of New York, NY. died/LIVED Monday, March 3, 2014, from a sudden heart attack (FAKE).

Born and raised in the Bronx, NY. On Dec. 1, 1935, also
the son of the late Martin and Nettie Konigsberg.

Allen first attended New York University to study communication and film to pursue his pursuit to become a screenwriter. Later he went onto attending the City College of New York. Shortly after finishing school, Allen taught at The New School, which is a small university in New York City.

NEW PARAGRPAHIn 1961 Allen began his work as a comedian. He made his debut in a club in Greenwich Village which sky-rocketed WHAT SKY-ROCKETED? THE CLUB? shortly after because of his use of original slapstick humor, a type of humor that exaggerates physical activities.GOOD Because Allen had such a passion for humor and writing in 1964< MOVE THE DATE BECAUSE THIS SAYS HE HAD A PASSION FOR HUMOR IN 1964 he was hired to write scripts for shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show. AP STYLE IS TO PUT TV SHOWS IN QUOTATION MARKS Allen’s pun-ridden humor was the thing to get him noticed, it helped him go onto writing short stories for magazines such as the New Yorker, writing scripts for popular Broadway plays and movies, acting, and directing major Oscar winning films such as the recent Blue Jasmine.MOVIE TITLES IN QUOTATION MARKS

Allen won four Academy Awards throughout his career, one where IN WHICH he holds the record as the oldest winner at the age of 76. He was nominated 14 times for British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards and was an additional eight-time winner.

Allen is survived by his wife of 17 years COMMA Soon-Yi Previn. He also has survivedIS SURVIVED BY his ex wives Louise Lasser and Harlene Rosen. In addition he also has survived his five children Ronan Farrow, Dylan O'Sullivan Farrow, Moses Farrow, Manzie Tio Allen, Bechet Allen and his sister Letty Aronson.

The funeral will be held at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral of Brooklyn, NY. from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday. Calling hours are from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Film Institute by mail at 2021 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, Calif. 90027.

FAKE obituary: Betty White
By: Abner Rojas
(Again the following is a fake obituary for my journalism 300 class. It does not reflect my feelings of Betty White. I happen to think she is awesome in everything she is especially that one episode of “Community” on NBC.)FUNNY

Los Angeles, CA-

A recording of the call reveals White’s final words to the responders made at around 7 p.m.

“  Breaking Bad is just too awesome,” she said. FUNNY

Paramedics arrived ten minutes USE AP STYLE FOR NUMBERSlater to find White in front her television. >SENTENCE FRAGMENTWhich one paramedic Jason Hudds called “ a state of shock” and pronounced dead at the scene.

Betty Marion White was born in Oak park,

Last year White was awarded the Guinness World Record for longest television career for a female entertainer. She is also regarded as one of television pioneerS for being one the first women to have creative control both onDO YOU MEAN IN FRONT OF THE CAMERAS? and behind the cameras. Her long list of accomplishments incudes over twenty

White had married three times before. she divorced twice her with her last husband Allen Ludden died in 1981. She leaves behind A star on the walk of fame.CAPITALIZE WALK OF FAME

Time and date of funeral is yet to be announced,

Fake obituary

Nice work, Xiaoxiao. This is very interesting. I was particularly interested in the names of the Chinese awards. I've suggested word choice changes below.
FAKE obituary
Xiaoxiao Hu
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Jackie Chan (1954-2014)
Jackie Chan, 60, of Repulse Bay Road, Hong Kong, China, NOT REALLYpassed on NOT REALLY -- Monday, Mar. 3, because of a sudden heart attack. REMEMBER TO USE THE WORD "DIED" INSTEAD OF "PASSED AWAY," AS PASSED AWAY IS A EUPHEMISM.

Born in atop Victoria Peak, Hong Kong, China on Apr. 7, 1954, he was the third child of Daolong Fang and Yuerong Chen. GOOD

Jackie was born in a poor family, which made  CAUSED him TO not get too much education.  He left away from home to ATTEND the Chinese drama school in Tsim Sha Tsui when he was six. He started to learn Peking opera over there and became one of the Seven Little Fortunes, BRIEFLY EXPLAIN WHAT THIS IS and HAD THE stage named Yuan Lou.  He learnt Kong Fu from his master, Zhanyuan Yu, and was encouraged by him to attend the film show??? 
In 1971, Jackie was officially making a living from taking films.  And he was BECAME famous by the film New Fist of Fury, PUT NAMES OF MOVIES IN QUOTATION MARKS and then stage named himself Jackie Chan since that. 

Jackie was the Hong Kong academy for performing arts honorary academician. He got RECEIVEDthe Best Action Choreography AWARD? twice from Hong Kong Film Awards, and the best actor from China Golden Rooster Awards and Golden Horse Awards.  Also, he had got the World’s Outstanding Youth Award twice and Touched by the Chinese Character Award once. 

Jackie leaves his wife, Fengjiao Lin; and his two children, Zuming Fang and Zhuolin Wu, and numbersSEVERAL  of nieces and nephews.

Calling Hours are Monday from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m.  The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday at Hong Kong Central Church.  Burial will follow at the Hong Kong Green Cemetery.

Memorial contributions will be made to the Hong Kong Fund, and mailed to Repulse Bay Road, Box 306, Hong Kong, China, 999077.

Fake obituary

This was interesting and informative, Sharon. Remember to write like you would speak so you don't end up with awkward word choose issues, such as "copious amounts of prestigious awards."

FAKE obituary
Sharon Thomas
Journalism 300: Assignment #8, Obituaries
Professor Mary Cary
March 3, 2014

Leonardo DiCaprio (1974-2014FAKE)
Los Angeles – Leonardo W. DiCaprio, 39, of Sierra Mar Drive, LIVED Monday, March 3, 2014, after a long battle against breast cancer.

Description: OIT:private:var:folders:zz:zyxvpxvq6csfxvn_n000wz2m0077rn:T:TemporaryItems:Leonardo_DiCaprio_2010.jpgBorn in Los Angeles, California, on Nov. 11, 1974, he was the only child to parents, George and Irmelin (Indenbirken) Dicaprio. Although his parents divorced when Dicaprio was just a year old, he grew up with his mother.

DiCaprio grew up traveling from several Los Angeles neighborhoods to another,however
ultimately graduating from Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, already signed with a talent agent. DiCaprio’s career began WHEN HE WAS young with several commercials and educational films, such as a learning ad< WHAT IS A LEARNING AD? for Matchbox Cars as well as his break on the television series, Parenthood, which earned him a nomination for Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor. USE AP STYLE FOR MOVIE TITLES, WHICH IS TO PUT QUOTATION MARKS AROUND THEM. DiCaprio’s career stemmed from recognition in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and later James Cameron’s Titanic, where he was immediately transformed into a commercial movie superstar and a huge following of devoted fans.

DiCaprio has been involved with numerous blockbuster movies spanning over his career, many of the big names including Revolutionary Road, Inception,  Django Unchained, The Great Gatsby, and most recently The Wolf of Wall Street in 2013. DiCaprio has been nominated for copious amounts

As well as being a Hollywood actor, DiCaprio was a committed environmentalist and receiver of several awards for his activism, such as the VH1 Do Something Award in 2010. DiCaprio donated to numerous foundations such as “Leonardo DiCaprio Computer Center”, COMMAS INSIDE QUOTATION MARKSWildlife Conservation Society, Obama’s presidential campaign, and GLAAD, an organization that promotes the image of gay rights.

DiCaprio leaves HIS current girlfriend of one year, Toni Garrn, of Los Angeles.

A short ceremony has been made NOT THE RIGHT WORD HERE for Wednesday March 5, from 5 to 8 p.m; followed by a funeral held at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 7, at Guerra Gutierrez Mortuary Funeral Home of East Beverly Hills. The burial will precede the ceremony at the Agudath Achim Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wildlife Conservation Society, 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York, 10460.