Confessions of COMM 200

January 24, 2011

January 24th – Just Another Manic Monday in COMM 200

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Well class began with a super fun quiz.

I guess we all learned it is best to study class work, read every detail of the text assigned (and then reread it), as well as pay attention to the news.

We never know what news information will show up on quizzes, or what helpful hints will show up in the blog feed. It will be pretty helpful to check the blog before bed on the night before a quiz!

After the mildly confidence killing quiz we went over the homework assignment and reading the ledes we wrote for the Romeo and Juliet assignment. It was very interesting to hear the tale of the star-crossed lovers with several different twists to the story.

Next we played a riveting game of who can write the best lede. Congrats to the winners!

Here are the sentences we were given if anyone wants to practice writing more ledes:

It is essential that she make a decision to make her first semester at college and all of her semesters productive.

Amid the wide variety of French dining restaurants in Seattle, Marcel’s café does not stand out from its competition.

The scene at the beginning of the film is important to our later understanding to the two different personalities at war in Gollum’s head.

On rainy days there are few indoor areas on campus that are not constantly occupied by students.

Before anything else, get rid of the food coloring, especially in the potato salad, because you can just buy potatoes that are purple to begin with.

There is a tendency among students, many of whom may be seen to display anxiety at exam time, to cram more words into sentences in the hopes of impressing professors with the sheer bulk of their responses.

One of the most surprising aspects of the war was the fact that it was never officially declared a war by the president.

Here is the homework assignment just in case someone loses the sheet as well:

Re-write as a news story removing all excess verbiage.

Folk singer Heidi Bandolino, whose gentle guitar strumming moved million, has apparently committed suicide by drug overdose Sunday in her Malibu, Calif., home, authorities said yesterday. She was 63 years old.

            Bandolino’s housekeeper, since said to feel mortified, encountered her rigid corpse lying on a bed at about noon on Sunday, Los Angeles County coroner’s office spokesman Chet Herford said.

            A preliminary investigation indicated her death was a possible suicide by an overdose of a cocktail of drugs, said Herford, who indicated there was a lot of drug paraphernalia in Bandolino’s bedroom.

            Investigators have a suspicion that Bandolino passed away sometime after 9 p.m. Saturday after returning from a dinner engagement with her lawyer, Herford said. An autopsy will be held on Tuesday.

            A former long-haul trucker, Bandolino was “discovered” while serenading a bunch of fellow roadsters over a CB radio in 1982. Her best-known songs are “I Am Sky” and “A Cat Named Tuesday,” both released in 2003 under the Plume Inc. label.

            Bandolino found herself in headlines last month when her long-time boyfriends Claus Messersmythe was arrested for the murder of Phoenix guitarist Helga Thagwichner. Investigators found the charred remains of Thagwichner’s body in a building-owned by Messersmythe-completely burned to the ground.

I hope this helps and that I covered everything I needed to!

Best- Nicole

January 21, 2011

January 20–In which we use the beautiful Mac desktops

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I realized this is the inaugural blog post! I’m still a little hazy about what the format should be so don’t necessarily make this your template. Just enjoy it I suppose.

Today we scooted back to the gorgeous plastic curves of the new Macs and did some sentence editing. Seriously I could touch those computers for hours. We had to pare some sentences from a news story about violent anti-war protesters down to a reasonable size, removing cliches and wordy phrases and nonsense like “needless to say”. If it’s needless to say then don’t say it, stupid.

That was exciting. After that we got big slabs of information and had to chisel them into decent news ledes. (As an aside, spell-check and Wikipedia do not recognize ‘lede’ as a word. As they are the only two valid sources on the subject, I’m concerned.) We had some fun with Tombo, the gun-slinging, malnourished motor home dog. I was actually intrigued by the initial huge paragraph of disjointed information. I didn’t even need a lede.

We have homework! Don’t forget it! You need to write about 400 different ledes for the news story Professor Crowe handed out at the end. It’s about Romeo and Juliet. Spoiler alert.

I hope that’s all I need to do. Have a good weekend everyone!

–Adam Bradley

January 20, 2011

25 Commandments for Journalists

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http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/6p8wOB/www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2011/jan/19/manifesto-simple-scribe-commandments-journalists

I found this great article on stumbleupon today and wanted to share it with you guys.

– Kayla Haran

January 17, 2011

Confessions of COMM 200

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COMM 200-009

Writing for Mass Communications

Prof. Crowe

 

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