Thursday, November 15, 2007

Monday, November 12, 2007

Critic On Zephyrus

I didn't think that this month's edition of Zephyrus was very intresting, and I didn't really enjoy reading some of the stories. Many of the storie's titles didn't provoke me to want to read it, they were not catchy enough. However, I did like the letter to the editor and the response back because it was about a previous article written in last months edition that had lots of students talking. I also wish Zephyrus would have put the answers to the EHS men on the back page of the paper even though it was meant as a joke to say that the answers were found on the back page since it made students curious. They also did a good job with proximity such as in the story, "lend a hand this Thanksgiving..., since it has to do with food shelves and Edina residents. I didn't really think that the headline story above the fold, "MNDOT introduces the initial design for new I-35W Bridge, was a good choice for the front page. It would have been better to put something that focused more on something really intresting happening in the current month. The story about Briney Spears, "Britney spears' tragic downfall: Will she ever come back", was not really timeleness because it's kind of older news about her and the media has been talking about it for a while now. This wasn't the best edition of Zewhpyrus, it just didn't have very intresting stories I thought.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

News Idea #2

1) Slug: A few edina girls cross country runners going to sectionals

2) Section of newspaper story would appear (no Op-Ed): SPORTS

3) What are the most dominant news elements in the story? Explain in-depth:

___________Proximity______________ Why? Usually students want to here when members of Edina sports teams are going to secionals or state tournaments, and these runners attend our school.
News element#1

______________Timeliness___________ Why? The sections just occured and depending on how they did depends on if they will advance to state or not.
News element#2

_________________________ Why?
News element#3

4) In a few sentences, describe what the story will be about:
This story will involve an interview with the headcoach asking her how they prepared for there important meeets and what helped the girls to become better runners. I will also interview one of the team's sectional qualifier and ask her how she feels about making it on the sectional team and how hard it was to get there.


5) Specifically, who will you interview or contact? Why those people?

______Lauren__Christiansen_______________ Why? Lauren is a sophmore and a really good runner, and I have known her for a long time.

___The headcoach Kathleen Morgan__________ Why? She is the headcoach and was with these girls every day training, and she knows their strengths.

_________________________ Why?


6) What information do you need to gather before you begin interviews? I will need to formulate well written questions, and also set up my interviews.


7) What questions do you definitely need answered in your interviews? Why? I need to ask them how they feel about getting the opportunity to take part in state, how much time and effort they put into running.

8) What photo opportunities are available to go alongside this story (give names, places, times, etc.)? Pictures of them at their meets/ practices.

9) Who should a photographer contact to set up photographs? team manager?

10) What concerns or problems do you foresee in getting this story together? It may be hard to find a time to interview the swimmers and coach because they are busy preparing for the tournament.

11) Other information?

News Idea #1

1) Slug: Edina girls varsity swim team members going to state

2) Section of newspaper story would appear (no Op-Ed): SPORTS

3) What are the most dominant news elements in the story? Explain in-depth:

___________Proximity______________ Why? These are students that attend our high school therefore people are most likely intrested in how their classmates do.
News element#1

______________Timeliness___________ Why? The sections just took place and now the state meet is about to take place, and so it is all happening currently.
News element#2

_________________________ Why?
News element#3

4) In a few sentences, describe what the story will be about:
This story will talk about the hard work and committment that was needed to make it to state and also their goals. It will also involve interviews of those girls attending the state meet.


5) Specifically, who will you interview or contact? Why those people?

_____Mary Van Metre____________________ Why? Mary is only a Sophmore and has already been to state at least 2 times.

___The Assistant Coach_ Scott Johnson__________ Why? I will contact him because he knows the successes of these girls, and their journey to the tournament.

_________________________ Why?

6) What information do you need to gather before you begin interviews? I will need to formulate well written questions, and also set up my interviews.


7) What questions do you definitely need answered in your interviews? Why? I need to ask them how they feel about getting the opportunity to take part in state, how much time and effort they put into swimming.

8) What photo opportunities are available to go alongside this story (give names, places, times, etc.)? Pictures of them swimming throughout the season (sectionals?)

9) Who should a photographer contact to set up photographs? It may be hard to fiond a time to interview the swimmers and coach because they are busy preparing for the tournament.

10) What concerns or problems do you foresee in getting this story together? It may be hard to fiond a time to interview the swimmers and coach because they are busy preparing for the tournament.

11) Other information?

Monday, October 8, 2007

Chracteristic in a journalist

I think that the most important characteristic to have as a jounalist is honesty. This is very important to have as a characteristic because if you lie about imformation in your story it sets you up for a possiblility of being sued. Also, if you are constantly lying in your stories as a journalist, you may be criticized or worse, loose your job. People want ou to report a story, but they want the correct information not a journalist who makes things up. That is why I think the main characteristic of a journalist is honesty.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

EDINA


This past summer at Courtney Baseball Fields by Braemar Arena in Edina, the new and improved concession stand opened. Many families, players and fans were happier about this because the old concession stands were too small for the number of fields and people that attended games. The concessions used to be dirtier and smokier from the outside grills, but now they have it better regulated so that the smoke is no longer blowing onto the fields during games. The new bathrooms are now much cleaner and bigger then the previous ones and are also air conditioned. There is also a bigger selection of food and beverages on the menu, and more serving windows to make the lines go faster. Usually almost everyone you see at games is eating something from the concession, and this new stand makes the games more enjoyable to attend.