Saturday, June 13, 2009

Please don't take it off line!!!

I have learned soooo much here. I love this camp. Don't make me go hooooome. oops too late

Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday Blog

OMG guys I can't believe it's actually over!! I've learned so much and I'm so happy I got to meet you guys! I was so nervous about coming in here and doing graphic design cause I clearly knew nothing but thank you to all of you who helped me keep my sanity in here (most of the time) thank you thank you thank you!! Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Johnston SOOOOOO much!! I'm out! :)


OK, so the newspaper is laid out. We are so proud of all of you for doing such a good job! So ... what did you learn? How did you improve as a newspaper designer? 

I learned a lot this week, and I really appreciate all of the help that was given along the way.  I learned that spacing out stories is a lot more difficult than it looks.  I learned that it is hard to think of good headlines, it is difficult to compromise on a masthead, it is nearly impossible to match fonts, and I LOVE GRAPHIC DESIGN.  I also learned a lot about InDesign, which will hopefully help next year.  THANK YOU!!

Friday, June 12, 2009

I have learned so much from the people here. I'm not saying that I didn't learn a lot from my teachers, but I feel like I learned just as much from the people here. Logan and Haley came in this class knowing much more than I did, and everyone else had a fresh perspective that really made me think twice about everything I was doing. I've used InDesign before, but I learned a lot of things about the program here that I never would have figured out if I hadn't come here. It was definitely worthwhile, and I'm really glad I came. Thanks for everything, guys. 

What I learned

What I learned is that graphic design people ROCK!  They have the coolest jobs and get to manipulate and create the entire paper.  Subsequently, they also get a lot of hate by the other members of the team.  Anyway, I know it takes a long time and a lot of hard work to create and layout news papers.  I really hope to continue practicing and will totally be here next year.  I'm thinking of doing graphic design again, but maybe not.
I learned a lot!  I knew just about nothing about laying out a newspaper, so it was cool broadening my knowledge of graphic design to newspaper.  Everything is so different than yearbook, but it was a challenge and it was fun.  It was fun meeting're all really cool!!!  I'm sure to take a lot from this experience.  It was definitely worth it.  I hope you all have AWESOME publications next year!!!!! Thanks Mr. and Mrs. Johnston!


OK, so the newspaper is laid out. We are so proud of all of you for doing such a good job! So ... what did you learn? How did you improve as a newspaper designer? 

I learned everything about indesign, I was awful before but now I can layout a whole newspaper page, I still hate newspapers but I do respect the people who work so hard to make them. I improve a lot as a designer, but I think my attitude got worse because I constantly wanted to pop it off on people. But I'm great now. I'll miss everyone, but you'll see me grinding on the dance floor. PPEEEAACCCEEE!!!!!!!!!


I learned everything about layout out a newspaper. When I came to camp I was worried about doing graphic design because I knew nothing about it but now I have found out that I absolutely love graphic design! It is super-duper fun! :) Thank you Andy and Lori (sorry if you prefer me to call you Mr. Andy and Mrs. Lori) for helping me with all my stuff and taking the time to teach us crazy kids! Also, thanks everyone in the class for putting up with my weird, hyper, OCD self! I could not have asked for a better class :) Except Logan. THE END! :)

Friday blog topic

OK, so the newspaper is laid out. We are so proud of all of you for doing such a good job! So ... what did you learn? How did you improve as a newspaper designer? 

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Newspaper Layout

Newspaper layout can get complicated with the rearranging of everything.  Also, between the titles, text, and pictures, it's like a puzzle with no right answer.  The last thing on this list of complaints is the lovely intuitive graphical use interface.  Mac computers are sooooo hard to use :(.  However, I understand that layout is important and that macs (sigh) are the best for the job.  Also, of course we can make the friday deadline: WE ROCK!

Wednesday AMBA

What do you like and don't like about newspaper layout? Are you concerned about meeting Friday's deadline, and why?

I consider newspapers as the ugly stepsister to magazines. They get the job done but, they're not so great to look at. They aren't as popular as their fabulous sister, but they have potential to be made over. Even the texture of newspaper don't appeal to me, but that's a matter of personal preference. As far as Friday's deadline goes, im not worried. I work well under pressure and I think we've done as much as we can do to prepare for the incoming articles so  NO STRESS!!!... except that neon may make me a bit nauseous

Wednesday Blog

Newspaper layout is still a new thing to me so I don't have a lot of likes and dislikes. I still look at some things like a magazine and try to get creative and try to think out of the box and then I realize that it's not the same at all. I still like the newspaper though...when the power goes out. I think from a reader standpoint it's really great. I'm always stressed about deadlines, always have, always will. I'm mostly stressed just because we haven't had any actual articles or pictures to work with up until now. Hearing from friends and other people that I've talked to that haven't started or their teacher just super edited their article and it's down to three and a half sentences. The fact that I'm still warming up to the whole newspaper idea is actually getting to me as well because just like everyone else I want this to turn out well. Friday seems so close and there's so much work to be done, but as long as we get the free food at the banquet I'll stay as long as needed. :)

my very short wednesday blog

There is nothing that I really do not like about newspaper layouts because they fit into a category all their own. I can't compare newspaper layouts to something like a magazine layouts because they are really different. I get frustrated laying out newspapers but I still like doing it. I know I am not so great at it because it is my first time doing something like this but I really like it and hope to improve.
I am not to worried about my page. I know i will get it done so there is no stress. :)

At least we get candy

OH YES, i am a little concerned with the deadline. I usually lay out a paper in a week but we only have like two days. At least we will get candy and energy drinks. I love layout because you can be creative. It makes me feel professional for some reason. 
I do not like how long it takes for me to create a page. I am a perfectionist and every time i think i am done with a page i see something else that needs to be fixed. I like the creative side of layout a page. I like  doing newspaper layout instead of like magazine layout because you have so much more rules i guess to follow. Things should be modular but creative. In magazine or other prints you can like go crazy. I guess I'm more conservative. I enjoy the intensity and rush of meeting a deadline however i'm so scared that something is going to shutdown. Every time its our layout week for my paper our computers tend to let us down. 
But, it's going to be fun to layout a paper in two or three days. All the stress. 
But it happens. It's what i love to do. 

My Thoughts:...

What do you like and don't like about newspaper layout? Are you concerned about meeting Friday's deadline, and why?

Imagine:  You wake up and go downstairs.  On the kitchen table is a massive pile of papers, all neatly compiled into a tight easily skimmable bundle.  You open up the bundle and lay it flat.  Then, you take a minute to observe.  What you see is an influx of information; however, unlike the internet, there is a major difference.  It is all neatly compiled into what is normally an aesthetically pleasing package.  The majority of the guess work has been taken out--you don't have to process what you need to know; now, all you have to do is process what you read.

Ideal world, right?  However, the problem is that this world is slowly fading.  The art of the newspaper is slipping away, slowly, and is being replaced by that which is online.

Spark Notes Version:  I like that newspaper layout makes everything easier to process and understand.  I like that it takes effort, that someone puts the time in for the benefit of someone else, and to create a product.  My only qualm is that it does not necessarily appeal to the masses of technology era teens.  It is not flashy, it is not trendy, and it is not what you would call fashionable.  In a perfect world, the traditional newspaper form would be merged with magazine and graphic productions.  Things would be more aesthetically pleasing, yet the content and important information would remain.

Am I concerned about meeting the deadline on Friday?

I would say that is a question that I would not ask until Friday.  At this point, my answer is:  No.  After spending a year on yearbook, I know that publications, or at least, the graphic end of publications, are finished at the last minute.  I will not be worried until late on Friday afternoon, and not a minute before.    In the words of one of my favorite plays:  "It all comes together in the end."  I have no qualms about missing the deadline, but I do know I will be stressed before we finish.

Wednesday blog topic

What do you like and don't like about newspaper layout? Are you concerned about meeting Friday's deadline, and why?

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Story 4 for Tuesday

By Emily Karol

ATHENS, Ga. - The Heterosexual Society at the University of Georgia was not permitted to register as a campus group Tuesday because school officials believe they discriminate against homosexuals.

Group officer Dee Backes said the decision violates the group’s rights to free speech and freedom of association.
“We want to be a registered group because we have the right to be a registered group,” said Backes.
University policy states that no registered group on campus can discriminate based on color, handicap, nationality, race, religion, marital status or sexual orientation. The only organizations that are allowed to discriminate by gender are sororities and fraternities.

The group allows homosexuals in the lower two levels of membership, but in order to be promoted to the top two levels, members must sign forms promising that they are heterosexual.

Lisa Norbury Kilian, assistant dean of students, said this goes against the university’s discrimination policy by excluding homosexuals from the higher levels of the organization.

Story 3 for Tuesday

By Beth Pollak

Art option: Photo of Gov. Perdue


ATHENS, Ga. – Gov. Sonny Perdue has recommended more than $2 million in his state budget to help combat the growing methamphetamine crisis.
The money will be spent on creating a 15-agent meth taskforce within the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and to help employ the Matrix model to provide treatment for meth-addicted parents, Perdue said Tuesday in a speech at the University of Georgia.
“Meth is deadly to make and deadly to take,” said Perdue. “It is a threat to families and a corrosive influence eating away at our communities.”
Perdue spoke about the growing concern of the effects of methamphetamine use on children in the state. Over half of all GBI meth busts involve either the removal of children present at the time, or a referral to DFACS.
Perdue said his administration has taken many steps to combat this problem, most notably the 2004 Child Protection Package, which makes it a felony to manufacture meth in the presence of children. A 2004 statewide summit also convened to seek solutions to the methamphetamine crisis.
Perdue cited the 490 arrests and over $300,000 worth of methamphetamine seized by the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad in conjunction with the GBI as an example of the current successes of state taskforces. He also noted that over 100 drug taskforce members have been trained in meth lab safety and clean-up within the state.
“We've built a strong coalition to contain, slow down and ultimately end the meth plague that threatens our state,” said Perdue.
Alexandra Laing, a magazines and fashion merchandising major from Watkinsville, was concerned by the total cost of the proposal during the current economic crisis.
“It’s a worthy goal, but I’m not sure if it is the best time to be attacking it,” Laing said. “With a lot of people struggling financially, though, more people may turn to drugs.”

Story 2 for Tuesday

By Kelli Born

ATHENS, Ga. – Glenn Lamm lifted up his gray T-shirt to let his belly hang out.

“I used to have abs; I don’t know what happened to them,” said Lamm, a junior at the University of Georgia.
Incoming freshman are being well educated about the possibility of gaining the dreaded Freshman 15 the first few months of college. Schools such as the University of Georgia are offering special programs to help freshman avoid gaining the Freshman 15. They suggest finding time to exercise daily and eating snacks such as fruit or pretzels rather than candy or pizza.
“Some people eat to feel better since eating can have a soothing effect, and some use eating as a way of maintaining control of at least on portion of their life,” said Peg Abell, a nutritionist at the University of Georgia.
A whole new level of stress is added on to student upon arriving at school. They are no longer under the wings of their parents and have the ability to eat what they choose. They are also experiencing harder course loads and tougher professors and seek comfort in food.
“I weighed 115 when I came, and I got up to 140,” said Joe Leung, a junior at the University of Georgia.

Cheese crackers, doughnuts, popcorn, breakfast cereals, chocolate and sodas were found in the dorm rooms of University of Georgia students. Students are continuing to eat more junk food at all times of the day and night.
“We call them pie hours,” said Jim Martin, manager of California Style Pizza, regarding the 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. shift.
The pizza shop delivers up to 50 pizzas per hour to the campus nearby. Extra pizzas are made to sell on the spot to hungry students.

The Freshman 15 takes its toll on male and female students.
Freshman Vanessa Varvarezis had eaten more than 900 calories for dinner at the Bolton Hall one evening, before a late-night pizza run. Her meal consisted of spaghetti, garlic break, vegetables, about eight cookies and a fudge ice cream pop.
“I think I’ve already gained it,” said Varvarezis, who had only been at school for a few weeks.
Stephen Bailey, a sociology professor, rejects the reality of the Freshman 15. He conducted a study following 120 women from the University of Georgia through their freshman year.
“On average, women gained a little bit less than a pound,” said Bailey. “They gained a bit between the fall and spring and lost all of that over the course of the summer.”

Story 1 for Tuesday

By Russ Bynum

RECIFE, Brazil - Search crews recovered the vertical stabilizer from the tail section of an Air France jetliner that went down in the Atlantic, Brazil's air force said Monday — a key item in finding the cause of the crash.

Eight more bodies also were found, bringing the total recovered to 24 since Air France Flight 447 disappeared with 228 people on board, according to Air Force Col. Henry Munhoz.

The discoveries of debris and the bodies are all helping searchers narrow their search for the jet's black boxes, perhaps investigators' best hope of learning what happened to the flight.

Brazilian military officials have refused to detail the large pieces of the plane they have found. But a video on the Brazilian air force Web site entitled "Vertical Stabilizer Found" shows video of the piece — which keeps the plane's nose from swinging from side to side — being located and tethered to a ship. The part had Air France's blue-and-red stripes, retained its triangular shape and bore no evident burn marks.

Investigators are looking at the possibility that external speed monitors — called Pitot tubes — iced over and gave dangerously false readings to cockpit computers in a thunderstorm.

Peter Goelz, a former managing director of the National Transportation Safety Board, said the faulty airspeed readings and the fact the vertical stabilizer was sheared from the jet could be related — though he cautioned it would need to be determined if the stabilizer was torn off in flight or upon impact in the ocean.

The Airbus A330-200 has a "rudder limiter" that constricts how much the rudder can move at high speeds — if it were to move to far while traveling fast, it could shear off, and take the vertical stabilizer with it as they are attached.

"If you had a wrong speed being fed to the computer by the Pitot tube, it might allow the rudder to over travel," Goelz said. "The limiter limits the travel of the rudder at high speeds and prevents it from being torn off."

Asked if the rudder or stabilizer being sheared off could have brought the jet down, Goelz said: "Absolutely. You need a rudder. And you need the (rudder) limiter on there to make sure the rudder doesn't get torn off or cause havoc with the plane's aerodynamics."

The wreckage and the bodies were found roughly 400 miles northeast of the Fernando de Noronha islands off Brazil's northern coast, and about 45 miles from where the jet was last heard from on May 31.

Some high-tech help is on the way — two U.S. Navy devices capable of picking up the flight recorders' emergency beacons far below on the ocean floor. What caused the plane to plunge into the middle of the ocean on May 31 might not be known until those black boxes are found.

An internal memo sent to Air France pilots Monday and obtained by The Associated Press urges them to refuse to fly unless at least two of the three Pitot sensors on each planes have been replaced.

The leader of another pilots' union, however, said Monday that Pitot troubles probably didn't cause the Flight 447 disaster.

Searchers must move quickly to find answers in the cockpit voice and data recorders, because acoustic pingers on the boxes begin to fade 30 days after crashes.

While large pieces of plane debris — along with 24 bodies — has helped narrow the search, it remains a daunting task in waters up to 1.5 miles deep and an ocean floor marked by rugged mountains.

"Finding the debris helps because you can eliminate a large part of the ocean," said U.S. Air Force Col. Willie Berges, chief of the U.S. military liaison office in Brazil and commander of the American military forces supporting the search operation.

But ocean currents over the eight days since the disaster have pushed floating wreckage far and wide, complicating the search, Berges said. "In the sense that as the debris drifts away, you're not sure exactly where the black boxes or other parts of the aircraft are on the bottom of the ocean."

The U.S. Navy has helped locate black boxes in difficult situations before: Pings from an Adam Air jet that crashed Jan. 1, 2007, off Indonesia's coast were picked up 25 days later by a navy team.

The two towed pinger locators the U.S. is sending will be dropped into the ocean near the debris field by Thursday, Berges said.

The listening devices themselves are 5-feet long and weigh 70 pounds. One will be towed by a Brazilian ship, the other by a French vessel, slowly trawling in a grid pattern across the search area. The devices can detect emergency beacons to a depth of 20,000 feet.

Cables attached to the devices lead to on-board computers, enabling a 10-person team that accompanies each device to listen for pings and to visually see them on a screen, like a radar spotting objects in air.

The French nuclear attack submarine Emeraude, arriving later this week, also will try to find the acoustic pings, military spokesman Christophe Prazuck said.

If the pings are located, French deep-water unmanned subs aboard the oceanographic survey ship Pourquoi Pas will attempt to retrieve the boxes from the ocean floor.

This area of the Atlantic Ocean is littered with floating garbage, vexing the initial search effort. Days after the plane went down, the weather let up and bodies began to surface, giving searchers more to go on.

France is leading the investigation into the cause, while Brazil focuses on the recovery of bodies and wreckage.

Brazil says the search area lies southeast of the jet's last transmission — automatic messages signaling catastrophic electrical failure and loss of cabin pressure. The messages mean Flight 447 likely broke apart in turbulent weather while flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. The location of the wreckage could mean the pilot was trying to turn around in mid-flight.

The L-shaped metal Pitot tubes jut from the wing or fuselage of a plane, and are heated to prevent icing. The pressure of air entering the tubes lets sensors measure the speed and angle of flight. An iced-over, blocked or malfunctioning Pitot tube could cause an airspeed sensor to fail, and lead the computer controlling the plane to accelerate or decelerate in a potentially dangerous fashion.

Air France said it began replacing the Pitot tubes on the Airbus A330 model on April 27 after an improved version became available, and will finish the work in the "coming weeks." The monitors had not yet been replaced on the plane that crashed.

An official with the Alter union, speaking on condition of anonymity because the memo was not publicly released, said there is a "strong presumption" among their pilot members that a Pitot problem precipitated the crash. The memo says the airline should have grounded all A330 and A340 jets pending the replacement, and warns of a "real risk of loss of control" due to Pitot problems.

France's investigating agency said the messages suggest the plane received inconsistent airspeed readings from different instruments as it struggled in a violent thunderstorm.

But the secretary general of another French pilots' union, SNPL, said Monday the tubes were not likely the cause of the crash. Pitots are "a possible contributing factor," Julien Gourguechon said, but even without them, "we can make the plane fly."


Tuesday Blog

The Athens Banner Herald always seems to end up on the kitchen table when I wake up in the morning. My parents never have time to read it until they come home from work, so it's always folded nice and crisp waiting for me. I'm not going to lie I don't read all of it, or even most of it. I read the sports section (shocking, yes I know) and occasionally headline stories and features. As far as magazines go I'm such a typical teenage girl, I read Seventeen and Lucky. Although during our class this year I read magazines that didn't actually show you how to wear clothes that fit your body type! I got my first taste of The New Yorker, which was obviously quite a change, but a good one. It may not have been the cookie cutter teenage girl magazine but it really was a way for me to look at people's articles that take up two or three pages. Magazines like The New Yorker have such a broad audience and don't be surprised if you catch me putting down my Seventeen magazine to become a part of that audience!

Media Studies

What print newspapers papers and magazines do you read, and why? What kind of news do you get online?

     During the school year, I am in the habit of reading the Atlanta Journal Constitution; I read it everyday, and I find that when I don't, my morning is off.  I always start with the comics, then I am in the habit of reading the horoscope of every member of my family (not that I give all that much credence to it, but I enjoy it).  After I have finished "the fun stuff," if I have time, I peruse the headlines of the main page and the Living or Go Guide section.  I stop if anything pops out, or pass if nothing does.  Recently, I have become accustomed to reading the Washington Post; my family just started receiving both papers, and I found that I truly enjoy reading the major headlining stories in the later (much more so than in the first).  However, whenever I read the newspaper, I always think of a conversation I had with Mr. Dick Williams, the owner of the Dunwoody Crier.  He was telling me how difficult it is to run a small paper (though I do not really consider a 26000 person readership small) because a) they don't have the funds to keep up with the big ones and b) everything is switching to a technology base.  After sitting one day in the office, I was able to truly comprehend the meaning behind his words.  I was able to watch as he would spend countless hours on the computer updating the website (a daily occurrence).  I was able to see the staff cuts and the stress it put on those who remained to produce an equal product with 1/2 the amount of people.  I received countless emails at 3 in the morning because he was up covering a story (the owner of the paper) because if he didn't, who would?  It was amazing to see the amount of dedication and passion that goes in to keeping something so small alive in this economy.  That, along with what I have previously mentioned is what provoked my interest in newspaper because, for the longest time,  I saw myself in magazines; although I still have an interest in magazines, the experience definitely created a special place in my heart for newspapers, and I will be incredibly sad if ever it becomes completely extinct.  
      When I am online, I really, oddly enough, enjoy buying into the whole celebrity culture.  I'm not religious in practice (in terms of searching about information), but every once in a while, I will get the urge to google something like, "recent celebrity events or faux pas."   Also, my sister is a summer associate with two law firms this summer.  When she comes home, she always talks about what is going on in the firms, and more often than not, both my parents know what is going on, while I am perpetually in the dark.  This has forced me into the habit of searching for press releases from major firms, both in Atlanta and nationally.  She recently introduced me to what I found to be one of my new favorite sites, though, sadly, I forgot the address.  

They do get your fingers black sometimes.

Where I live we don't really have great newspapers. We have the Albany Herald, Albany Journal and the Lee County Ledger. Our staff helps with the Lee County Ledger. We also write stories and take pictures for Get in the Game magazine. It's a sports magazine for Georgia. 
Basically thats the only print news. 

The Albany Herald is the one i read mostly. Their paper comes out everyday so your updated with your news. In Albany there tends to be some time of criminal intent so thats mainly always on the front page. I read it because i guess i feel like i have too and should. Wanting to be a journalist you should always be up to date. Sometimes i will glance at the Wall Street Journal but it's sometimes too much text i don't even want to look at it. 

Online I read like the CNN, WALB News and Fox's News. WALB is the local news. And the other ones are more nation wide news. I am more interested in the nation wide news because i give better feedback to it. I can come up with an article idea or something. 

Other than the ones i mentioned and like magazines such as Vogue and People and other "teeny'" magazines i don't really look at anymore. When we go to competitions for journalism I read other schools papers. But what's going on in their school isn't really important at mine. 

I DO NOT LIKE TO READ CRAP. So things like tabloids and what not i could care less about. Hey, it's interesting if it's true but mostly it's not. Many people demand crap but i hate it. 

Honestly, i would love for my school to have an online paper. I think people would rather be online than be holding a wide spread of newspaper. They do get your fingers black sometimes.
Online is understandable. However,i like to be old school. 

Stuff I read

The only newspaper that I read regularly is the AJC because I am used to the format of the paper and can navigate through it . (I do not like the new look they added which makes it harder to read). I do not have a single magazine that I read all the time.  For a while I read TIME, we just do not pay for it anymore, and like it mostly because I like the format as well as its content (however it can be biased).  I also occasionally read National Geographic because of the awesome pictures.  I try to read some articles but they are really boring.  I use online resources anytime I go online.  I just use the ATAT home-page or sometimes Google news.

I Feel Bad...

I actually do not regularly read newspapers, but my dad gets the AJC and I sometimes look at different articles and sections that interest me.  I'm a big design person, so I sometimes look at newspapers to see some layouts and artwork.  However,  I do go to the Internet and search news articles when I hear about something interesting that has happened.  I feel bad for not caring more about current events, because I think it is important to know what is going on in your world.  It's not that I don't like reading (I'm constantly reading books), I just don't have as much interest in newspapers.  I definitely should work on it, though!

Amber's tuesday blog

My family recently had to cut back on some excessive spending, so I used to read the Athens Banner Herald pretty regularly. But I'm not going to lie I love the tabloids. What can be better than getting your groceries at Walmart, feeling miserable because you have to spend money, and looking up to read the headline " Lindsay Lohan on that Cocaine," and then all of a sudden you began to feel better about yourself, so you pick it up and read the entire story, then you leave the store feeling cleansed. But anyway I love magazines you can learn so much, and they are customized to your personality. If you like fashion you can read Vogue, if you like landscapes you can hit up National Geographic, and if your feeling a little lonely you can sneak a peek at Playboy, whereas with newspapers they are made to meet the demands of everyone, but their mainstream appeal targets the older generation. 

Thanks Tuesday Blog

I mostly read magazines such as Seventeen, Allure, and Teen Vogue. The only newspaper I read is The Courier-Herald which is the local paper in my hometown. When I am in New York I pick up The New York Times but that is about the only time I read another newspaper. If i don't get to read the paper I normally just look online and see what all is happening. I would rather just have a newspaper in front of me though because I tend to get distracted if I am on the internet. I am interested in the news but I am more interested in the articles in magazines. Those articles really grab my attention and make me want to know what it is about. I think it might be the pretty colors in magazines that attract me the most. What human doesn't love to see their favorite color? The colorful nature of magazines might be the thing that actually makes me want to go into them as opposed to newspapers. Hmmm, now I have something to ponder. THANKS TUESDAY BLOG! :)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

What print newspapers papers and magazines do you read, and why? What kind of news do you get online?

I've always read the Macon Telegraph. That's a pretty obvious one; my dad works there. Even when I was a little kid, my dad and I would go through the comics page. There used to be a puzzle that was two pictures, and there were something like six differences between the two pictures that you were supposed to find. That was a Sunday tradition for us. 

Now, I still read the Telegraph, and the Times or the AJC when my dad brings it home. I also get news feeds from the Washington Post. I have to admit, I wake up every morning to CNN on TV. That's not internet or print, but it's there. My school used to have a program in which all the social studies classrooms would get copies of the Telegraph to read through in the beginning of class. I though that was great; students who didn't normally get or read newspapers had the chance to read them. Unfortunately, I don't know what happened to the program. I suppose that the budget cuts at both my school and the Telegraph made the collaboration impossible. 

I should probably also mention that I have a twitter. Yes, I gave in to the fad, but I think it's really useful. I can follow the White House, which probably posts something every two minutes. I also follow CNN, ObamaNews, and a few others. I'm new to twitter, so I'll probably find a few other news sources sooner or later. I don't get much news from Facebook. I don't really see how people do.

Tuesday blog topic

For today, write 100-150 words on these questions:

What print newspapers papers and magazines do you read, and why? What kind of news do you get online?

And comment on at least one blog entry by a classmate.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Monday, June 8, 2009

Why are you interested in journalism? Why did this camp appeal to you?

I grew up in a family where newspapers and journalism were very important. My dad works at our local paper, The Macon Telegraph, and so I've know a lot of the people who work there for most of my life. At the dinner table, my family discusses stories from newspapers. I was raised to care about news and journalism, although I didn't really become actively involved in making it until my freshman year of high school. I started small. My first year, I think all I got in our paper, The Central Post, were a few news briefs. As I learned, I made some headlines and started getting more familiar with AP style and the design of a newspaper. Now that I've discovered that I really enjoy working with and laying out newspapers, my dad has started coming home and talking about the cuts that have been made at the Telegraph. A few weeks ago, I went with him to the Telegraph office at midnight to watch the last issue being printed in Macon. Because of budget cuts, the Macon Telegraph is now printed in Columbus. I'm here not only because I love journalism, but because I want to be able to read a newspaper when I grow up. A physical paper, not something virtual.

I actually heard about this camp from the man who prints the Post, Buddy Judd. I'm pretty sure he prints the paper we're making here as well. I've never worked on a paper outside of my high school, so I thought this would be fun. I'm interested mostly in graphic design, although it doesn't look like that's a really popular choice. I've worked with Adobe InDesign, but I feel like I don't really know what it can do. I'm here to learn, mostly. 

Monday Blog

            I became interested in journalism originally because I loved the idea of being the next Katie Couric. The more and more I explored journalism I realized there was so much more than the television aspect. When I signed up for our journalism class at school I was still leaning purely towards broadcast. The literary magazine at our school was rarely distributed and the school year 2008-2009 would be the rebirth of our magazine (BluePrints). As I began writing for our literary magazine I discovered that I actually enjoyed writing, more than book reports for English class and essays for history. My teacher approached me about the 2009 Journalism Academy the weekend before the deadline. I knew that the camp would be a great experience for me and that I could learn a lot to help me gain a higher position on our staff next year. 

monday blog

2+2 will always equal 4, there are too many wars, feuds, and heroes to remember, and when will you ever need a chemical formula in your everyday travels? Math, history, and even science are essential courses that are needed to graduate, but literature is a craft that can truly be used in many different forms and in various situations. Every subject ever taken involves some sort of writing. But English, and more specifically journalism is the only field where creative, opinion, and even entertainment writing can take place. Journalism is not bound by the rules of “mature academic voice” writers are free to develop there own voice, so that readers may get an idea of who they are. In Journalism, a writers voice and the angle in which the story is presented, is generally more important than the actual story. In journalism the writer is the true star, and being published is equivalent to taking center stage. 

Response: My interest in journalism came from...

My initial interest in journalism came from a class I took as a freshman. The name of the class was "journalism"--fitting, right? Well, my interest kind of took off from there; then, I became an editor for my school paper my sophomore year, and kind of continued my position into my junior year (by that, I mean that I was still an editor, but I changed my coverage from news briefs to reviews). This camp appealed to me because I thought it would give me the opportunity to become familiar with programs I might be using later, and it would allow me to expand my range of skills and abilities. Also, currently, I think I have an interest in getting involved with PR, as a profession, and I am interning with the Dunwoody Crier for the summer, so skills in this arena will definitely aid in both of these endeavors.

Monday Blog

I am interested in journalism because I love to read. Reading allows me to appreciate how well something is written even if I cannot do it as well myself. This may seem strange but I want to be able to write like the books and newspapers, and magazines that I read. So, I needed a career choice where I could read plenty of fun and interesting articles as well as have the ability to try to write some myself. This camp interested me because I knew I would get to dive in to the field of journalism and have a great time doing it. So far, I feel that I'm having a great time here.

Fashion Journalism

I am really interested in the fashion side of journalism. My first love is clothes. I one day want to work for a magazine so I thought this camp would be the perfect opportunity to get some experience in journalism. I really like way magazines flow. They have really awesome pictures and all the articles are really interesting and fun to read. Most kids don't read newspapers but almost all kids read magazines. When I was younger I didn't care about anything that was going on in the world. The only thing i cared about was what was going on the fashion industry, what clothes are in style, and how to wear my makeup. Even though i still care about all that stuff i like to know what is in the news to. My goal is to revolutionize the whole magazine industry and find a way to get younger people to care about the actual news.

Why I'm Here

This past school year, I got the opportunity to be editor-in-chief of my school's yearbook and it was probably the most rewarding experience of my school career. It made me realize how much I enjoyed journalism and I found that I had an amazing passion for what I was doing in that class. It was such an awesome thing to get to use my journalism skills, whether it be in graphic design, writing, photography, or whatever, and make a publication that everyone loved and will enjoy for a long time. This camp was an opportunity for me to sharpen these skills and prepare myself for next year. It's also really cool to be able to interact with people that are interested in the same things as I.

journalism found me

Journalism is an expression to me. Being able to create, write and distribute your work is a specialty to me. It’s like a chef making his special dish. 

I walked into room 305 (the newsroom)  and a whole different world opened up to me. I saw students working at massive speeds trying to get out an issue of a newspaper. I thought it was crazy but i loved it. I was then interested.

 I have been in Journalism for two years now and it has become a job. I take shifts after school and stay as late as 8:30 sometimes. Journalism and producing a paper is tough. But once it is out all your hard work pays off. I love the feeling of being able to express myself threw writing and creating pages. It makes me feel responsible. 

Journalism has made me realize what i should do in my career. It is finally something i am very passionate about. 

I chose to come to this camp because it could benefit me for my future. I would love to do Journalism and Public Relations as a career. Plus, i am layout editor of my high school paper and i need to learn a couple of tricks and teach others below me. 

Monday blog topic

Here's the blog topic for Monday:

Why are you interested in journalism? Why did this camp appeal to you?

Write 100-150 words on this topic.

Also comment on someone else's blog post.

Sunday, June 7, 2009


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