1. How has your writing grown, changed, or improved since the beginning of this course?
Since the beginning of journalism I believe my writing has changed. Journalism asks for a different type of writing: it has to be informative, appealing, and interesting to the public all the time. No matter what type of article you’re writing you have to be thinking about others who will read your work afterwards. This has given me a new type of perspective when I write, and I believe this has added to my style. I’m also a lot more careful with grammar mistakes; I don’t want to give the editors too much work.
2. What are your goals for yourself next term as a newswriter?
As a newswriter I have three goals. I want to make my articles longer; a lot of the time I find I don’t want to write too much because I don’t want my work to become boring. But at the same time I feel as though I need more information for those who read my work! I also want to become more connected to the public; such as when I interview people, I want to try to get as much information as I can from them. And I also want to mix it up with who I interview. I need to get more integrated. Lastly, I want to think of topics that not only interest me, but everyone else. Sometimes I feel like my topics are lame; I need to get creative.
3. What are your goals for yourself next term as a designer/photographer?
As a photographer I definitely need to get better pictures. I struggle with what kind of pictures to take when I interview people. As a designer I need to try to make my final article prettier. Indesign is still pretty new to me, so I really should start playing around with it more and understanding what kind of tools I can use to make my articles more professional.
4. What did you do well this quarter? What do you want to improve on—and what action steps will you take to make that happen?
I think I did well with getting all of my articles in on time, finding good information for my topics, and using the computer more. I’m not exactly savvy with a computer; a lot of the stuff we’ve learned so far has been new to me. I want to improve on my final piece and its look. I also want to get better with Indesign. I could probably start putting even more effort into asking questions to the J2s and getting a better idea of how I can improve my work.
5. FEEDBACK FOR MS. I.: What worked well in this class? What suggestions do you have for me that will help me make this class better for future Journalism students?
I like the time limit you put on everything. It gives me enough time to get my work done and do it well. I also like the way you try to get everyone involved with eachother. I think in the future if you explained how to do certain things on Indesign further it would help a bit more! The J2s are great, but even they don’t know everything.