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Article Evaluation (from bicycling)

Why Johnny Can’t Ride Questions

“The Fight to Let Kids Ride to School.” Why Johnny Can’t Ride. bicycling.com, 2009. Web. 11 May 2012. <http://www.bicycling.com/news/advocacy/why-johnny-cant-ride?page=0,0&gt;.

2. A lot of research went into the article. The surroundings of where Johnny and his family lived were described in detail, and there were even specific quotes from the family about their hometown. This definitely qualified the journalist’s work more and it provided credibility to his article. A background to Johnny’s medical conditions and his entire life was fully established, and his school teachers/ and statistics were given as well.

3. The journalist believes that the obesity rate for kids across the nation is soaring; therefore he has a bias towards the school district for not permitting Johnny to ride his bike. This is because he believes if kids are trying to get exercise we should be letting them due to the major weight issues across the globe.

4. Even though the article is biased, it’s pretty effective. It provides good judgment, sources, opinions, and direct/ indirect quotes from the story. It also had an emotional appeal that made me feel connected to Johnny and his issue; he really seems like he deserves to at least ride his bike, it’s not that great of a request.

5. The article is effectively persuasive because it’s convinced me that Johnny should be given the chance to ride his bike. Not only that, but he’s not the only one who enjoys to ride his bike to school either. It’s a good form of exercise, and it’s making him and others happy. Why take that away from these kids? It seems like this issue has a simple solution.

6. The visuals provide a great amount of imagery, and it contributes to my imagination of when I’m picturing Johnny with his bike problem. It also makes me feel a little more for the kids because they’re all so young, they really don’t seem like they’re asking for much.

7. This article teaches me that finding the facts, and really digging down deep to make sure every detail is there, provides a better sense of your topic to your audience. The article was also more enjoyable when there was more emotion applied to it; it made the overall tone of the article more appealing. I want my articles to be more appealing visually and conceptually like this one.

Shattered Glass Response

 

Journalism

Shattered Glass Response Questions

FILM: Shattered Glass

Directed by: Billy Ray

Main characters/ played by: Stephen Glass- Hayden Christensen Chuck Lane- Peter Sarsgaard Michael Kelly- Hank Azaria Caitlin Avey- Chloë Sevigny Amy Brand- Melanie Lynskey Adam Penenberg- Steve Zahn

Film Co. /Year: Production Co: Lions Gate Films/2003

 

  1. Seek Truth and Report It: Glass violated this code because he never told the truth. He made up twenty-seven of forty-one      articles and lied to his editors in order to publish his imaginary stories.

Minimize Harm: Glass affected other people in bad ways. For example when he wrote an article about a man that supposedly liked multiple women. It wasn’t true and Glass hurt that man’s career by selling him out to create a juicy story. Chuck Lane also didn’t minimize harm. He let Glass get away with the bad articles even though he was suspicious, and he also didn’t handle firing Glass in the best way. He should’ve made it a clear cut, but instead he just suspended him for two years. This led Glass to believe that what he did wasn’t necessarily that wrong, and it was even harder for him when Chuck Lane actually fired him after learning that all the papers were fiction.

Act Independently: Glass always got his friends to help him write his papers. He never seemed to really ever write them on his own.

Be Accountable: Glass was never accountable for his work; he made up his notes and even when he was wrong he wouldn’t admit it. He just created lie after lie because he never wanted to admit that something was his fault, or that he was wrong. Glass’s co-workers also broke the accountability rule. The fact checkers that worked on each of his pieces should’ve been held accountable for not looking closer at his articles. Maybe then Glass’s lies would’ve been seen.

  1. Stephen Glass is definitely the protagonist in Shattered Glass. Glass both rose and fell throughout the film. For example, when he was on his high of creating fictional stories he was praised and enjoyed by his other co-workers. But once they found out he was a fraud Glass slowly went downhill in a spiral of lies.
  2. I thought Shattered Glass was interesting. It wasn’t like a movie I’ve seen before so I was definitely intrigued by the      plot. I wasn’t sure what to make of Stephen Glass in the film; I knew something might’ve been wrong with him though. At first I thought he just made little lies about his articles, but it made me feel bad for him when I learned the lies were bigger. I think I would recommend this movie to other journalism classes; it helped establish the rules of journalism in a way that was fun.
  3. Haiku- Review

Glass received all the praise

He was a liar we didn’t admire

He didn’t cheat at first

We learned he was compulsive

Glass broke every journalism rule that exists

He broke his co-workers hearts

Then Chuck Lane fired Glass

Glass was sad but became a lawyer

Then everyone loved Chuck finally

Food Review

Holy Cannoli 

         ]The light, crispy, crust of a chocolate and vanilla filled cannoli melts in your mouth after the first bite. The perfect combination for the most delicious cannoli in the world includes a crunchy crust, cold vanilla ice cream, and gooey warm chocolate that dissolves onto your taste buds. And there’s no other place to get this delicious dessert like Mike’s Pastry, located inBoston,MassachusettsonHanover Street. This is the place where you’ll find your taste buds going into a frantic frenzy for the delectable desserts and pastries.

            The minute people walk into Mike’s Pastry their mouths water, and they press their faces up against the glass surveying the wide array of cupcakes, cannolis, cookies, cakes, ice cream, and chocolate-dipped fruits. From a pistachio flavored cannoli to a raspberry and coffee cupcake, Mike’s Pastry has it all. Some people complain that since each dessert is under ten dollars, they tend to buy more. But in reality they’re just upset over all the calories they consumed after swallowing two or three cupcakes. Hopefully they have a strong stomach for desserts because the portions for the pastries and cannolis are about the size of a baby’s head.

            Though Mike’s Pastry is known for its incredible desserts, it also includes large cups of different types of coffees, hot chocolates, and teas. And with each new year, come new desserts and beverages. Considering Mike’s Pastry has been around since 1943, it’s almost impossible to make up your mind on just one dessert.

            This may be overwhelming since Mike’s Pastry practically sounds like a heaven on earth. So here’s the catch. The place is unbelievably crowded all the time, no matter what day of the week. Tourists, Bostonians, and college students flock to the place. With the easy pricing and large portions, it’s hard not to stop by if you’re taking a stroll down Hanover Street. Another con of Mike’s Pastry could be that there’s really no place to sit. With all the hustle and bustle, and the crowded area that can only seat about fifty people, it’s a little crazy.

            Luckily if you are able to score a seat, it provides for fantastic people-watching and a great view of historicHanover Street. And not to mention if you seat yourself the waiters and waitresses will serve you your dessert. They provide speedy service though even if you’re stuck in the long line that often times goes out the front door. If you’re craving dessert, Mike’s Pastry is the place to be.