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It’s true: social media has effectively penetrated nearly every aspect of our lives. Personal life? Check. Social life? Obviously. Check. Professional life? Check. Sites like LinkedIn create avenues for individuals to connect with other professionals and obtain an advantage over fellow applicants when it comes to finding a job. (As they say, it’s not what […]

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In my last post, I described the inspirational lecture William Nack shared with my feature writing class. After looking through my notes (as I attempted to take his advice and use it to become a better writer), I thought I should focus on his words of wisdom regarding poetry. Become comfortable with iambic pentameter. Reading […]

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My experience with Late Night Patriot continues to be overwhelmingly positive. I am extremely impressed by the quality and dedication that Director Jake McLernon and the rest of the team bring each week to our broadcasts. While we certainly are still undergoing growing pains, every session there is something new and exciting in our studio […]

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My date with a legend

This past Tuesday, I had the opportunity to speak with one of the greatest journalistic legends in my lifetime: William Nack. The former Sports Illustrated writer and renowned author of “Secretariat” (yes, that Secretariat) came to my feature writing class and regaled us with tales of stalking his subjects across the country and meeting with […]

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Workshop extra credit

For the longest time, I dreamed of being an on-screen actress. I wanted to be in the movies. I had a natural penchant for acting and my mother always tells me the story of how once, when I was four years old, I waltzed into her bedroom and proceeded to recite 45 minutes of Beauty […]

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Tragedy and Twitter

I clearly remember Tuesday, April 20, 1999. I’m sure the rest of the country does as well, but for me it was the marking of the first real tragedy I had ever witnessed firsthand. The only time I have ever been more afraid was on the morning of 9/11. I grew up in Jefferson County, […]

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Briggs Chapter 8: “Show, don’t tell” with video

As a budding journalist, one quote I consistently hear from my professors is: “Show, don’t tell.” Simply saying that someone is selfless means next to nothing from a journalistic standpoint. Giving a quote from an outside source depicting their charity work, or describing how someone spends their days taking care of abused and neglected puppies […]

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Workshop #2: BBC 5-shot sequence

I am fortunate enough to have a video and photography expert as a classmate, friend and coworker. Jake McLernon, affectionately known as “JollyJPhotog” in the Twitter world, works for Connect2Mason and can frequently be found scouring Mason’s Fairfax campus in search of exciting and interesting photos and videos. He and I now work together on […]

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The New York Times launches photo “morgue”

Much like Mark Briggs declared in his 6th chapter of Journalism Next, video photography is becoming increasingly important in the world of journalism. Visual storytelling often evokes emotions that text simply cannot replicate. A stunning picture can place readers directly into the heart of a story, deeming words unnecessary. In terms of major news corporations, […]

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Chapter 6: A picture is worth a thousand words

Remember the good ol’ days when you put film in a camera, took a few pictures, removed the film and then paid to develop it? Yeah…neither do I. Just like many other types of technological innovations that have redefined our lives (does anyone still own a fax machine anymore?!), digital cameras have practically completely taken […]

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