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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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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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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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Workshop #1: Going Mac

I’m sure we all remember the brilliant Apple ads that came out years ago. Hi! I’m a Mac. And I’m a PC… These came at what I consider the “Apple boom” — when all of a sudden, Apple and its Mac products went from being the exception to the rule. iPhones and iPod’s began leading […]

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Do employers really look at Facebook?

My father has been telling me for years that anything I put online will be there forever, and I need to be cognizant of the image I am projecting. He used to frequently search for me on Google — and let me know that he was doing it, as well as what he found. Once […]

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Chapter 3: The power of the crowd

Many, many years ago, humans fought for survival using hunting and gathering techniques. We have evolved. Today, those of us in civilized countries simply hunt for bargains and gather pre-packaged meals into our shopping carts. Years ago, the hunter-gatherer technique served journalists well. Technology has evolved. Today, journalists need to not only locate the most […]

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Chapter 1: Journalist = graphic designer?

In his first chapter of “Journalism Next,” Mark Briggs states that in order to be successful, journalists must have a working knowledge website design and development. Considering the trend of news distribution transitioning from print to online, this makes perfect sense, but can be intimidating. Even for young adults who have been utilizing the internet […]

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“Journalism Next” introduction

The news industry faces a bright future despite its rapid transformation, according to Mark Briggs. As the author of three acclaimed journalism texts, as well as an entrepreneurial journalism blog, Briggs understands the changing expectations of the industry. In 2007, he wrote “Journalism 2.0” in an effort to assist the print journalist generation transition into […]

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