VFW with Tony

Visiting the VFW was a great in site to veterans of our military.

Learning the history of our country and military vets was a true eye opener. You never know how much our soldiers do for us until you sit in a room with them and they tell their stories of their lives as a soldier.

The struggles for a vet to get their benefits was something I had never known about. Getting their benefits is always an ongoing process. Even when they can retire, recieving benefits is a constant fight. I feel this information will definitally, keep people form joinging the military. Which, is not something anyone wants. our country.

In my opinion how can the government make is so difficult for vets to get their benefits? Do they not realize that, that will make it difficult to keep getting people to join the military?

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3/31/11 BJ

BJ Koubaroulis


  • BJ gave advice to start at small paper a weekly paper to do an internship, you’ll learn much more when you are not in a huge company, and you can get more hands on and one on one experience.
  • The Washington Post is too big of a company to be able to learn as much as you’ll need to know from them.
  • Get any experience that you can in front of the camera
  • Do everything you can do. Do broadcast, radio, writer, everything to be successful companies need a jack of all trades
  • Learn by doing!!!
  • Now is the time to get your mistakes out of the way when you can.
  • Use the starlab to help with projects to learn editing for video

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Mark Potts 3/29/11

Mark Potts

Interesting creative ways to submit news:

  • Wikipedia is an amazing news site. Is away to get a really quick overview an event or something.
  • Using facebook to tell a story… the Washington Post used facebook as a story telling device for a pregnant sick mommy.
  • The people news- straight from the horses mouth. Ask the audience whats happening there on the ground.
  • Hyper-local trend is exploding, community can participate. (Stuff like Patch.com)
  • Crowd Sourcing ^ information your not going to get from the Washington Post or other newspaper

TBD– a great news site.

“Do what you do best, and the rest up to the link.”

“Journalism requires passion- the bloggers have it.” Klein

You may not always like was is made public.

Using Data in a Different way:

  • API is a away to make your data public so it can be used by others.
  • Build things with data like maps, webs, timelines- what are the people watching? What r people interested in? Listening to? reading? eating? etc….
  • Its about creating a database for people to use

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Jim Iovino Comm 361

Jim Iovino

Jim Iovino graduated from Penn State University hoping to become a sports writer. Iovino succeeded in his dream early with a simple news letter with his friends about hockey.

The creation of LCS Hockey became a in print news letter. However, with print journalism dieing Iovino knew he and his friends must take an alternative route to hockey news. LCS Hockey was then born into an online news source for hockey. Sports information on the sport he loved and sarcasm was enjoyable, Iovino moved on to big news in Washington D.C.

Now catering to the news needs of the Washington D.C. area with NBC news , Iovino has created himself an imprint in Washington news. Working for the company for five years, Iovino has much to share on his career.

Still writing on hockey Iovino must enjoy what he does, sticking with his original dream.  “Its me, I’m doing it for fun, so I am going to go in and find a fun angle for it” Iovino said to our Comm 371 class. Showing he truly does enjoy his job.

Now covering the Washington Capitals hockey team, Iovino writes the coverage on the games for NBC’s website. Telling the fans something different that fans could not have seen in the game by watching it. Go in deeper to get what the fans cannot get but you have the access to get, Jim Iovino does this to cover the NHL games.

Iovino tells our class “they have to feel comfortable with you, you feel comfortable with them, and you get the story.” – Great journalism advice.

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Everybody Loves Morehead: Geaks are Freaks.

Geeks Are Freaks

By Brandi Morehead / Sex Columnist

There was a time when the first thing that came to mind when I heard the word “geek” was Steve Urkel. Now, it’s sex on a stick.

Think about it. Guys that have that geek persona about them usually go above and beyond to catch a hot girl’s attention. Once they get it, they have to keep it. Usually this comes with showing you his actual skills. Allow this.

Geeks will treat your body like the latest in technology; exploring every part of you, making sure that part is taken care of and known perfectly. They ask you what you like, using you as their own personal manual to your body.

To start, they analyze every position, discovering the different ways to make your body tremble with pleasure. Geeks make sure to last a long time, and they make sure they are good, tuning in to your every moan, every shake and every facial expression.

Geeks are sweet, unlike hot guys and gym buffs, who are normally self-centered. Any guy who knows how to satisfy a woman will care about getting you off rather than focusing on himself. In return, your moan, your sexy wetness and your heavy breathing will send him wild. Knowing he is making you feel this good will make him feel amazing, getting himself off just as he did for you.

The technology that geeks are into doesn’t stop at their desktops. Clever devices seem to make their way into the boudoir.

Gadgets are not the only kinds of buttons that geeks know how to push. They know the hot buttons on any girl they are trying to impress.

Geeks love to play with toys. They can already make you moan, tremble and grip the sheets. For a geek who wants nothing more than for you to not get enough of him, he will push for more. Dying to hear the screams, feel the scratches and endure the begging for more kisses, geeks use toys to bring sex to a whole new level.
Your body is a science project that a geek must master. An A+ is a necessity; a B just simply won’t do.

Don’t be biased, let a geek give you a few lessons in pleasure. You’ll be surprised how your taste changes from bad boy to glasses with just one good lay.

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Mashable.com Twitter’s most popular

Top 10 twitter this week

Charlie Sheen

  • has taken over Twitter and now has 800,00 followers! And that was just in 24 hours! All because 2 and half men stopped.

Justin Bieber

  • is so famous, I do not see what the big deal is about this kid. But he is ranked #2 for Twitter’s top 10. March first was his birthday, mostly with lots of birthday wishes for him, but a lot of mean comments from fans about him and his girlfriend.

83rd Annual Academy Awards

  • twitter users commented more on the Oscar winners than the hosts.


  • Top competition for England’s 92 clubs. Arsenal and Birmingham City faced in the final match. Birmingham won, winning the 2nd trophy for their team.
  • LMAOTwitpics- is a Twitter account that posts crazy and funny pics on twitter, with funny captions. I guess this stuff is funny its the #5 thing on Twitter.
  • cumanNANYA- Indonesia for “just asking”.


  • OMG now has a lobsteroll for a seasonal menu item! Not to get our hopes up this is only available in New England and Canadian Maritimes.
  • Vina de Mar festival- an annual musical show in Chile. Broadcasted this year for the first time on TV.
  • NBA- trading season is here and fans are angry and excited to see who gets who.
  • Jane Russel- passed away in her home at the age of 89. She was an actress that used to be famous.

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Briggs Chapter 10

Managing News as a Conversation

Blogs have become a journalism conversation

You can converse through comments.

  • not so simple, sometimes mean and ugly


  • provide transparency
  • enable an immediate feedback
  • spread awareness of news coverage through word-of-mouth marketing

New conversation is important:

  • feedback
  • keeping the reader involved
  • keeping the public in-tune and make sure its understood
  • tips
  • links
  • additional insight

Make News participatroy-best way

Keep conversations accurate and ethical

  • set guidelines for participants
  • dont write anything on a blog or a personal web you couldn’t write in the Times
  • don’t embarrass yourself by facebook and myspace.
  • dont recruit friends or family to promote or defend your work
  • consult your editor before “friending” any reporting contacts
  • monitor offensive postings
  • always correct errors

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Briggs Chapter 8

Telling Stories with Video

Impact of digital video:

  • youtube
  • the only way to learn is to do
  • make your mistakes as quickly as possible
  • can tell a better story than writing
  • perfection is not necessary
  • great sometimes takes too long for what the story deserves
  • quick and unpolished video content on news sites often draws bigger audiences
  • very common to not be perfect anymore

Plan your video and Go

  • Use different approaches for different projects

Breaking News:

  • you rarely know in advance what the story will be
  • you only know news is happening
  • for breaking news you probably wont get to breaking news, like a crash or a shooting you wont be there

Full documentary:

  • you have more control so its easier
  • a lot more planning
  • recommend story boards

Highlight clips:

  • especially in sports
  • constant movement of the subjects
  • lighting and zoom can be challenging

Storyboard- a visual sketch of the story, separated into different parts so it can be organized.

  • pictures help define
  • realistic expectations
  • forces you to think about eh focus of the story
  • the main idea you want to get across
  • no artistic talent is necessary
  • you can always update your storyboard after the fact

Mix your Shots

Build five shot sequences

  • close-up on the hands- shows the needle applying ink to the woman’s skin
  • close-up on the face- shows the man’s concentration
  • Wide shot- shows the two together and a view of the room where this takes place
  • over-the-shoulder shot- shows the view that the tattoo artist has of the process
  • creative shot- shows the room from behind a table (another look at the main subject)

Each shot should be steady

Learn effective video interviewing:

  • the interview- basic form
  • simple process
  • easy to mess up if you don’t plan
  • first step is to select the right location
  • have several questions pre-written
  • dont speak during the interview while the person is talking no “uh-huh” or “I see” or “really”

Shooting good video:

  • Focus- camera will focus automatically, better than you most likely can
  • Zoom- set the zoom before you begin
  • Exposure- most cameras have automatic exposure, gives you the perfect lighting in most cases
  • Aim solid, not spectacular, clips- hold shots, be silent while shooting, avoid panning and zooming.
  • Keep it short and sweet

Publish Online

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Briggs Chapter 7

Making Audio Journalism Visible

“Somehow audio has been considered the ‘invisble’ medium,” Karin Hogh “However, if done right, audio can be as powerful in journalism as written articles or even TV and videos.”

Audio Journalism

  • Presence: On location, a reporter can literally bring readers to the story. Being there boots credibility and interest.
  • Emotions: has tone and voice, experssions, intonation and pauses the words of the reporter or the sources can enhance the message.
  • Atmosphere: natural sound- whats happening around you. this helps pull the listener closer.

News and Audio:

  • Radio of course.
  • Reporter overview: simple audio overviews by reporters that accompany their articles.
  • Podcasts: episodes on a subject help build audience but can be time-consuming and hard at beginning.
  • Audio slide shows: adding audio to photoes tells a better story.
  • Breaking news: a quick audio report from anywhere by mobile phone, to be put on the web.
  • Can be the atmosphere that paints a picture quickly

Getting started with Audio

  • We all know how to talk- paint a picture with the audio
  • recording interviews: use them to make quotes and and a more entertaining way of reporting
  • chose your location well
  • prepare your subject- dont go in not knowing what you want to ask, be prepared to ask
  • write a script
  • keep it conversational -nice and easy

Step by step do it and follow directions

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Briggs Chapter 6

Visual Storytelling with Photographs

That old saying…”A Picture is worth a 1000 words”… that is this chapter.

Digital Photography:

  • Take as many pictures as you want
  • immediately see what you have taken a pic of
  • upload to share whenever and with whoever
  • don’t buy film
  • easy to edit pictures on a computer

Get to know your camera!!!

Shooting Mugshots:

  • most common used my journalists
  • Use the right lighting; avoid noon sunlight
  • photograph when there is an overcast- if possible
  • use a flash as a last resort
  • pick the best background
  • stay away from walls to avoid flash shadows
  • make sure there isn’t anything lie a lamp or a pole coming out of the person’s head
  • More time leads to better photos -DONT RUSH
  • Make the best of your pictures

Digital Pictures are easy to work with:

  • quick
  • easy to crop
  • tone and resize any picture
  • having the right photo for your story is easy to find
  • easy to edit
  • don’t add things to pictures, it can be misleading and untrue

Photographs on your Computer:

  • Edit a copy of the picture…never the original to avoid damaging and not being able to get the original back if you mess up
  • Crop the photo to what makes the photo only
  • resize to fit the story and the space needed
  • make sure tone and color are perfect
  • save a web version
  • keep it simple- dont go over board doing things to the photo

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