Portfolio: My First Baseball Story

Here is a link to a coverage of K-State Baseball that I wrote for my Web Techniques class’ news blog theMHK.com. I share this because it was the first time I’d covered a game of any sport as both writer and photographer. It also shows what I know about web-writing techniques, such as including various hyperlinks for readers who want to know more.

http://themhk.com/?post_format=gallery

That was the longer version of the story. Here is a link to the shorter one, which I got up as quickly as I could to help drive readership for those wanting to read about the game immediately afterward. I posted this while I wrote the one above:

http://themhk.com/?p=11796

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A Big Announcement :)

God is great 😀!!!.

In a profession where we’re told repeatedly to brace ourselves for at least 10 “No” responses to every one “yes”…

I got a yes.

From the Salina Journal 🙂.

I’m giddy and exuberant to announce I’ll be interning with them as a writer this summer! :P. Look for my work, and possibly Sweetness’, on the front page at some point starting in June 😛.

I’ve heard it repeatedly said that internships are how you break into the journalism industry after college.

I’m still wrapping my head around the fact that this basically means, God willing, I’m going to get to do this writing thing forever :D.

I’d shed tears of joy, but my body knows they would only serve to soil my shirt, and not do any real justice to my excitement anyway. :D.

We have lots to work on between now and then. Time to get to it. :).

What It Means To Be A Journalist

I’m starting to get seriously pissed off about some of the stories of domestic abuse and/or sexual assault I’m reading in the news.

There are some victims out there, lots of them, who are getting seriously wronged by the legal system because of various issues within it. These victims deserve to be assisted, if not by the system than by the reporters who are the hungry watchdogs of that it. It is our job as journalists, whether writers or editors, to ensure victims do not have their voices suppressed by the powerful who seek to hurt them. We are both able and obligated to share their stories while protecting them.

We absolutely must.

As editors, we must demand careful attention and vital thoroughness from our writers and we must encourage and assist them in pursuing the untold, sometimes silenced, voices of the wronged. As writers, we must amplify these voices carefully so as to protect them, while doing so vigorously so as to cause those in society who didn’t know of them to intercede on their behalf.

That is why we exist in modern times. Journalists have evolved from the storytellers who kept history from being forgotten long before there was parchment, into the storytellers who keep history from repeating itself.

Let us not forget that.