Sunday, February 28, 2010

Day 4

February 17, 2009: Again, Ms. Tenore gets a little bit emotional. In this passage, she talks about a trip that she took across Florida to revisit a friend and old mentor of hers in college. Professor John Quinn teaches at both his and her alma mater, Providence College.

He sets out to further the field of journalism and teaches his students fundamental aspects of actual journalism such maintaining morale in a newsroom and entrepreneurial opportunities, presumably freelancing skills. I see clearly how learning 'practical' lessons in journalism has remained very dearly to the young journalist. 

These lessons are what matters. Schooling on journalism can only extend so far. Since journalism exists  because the act of writing exists, it is an art. With art, it must be expressed honestly and naturally. Therefore, as a journalism student, the 'laws of journalism,' i.e. the A.P. standards are stressed in the classroom. This rubric creates a standardization and basis of judgment for news writing, as it also provides a template for artists, via their newswriting, to mold their writing to.

With blog writing, these rules are nonexistent. (L.o.L! [Laugh out Loud])

Friday, February 26, 2010

Day 3

February 8, 2010: Today, Ms. Tenore shares personal insight into her world of journalism. She speaks about a pre- Super Bowl story that she wrote for her job. It was not about football however, it had a political edge. 

The Super Bowl, a professional sport's championship game, is something that multiple thousands of Americans will tune into via all media streams. Lucky ones get the much- sought after experience of actually attending the game, namely in her article: political advocates using the public outing as a scene for political fundraising. Mallary quotes an excerpt of her own article because on a blog, you can do that.

This blog entry was really of no interest to me subject wise, probably because both political issues and sports tend to bore me. Instead, I gathered cool insight into the world of an actual journalism scholar/ copy editor. I assume that she is some sort of political journalist, though I also understand how daunting it may be. Either way, she either enjoyed covering this story or she did not; regardless, it was for her job at the Poynter Institute and she wrote it to keep eating food. Perhaps all new-journalists may experience this situation of reporting on something with little or no interest to you (maybe it is of interest to her.)

You must be a journalist because  the love for writing and of storytelling, in some ways. Considering her other entries, Mallary definitely has a passion for this  mode of creative expression. For all she knows, maybe not one person follows her blog. Her need to write keeps her publishing as an active blogger.

Day 2

January 26, 2010: This girl, Mallary seems pretty legit in terms of her journalism career. She writes on this day about her interview with CBS journalist Katie Couric and how much of an honor it was. This, to me, is a great example of how her blog 'humanizes' her.

Anytime a seemingly normal person, which could be synonymous with 'a person you'd see during your every day life,' has some sort of contact with a celebrity, it is interesting to the rest of the population of normal people. Journalism has been a great job for Mallary and concerning the level of famous people she is able to connect with, her love for writing has lifted her to great heights.


Katie Couric, an internationally esteemed/ despised American television journalist is probably an ideal idol for Ms. Tenore. 

In this article, she again draws from memories of childhood, her admiration for Ms. Couric, while again bringing up her mother. "Talking to “CBS Evening News” anchor and managing editor Couric on Monday made me think about Mom and about how much I’ve grown up since the days when I would admire journalists from afar. " As an employee of Poynter and as a journalist by profession, her current perspective of the craft is much different than it was as a girl. Mallary's childhood reminds of her of her mother and recollecting from it begins a definite cycle of catharsis for Ms. Tenore. She taps into her emotional subconscious by thinking of these memories, providing a vast subject to write about.

Also, she mentions how her mother enjoyed going to the "CBS Evening News" taping as a child because the tickets were free. While reading that, I recognized a reason for Mallary to enjoy internet blogging so much; it's free-ness. Getting published is seriously at a 'click's' reach. 

Speech, the internet, a blogger account: it's all (almost all) free. 

Happy 2010.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Day 1

February 2, 2010: Mallary discusses the sometimes-a-bit touchy subject of personal writing. Where some writers may feel bashful or find it hard to express themselves on an intimate level, Ms. Tenore confides in her 'blog-o-sphere.' She uses examples of a few topics that are close to her and the motivation that she has for writing about them.

Reading this entry, it feels ultra personal, perhaps due to it's short length. In just a few scattered paragraphs she talks rather passionately about personal topics and while correlating a few of her favorite memories, she explains how she values food and her mother on a similar level of intimacy. 

Memories have always been of interest to me and I enjoy thinking about them in terms of how greatly I give attribution to them involuntarily. Her memories have done such a great amount for her on an emotional level that they seem to naturally 'file' themselves into categories. As a writer, she has outlet to express these emotions and a blog provides a great place for her to freely publish these writings for viewers (some whom do leave comments, which Mallary sweetly responds to each one) to read at their will.