The tough side of journalism

journalistJournalism has a side that goes unspoken sometimes. The side that no one wants to talk about, the side thats not just incredibly hard to read but also hard to write for the journalist. That type of journalism is the sad news, the news thats very hard to write about and when you read it, it often brings you to tears. One journalist that is good at writting those pieces is Diana Sugg. We read some of her pieces and wow is all i have to say…. The pieces are so deep and emotional they are very hard to get through one paragraph. The stories about children becoming sick and dying is just horrifyingthe thought of parents having to bury their children are never easy thoughts. We all know someone who has died too young, we all know parents who are struggling with the sickness of their child or the loss of their child. It’s something that I would never wish upon anyone, something that I wish we could eliminate from this world.

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Dian says in the one piece that sitting in that hospital room with 12 year old R.J., writing this piece on his struggle to fight, is something that she struggled with and often wondered, “Am I doing the right thing?” She pointed out that she felt as though she and her photographer, Monica were “vultures.” She did not elaborate on this but knowing what a vulture is and does, I think she’s using this metaphor to describe herself pushing and pressing for more information and more to happen to strengthen her story. But at the end of her writing Dian said that she thinks she did the right thing doing the piece because, RJ stated that he liked having her in the hospital room with him and having someone to talk to. Im not sure i could ever do anything like this, it would be to hard for me to see kids like that. So im honestly very impressed with the work of Dian Sugg.



Evolution of Communication

This week we had to reed the first three chapters of BLUR by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosentiel. it was interesting to see how our communication has evolved. I don’t think many people realize fascinating it is. Sadly, this is just a really easy topic to let slip through our minds.The authors explained and we discussed in class that our communication evolved in this order: speech, cave paintings, writing, printing press, telegraph, radio, television, and finally digital technology. Each step that our civilization has taken has gone hand and hand with how our communication has developed. Each step just as important as the next because with each step we took, we become more advanced with technology and how we communicate. One of the transformations that i found very intriguing was cave paintings to writing, because that step in communication is remarkable how we transitioned from communicating through pictures to talking and communication to words which is much more common now.cave paintings

The other transformation that i was impressed with was radio to television. Why you ask, because going from everyone huddling up around the radio for the nightly news or for a statement from the President. Then the television came in the 1950’s and changed all of that. They could see the news and see their President, and that was a huge change. The nightly news networks became a huge success. This transformation led to our 24/7 news, which some argue is a good thing and some argue it can be bad.

Evolution-InfographicJust sit back for a moment and think about what our generation has then go and ask your grandparents about what they had, and think about how different they were and how fortunate we are and how much different our grandchildren’s generation will be. Thats just how fast our ways of communicating are changing, and its rapidly happening.



Online relationships

As our world grows more technological advanced, so does age level of kids starting to use technology. I see more children playing with I pads and I phones more than ever. That being said that has a direct correlation to the use of social media. I didnt have any knowledge of social media till i was in the 7 th grade and i made a facebook and that was a big deal. Know kids are on all types of social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap chat. This brings up the question of whether kids relationships with people on line are more evolved than their friendships off line. I think that with all the social media we have today more and more people are going to be more connected with people online that they will be in person. Some people don’t have as great communication skills as other do. For an example growing up i wasn’t afraid of talking to strangers and meeting new people but my brother was, he had his friends but if you asked him to go talk to that person over there that he didn’t know he wouldn’t be able to do it.

I think because of social media, this problem is becoming much greater than it use to be. People are using social media to develop friendships, and relationships more and more, and by doing this we are loosing the art of going out and meeting new people. Having this being said now you have people using fake profiles to “Catfish” people. But the main thing we are losing by using online to talk to people more is the face to face interactions. When you are talking over a computer screen you can just wait to think of the perfect response and you cant show true emotion over a computer screen. The text might say one thing but the true emotion could be a whole different thing. Thats why i believe that we should still be using face to face interaction to meet people. This is one reason i choose to have my interactions with people i don’t know face to face, because then i feel like i get to know them better that way. The only people communicate with over text or social media would be my friends and family. The plus side to social media is maybe that you develop relationships with people you normally wouldn’t have because you never would of met them face to face. Overall i would choose to stay away from communicating this way, but the world is gravitating toward using this method more and media

Are we too reliant on technology

Have you ever thought about going some period of time without the usage of your phone and computer? could you even doit for a day? I know some people would be honest and say no they couldn’t, and then there would be the people who would say yes, but we all know they are just lying to them selves. I’m not one to sit here and lie. I rely on my phone a lot for my everyday life. For example i use the alarm clock every morning, i also use the calender application for all my planned events and obviously the social media and texting part comes with it. Then there is also the side of me that also wants to give up my phone somedays and quit social media because of all the stupid stuff that comes with it. But i think that i find a happy balance between my phone and reality, unlike some who cant find the balance and are so drawn into the other things. Yes sometimes I do think i’m so caught up in my phone and the world of technology that I forget what Im actually doing. I sometimes catch my self in class looking at my phone at thingsI have  already looked at earlier in the day, and not paying attention to class, but just getting so caught up in the world of technology. Its really sad when I realize that i’m looking at something I have  already seen just to avoid what i’m doing in reality. Can people find the common ground between using social media, and turning it off when needed? I would say yes, I think it’s a realistic thing to ask people to do. If you cant turn off your phone or ignore it during a time when its not needed or you need all your attention on a specific thing. If that’s too much to ask for, then that person is so caught up in technology and has a false belief of whats going on, he or she most likely will need some help. I found this article very interesting on what it had to say on the topic. Look at this picture, I think it might make a few of us laugh, but the truth is that kids are using i phones and computers earlier and earlier, and maybe doing physical activities less.


Life of Keith Rogalla

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Hi everyone Im Keith Rogalla a sophomore who attends Creighton university, I play  baseball here and Im a journalism major. I am born and raised in Oak Park IL, a little town about 5 minutes outside of the city. I love the fact that i grew up with the greatest city in the world in my backyard. I am the youngest of 3 boys, my brothers are named jack and greg. I also have two dogs, bailey and casey.Im taking this course because i just recently switched my major from business to journalism, and this in entry level class that i thought i should take the class. I Don’t have much experience with with media, I do use social media such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter ect. I also have been interviewed for baseball so i know a little bit about press conferences watch here and that side of media.I don’t really pay much attention to the news these days unless its some thing that is major news. I do really like my sporting news, and for that i love my app on my phone bleacher report, it has all my favorite teams and all the daily news and great articles to read as well. I love my phone and being on my computer. I love sports and love reading articles about them and keeping up with my sporting news so Im constantly on my phone and computer every chance i get. I really am not a fan of news and current events because i think that journalist just shine more of a spotlight on the bad things and forget to mention all the good things that are going on. For an example Im from Chicago and i think we get so much negative attention due to all the violence and being named the murder capital of the world, but Its such a beautiful place to live and raise a family, but no one wants to hear about all the good things just the bad. I really have no experience with this kind of stuff and programing but Im very interested in learning because i would love to learn and maybe write for a sporting company. I think there are both positives and negatives to the amount of media that our generation is using today. Positives are that people have easy access to the news, which is different from 50 years ago when you had to sit down and read the paper or turn on the 5 o’clock news to find out whats going on. The negatives are that our generation is relying to much on there phone and computer instead of connecting with people. Both are valid arguments but i think that people are adapting well to the newer generation of geting news and are accepting the fact that our world is getting more technology advanced and our world is evolving for the better or for the worst.IMG_1579.JPG