Classmate Interview (2014)

Classmate Interview (2014)

This is the first project I completed using Adobe InDesign software my junior year at Millersville University


Tabloid Page (2014)

Tabloid Page

This is a cover of a newspaper I did my Junior Year at Millersville Univeristy using Adobe InDesign

Note: To see full length stories please see “Feature Story: Long Distances Relationships in College”, “Classmate Interview”, “Libel and Slander”, “Typography” and “More than Spell Check: Accuracy and Grammar.”

Feature Story: Long Distances Relationships in College

There are many challenges one must face when entering into college. One of the biggest of those challenges is handling a long distance relationship. Whether you think your partner is “the one” or you simply wish to keep a good thing going, there are some tips that can help make the transition that comes with the separation a little easier and more manageable. While maintaining a long distance relationship can be very difficult, it can be done in ways that is easy on you and your heart.

Darren Stine, a junior at Millersville University, has been with his girlfriend Gabrielle Tyson for almost three years now. Tyson, however, goes to a college out in Missouri. Stine admits that at times it can be very hard to manage. One of the biggest things he misses is the short talk the two used to share when they were together in person.

There is no set routine for the couple for both their schedules are always changing with school and work. Missouri is also an hour behind Pennsylvania which interferes with their schedules so much that sometimes they don’t even get to talk on the phone that day.

The most popular question Stine receives is “how do you make the relationship work?” His advice for other couples experiencing the hardship of a long distance relationship is to try your best to manage your time. It can be hard with conflicting schedules but try to talk to your significant other at least once a day. Whether that is a phone call at night or something as small and simple as a good morning text, it lets your significant other know you are thinking about them and miss them.

One of the hardest parts of a long distance relationship is find that special connection when one person gets busier than the other. If this happens in a relationship, it is important to keep communication alive. If you are the busy person, try to warn your partner ahead of time that you will be working long hours and may have limited time. If you are the not-as-busy person, take advantage of the time by picking up a new hobby, getting in shape, reading a new book, and so forth. Flexibility is very important.

Luckily, the technological amenities of the 21st century make communication easier and more interactive than it was in past generations. Couples now have the luxury of cell phones, Facebook, and live chat outlets such as Skype and Facetime. Technological advances provide couples with a multitude of platforms to keep in contact.

Another tip is that you must trust your partner fully. Stine advices not get jealous and completely trust your significant other while you two are separated. It can tough to hear about all the fun your partner is having, especially when they’re making new friends of the opposite sex. Just remember that everyone entering into college is looking to make new friends. Take this as a positive. Your partner is reaching out and having an enjoyable experience. You will score points if you’re happy about this rather than bitter and jealous.

Trust is key in any relationship but especially while you’re not with them every day. Stine openly says, “We both know we just want to be with each other and no one else. It is easy for me to trust her 100%.”

While some couples have a designated time to speak with each other, do not take a missed phone call as a sign that your significant other is cheating on you. If you are genuinely worried, it is okay to express these feelings, but remember nothing ruins chemistry faster than incessant nagging and blatant jealousy.

Another good tip for keeping a long distance relationship is to do things together; even if you are apart. Defy the distance by doing things besides the normal phone call. Interaction over the phone can become dull and boring after some time. Incorporating other forms of interaction are important. Think about it, people in short-distance relationships do not spend the majority of their time together talking but rather doing things together.

Stine recommends that you two read the same book at the same time and share your reaction. The same can be applied to movies or a television show you both enjoy. Watch the show at the same time and keep a call open and share your reactions and thoughts with each other.

Couples that are in long distance relationship who are still in college could even take an online class together. Help each other study and do homework. Many experiences can be shared with Skype and Face time. Stine explains sometimes he and his girlfriend will set up Skype and cook the same meal together and sit down and eat. Even if there is no time to cook a meal, you could both enjoy fresh fruit in the season or a favorite snack.

“It doesn’t bother me that our dinners together are online, I still get to see her and talk to me and that is all I need,” Stine lovingly says.

When you get that rare chance to see you significant other, give your partner a personal object of yours so in a time of need, when they miss you, they are able to have something to remember you by. This can be as something small as a keychain, piece of jewelry or even a bottle of your cologne/perfume so your significant other can enjoy the smell/essence of your in their home. This will provide comfort, happiness and the thought of being together.

Lastly, because time together is so scarce, when you do see your significant other, take as much advantage of your time together as possible. Go out on a date and enjoy the time you have to be with one another.

Stine describes one of his favorite moments he gets to share with Tyson; He will take a plane out to see her and while he is waiting to pick her up by the baggage claims, she will run to him with open arms and practically knock him over as the two share a long needed kiss.

“It’s like a movie,” Stine smiles, “she runs to me in the airport and everyone around us stops and watches us.”

King of the Newsroom

Role of the Editor

The role of the editor is the most important role whether it’s editing news on print or on the web. An active, intelligent and enterprising editor is the vital spark to any news coverage. The editor is responsible for the steady and continuous flow of the news. They manage to get all the obvious and important stories into their paper with a large portion of them being exclusive. The role of the editor is a vital one. They are the ones who use their imagination, discretion and discrimination in deciding which public stories are news-worthy.

They give special attention to brute facts and figures included in the stories and must check-up how accurate the story is from an authentic source. Any mistake made on the editor’s behalf can lead the paper down a detrimental path so editors have to be skillful and intelligent. An editor must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in, journalism, communications, marketing, or strong skills in computing, logic and analysis. But that’s not all, an editor must also have one to three years of experience in marketing and management. They have the ability to adapt to sudden changes and new opportunities. The ideal editor also needs to be able to work independently as well as with others.

Someone who would excel as an Online Editor will have a wide range of both professional and technical skills and a wide variety of communication skills both in writing and interpersonally. They have to be able to research, write, edit and analysis. An online editor has a large variety of roles on a Web team such as being the project manager, content manager, designer, IT specialist, analytic specialist, and a digital/content strategist.

The online editor works with a company to create information, tips, and product reviews on the company’s website. Through doing this they build and maintain relationships with numerous media outlets with their websites by maintaining and monitoring the content published on it.

The daily routine of a news editor is a long and tiring one. Once entering the office there is so much that they have to accomplish in their day there is no time to even look over rivaling newspapers. An assistant of the editor will already have a prepared list of papers, exclusive news items included in the paper and even a list of which stories the paper had missed. After the paper is done and sent out, the editor begins to concern themselves with the next. Normally this will start with the task of deciding if there was any story in which he needs to follow up on. Usually the lead story on the front page is goof for two to three follow ups which the editor will then assign reporter’s to right away. The editor will then send out reporters on promising leads hoping for a good story.

The responsibility of responsibility of an editor is to set clear expectation for their team, reduce redundancies and increase communication and efficiencies, facilitate program management and provide stability through project and staff transitions.

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More Than Spell Check: Accuracy and Grammar

Anyone who provides information to the public, regardless if you’re a journalist or not, have to ensure accuracy and correct grammar to maintain credibility. Accuracy is the foundation upon which journalists must build all other skills. To maintain and achieve accuracy one must ask effective questions, take accurate notes, gather source documents, question information, verify information and fact check the content.

There are a few other things one must do to maintain accuracy and grammar. One must be sure they spell a person names right. Any time you have access to a character whose name you will be using, ask the character to spell his name for you, however common the spelling. Print the name clearly in your notebook as spelled, then read it back to the character as you’ve written it. One can even check resources such as Facebook, Linkden, Google, or other internet sources. It is also advised that one should get contact information in case you need to check facts with the character later on.

When obtaining information from a source, make sure you get it from the original source. Ask questions such as “how do you know that?” Then evaluate your source, ask questions to your source to determine how valuable and reliable the person is. After all these steps, evaluate the information and challenge the information by sharing the information with someone who might want to refute it, if a person cannot refute it, that’s a firm confirmation the information is accurate.

To take accurate notes, do not write everything down. Capture the important and interesting essence of the story, not the whole story. Also, make sure to distinguish between information and quotes and concentrate on the strong quotes. Ones that really bring the story together.

Grammar and punctuation are both necessary elements of any piece of writing. They are not the meat of the story nor the most important elements to one but they are the framework that makes the story stand. Grammar and punctuation are two of the tools of being a journalist or anyone who provides reading material to the public, and you should know them inside out and upside down and backwards and forwards and any other way they can be known. One should spend time periodically reviewing and learning something new about grammar or punctuation. You should know what both correct and incorrect grammar will achieve and what happens when you don’t use expected grammar or a typical punctuation mark. Having correct grammar and punctuation in any piece of writing make the piece less confusing and easier to read. If readers find your writing hard to read they are likely to give up and stop reading. Make them realize that what you have to say is important but at the same time, you as the writer have to realize that how you say it and write it is also important.

Having correct grammar, punctuation and accuracy will determine whether your reader will stay with you, and whether your reader thinks you are credible.

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