Friday, December 08, 2006

Finally done!

Ok I thought we only had to do ten of these but I found out yesterday that it was 12 so here I am writing my last one just before the deadline for grades! I just wanted to say I enjoyed this class, I learned a lot about detail, and the skills are something I can't help but take with me everyday whether I wanted to or not. I can't look at something now without scanning it for possible errors, hopefully that much of it will fade, but I am glad that I have learned so much about mistakes! Happy Holidays everyone!

Shockers gain national attention

I just wanted to say that when I came to WSU for my recruiting trip back in January of 2003, never did I think that the Shocker basketball program would be where it is today. I also did not think that I would be working so closely with them and seeing day in and day out just how big of a deal they have become.
I work in media relations in the athletic department and let me tell you, ever since WSU beat George Mason the phone rings more and more everyday. For the Syracuse game we had reporters calling everyday wanting to get information and do stories about WSU coming up there to play, and now that we've beaten them as well, let's just say there is not a dull moment in the office. Now every single game is a big deal, and people from all over the country want to know about us.
The Shockers reaching the Top 10 is truly something special and whether you get to view all the excitment from my perspective or not, everyone should be excited for what is in store as we head into conference play. Go Shox!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Happy feet

For anyone who hasn't seen the new animated movie Happy Feet, it's gotten mixed reviews because some believe it has a hidden political agenda to twist the minds of our children. Basically, it teaches kids to be environmentally aware of their actions because they really do affect the entire ecosystem. One of our columnists, Andie Clum, wrote about it in the Wednesday Sunflower, and I have to say that I loved her column. She argued that teaching children about the environment and "to be proud enough to be themselves, even if that means being different" are both "positive lessons." Why should we hide this information from our children? Why should we not tell them that eating a fish sandwich and McDonalds could translate to eating Nemo? They have a right to know, just like the rest of the community, to be conscious of every choice they make.

Chris Peters quote

I'm telling on myself. In one of the stories I wrote Monday about the chalk demonstration for the theater department's play, I accidentally misquoted Chris Peters, the organizer of the event. I could have sworn he said he didn't want to correct anyone's foul language on the pavement because there were 30-year-old people out there. I ran into him Tuesday for a story I did and he said that he had remembered telling me there were 30 or so people out there. We put a correction in yesterday's Sunflower.

I'm hoping these still count...

I have a few blogs left; I’m hoping Les will be lenient and let me finish them…Anyhow, I was writing to report a boo-boo in yesterday’s Sunflower. One of my reporters, Daniel McCoy, wrote a superb story about how the big Cowtown scoop was really exaggerated on the Eagle’s part. Well, we had to do a little rearranging of the paper because of photo issues. The short of it is both Ryan and myself completely forgot about it and it didn’t make it in the paper. It’s online if anyone cares to see it.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

To catch a Predator

I admit I do sometimes watch this special. I found it kind of funny on the last episode that the guy being convicted admitted that he had seen the show. He just wanted to see if it was real and had no intention on doing anything with the decoy that was posing to be a 13-year-old girl. I highly doubt that after driving 115 miles to meet someone there was no interntion on doing anything. Certain people really do deserve all they get!

A new way to teach a lesson

I can't remember if this happened in N. Carolina or S. Carolina, but a woman called the police to have her 12 year old son arrested for opening his Christmas present early. She tried to have him charged with larceny! The present had his name on it! That is definitly a new way of teaching your child a lesson.

Britney

The Britney Spears "scandal" is a little over the top. I say let the girl party. She is young and has two children. She deserves a night or two of partying with her friends. I'm sure her children are at home with a sitter and are being taken care of. The media makes such a big deal of trival matters. I'm sure if I had kids and went out to party, it would not be posted on the front page of every magazine! It just angers me that people don't have their privacy in the U.S. anymore.

Drunk baby

Some people should not be allowed to have children. That's all there is to it. For example, the lady in Colorado. She apparently accidently put vodka in her baby's bottle. First of all, how do you accidently pour vodka into a baby bottle? When the baby was tested for its bllod alcohol level, it was three times higher than the legal limit. I personally think that that was no accident. Just my opinion though

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Almost done..Yeah

The semester is winding down. Finally no more blogging. I must say this has been the least favorite part of the class. I understand the purpose in the next evolution of the newspaper industry. Not my cup of tea.

Americans losing war?

Finally some in Government admits 'war is bad' from the Bush administration. It probably has to do with the fact that the now democrats have power to change plans. I don't think that there will be a total withdraw. Old government was toppled, new government still trying to figure out what they want. This really makes for a good soap opera drama.

12/4 Sunflower

I was just reading the "Students brace for winter" article from Monday's Sunflower. Towards the end of the first column, it talks about a student who tried to rent a car through Enterprise, "but it was also closed due to severe weather." This may seem inconsequential, but I work for Enterprise and I can say for a fact that all of our locations were open regular hours and did not close early because of the weather.

OK CALM DOWN PEOPLE!

This is just a little note to put everyone's mind at rest. The Shockers' top ten rating is going on the front page. You can stop blogging about it now. Geez!

Sign in the RSC

OK. So, if you have not been in the RSC and seen this sign, you really should take the trip because it is pretty amusing. The sign advertises the Bookstore's 12 days of Christmas with 12 little boxes in 3 rows and 4 columns and it numbers each box. The ninth and tenth day are switched, and it made me giggle a little. Merry Christmas!

Sign in the RSC

OK. So, if you have not been in the RSC and seen this sign, you really should take the trip because it is pretty amusing. The sign advertises the Bookstore's 12 days of Christmas with 12 little boxes in 3 rows and 4 columns and it numbers each box. The ninth and tenth day are switched, and it made me giggle a little. Merry Christmas!

"Shockers soar to number 10."

I think Kansas.com's choice of headline sounds a bit akward. If a team is to "soar," it implies to me that they are number one, on the top... or at least closer than number 10. It just sounds funny. Perhaps a better headline could have been "Shockers ranked in top ten, first time since 1982." I also found it humorous how upset KU fans are getting about WSU being ranked above them: they say they want to fire Self and steal Turgeon. Hopefully Turgeon can't be bought (cough cough, Roy.)

"Shockers soar to number 10."

I think Kansas.com's choice of headline sounds a bit akward. If a team is to "soar," it implies to me that they are number one, on the top... or at least closer than number 10. It just sounds funny. Perhaps a better headline could have been "Shockers ranked in top ten, first time since 1982." I also found it humorous how upset KU fans are getting about WSU being ranked above them: they say they want to fire Self and steal Turgeon. Hopefully Turgeon can't be bought (cough cough, Roy.)

The Monday Sunflower front page

I think The Sunflower should have had the basketball team's ranking on the front page. They haven't been ranked this high since 1982. They are ranked number 10 that is above KU, who is ranked 12. I think this is more newsworthy story than the tree lighting tradition that happens every year or the OMS search for a new director. There is a photo on the front page about the game last Saturday but it doesn't mention their ranking and it's not a full story.

Sunflower front page

I think The Sunflower should have had the basketball team's ranking on the front page. They haven't been ranked this high since 1982. They are ranked number 10 that is above KU, who is ranked 12. I think this is more newsworthy story than the tree lighting tradition that happens every year or the OMS search for a new director. There is a photo on the front page about the game last Saturday but it doesn't mention their ranking and it's not a full story.

Yahoo's top searches of 2006

Steve Irwin death was the top search for 2006. This story beats the war in Iraq, the election and Fidel Castro having a stoke. Irwin become more of a pop icon after his death. The fact that his 12-year-old daughter is planning on completing what he started make his life inspirational.

End of semester.....end of school

I just wanted to say that this is my last semester of school, and words cannot express how happy I am of being done. School was very important, and I learned a lot, but I'm ready to graduate and move on to different things. The end of semester is very stressful, and I am feeling it more than ever.

Eagle should pay attention to F5

I don't know if anybody has read F5, but it is a great independent magazine. All about the arts in Wichita. I think the Eagle should contact F5 about some kind of joint publishing where F5 could put their magazine in the Eagle once a week or every two weeks or so. I think that would be great.

Shocker Basketball

I find it interesting that in the AP poll has ranked 10th, but in the ESPN/USA Today poll ranked the Shockers 16th. Wichita State has yet to play a conference game which actually determines if what happens to them. Shocker basketball has been getting a lot national attention and I believe that we are in for more.

Southside Center To Close

I read an article about Southside closing. I remember going there when I was going to Cowley. Honestly, it's probably better than it did close because the place was like going to middle school. Everything was incredibly easy. Sad that it is closing, but academically, it probably won't matter.

Honking your horn

The article the Sunflower did about wanting the labs open later was not necessary. There are other ways of conveying the same message without it being from page new. I would rather read about the art and graphics program which is severely under staff that some class are offered once a year. This delays individuals from graduating when they would like because if they don't have the requirements. 'Cry me a river' was reaction to the story.

News reporting: reality vs traditional

The Eagle did a story about how increasing number of people are unwed parents. This was interesting to read because the reality of the situation is that not a lot of people are getting married but they do have children. Society as learned to accept this now. It still functions as a family unit without the legal marriage license. This sheds light into a demographic and makes it interesting for advertisers and new coverage. Understanding your demographics is important and this article stops people from looking at the traditional family lifestyle and see what reality looks like.

Only in Africa

Headline:
'Employers catch out 'pregnant' South African man'
This article was published on BBC.CO.UK. I must say besides the grammar error, the headline did not fully capture what when on. The man receive a fine with community service because he stole a note from his girlfriends gynecologist. He used the note to get a sick day from work. Unfortunately, the man was not smart enough to realise that men do not go to gynecologist, hence a huge fine with community service. I must say Africans have their moments.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Final word

I was just wondering would you all like to continue with this blog? I know we usual don't have time to read and write the entries, but it would be great if we occasionally log-in. Maybe Les will ask his other classes to join us.
I just thought this blog was a good idea.

Grammar dilemma

I was reading the Eagle's headline (Thursday) that said - Man found in street was shot to death. Is it correct to say "in" or "on" the street? One friend said the Eagle was right. What is the difference between those two phrases?

Here is one good spot: You know how we should not use "senior" or "elderly" when writing about people. Well, sometime I found it hard to follow this rule. The Eagle from Thursday did a great job concerning this> A story on the Local section about a women died in a car accident, the writer never used any of those forbidden words. Instead, he just put the women's age.

Support for troops

Tuesday's front page of The Wichita Eagle featured holiday packages for troops and discussed various ways the Kansans show support for the troops through gifts. I think this is a great idea. However, I was surprised they didn't mention the Christmas cards available through Xerox.

Basically, if you go to www.letssaythanks.com, you can choose from a variety of card designs and messages and Xerox will send a card to a soldier stationed overseas. The reason I was surprised this wasn't mentioned in The Eagle is because on the card options was drawn by a child in Mulvane, Kansas, and The Eagle wrote a feature story on this back in October or November.

Anyway, show your support by visiting the above address. Just select the card design you like and the inside message. You can choose from several prewritten messages or write your own.

Eagle page layout

I was disappointed with Saturday's edition of The Eagle, Home and Garden Section. The page layout was a little over the top for me. I particularly didn't care for the evergreen garland "draped" over the folio and/or skybox. It covers nearly all of "Home and Garden" and of the date.

Furthermore, the photo in the skybox is unimaginative. It's merely a reduced size of the photo on page 6C. Come on guys, be a little creative!

Eagle errors

I noticed the following errors in Sunday's edition of The Eagle:

On page 16D, there's an article titled "School's Out." You'll note that the first name of one of the Woodward's, Ira, is typed in lowercase.

On the same page, under "Weather dampens deer hunt," the second bulleted item included an incorrect word. The sentence ends with "...but increased after the storm past." This should read passed, not past.

In the Travel section, page 12E, two stories are featured and both jump to page 11E. However, on 11E, both stories indicate they're continued or jumped from page 1E.

Shockers should be Page 1 news

I think we're missing the boat by not having a story on the Shockers' big road wins over ranked opponents on the front page of The Sunflower.

It was good to see the photo (nice to have AP!) in today's issue, but the story is of much more interest than an almost-a-week-old snowstorm, especially with no more snow in the forecast for the next week or so.

The OMA search is of limited interest, although newsworthy. The basketball story could easily have gone there next to the photo. I think the Syracuse story (as well as LSU and George Mason earlier) was big news, too, sports or not. The Shockers are definitely one of the hottest national sports stories right now, so we ought to play it up. How often do we get that oppportunity?

On a separate issue, photographers need to get IDs for cutlines. The Stuff the Bus shot on Page 8 today had two people in it, but no names. I know Brett Harris, but not everyone does. The cutline didn't have much information.

Overall, though, the paper looks good.

By the way, I sent this message to editor Ryan Rubi, too.

What do the rest of you think about men's basketball coverage being on Page 1, considering how we're doing?

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Slightly Racist?

One of the letters published in Friday's "Readers Views" said that "All illegals should be tracked down and immediately put into one of the military services." Then the reader goes onto say this: "If illegals love America so much, let them fight for this country first. Once this policy is enforced, watch them run for the Mexico border."

I don't like how this guy insinuates that all illegals are from Mexico. That's not entirely true. Also, no one said illegals love America. They love it's capitalism, though. Many are here for the money, not necessarily because they think it's better.

"Kansas in the Crosshairs of Warming"

That was the headline of Randy Scholfield's Friday column-- after the massive winter storm hit Wichita and most of Kansas. It would've made much more sense to have run his column on Wednesday when it was 60+ degrees outside.

Diversity on Eagle's Opinion Page (12/1/06)

I liked the column about diversity at WSU. I think it added a much needed voice of reasoning to the issue.

Part of the column reiterated that WSU has said that it acknowledges the problem and that it was looking for ways to improve the number of minority faculty at the university.

Picture on The Eagle's Friday Front Page

I thought it was a cool shot. I'm not sure if it was the be one to represent the entire day, but I liked it.

Slow News Day?

Six Flags is coming to town looking for talent. It's kind of a big deal, but not for everyone in the city of Wichita. I'm sure there was something else that could have been placed on the front page.

RE: 11/27 Sunflower

I should point out that the headline for the article was factually incorrect. There is a search committee that narrowed down the number of candidates to five, not just Dr. Cheryl Adams.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Winter Preparation Tips

As I was reading the article in Wednesday's Sunflower about getting caught in the cold, I was thinking there were some good tips listed. Then, I came across the tip about checking your fluid levels. Oil, antifreeze and exhaust were listed. I kept reading, and then I thought to myself "does your exhaust system have fluid levels?" No, it doesn't. Ooops!

The Eagle

Before going to the Eagle and talking with Tom Shine I never took notice of the ads in the paper. The next day I took notice of the ad space and I think the Eagle does a good job of splitting them 50/50 with the news space. I wondered why there was always a sports teaser at the top. Now, it makes sense becasue Shine said the main single copy buyers are males. I am glad the Eagle decided to run with the snow story on the front page. The picture was eye-catching and I think it was the main story from yesterday and for today.