October 21, 2013
In today’s lecture, Professor Andy Clarke discussed the importance of concrete details in our writing but also becoming experts on topics that we may not be familiar with. Concrete details are insuring that in your report, you have proper names and settings listed, but also the proper spelling of the places and people. As soon as you get a quote from a person, the first thing you should do is ask them for their proper spelling of their first and last name, as well as their title. Without this information, your whole report becomes false, and takes away from all of the facts you have gathered for a story.
The second topic talked about today was applied research and becoming an expert in a field you aren’t necessarily familiar with. Somebody who may be more familiar on the topic of sports, may be asked to cover a story on a film festival, a foreign topic for this person, yet they are expected to become an expert on the topic right away. A journalist will have to begin research on a new topic by looking up contacts involved to gain more knowledge and build the foundation of their expertise on the topic.
A situation like this what journalism is all about. Journalism is everywhere and takes you to places that you may be uncomfortable with at first, but by stepping out of your safety zone, you will succeed as much as you want yourself to. A journalist has to start from the bottom, and work their way up the ladder, they have to open minded so that when they are offered a job involving foreign topics to their knowledge, they have to adapt. By adapting, the journalist will not only be someone relied on for their expertise on numerous topics, they will havemore opportunities come their way.