Now I Know

The American Journalism Review’s article explained to me why the University of Missouri makes every journalism student take J2150. These students’ future employers are looking for the skills we are beginning to develop throughout this class — “video, broadcast, audio and social media across desktop, print, TV and mobile products.” Although letter-grades are important to me, this article reinforces that school is more than just that. It is important to strive to actually take in the new information being presented, not just memorize it for a good grade. In order to obtain the occupations each journalism student desires, it is crucial to work hard in this J2150 class not only to get a good grade, but also to thrive in the future.

First Impressions

For University of Missouri students, the Pavilion at Dobbs is one of six dorm food options.

For University of Missouri students, the Pavilion at Dobbs is one of six dorm food options.

The University of Missouri offers six residential dining halls that accept “swipes” — Baja Grill, Pavilion at Dobbs, Plaza 900, Rollins, Sabai, and The MARK on 5th Street. Although it may be the oldest, many Mizzou students continue to eat at the Pavilion at Dobbs for its well-known burgers and grilled chicken sandwiches.

Madison Serfas uses he student ID to "swipe" into residential dining halls.

Madison Serfas uses her student ID to “swipe” into residential dining halls.

On Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, Madison Serfas, a Freshman at Mizzou, shared with me her first impression of the dorm food, “I had heard lots of bad things about college dorm food coming into my Freshman year, but I’ve been pretty happy about the food here.” She added that the variety of food and having six different places helps a lot. While Madison is happy with the food provided in the dining halls, she shared her excitement for a break from it as she goes home to celebrate Thanksgiving.

The Pavilion at Dobbs likes to use reusable plates and cups.

The Pavilion at Dobbs likes to use reusable plates and cups.

Not Just About Grades

In Meredith Miller’s article for KOMU 8, she discusses Amendment 3 that recently did not pass in the November ballot. I believe this is crucial to our educational system because teaching to me is not all about grades. My teachers from kindergarden to now, partially formed me into the young man I am today. Do not get me wrong, it is important that teachers work hard to advance their students’ knowledge of english, history, mathematics, science, etc.; however, it would be unfair to judge teachers solely on the performance of their students on a standardized test that covers these areas. I myself struggle on standardized testing, does that mean my teacher should get punished for this? The answer is no. Being a successful teacher is much more than student doing well on a standardized test or good good grades, it is about caring for your students and dedicating the time and effort providing each student a chance to succeed.

Change is Among Us

Making the decision to major in Journalism was a tough one — especially for my parents. When friends and family heard of my emphasis area, I often heard, “Journalism is a dying field.” After almost a year and a half here at the University of Missouri, I have quickly learned that journalism is not dying, but it is changing. Along with this change, Katherine Reed and many others have expressed the need for a change in how journalism is taught in order to produce successful journalist, “if by success we mean graduating journalism students who are invested in vibrant forms of journalism that help communities help themselves and improve the odds that journalism itself will survive.” This transformation to better journalism will take strong and dedicated professors as well as people in the industry, but the time is now to advance in to a new generation of journalism.

There Comes A Time

Within many stories of war and/or other controversial topics, there comes a time for journalists as well as editors to decide if something is worth publishing. This is a very sensitive and difficult process. ¬†As seen in Torie DeGhett’s article “The War Photo No One Would Publish”, the line between informative and too explicit is thin. A picture that may move people may also offend many others. It is our duty as journalists to inform the public through deciding what pictures and facts are worthy. We must decide if they are adding to the story in a positive manner and not just put in there with no context. It is a hard job, but it is ours and we must strive to deliver for the public.

The Studies Prove It

Everyday in my lecture classes, about half of the people use their laptop to “take notes”. However, they usually are not just taking notes. The research provided by the Vox article, “Why you should take notes by hand — not a laptop”, shows that even if students are truly just taking notes on their laptop, they will not remember it as well as one who took the notes by hand. This research is significant for me because I began to take notes on my laptop this year. As a result, I have notice when I study for tests, I do not recollect the information learned during lecture as well. I believe that it is important for students, including myself, to start taking their notes by hand again. School is more than just memorization and by hand writing notes, the information taught during classes will be material one can use in their lives, not just memorization.

The Power of the Camera

Americans, including myself, take for granted our freedom of speech everyday. As stated in the Upworthy video “Dear Religious Extremists: The Camera’s Are Staying, And That’s Final”, cameras were not allowed to be used from 1996-2001. With American troops leaving, Afghan journalists are scared the Taliban will bring back this rule. However, Afghan journalists know that in order to not be forgotten, they must keep their cameras rolling. Although this video focuses mainly on the challenges that Afghan journalists face, it relates to American journalists as well. Journalists must continue to strive everyday to make a change. Their job is to be that watchdog, to challenge our leaders, and to use our voices and cameras to give a voice to the voiceless — always.