Friday, September 30, 2005

Headin' South

Fran Prica, a registered nurse (I'm assuming she's from Columbia because she credits the Boone County Red Cross, but the article didn't say!), headed south today to help with the Katrina relief efforts. We talked in class today about how many people my classmates found that were interested in doing something more for those in need but haven't really done anything besides donated money or clothing. I realize that every effort counts but we have finally found a local that actually acted upon those wishes. It's good to see that. I may sound like a complete hypocrite here but I wish that I could go down there. If I weren't in school (yeah that's what they all say) I know that I would. I am seriously contemplating on going down there with the Newman center's alternative spring break trip. That would be so rewarding! I really liked this article idea. I don't think it was put in the inverted pyramid style but I thought reporter, Megan Perry, did a nice job of making Prica sound like a regular lady. This story, however, sounds nothing like a James Bond movie.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

The Ronald McDonald House Makeover

I love that TLC's "Trading Spaces" designer, Doug Wilson, has come to Columbia to renovate the Ronald McDonald house. I used to watch that show all the time. He was never really my favorite designer but I think that it's an awesome form of charity for him. I'm really excited to see what will be done with this "Moving Up" segment shows on the Oct. 29.
I think that the article author could have phrased some of the paragraphs a little differently. Almost every one of them began with, "Wilson became involved in...", "Wilson appriciated...", "Wilson began...". I know that naming Wilson at the beginning of every graf was on the only option! That sticks out to me because of my horrible comp. teacher in high school. It was a problem that I had as well.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Why would a person do such a thing?

Fraud is such an interesting crime to see committed. While I was reading the article 'Columbia man charged with fraud', all I could think of was how big of an idiot this guy was. Seriously, Daryl Miles Brown must have had something wrong with him in order for him to believe that these investors would have never figured out that he was taking their money. $3.1 million is not loose change either. As Chris Rock would say, "good lord that's a lotta money." You can't really feel bad for those kinds of people.
However horribly stupid the crime was, the writers, Charles Berman and J.T. Quin, put the article together nicely. I liked how they put Browns name in the second graf instead of trying to cram it into the lede. The fact that they mentioned asking for comments from the other parties involved was a good effort to make it seem like they tried. You never really can tell, but I'm sure that they probably did call these people and they wouldn't respond. This is a pretty big case for Columbia, and an even bigger case for the Vertical Group that Brown worked for. One thing that I would have changed was the order of some of the body grafs. I would have written the charges against Brown before how he went about committing these crimes.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

The Tuesday Tribute

Though it is Saturday, September 24, I am writing about an article printed in the Tuesday edition of The Missourian because they didn't have any internet stories up today. I probably could have driven into campus to get a paper copy, but that's a 15 min. drive and I decided it wasn't worth it. 'TV tribute to musician to air' was not only headlined poorly but also wasn't written very well. I really don't like when news writers do the 'wordy' technique in a lede. We're not writing about a fancy accessory in a fashion magazine, it's news! This introduction, "A spritely jig swells as Bob Black picks his banjo. As the instrumental peaks with joviality, the weep of Chris Brashear'’s fiddle flutters to the fore, almost as a harmonious remembrance of a lost friend." is pistol packin' and has nothing about the event within it! After the lede, however, the writing became much easier to follow and more newsworthy. The way it's written is quite touching actually. Forrest Rose seemed to have a big impact on the people of Columbia. I wish I would have been able to hear him sing. I think I'm going to go try and catch the tribute on TV.

Friday, September 23, 2005

The ingredients for a storm

Sure, I've heard about hurricanes ever since I was a little girl but I never really understood how, exactly, they formed and why. The explanation given in the article was a little elementary both the paper and on the internet, but I preferred reading the paper article rather than the internet article. This could have been because I saw the visual 'Anatomy of a hurricane' before I read what Colin Reed had to say. The visual brings the attention to the page. While I was reading, I almost felt as if I were in some sort of meteorology or biology class or something: 'The initial catalyst..." and 'The force exerted by the Earth's rotation'. I didn't think that it was really a 'story' per say rather than the Missiourian letting the not so intelligent people of Columbia better understand why water is all over the streets of New Orleans.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

A ride through history, Columbia's and my own.

Reading the touching article "A ride through history, Columbia's public buses have driven through 40 years of changes" brought me back to my bus riding days. Especially when Herb Crum, one of the original drivers for the city, said "I hauled Mr. Beck's kids from kindergarten all the way up to high school." My bus driver, from kindergarten to high school, was also named Herb. He was the most generous, kind man I have ever met. Every time I would step up onto that bus, he would always give me a big hello and a smile and remembered my name. It always amazed me how he remembered my name. There were so many kids on that bus and he remembered me. He was the coolest! As I grew older, he would give me hugs and kiss my cheek. Now that I think about it, he was probably just an old perverted man that thought I was good lookin'. Though the thought has crossed my mind, it will never stick! He's a cute old guy! I bet this Herb Crum is a cute old guy that remembers kids names!
I thought that it was really nice that to tribute the city buses, they went back to the beginning. They kept their bus driver interviewees down to Crum, who was one of their first drivers. I thought that brought in a personal touch to the story. Years were also listed down the side of the article and under them were important things that happened for the transit system, which gives the article the element of history they mentioned in the headline. I must say that I was surprised when I flipped the paper over to find a large piece done on it. I didn't expect anything grand from the first page. The memories it brought back to me were really nice tonight though!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005


I have heard that newspapers had to post corrections to the stories that reporters either didn't get enough information for or didn't get the information correct, but this is the first time I've ever seen one. Is there a correction section? Is it required by law that you make corrections or is just your liability that is at stake? Do broadcasts need to do it as well? I suppose now is a good time that I make my own corrections: I have not been setting the date and time properly on my posts. I, apparently, need to change these things EVERY time I post. I'll try and get better at that. In the meantime, if you know the answers to my questions maybe you could shoot me some answers.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Million-Dollar Donators

It definitely didn't seem like there were many newsworthy events out in Columbia today. I was reading through the list of stories on the internet and this one was the only one with a semi-personal connection. These wonderful donators have given their time and money, $1 million to be exact, to make my learning environment so much more beautiful than it is right now. I never really did understand the whole plaque for money thing. You give me all this money and I'm going to spend some of that money on this little thing that says your name on it. Yes, this is not just a little thing, it's a wall, but still. I guess the gesture is nice but seems pointless. This is a drastic generalization but I don't know of any student who would stop in the middle of Jesse's entry to admire all of those names and give thanks to them. Enough about what I think about plaques, and on to what I think about the article. I thought that "A large black curtain was lowered slowly from the ceiling, revealing in etched glass the names of 70 people and families and 14 companies that have donated at least $1 million during MUÂ’s For All We Call Mizzou campaign." was a sentence that should have been used as a lede. It has all of the information that is needed to know about the event.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Leaving Hannibal

I went to go see the one act show, 'Leaving Hannibal', last night with my good friend Jenna. I really enjoy theatre but I must say that I'm very disappointed in Mizzou's theatre facilities. When I was a freshman at Luther College, the productions were always performed in our main auditorium, the Center for Faith and Life (CFL), and every show sold out. I don't know if the difference between them is that Luther was a liberal arts school, and this is a very large public school, or if it has to do with money. Either way, the Rhynesburger (pardon me if I misspelled it) Theatre has a low seat number and horrible accoustics and the Corner playhouse you sit in fold out chairs. It's really a shame. I think that the students here would be much more interested in plays and theatrical performances if they were advertised in a different, more productive manner. I don't get all excited about a show from an e-mail. Maybe that's just me.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Remembering Patrick Knedler

When I saw the article 'Boy mourned at accident site' on the internet, I remembered reading about the accident in the paper the other day. They had his picture posted in the paper article but didn't have any photos on the internet. I think adding a picture would have helped with an emotional response.
Having so many accidents at this intersection is really unfortunate. I have to wonder if the city police department can do anything about the speed limit. The schools kind gestures like the putting his picture on the wall, the children sending flowers the the accident site, and all of the other little things show how the community is reacting to this unfortunate happening. The article needs a lot of work, however. I didn't like how the writer focused on only one of Patrick's friends and his mother. I almost felt as if the mother was criticizing Knedler's mother, and bragging about how she, herself would never let her children out of her sight. If I were the mother of a child that had just been killed in a car accident, I wouldn't want to read about my neighbors thinking that it was all my fault. She has to feel horrible enough.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

The Flood

When I was reading the only article on The Missourian website today, I was reminded of the flood of 1993. My family and I own a cabin on Squall Lake, which is a very secluded small lake in northern Manitoba, Canada. When I was a young girl my mom, my two siblings, and I would go up there two days after school got out for the summer, and we would return to the states two or three days before school began again. My dad would work two or three weeks and then come up for the next week. Fortunately, our first summer up there was the summer of '93. All I remember from the flood is how my dad had to go to Camp Dodge to shower and had to make a toilet out of our backyard! I know that people are just doin there thing all over the place down there. Do they have someplace to go for a bathroom! They're all talking so nicely about all the diseases, but these people have to be miserable!

What's the deal? Integrity or Multicultural Issues?

My good buddy, Rachel Riley, wrote the article 'Council toughens integrity policy' in yesterday's Missourian. Though I love Rachel, I don't know if I love this article. It begins discussing the integrity of students and the punishments for those who refuse to show it. It moves on, however, talking about a skit that the MU Faculty council watched. I didn't really understand how the two were related. I guess not being ignorant about race, gender, and other multicultural issues could be a good quality of integrity. How would I change it? I don't know. I bet Rachel didn't have time to seek out one of the students on probation (if they would talk to her anyway). This was probably an article that was meant to cover the council meeting and not the issue of integrity.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

People for and against helping with Katrina

When I clicked on the red words, 'Read more', I half expected that I would find more to read about. I opened the link and instantly thought it wasn't enough to be considered a story. I wonder if Stephen Nellis had a time constraint or was doing this little blurb to fill space on the web page. If I were writing the story, I would have tried to include the firefighters and health department worker's names. Possibly even their attitudes on making the effort to go down into the disaster area. I was talking with my roommate tonight, after my four hour nap, about how some people in her hometown of Lincoln, MO are not interested in donating any of their time and effort. She was telling me how some of her neighbors believe that the government knew that the levies would break but decided to spend the money on war efforts instead of giving it to New Orleans. I had never heard of this idea. At first, I was shocked to hear people weren't interested in helping. I suppose if you're against the war and it's spending you might be against sharing money with people in need. Who knows.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Clueless Journalist

I came down to MU blinded. I had a completely different idea of what journalism really was. It's much more difficult, stressful, and time consuming than I ever thought it could be. I've been caught offguard and am paying for it. Yes...I realize that a clueless journalist is the worst journalist to be. I, however, am worried that this is exactly what I am going to become. I am supposed to be critical of articles found in The Missourian but I'm not quite sure how yet. I don't really know what is considered bad writing in journalism. I'm the farthest from an editors position as I possibly could be. I've never had any good journalistic experiece but I'm trying. If you have any helpful hints, shoot me an e-mail or something! I need all the help I can get. Jeremy...I think I might need a meeting with you!

Putting life in perspective

Just today I was thinking how stressed out I was. It's only the second week of school and I have more homework than I've ever been used to, the love of my life is 4 hours away from me, I have to cook, clean, take care of myself, and I have two roommates that already aren't getting along. I, obviously, don't handle stress very well. When I read the article 'Columbia workers to help in storm area' I felt guilty immediately. I have been so self-centered that I wasn't even thinking about how hard other people have it and are doing fine. It must be so hard for DeCoursey to be here, mixed up in school, and having her family to worry about. I couldn't even imagine. Offong did a very nice job of writing this article. I feel all the necessary facts included in the article as well. Ron Leone's voice is one that I was glad to have heard.

Thursday, September 01, 2005's $2.79 per gallon, but should it be?

Teresa Weaver and Katie Peterson did a really nice job of writing the article 'Prices rise at the pump'. They gave the economical reason at the beginning of the first paragraph so younger people, who don't understand why the prices are rising, now know that it's becaue of the hurricane. It was also important to add the different prices in Missouri. Having Nixon's voice throughout the article is good, it isn't really too reassuring to read that his office will 'look into it' (talking about price gauging in CoMO). That just doesn't seem like enough to me. Having the voices of Columbia citizens was also put in it very nicely. Good job ladies.