Saturday, October 29, 2005

An arrest was made

Doesn't it usually take weeks for an arrest to be made? Pretty dang good to have it happen the next day! Crazy that the man attacked in Columbia was not even a student or a community member.
This quote, "The arrest follows an attack in front of the house at 1301 University Ave. on a Maryland man visiting a friend over Homecoming weekend," should have been given in the first article. It's important info that the reporter should not have missed out on the first time around. Thankfully, they were able to get another shot so quickly.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

MU condemns assault, and so do I

I condemn assault too, especially when it's on my birthday! No one should be in any pain or hurt in any way when it's my birthday!! Anywhoo, I think that Phillips did really well with this article. I think that the issue is very controversial and a shitty topic all together. I'm really glad to see that students at MU are making an effort to stand up for the LGBT! I hope that they can find whoever made the assault and I also hope that their efforts make a difference to those people who don't understand their views. Rock on!

Monday, October 24, 2005

Tom Kardon's long battle with the City

So this may be different on the actual paper, but the title looks horrible on the website. I don't know what is the actual headline and what is the nut graf. Whichever the two, it sounds like this Kardon guy has been fighting a good fight to get some extra space for his car parts. That's a long freakin time! GO TOM! Good luck to ya buddy!
I have another question about this article. In the sentence, "First Ward Councilwoman Almeta Crayton has worked to ensure these meetings between Kardon and the neighbors continue," would the First still be capitalized if it were not the first word? Whoa that's a lot of firsts? Though I passed my grammar test, I'm still not doing very well with it!

Friday, October 21, 2005

Officer Brown's back in action

Officer Curtis Brown is back on patrol after recovering from his gunshot wound from January. This article is probably one of the better ones that I have seen in the Missourian. I think that the anecdotal lede works really well for this story. I also think that Berman did a decent job of placing the information in a logical order. Nice inverted pyramid work here! The story goes from an introduction, what he's been doing since the accident, and includes why he wants to go back out into the city. I think that all of the areas of concern were covered. I hope that nothing like this has to happen to another police officer in Columbia again and I' m glad that Brown is back!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

It's not a cornfield, it's art

Ok, I'm not really sure what type of story this is supposed to be. Is it hard news? I don't think so? It's not really anecdotal either. Just an informational piece? Whatever it is, the picture is freakin cool! I really wish that I were able to take pictures like this or at least know how to. What I wonder about photography is whether the photos present themselves or the artist has to go out and search for them and make them into what they want. Which happens more frequently? I like to think that I have the eye for a great photo, but I don't. I could pick out a great pic but I don't think I could do the pic taking myself. It's a pretty cool picture of a cornfield though!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

whoa

How freakin' cool is it that I have an archive? I've never had ARCHIVE (or at least labeled as such) before! This rocks!
P.S. I'm a nerd because I seriously just got really excited when I noticed that I had one!

It's a little problem called Sok withdrawal.

First, I would like to say shame on the city or whoever hires regional airport managers! Kathryn Sok's withdrawal from the position, however, is a nice plug for The Missourian research! At least I know someone at Lee Hills Hall is keepin' it straight (secretly I pray that it was a student and not some prof/previous journalist that made the discovery)!
Second, I would like to critique how the article was written. This article seems as if it should be a hard news piece. The way Markway wrote it, there was more of an opinionated feel to it.
The lede, "[T]he woman chosen to become Columbia Regional Airport’s new manager will no longer fill that position" could have included her name instead of 'the woman', the day that she was officially hired, and then when she decided when to decline the position.
I don't know whether I heard this in J21 or somewhere else but I didn't think that statements like "Beck remained puzzled about how such a slip happened" were appropriate in a news story. The question of how the writer know that he remained puzzled before understanding that there will be a quotation soon to follow. If we, as reporters were unable to use such statements, how do transitions and introductions to quotations happen? Maybe I'm just rambling on about something stupid that no one cares about...who knows?
All I know is that I thought that Markway could have done a little better job at making this the newsworthy story that it is.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Ride the bus (not the drinking game, the Columbia Transit!)

Well I was going to write my blog on how I thought that the article 'More people ride city buses' had some issues with organization. It does, but as I began blogging I noticed who the reporter was. It's Brodie! If it's the same Brodie I'm thinking of, I know that he's from Scotland. I met him at the beginning of the semester when I went out to lunch with all of the international journalism students. He was super nice and very quiet. I'm sure he's just learning out the whole journalism thing works and hasn't had j2100 so...I'll let it slide. I thought that the lede was good. If I were to re-write the story, however, I would have put Lee Radtke higher in the story and ended with, 'An adult monthly pass for an unlimited number of rides costs $20 dollars; the discounted rate for students, seniors and people with certified disabilities is $10.' But that's just me.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Monday's Trial

Talking about graphics and visuals in lecture last Monday really made this article stand out to me. The computer graphic made shows the different stories that Erickson and Ferguson told. Ferguson, the boy accused of murder in the killing of editor Kent Heitholt, is my age. I don't understand how people can do such things as commit murder. Anyway, the computer map points out all the different locations that the police, Erickson's first story, his second story, and Ferguson's story. It made it so much more interesting to actually see the locations and where they are in regards to one another. The article would have been much more difficult to read without it. They also showed the pictures of the two boys and Heitholt which makes the story more personable I think. The fact that it's a murder trial in Columbia makes the article more interesting to read in itself but the graphics keep the audience attracted.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Mary-Jane takes her lovers to prison

First of all, I would like to say that getting arrested for drug trafficking probably isn't fun and that I feel bad for Marcus Hadlow. I got really confused when I was reading this article. This could be because I'm an idiot or because it was written poorly, but I'm going to go with the latter of the two for my sake. The reporter, PHILLIPS, talks about how a freshman got arrested in the first graf. She then goes on writing that Marcus Hadlow, 18, was also arrested on whatever charges. I took this as Marcus being a completely different person than the person in the first graf. Yes, I realize that's silly and obvious but readers shouldn't have to read a story twice right?! I would also like to know if this is the new way to spell 'co- caine'. I've never seen it like that before, but I'm not really into drugs. The only reason I know that marijuana is often called mary-jane is from Scooby-Doo. Now what does that tell you about what our children are watching these days?

Bitchy Bloggin'

I've re-read some of my posts and I will admit that they are a little hostile! I'm not really that bitchy of a person but I think that having to do this three times a week kinda makes me a little bitter when I post! I hope that you all understand and don't hold it against me. I'm really a pleasant person, promise!

Friday, October 07, 2005

Makin' a segue to the Segway

Ok, so this is just one more invention that is leading our nation to obesity! People don't need to use their bodies any longer! We drive, we scoot, but do we walk...NEVER!! hehe I can't believe that our university is actually buying these things. For $5,000, we could be doing a lot more than letting the athletic department ride around and play with these new toys all day. I guess it's all about proficiency. Whatever it takes to get the job done that much faster. I'm just scared everyone is going to get so lazy and fat!
On to the writing of the article, now is the quotation, 'That'’s sweet,' 10-year-old Taylor Daly said. '“It'’s quiet, so you can take it deer hunting." have anything to do with the article. Were there no intelligent people lurking around the arena that day? It was a game day, and the field is usually swarming with alumni from Mizzou. It's almost insulting to think that none of them had anything smart to say about these new rides.
What I thought was really funny was when Bassett wrote something about the Reality company buying one for pazazz and then writing howreputabletible fire department will not be purchasing any of them. I don't know why, but it was funny.
I'm not looking forward to when these will show up on our campus.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Flying high with a new airport manager

What caught my eye about this article was the airport. My family owns a bonanza, 4 seater plane, and that is usually how my parents come down to visit. I don't know if the airport just out of Jeff-City is the Columbia Regional, but I havn't heard of any other airports. I hope that the manager reaches his goal of raising the passenger numbers for the airport. I thought it was weird, however, that they interviewed candidates. Yes, they are the final four, but does that mean that we, as reporters, should get their whole life story? I'm was kind of weary about that. I'm sure reporter Kristin Markway just couldn't scrounge up enough information about what the manager had been doing with the airport in the past. I don't really recall her mentioning why he/she was leaving to begin with. All I know, is that flying kicks ass and my parents are coming down the 16th for my 21st birthday!

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

All fired up

Reading the 'All fired up' article made me miss high school. I was student council president and in charge of homecoming my senior year as well. We had so much fun. Our theme was 'A night in Hollywood' and all of our days were different movie themes. I was on the homecoming court and we got to drive around in a limo for an hour one day, dressed up as our favorite movie stars the next day, and all those other fun things you can get away with in school. High school, I've ultimately decided, was the best time of my life. I had so many friends and so many good times. I wish that our school would have done a bonfire. I don't have any idea as to how large this school is, but my school was pretty big. We had 300+ students in every grade; things probably would have gotten out of hand.
The piece is a nice little filler in the newspaper. It's not super intense news, just a nice fun thing that is happening in the community. I'm glad that stories like these are written.