Friday, January 09, 2009

I have an overabundance of Journalism classes this term. Forced to produce content in so may different formats (television scripts and reports/print news pitches and stories, not only for my Research prof but for the Gazette, and maybe the Coast/opinions essays/a 3,000 word narrative non-fiction story), I think I will implode come March. But in the meantime, I will be doing me very best to keep everybody happy. The hardest job will undoubtedly be staying free of self-plagiarism. Every prof wants original ideas, ones that haven't been pitched to other editors or teachers before. But I will have 6 or 7 people demanding untainted originality from me within the same 4 month time frame! I think sustaining originality in ideas will be impossible for such a quantity and variety of outlets, but hopefully I can stretch ideas across various classes and publications in a way that isn't unethical or illegal. Fortunately, I am taking Journalism Ethics this term. If in doubt, I will knock on his door and present each case as it comes up.