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.

4 comments:

Kent said...

I'm taking a Feature Story Writing Journalism class at the local junior college. I could see where taking multiple classes would be a big challenge. I may be getting a tiny idea of what it is like to work for a publication and have a deadline. Hope it goes well for you.

Mom said...

I wonder if there is a way to turn the same information from one article into an article with completely different political slant and conclusion? Pretend you are the antithesis of the person you normally are. Wouldn't that be a good intellectual exercise to keep you challenged while you write copiously? But then, I am just a physics major. What do I know about writing?

Janna said...

hey cool pic. you took it right?

Polythene Pam said...

Sorry sorry, someday I'll write another one...