How ancient philosophy can help you get an A in this class

Today we will:

  • take a walk through ancient philosophy and learn how Socrates, Hammurabi, Mohammed and Matthew can boost your grade in this class.
  • discuss four ethical theories
  • talk about how these theories apply to journalism
  • talk
  • discuss the teams for Debate 1

This class should give you a backbone for how to approach scenarios in this class. If you miss this class, you should see me AND talk to a classmate about what was covered.

 Take notes. Ask questions.


  •  truth-telling
  • promise-keeping
  • respecting confidentiality
  • right to privacy
  • fostering fairness
  • justice
  • minimizing harm
  • avoiding conflicts of interest
  • fulfilling journalist’s responsibility to inform the public about relevant information even when it is unpopular to do so.

Philosophers who can help you




Immanuel Kant

Niccolo Machiavelli

Golden Rule




 Read for Sept 11:

American Journalism Review: Why top editors publish what is secret  —

NYT –Explanation for publishing banking records




Read for Sept 13:



Test post

This is what I have to say today…….

Multimedia journalism


Gay Marriage

Violent video games


Features as video:

Turtle Man

Videos/photos that contribute to features

Chasing the Swell

Multimedia that adds to stories — number crunching — graphics

Las Vegas Sun: Painkillers

Pop U lation


informational photos

Passive photos

Active photos

Photo elements: light, rule of thirds, point of entry, movement, perspective, mood, personality

The language of the image:

Concluding column


Columns are great avenues for newspaper editors and reporters to express their opinions, provide insight to certain topics or provide a voice for voiceless ones in the community they serve in. More or less, columns writers have the freedom to write about whatever he or she may want.

But that freedom for me, for whatever reason, caused me to have a case of writer’s block on Thursday, when my final column at The Spectrum was due.

My last column had to do with Christmas.


I considered doing a “goodbye” column saying farewell to UB or an inspirational column of what I learned during my college experience. But, I decided against both. I already did a “goodbye” column, sort of, and also felt they were too cliche and over done. I wanted to do something new and different.

That led me to think about current events. I didn’t feel too passionate about anything in the news on the world, national or local scale. Nothing tickled my fancy so I moved on.

I then began thinking about the time of year. It’s December and therefore Christmastime. I wondered if I could write something along the lines of the Holiday season. On top of it, how many people can say they left a publication on a festive note?

I began to think about what Christmas has meant to me throughout the years, wondering if there was any lesson I learned or interesting antidote I could write about in my column slot.

Eventually, I figured it out, and left my final mark with The Spectrum.

Mediated Stardom.

Don’t be surprised if your favorite artist strikes in 2010.

Thanks to illegal downloads, album sales are lower than ever.

As the trend ceases to end, artist look for new ways to attract public interest.

Mix tapes, books, cameos and talk shows are popular ways to use the media to stir up buzz.

Journalism may have found its significant other after all. Journalism meet promotion Promotion is about half your age and double your net worth. Together you can make ‘talentlessness’ cool

No wonder Lil Wayne and Miley Cyrus break records,  Oprah Winfrey talks about them.

Now that the Internet has made downloading easy for listeners bloggers can help with sales too. Just go  write a story on your favorite artist from your favorite blog site, post it and viola. Your favorite artist will rise in popular votes.

Rapper Drake has ” a buzz louder than a beehive.” Over the past year, Drake has broken music and newspaper headlines. If Drake plans to sell his reckoned million copies,  he will have to keep his album in the lime light. The media has already helped sustain that light by promoting Drake’s latest project: ‘Thank Me Later’

If journalism could focus as much attention on music as they do hippie rock concerts,  artists may have a second shot at breaking those old Beatles records.

It will be hard for our favorite artists to break records in this recession. Who knows,  bloggers may have more power than you think. Maybe you can use this tactic to promote a  project on your own..                   Grammy Nominee [YOUR NAME HERE]

Handwritten Final?

The next class was filling in the room after the final on Thursday, and I couldn’t help wonder why we are handwriting the final exam.

The entire semester we have been doing blogs, getting assignments and grades from UB Learns while also getting e-mails about our field trips. Then I ask Professor Biehl, why was our final in class being handwritten?

Handwriting doesn't allow you to be as creative or as timely with your writing process.

I know I am not the only one who does every writing assignment on their computer.  It is much easier to edit, correct, and even experiment with leads and sentence structures while using Word.  I used the entire class and more to finish the final and still didn’t feel comfortable with everything that I wrote.

I like to read my papers and articles about 1000 times before it is my finished piece.  Probably not the best way to write with deadlines but I am a perfectionist.  The first sentence I write will not be the finished one.

Please don’t take my criticism for the final as a criticism for the class as a whole (my sucking up paragraph).  I felt like the blog was a great way to test new writing and ideas while the field trips added a great visual into the professional world (but sometimes a pain getting to). But the final was just a bad ending to the class’ already technical scene (although some difficulties along the way).

Even if we weren’t in a lab for the final, why couldn’t we have taken it at home?  It’s not like we can cheat on an exam that is already so subjective.

Thank you for being so understanding Jodi, or maybe this is the blog I drop…

Writing Instruments Are Advancing

By: Heather Hale

I recently discovered something that I wish had been in existence 3 years ago when I started college.  Although it may be old news to some, the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen is one of the handiest gadgets I have seen in a long while. They are marketing it towards college students and journalists in many of the reviews I have read.

A problem that I commonly have, especially in the classroom, is being able to listen to the professor and write down the corresponding notes at the same time. This pen translates the audio into text and then combines that with the notes that are written.  Also included with this pen is a calculator, a fun piano game to entertain your friends, and a headphone jack so it can be used as a normal recorder too.

This could be useful for journalists as well, so that interviews don’t have to feel so much like interviews. Instead of concentrating on getting good notes the interview process can flow more like an informal conversation with the occasional jotting down of notes.

Surprisingly although it came out over a year ago, the price is still not so affordable for a pen. The cheapest version available is still being sold at $180 on their website. The pen also needs specialized paper to work correctly and the cheapest notebook for that is $8 right now.

Although I am not a journalism student, this pen seems like it would be a good investment for those that are.  I am wondering if anyone has ever used one of these pens and what your experience with it was, is it worth it?