Photo Captions

1. Food

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A meal of cheeseburger pods with cole slaw at Pandora in Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (MTSU Sidelines/ Alexandra Rutan)

2. Someone you don’t know

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Emma Louise explains how tigers grow and survive in the wild and in contained areas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (MTSU Sidelines/ Alexandra Rutan)

3. Your Choice

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Night scene of the floating islands in Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (MTSU Sidelines/ Alexandra Rutan)

4. Nature

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Day scene of the floating islands as well as its surrounding plants in Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (MTSU Sidelines/ Alexandra Rutan)

5. Books

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A series of Star Wars books located in the Stars Wars Galatic Outpost at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (MTSU Sidelines/ Alexandra Rutan)

6. Photo Showing Framing

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A statue of a Japanese warrior and his horse found inside the Japan area of Disney’s Epcot on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. (MTSU Sidelines/ Alexandra Rutan)

7. Detail Shot

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A close-up of a statue of Poseidon found in the Italy area of Disney’s Epcot on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. (MTSU Sidelines/ Alexandra Rutan)

8. Action

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Fireworks being set off during the Happily Ever After showing at Disney’s Magic Kingdom on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (MTSU Sidelines/ Alexandra Rutan)

9. Music-Related

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Belle (center-left) and Adam (center-right) are singing “Tale as Old as Time” as the other actors are dancing during “The Beauty and the Beast Musical” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (MTSU Sidelines/ Alexandra Rutan)

10. Skateboard or Bicycle

20171119_172727.jpg A Star Wars Speeder being displayed at Star Wars Launch Bay found in Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (MTSU Sidelines/ Alexandra Rutan)

Editing Project

Part 1: Student Media Meeting

My first part of the three was going to a student media meeting. It was not very long, but it did cover a lot of material at the 10-minute meeting. The three other people attending the meeting went over news stories that could potentially be something covered by Sidelines. For example, they talked about a story over how Haslam says he was disappointed with universities because they are largely outsourcing maintenance. Knoxville ended up replying to Haslam over why they do it. They also talked about covering what the new tax plan that Congress is working on. They would mostly talk about how that plan will affect students and universities.

Part 2: Copy-Editing for Sidelines

The next part of three I did was copy-editing for Sidelines. I was given an article about a football player. I made sure to check all the proper nouns first. After that, I went through and looked up how AP style wants phrasing to be said with football. Once that was complete, I made sure all the verbs were in agreeance with each other. Lastly, I made sure that punctuation was correct. The only thing I really needed up finding was the author put “passing yards” instead of “yards passing” in the article.

Link to article is here:

http://mtsusidelines.com/2017/11/football-thomas-honored-after-career-high-rushing-performance/

*I noticed that this was the article I had copy-edited, but they changed the article to make it shorter.

Part 3: Ten errors on Sidelines

The last part of my project was to find 10 errors on Sidelines. A lot of them were just little things that were easily fixed.

http://mtsusidelines.com/2017/11/mens-basketball-middle-tennessee-scores-big-on-national-signing-day/

Error 1: “program’s” instead of “programs”

Error 2: remove the “as well” after “leadership roles”

Error 3: Is “6-foot-10-inch” instead of 6’10”

http://mtsusidelines.com/2017/11/murfreesboro-goes-pnk-the-fastest-dog-in-the-world-visits-mtsu-for-competition/

Error 4: should be Oct. 25-29 instead of October

http://mtsusidelines.com/2017/10/the-best-of-murfreesboro-gather-at-art-crawl/

Error 5: “belly dancing” instead of “belly-dancing”

http://mtsusidelines.com/2016/09/cheapest-things-to-do-in-murfreesboro-every-week-night/

Error 6:” 6 p.m.-10 p.m.” instead of “6pm-10pm”

Error 7: “50 percent off” instead of “50% off”

Error 8: “half price” instead of “½ price”

http://mtsusidelines.com/2017/08/mayday-brewery-blacks-out-over-eclipse/

Error 9: “a brewery” instead of “a Brewery”

Error 10: “brewery — best” instead of “Brewery-best”

 

Question for Speaker

Why did you get into journalism?

What inspired or pushed you to do what you have done in journalism so far?

Why did you decide to make your own business?

Plagiarizing Journalist

The article can be found here:

https://www.theguardian.com/media/greenslade/2014/jul/25/thetimes-tennis

This story of plagiarism is very interesting because of how the club he was writing for handled it. Wimbledon, the club that found about about Harman’s plagiarism, decided to sell the plagiarized annual for several months while knowing it was plagiarized. Once people found out it was plagiarized, Hartman was suspended from the London Times, who he also worked for.

Newspaper Corrections

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This was an extremely inappropriate, but funny, error that was corrected by the newspaper. It needed to be corrected because of the innuendos that people might of mistaken the words in the original for.

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The New York Times made a correction over a recent article of climat change. It needed to be corrected because the number six and 16 are very different when talking about years.

Journalist who committed an ethical violation and got caught

Main article can be found here:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/18/us/fake-news-hillary-clinton-cameron-harris.html

 

Cameron Harris committed a huge ethical violation by fabricating a story that the 2016 election was rigged. I feel that the worst part about it was that he felt a sort of pride that people believed him for quite awhile. He skillfully crafted a fake story and even included photographs to make it seem real. People like this one are one of the reasons journalists are getting a bad reputation.

Response to “Why Writers Lie” By Paul Elie

The article can be found here:

https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2017/03/why-writers-lie-plagiarize-fabricate-stretch-the-truth

This article was very interesting and had a lot of information for people who write as a career to really think about. I always wondered why people would lie and plagiarize stories that, today, are so easy to be found as a plagiarized piece. After reading the article, it makes a little more sense. Elie wrote about what Dr. Ronald Schouten, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, said when trying to figure out why they lie. After reading that, it made me understand more. That feeling of you being popular and noticed is what they were mostly after. They wanted to be seen as great in their career and they would do some underhanded means to get there. They knew it was wrong, but they did it anyway.

There was one thing that I really thought about while reading this, though. In today’s age, people do not necessarily care if things are real or made up. People tend to believe in what they want, facts be damned. Not everyone is of that thought process, but the ones that see it that way are the ones who speak the loudest. These people want to believe in the real “fake news” that does not have any evidence of it being factual or any sources to show it wasn’t made up. To make matters worse, they believe that the real news, who has the evidence and a number of sources, is the “fake news.”

Questions for Exam

Pick the correct answer:

a. Kelly was going to Montreal for a month long stay during Christmas time.

b. Kelly was going to montreal for a monthlong stay during christmastime.

c. Kelly was going to Montreal for a monthlong stay during Christmas time.

d. Kelly was going to Montreal for a monthlong stay during Christmastime. ***

 

Is this sentence correct?

I am going to create a mock up of a website to put on Google.com.

a. True

b. False ***

 

When is it OK to abbreviate months January, February, August, September, October, November and December?

a. It is never OK to abbreviate these months.

b. You can only abbreviate them when there is a specific date. ***

c. You can use them when used alone, or with a year alone

d. You can always abbreviate these months.