Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Profile Articles

The next article due for class is a profile piece. The assignment for this blog entry is to locate three profile articles and decide what techniques each writer uses to write a great profile article.

The first article I found was from the NPR website and its title is Poverty Informs JK Rowling's New Novel For Adults. This piece is mainly about her new book and how it's very different from the Harry Potter series, but it also talks a lot about the author, how she came up with the book idea, and her thoughts and feelings towards it. The author of this article focused his or her's questions around Rowling's life, mostly where she came from (poverty). He or she then found a way to get Rowling to relate what she went through in her past with the characters in the book. The only person interviewed was Rowling herself, but the article was mainly about how the book is a reflection of Rowling's life in poverty.

The web address for this article is:

The second article I found was Once Denied A Purple Heart, A Soldier Gets Her Medal. This author interviewed both the subject of the article and one of her fellow officers. Since the article is about how she is finally getting her purple heart for a concussion received years ago, the setting is the place where she was receiving the medal. The author also included information from the subjects fellow officer about how any other military person can go about getting his or her purple heart if they have been denied one before. While the article was about a soldier getting her purple heart, it's also informative for other soldiers.

The web address for this article is:

The third article I found was Mindy Kaling Loves Rom Com (and Being The Boss). This article is all about the actresses new TV series, which she writes, stars in, and produces. The authors technique is to only interview the subject, basing all opinions and facts straight from the source. Information about the show and what it is based off of comes from questions asked about the subjects past.

The web address for this article is:

Two out of the three authors only interviewed the subject they were writing out. This makes sense since the profile is centered around something the subjects have created. It seems like techniques can vary from author to author and subject to subject, but having a clear focus is always necessary.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Writing a Lead

My assignment for this post is to write a lead using the following information:

Who: A nuclear weapon with a yield equivalent to 150,000 tons of TNT
What: Detonated
Where: 40 miles from a meeting of pacifists and 2,000 fet beneath the surface of Pahute Mesa in the Nevada desert
When: Tuesday
Why: To test the weapon
How: Not applicable

So here is my best try: Nuclear Weapon Detonated Tuesday Beneath Pahute Mesa

Review of Article #1

My topic for the first article for this class was products that help students quit smoking. What I am most proud of after writing this is helping the one girl I interviewed realize how long she has been smoking. She didn't realize just how long she had been smoking for until she had to put a number in front of it. I think this happens to a lot of people who smoke because after a while it become part of his or her's daily life. We don't think, "how many years have I been reading for now" or anything like that. I'm happy that I was able to help her realize how long she has been hurting her body for.

The most challenging part of writing this article was following the pyramid. I was always taught to build up to the important information, but this style has it listed first with supporting information after. It was hard to reverse this thought process.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Sources in the News

Since there have not been any accidents in my neck of the woods that requires extensive news coverage (thank goodness), I've decided to list the sources from an article on a police search for a vehicle that tried to abduct a young boy. The source listed by the writer was the Buckingham police. If I were writing this article I would have tried to interview the parents of the boy along with others living in the neighborhood.

Monday, September 17, 2012

A Lesson on Gathering Information

I was presented with six questions and told to find the information being asked about. Presented here is my best shot at answering them all:
1. The census of Rhode Island in 2000: 1,048,319 people.
2. The size of Rwanda in land area: 10,169 square miles.
3. The latest grand awards by the U.S. Department of Education: The obligated amount for Pennsylvania is $18,593214.
4. The names of universities in Norway that provide outside access via the internet: Oslo University College, Bergen University, University of Tromsø, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, University of Stavanger, and University of Adger.
5. The name of a website that contains the complete works of Shakespeare: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
6. The name of a website that contains federal campaign contribution data: Federal Election Commission

Thursday, September 13, 2012

If I Were to Interview Dr. Helen Giles-Gee

Dr. Helen Giles-Gee is the new President of University of the Sciences. If I were to interview her I would ask her something like this:
1. Are you excited to return to Philadelphia as the president of a school you once took classes at?
2. Which classes did you take at USciences?
3. After being here for a couple of months, is the city how to remember it?
4. How does it feel to not only be the first African-American president of the University, but also the first female president?
5. Why did you decided to leave Keene State and come to USciences?
6. What are your plans for the University?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Interview with Irina Galchak

Irina Galchak is a fellow student of mine in my Intro to Journalism course. She was born in Ukraine and immigrated to the United States when she was 4 years old. Currently Galchak resides in Bensalem, PA, which has been her hometown since she arrived. Galchak has one older sister. Her major at University of the Sciences is biology and when asked why she decided USP Galchak responded, "partly because location and I like the smallness of school and how it's one little community of students." Her plans for after graduation include graduate school, either for cell biology, molecular biology, or to become a registered nutritionist. To help aid her in the decision Galchak would like to receive more exposure to each of the above-mentioned fields.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

What if I Started a News Blog?

It would have to be about the latest and greatest movies. Enlightening readers of all ages, I would inform the public of movies coming out on the big screen along with those that are being released to DVD and Blu Ray. Video clips would not be included unless they are necessary to describe a film, but pictures will always be included. This site would purely describe movies without my or anyone else's personal opinions. The flow of the blog should have movies going into theaters first, then those that are being released for personal purchase. Does this sound like a news blog you would visit?

Monday, September 3, 2012

Census Information for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Do you remember filling out census forms? Although I've always participated, I never looked at any of the information released. Here's a look at some interesting facts:

Population of Pennsylvania: 12,742,886 people
Population of Philadelphia, PA: 1,536,471 people
Range of income levels and percentages of population that fall within income levels in Philadelphia: the closest I could find to this was the median income of Pennsylvania, which is estimated at $49,288
Demographic breakdown of Philadelphia by race:
     White - 696,866
     African American - 682,166
     American Indian and Alaskan Native - 12,127
     Asian - 99,418
     Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander - 1,999
     Two or more races - 33430

All information in this post was obtained from the United States Census Bureau at