The elements of journalism that we have discussed thus far will shape my practice as a journalist by creating a sense of appreciation for the possibilities that I can encounter in practice. Three insights that I encountered in this journalism class are the elements of photos, the experiences involved in interviews, and the continual development of journalism methodology or principles.
Some difficult elements of [photography] are the informational, passive, and active elements of a photo. These are just some from among the many elements involved in photos. The judgment of some of these elements in a photo seemed quite arbitrary for my inexperience. In spite of the difficulties in trying to assemble a good photo with elements, I nevertheless have tried to incorporate them into the photos I have taken for this class. I tried to use the rule of thirds, for example, when I took a picture of a soccer event. Thus, I try to carry what I learn from this class into my daily plans as a journalist.
|Raul Barriga - photo by Sister Hilda Kleiman|
"Life is a bunch of interviews": these are my own words after being in Sr. Hilda's office and noticing some pictures she has on her wall. I found myself captivated by asking her to elaborate more on the background of those pictures. Thus, I came to appreciate the way this simple situation accounts for every day life as we communicate information to each other. The experiences I have encountered in interviews for this class have been great ways for me to learn about things that I would otherwise not have been able to know were it not for asking a person in an interview.
The mace and chain used in graduation ceremonies here at Mount Angel Seminary and brought to our class by Cindy May are a great example of two interesting subjects. [Editor's note: Raul's story based on this interview is forthcoming on our journalism blog]. The interview in class was supposed to be about the mace and chain, and May made this clear to me, but I saw two stories joined into one: the mace and chain themselves and Cindy May and her creation of the mace.
These are just some of the great treasures of people that I can learn from through their interviews. I can see how this principle can apply to working and even just having conversations with everyday people. This is what I learned from our interview with May.
The content from our readings seemed to me as a whole other side of journalism in terms of its theory. Upon beginning to read, I encountered myself with a state of affairs or baggage that journalism has had through its history. The examples of interviews that a journalist encounters seem great in my experience, but the readings of our book seem to portray to me a whole other side of journalism that alludes to the profession.
The seriousness of this profession makes me think twice about being a journalist because I think of the pressure of having to create newsworthy material for people. The notion of verification, for example, seems important to everyone so I would be careful in expressing an account of an event. Nevertheless, I am open to the readings that I could otherwise not have known about.
All in all, I feel that this class has gotten off to a good start. The ideas for possible tasks as a journalist keep coming in as I try to finish the last work, which may be typical to a professional journalist. I look forward to the experiences that I will be having throughout the rest of this class, even though it will not be enough to cover the vast treasuries that journalism has to offer. Thus, I feel that I have made up my mind: I will settle with what I can afford to be - a journalist for life.