Thursday, August 21, 2008

302 students: Tell us about yourselves

As we start the beat reporting class, we'd like to know a little bit more about you. By the time class begins you each will have received an email inviting you to join the On The Beat blog. Please sign in (you may need to create a Google account if you don't already have one) and create a short post answering the following questions:
- What's your name?
- Where are you from?
- What year are you in school?
- What is your career goal?
- What do you like to read?
- Where do you get your news?
- Do you have any journalism experience?
- Do you have a blog?
- What are passionate about?
- Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you?

Make sure you use bio as a label for your post and please put your name in the headline.

Blogging is good writing practice. But remember whatever you post is public. You should take care to follow the same spelling, grammar and style points you would use if you were writing for print.

Your deadline for this short post is by the beginning of class Thursday, Aug. 28.

16 comments:

Shannon Smith said...

Not sure this is quite what we are supposed to do...

- name: Shannon Smith
- from: Hickman, NE
- year: Junior
- career goal:
To work for a national magazine as a reporter/graphic designer
- Reading list?
I used to read everything as a child, and I mean everything, mostly to avoid awkward interactions at family social functions. Now that I am forced to read for college, I enjoy it and do it less. But I have a list of classics that I am trudging through and I really enjoy poetry like that of e.e. cummings.

- Where do you get your news?
My google home page mainly, but I try to watch the news and read newspapers when I get a chance.

- Do you have any journalism experience?
Yes. Daily Nebraskan, + College of Journalism projects.

- Do you have a blog?
The COJMC blog for Kosovo, if that counts, and my myspace blog, which shouldn't count if we are talking about intelligent postings. :)

- Passions: Movies, making a difference, chocolate

- Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you?
I hate socks.

Shannon Smith said...

I just re-read the original post, I apologize for the casual attitude of my post. Style and detail will be remedied for future posts!

jordan pascale said...

- What's your name?
Jordan Pascale

- Where are you from?
Omaha, Neb. Millard North High School

- What year are you in school?
Junior

- What is your career goal?
I want to write either news or sports at a national newspaper or magazine

- What do you like to read?
I read a newspaper everyday, but I'm not the biggest fan of reading books.

- Where do you get your news?
Mainly from the morning newspaper and I go to the internet for breaking news. I simply cannot stand watching 24 hour news cable networks.

- Do you have any journalism experience?
Yes. I have four years of journalism experience. Two years in high school as a sports and news writer my junior year. My senior year I was editor-in-chief and sports editor of my high school paper, the Hoofbeat. I also write for the Daily Nebraskan as a sports writer. This semester I will hopefully be getting into the news desk.

- Do you have a blog?
No.
- What are passionate about?
Music, sports and people.

- Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you?
I'm sure you'll get to know me better in person than you ever could from reading about me online.

Christina DeVries said...

- What's your name?
Christina DeVries
- Where are you from?
Omaha, NE
- What year are you in school?
Junior

- What is your career goal?
After graduation I’d like to join the Peace Corp for a few years. When I’m done there I plan on following the wind. The only qualification I have for the wind’s direction is working abroad with an organization that helps people in need.

- What do you like to read?
As a child my mom made me sign up for the summer reading club at our local library. Even though I won prizes (Arby’s sandwiches, snap bracelets and things of that sort) I hated every sentence I stammered out. Gradually I changed my mind. Somewhere between Little House on the Prairie and The Chronicles of Narnia, I started to love reading. This summer I spent two hours in the Love Library stacks surrounded by books about South Africa. I hope my mother is proud.

- Where do you get your news?
CNN.com, The New York Times, and occasionally I peruse Perez Hilton (don’t judge) but I wouldn’t qualify his blog real news.

- Do you have any journalism experience?
High School News Magazine and Newspaper
DailyER Nebraskan
Journalism College In-Depth Reporting Trip
This year I’m planning on writing for the Daily Nebraskan.

- Do you have a blog?
Nope.

- What are passionate about?
Spending time with my family, giving more than I receive, praying, reading, human rights, world issues, learning, and Justin Timberlake (again don’t judge)

- Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you?
I carry tissues in my purse for people who sniff in class. I’m not kidding. I will offer you one.

Katie Stearns said...

What's your name? Katie Stearns

Where are you from? I was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (and yes, I remember seeing the The Gazette at my house every morning!) but moved to Omaha, Neb. as a sophomore in high school.

What year are you in school? Junior

What is your career goal? I would like to become a copy editor for any type of written publication and perhaps design layouts.

What do you like to read? I'm currently reading Diary by Chuck Palahniuk. This summer I found time to read a couple other fiction books and a few novels for some Spanish classes I took.

Where do you get your news? I prefer the World-Herald to the Journal Star and enjoy reading the New York Times when I pick it up. I hardly ever watch the news and never listen to the radio when I'm driving.

Do you have any journalism experience? I worked on the newspaper staff for four years in high school and was the editor-in-chief for the last two years in high school. In college, I wrote for the Daily Nebraskan freshman year and did page degisn for the Dailyer Nebraskan sophomore year.

Do you have a blog? No.

What are passionate about? I am passionate about Spanish, writing, reading thought-provoking books (when I have time), occasionally cooking and attempting to stay informed about current events.

Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you?
I drink a lot of coffee.

Matt Buxton said...

- What's your name?
Matt Buxton

- Where are you from?
Portland, Oregon

- What year are you in school?
Junior

- What is your career goal?
Make pretty but meaningful pictures

- What do you like to read?
Various short stories, newspapers, political blogs. Mostly anything that's reasonably funny or has a leftist agenda--preferably both.

- Where do you get your news?
Newspaper and PBS

- Do you have any journalism experience?
Daily Nebraskan - photographer
Blueprint - photo, reporting, layout
CoJMC - depth report on Pine Ridge

- Do you have a blog?
Does a photo blog count? www.mattbuxton.com My laptop is currently at Applecare so it's not current.

- What are passionate about?
Photography, politics, art related things, movies and learning.

- Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you?
I love trying my hand at the multimedia side of things. Audio, photos, videos, any combination of that.

Mallory said...

What's your name?
- Mallory Wittstruck
(My parents combined their names, Marc and Holly, to get Mallory.)

Where are you from?
- I went to Crete High School because my dad is a teacher there, but I live closer to Lincoln.

What year are you?
-Junior

What is your career goal?
- I really want to travel and be in the midst of history in the making. As of right now, I want to be a reporter, but I really like graphic design.

What do you like to read?
- I absolutely love to read deep books, no romance novels or Mary Higgins Clark books for me. Right now I'm reading "The Dentist of Auschwitz" which is a true story about a Jew who survived the camps because he did dental work on the Nazis.

Where do you get your news?
- I get my news mostly by television, Lincoln Journal Star, or word-of-mouth.

Do you have any journalism experience?
- I was on my high school yearbook and newspaper staff for three years. This summer I worked on the Ethanol magazine for CoJMC as a graphic designer. And I started an internship at the NET station in July, which will continue this fall.

Do you have a blog?
-No

What are you passionate about?
- I love knowing odd information and being able to tell people random facts. I'm known for my pointless stories, but sometimes they do come in handy. I love my family, playing basketball and reading.

Is there anything else you'd like to us know about you?
- Well, I'm leaving for Strafford, Vermont this weekend for NET to shoot coverage on a leadership class that is learning about Senator Justin Morrill. The senator wrote the Land Grant Act, which helped universities like UNL start. I'm not a broadcast major, but this has always fascinated me and I wanted to experience this part of journalism to help me decide if I want to double major.
-Last thing.... I LOVE Mountain Dew!!

Lindsey Givens said...

What's your name?
- Lindsey Givens

Where are you from?
- I am from Papillion, NE (just south of Omaha in Sarpy County)graduated from Papillion-LaVista High School in 2005

What year are you?
-I am a senior.

What is your career goal?
- I'm still not sure. I would really like to try out PR someday, but who knows. I have so many things that I want to try it is hard to say what my ultimate goal is.

What do you like to read?
- I love reading all kinds of books. I do love a good Jane Austen story, but I am not limited to that. I love Nabakov, Joyce Carol Oates, Toni Morrison, the list goes on and on. One of my all time favorite books is Anna Karenina. Sometimes I'll even throw in a Nicholas Sparks novel now and then when I am feeling sappy.

Where do you get your news?
- Mostly online or in the newspaper. I try and read the New York Times everyday, either online or paper.

Do you have any journalism experience?
- No,not much. I understand as a senior I should probably be out there doing so many things like the other students in the class, but I'm still not sure what I want to do exactly. The only experience I have is what I have written for the classes I have in the J school.

Do you have a blog?
-No

What are you passionate about?
- I love reading. Also, I believe in doing more than just getting by. I believe in helping others along the way. I would never want a job where I did not feel I was making a difference.

Is there anything else you'd like to us know about you?
- I don't think so.

Scott said...

- What's your name?
Scott Koperski

- Where are you from?
St. Paul NE

- What year are you in school?
Senior

- What is your career goal?
My goal is to write for an automotive magazine

- What do you like to read?
I read the Journal Star, Rolling Stone, and Motor Trend on a regular basis.

- Where do you get your news?
I get my news from the Journal Star and MSN.

- Do you have any journalism experience?
I've written for the Daily Nebraskan and Lincoln 55+.

- Do you have a blog?
No.

- What are passionate about?
Friends, family, music, cars

- Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you?
I'm a farm kid.

Natasha said...

- What's your name?
Natasha Richardson

- Where are you from?
St. Paul, Neb.

- What year are you in school?
Junior

- What is your career goal?
Well, first and foremost, I'd like to have a job at a magazine someday. The market seems to be very competitive right now, so if I'm lucky to get that far, I hope I enjoy my job.

- What do you like to read?
I like to read newspapers, books and magazines. Features writing usually holds my attention the longest.

- Where do you get your news?
Internet and newspapers. I currently don't have a TV at my house, but I watch the news on TV when I can.

- Do you have any journalism experience?
Yes, I've done work for the following publications/organizations:
The Daily Nebraskan
The Progressive Farmer
The Nebraska Blueprint
The Scally Rag
J-News magazine
Center for Applied Rural Innovation
My responsibilities have included reporting, Web editing/formatting, photography and copy editing.

- Do you have a blog?
Yes. nattytechnicoloryawn.blogspot.com. I basically update it for my grandma to read.

- What are you passionate about?
Learning, Ted Kooser's poetry, my friends and my family.

- Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you?
In addition to slapping people with sandwiches, I like to go to flea markets in Alabama.

James Corley said...

I'm James Corley, from Oklahoma City. I'm a junior this year. I'm studying to be a sports journalist, preferably an editor at a Big XII paper. And then eventually ESPN, of course.

I enjoy reading--James Bond novels, Harry Potter (can't get enough), my three newspapers (thanks, student readership program!). I've never been too fond of textbooks though.

I read the JournalStar, World-Herald and the Daily Nebraskan every day. When I'm home, I read The Oklahoman and the Tulsa World. I also frequently check espn.com for anything I haven't already seen on SportsCenter.

The only journalism experience I have is what I've done in class. But I'm hoping to change that very, very soon.

I do have a blog. It's down at the moment, but when I get it back up it's http://sportmonk.com. It's my own sports blog with stuff I've written back to senior year of high school (mostly Husker football).

I love sports, if it isn't already obvious. For me there are four seasons: college football, NBA, Olympics (every other year), and nothing-good-is-happening-right-now. College football is my favorite. I'll watch some MLB every once in a while too.

stormnorm5 said...

- What's your name?
Ryan Norman

- Where are you from?
North Platte, NE.

- What year are you in school?
Junior

- What is your career goal?
I'm really not sure yet but right now I am leaning toward becoming a lawyer.

- What do you like to read?
I read all kinds of books. I also read the newspaper about three times a week.

- Where do you get your news?
The Lincoln Journal Start, online news sources and Fox News (don't hate me).

- Do you have any journalism experience?
I was on my high school newspaper staff for three years and was the editor my senior year. I wrote for the DN for 3 semesters as a staff writer and a cops beat reporter.

- Do you have a blog?
No.

- What are passionate about?
Sports, my fraternity, my family and friends

- Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you?
I'm kind of a class clown. I like to have a good time. If I go overboard feel free to tell me to shut up.

Aaron James said...

My name is Aaron James.
I am from Lincoln, Nebraska.
I am a Junior.
My career goal is to travel internationally.
I like to read newspapers, magazines, and the current edition of the World Almanac.
I get my news from newspapers.
I have no journalism experience outside of the CoJMC.
I do not have a blog.
I am passionate about life and travel.
I am a horrible speller.

Michelle said...

What's your name:
Michelle Masek

Where are you from?
Oconto

What year are you in school?
Senior

What is your career goal?
To become an agriculture writer at a local newspaper.

What do you like to read?
I like to read newspapers and various magazines that catch my interest, like horse magazines or gardening magazines.

Where do you get your news?
I get my news from radio, local nightly news and newspapers.

Do you have any journalism experience?
I worked for the DN as the ag beat writer for a semester until I got a summer internship where I also got some journalism experience.

Do you have a blog?
No

What are you passionate about?
Keeping farmers and ranchers in business. I'm also passionate about helping people make more informed decisions and helping people anyway I can.

Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you?
I usually keep snacks in my bag, shhhh, but if you ask I'll share.

Mimi said...

- What's your name?
Mimi Abebe

- Where are you from?
Lincoln, Neb.

- What year are you in school?
Senior

- What is your career goal?
I hope to work my way up to a major newspaper and then be a foreign correspondent somewhere amazing.

- What do you like to read?
I like to read a lot of fiction, mostly the old stuff. I like Orwell, Austen and Wilde. I’m starting to appreciate more contemporary authors like Tom Robbins and Marjane Satrapi and some nonfiction.

- Where do you get your news?
I watch CNN, and I watch MSNBC online. MSNBC has a cool news organizer called Spectra that I like to use. Other than that, I read USA Today and The Lincoln Journal Star when I can.

- Do you have any journalism experience?
This summer, I worked at The Post-Crescent in Appleton, Wis., and I did multimedia training in Nashville earlier this month. I’ve been working at the Daily Nebraskan for a year.

- Do you have a blog?
I’ve tried blogging and found I don’t have the patients for it. I’m taking News Net this semester for which we are required to start a blog. http://mabebe.wordpress.com/ I haven’t done much with it yet though.

- What are passionate about?
I love to read and write, which is probably obvious by my major. I’m also passionate about drawing, music, language and editing video (it’s more fun than it sounds).

- Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you?
There’s nothing that I can think of now.

dhoufek said...

David Houfek

Waterloo, NE

Junior

Work for a high profile newspaper/sports magazines

Sports Sections and Magazines

ESPN/internet and newspaper

I have worked for the Daily Nebraskan

Blog? - no, but i love to comment on online sports stories

Sports, Football; competition - knowledge

I have a horrible memory - it may be medical - I've had a good number of concussions