<![CDATA[Jose's Blog - Writing for a Publication]]>Sun, 27 Dec 2015 22:49:27 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Writing for a publication finale]]>Thu, 08 May 2014 20:05:38 GMThttp://josenegron.weebly.com/writing-for-a-publication/writing-for-a-publication-finaleThroughout our spring semester in Writing for a Publication, we have all learned to become better writers. We wrote opinion pieces, magazine articles, and even personal narrative stories. Our goal in writing most of these stories was also to attempt to get some of them published. One of my favorite sports writers is Dejan Kovacevic from the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. I really wanted to send him some of my stories this year and not only try to get it published, but also to get some advice from a columnist who I admire and look up to. I felt like he was the right person to send my fighting in hockey piece to because he knows a lot about the game from a journalist standpoint and could definitely help me make the piece stronger. For my fighting in hockey story, I did a lot of research into the debate of whether it should or should not be allowed in the sport. I took the side of being mostly against it due to the fatal mental issues some players have faced, but I also go point of views from people around the game who think it's good in ways for the sport. I talked to a member of Cal U's mens hockey team and a coach of the women's hockey team who both think fighting has a purpose in the game of hockey. I really wanted to get both sides of opinions on the topic because I understand it's a very talked about topic. Though I think more towards the personal side of things, I understand that many of my readers would think it is an exciting part of the game that should never be changed.

When it comes to being a college journalist, I have learned that it is indeed a scary thing to try to break out into the world of journalism. You're not sure what to expect and what input you're going to get, but I'm learning that it all has a purpose. My dream is to work as a sports columnist because I'm passionate about different kinds of sports and always have different opinions on important topics. There is always that fear that you're going to be criticized by someone, but that just comes with the job. I believe that no matter what you do in this field of work, the risk and the challenges that come with it are more than worth the reward.

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<![CDATA[Writing skills]]>Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:48:58 GMThttp://josenegron.weebly.com/writing-for-a-publication/writing-skillsIn order for a writer to be able to write creatively, journalistically,and academically, different traits and skills are needed. I believe that a writer must have an open mind with creative personality. I also think that a writer must be a realist in order to write effectively. When it comes to journalism, writers must do whatever it takes to get the facts and a good story. It takes a "never give up" type of attitude for someone to be a creative journalist. I also think that when it comes to the skills, a writer must be able to creatively work in different points of view. In journalism, it is sometimes difficult to be creative when your main purpose is to provide facts, but when a journalist has a skill set that allows them to provide factual evidence in a creative way, then they are going to have success as a writer. When it comes to pieces that we've read in our Writing for a Publication class, I don't think I can recall a certain piece that includes all three of these elements. I think that at least one has been included in one of the pieces and that writers in the 21st century must have skills that allow them to obtain all of these qualities in order to have success. Readers enjoy the work of creative writers, love the factual information given by journalist, and appreciate when writers can write academically. When a writer is able to combine each of these  characteristics, then they will be considered a good all around writer. When it comes to my career after my graduation from California University of Pennsylvania, I hope to be able to writer journalistically to the best of my abilities. My goal in life is to be a journalist or sports columnist for a newspaper and I am dedicated to building a skill set that will allow me to succeed in all different types of writing. Though this is what I want to accomplish with my life, I want to be well educated in different types of writing and broaden my horizons when it comes to writ]]><![CDATA[Tony Norman comes to Cal U]]>Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:44:42 GMThttp://josenegron.weebly.com/writing-for-a-publication/tony-norman-comes-to-cal-uRecently, Pittsburgh Post Gazette Columnist and book editor Tony Norman visited California University of Pennsylvania and spoke to a group of students in various majors including journalism. Norman spoke about his job at the Post Gazette, the rise of social media in journalism, and some of his specific columns. One thing that Norman spoke about that stuck out to me is the lack of people who read the print edition of a newspaper on a daily basis. He asked the room of spectators if they indeed do this everyday and most hands were down at the question including mine. I'll be honest, I don't read print editions of papers every single day, but I do believe that print is still a huge part of journalism even though it seems as if it is quickly fading behind online editions. Though Norman said that this is not particularly great for democracy, I think that the world is changing and journalists have to adapt to this change. The world of journalism is becoming strictly based on this idea that everything must be online for readers to be completely interested in it. I still believe that there are readers out there who still love the feeling of picking up a newspaper and staying informed the old fashioned way. ]]><![CDATA[Different types of essays]]>Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:33:55 GMThttp://josenegron.weebly.com/writing-for-a-publication/different-types-of-essaysWhen writing an essay, the first important step is to determine the type of essay that you are writing. There are different types of essays and ways of writing including opinion pieces, narratives, and magazine stories. It's also easy to determine what work must be done to make each piece successful and what problems may occur. In an example of talking about the lack of instant replay in Major League Baseball, an opinion piece would likely include your own thoughts on the subject, however, you don't want to get carried away with it. You would want to look deep into the problems that this lack of replay has cost the sport in the past and you may want to get some feedback from people who play the game of baseball or even coach. For a narrative piece on the same subject, you would want to tell a story about a certain experience that you had in which you were playing baseball and a lack of instant replay cost your team the game. You are your own character and there must be a climax and resolution to the problem. Finally, in a magazine piece about the topic, you would want to dig deep into the history of baseball and talk to people who also feel passionate about the subject. This piece would dig deeper into the subject than the other two types of essays. In order to write a well written essay, a writer must determine which essay would fit in well with the subject that they are writing about. ]]><![CDATA[Welcome to my readers]]>Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:51:05 GMThttp://josenegron.weebly.com/writing-for-a-publication/welcome-to-my-readersAs the Sports Editor for the Cal Times Newspaper, I decided to make the focus of my blog to combine my interests of writing and sports and bring stories to my audience. I hope that readers who also enjoy sports and reading will be able to relate to my articles and posts and enjoy reading them. I hope to bring insight to my readers as well as quality stories. I feel as if this blog is a perfect way for me to express myself and my opinions on different sports topics
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