<![CDATA[Jose's Blog - Newspaper Reporting]]>Sun, 27 Dec 2015 22:48:23 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Reflection on Reporting]]>Tue, 08 Dec 2015 01:20:18 GMThttp://josenegron.weebly.com/newspaper-reporting/reflection-on-reportingNewspaper Reporting class was a very influential course for me to take this fall. It really allowed me to gain experience in the field of journalism and allowed me to do things that I have never done before like attend borough meetings, court hearings and school board meetings.
Though covering these events was very enjoyable and fulfilling, my favorite story to write was my first feature on an athlete on campus. For this story, I wrote it on Joshua Hershey, a freshman soccer player at Cal U. I really enjoyed writing this piece because I got to understand what a student athlete goes through and how difficult and time consuming it can be. 
The most difficult story to write was definitely the borough meeting story. Not a lot went on during this meeting and it was challenging to write about the most interesting topics discussed during the meeting. The topics were not as interesting as the other things we covered, but it was possible
My goals in life do include being a reporter. The thing I am most passionate about is sports and being a sports reporter is my dream. I really enjoy working with people and if this were to happen in regards to sports, I would love it. 
The suggestions I would give to future students would be to just enjoy the class. Enjoy getting the experience that you would need in the working world. I have really enjoyed getting experience and would encourage any journalism major to take this class. ]]>
<![CDATA[Possible Borough meeting stories]]>Wed, 18 Nov 2015 15:43:03 GMThttp://josenegron.weebly.com/newspaper-reporting/possible-borough-meeting-storiesAs I think about possible feature story ideas that may come from our visit to the California Borough meeting, I'm thinking a bit outside the box with my first idea.

My first idea doesn't have much to do with what was talked about at the meeting, but with who was speaking. I think that a feature story on each of the council members would be very interesting. This was the first time I had met these people and they all seemed to have such an abundance of knowledge about the California community. What backgrounds did they come from? How did they get to where they are today? These are two of the main questions I would want to answer in a feature story. I believe that the local people would be interested in a piece like this. It would really give the people in our community a sense of knowledge when it comes to knowing the people in charge of making crucial decisions.

A second story idea that I had involved the renovations at the municipal building in town. I think that covering the details of the renovation would be a piece that the readers would be interested in. Also maybe digging into the town's past and finding out when the last time a renovation like this was done. Though this probably wouldn't be a long story, there would be a lot of sources available to talk to, including the council members, and a lot of different angles to cover.
<![CDATA[Pros and Cons of using Twitter]]>Wed, 18 Nov 2015 15:26:21 GMThttp://josenegron.weebly.com/newspaper-reporting/pros-and-cons-of-using-twitterAs a journalist, social media is becoming a huge tool when it comes to reporting breaking news and posting particular news stories that you know your followers would be interested in. There are both pros and cons to using social media sites such as twitter or facebook.

When it comes to twitter, it is an effective and easy site to use in order to connect with your readers on a personal level and provide them with quick news coverage. Twitter is also useful in regards to getting more views on stories and attaching links to stories on the site. I also like that you are able to engage with your readers as well. Live tweeting has also become an important aspect of social media for journalists. When covering a live story, giving your followers live information is always a good way to connect with them. It is not an easy thing to do, but it is a good way to cover your event using social media outlets.

With social media, there are also cons that come with it. As journalists, it is very important for us to be careful of what we say on social networks. It is also inevitable that journalist will have people criticizing their work, but it is vital to react in a professional manner, no matter what the circumstances are.
<![CDATA[Court case challenges ]]>Wed, 04 Nov 2015 15:45:47 GMThttp://josenegron.weebly.com/newspaper-reporting/court-case-challengesPicture
When covering a court case, it is important to be very specific and attentive to specific details within the case. I believe that the most challenging part of any specific court case is understanding what each term means to the case and understanding what is happening in a specific case.

It is important to understand the difference between the plaintiff and the defendant, and to comprehend why the judge is making a certain decision and what he is basing his decision on.

Court documents are also important to a reporter as well. Obtaining these documents will only make your job easier and allow you to better understand the case that you are covering. These forms are public records so reporters are allowed to report on things included in these documents

It is also important to pay attention to simple details that might get overlooked in the court room. Pay attention to the posture of the parties involved or how they are reacting or speaking to their attorneys and/or the judge. This can really make a difference when it comes down to communicating effectively to your reader and really reaching out to them through your story. This can be very challenging, but it is an underrated aspect of covering a court case.

It is also important to be accurate with names, ages and specific charges. if a charge is dropped, you do not want to publish something stating otherwise, because it could leave you in some deep trouble. It is also important to use words such as alleged or accused. Suspects are innocent until proven guilty, so as a reporter, you must make sure that you follow these specific rules to avoid defaming someone who might not actually be guilty of a crime.

Writing a story on a court case has a very big impact on the readers. People are interested in what is going on in their community and being accurate with this specific news is beyond important. Writing the story might actually be the easy part when covering a court case. It is compiling all of the information in an accurate manner that can be the most challenging problem a reporter can face.