Labeabah Al-Roum Al-Muhairi
June 2 2014
Entry #20– The Last Few Classes Of Journalism
Although the school year has come to an end, we have covered a few final topics before publishing our final paper of the school year. Our final assignment was to cover an opinion editor of a major newspaper. I personally choice Frank Bruni, Frank Bruni was an opinion columnist for The New York Times since June 2011, however joined in 1995, Bruni has written two New York Times best sellers known as “Born Round” and “Ambling Into History”, which a chronicle of George W. Bush’s campaign for the presidency. And was Co-author of “A Gospel of Shame: Children, Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church”. Came to The Times from The Detroit Free Press, where he wrote a profile of a convicted child molester which was a Pulitzer prize finalist. The reason why I selected Frank Bruni is because of his well written books such as Born Round which talks about the struggles and insecurities of weight gain and how it effects a person over time and throughout the years, as well as Ambling Into History which is a chronicle of George Bush’s campaign for the presidency. I also chose him because he talks about controversial topics in articles, regardless of possible consequences. Strengths and what makes him popular is that he lets the reader very well see two different sides of the story alongside his opinion and he is extremely detailed and easy to understand, and has very informative articles. Furthermore, What makes Bruni important is that he is very good at supporting his view with multiple legitimate sources and lots of information to backup his argument as well as information from the other side, alongside the fact that he Discusses the struggles of every day things that have been ignored by many other journalists. Bruni usually gravitates towards topics such as Politics and the stock market, Women and the economy, Social, political, and economic issues as well as Culture and religion, and in the process of making them informative he suddenly makes a humerous point which changes the tone in his articles.
The article I chose was Women’s Unequal Lot, which talks about the struggle of being a woman in America as he talks about his sister who has to work four jobs in order to make a reasonable amount of money to make a living, alongside the fact that she is a mother of four and has to juggle multiple things, however he also relates his sisters situation to female entrepeneurs and females who have to work more than males in order to get the same pay as they pay for woman are less then males. My favorite quote from the article is where he states “I work a single job; she works three or four. There’s her paid one at an executive search firm, finding and screening candidates for corner offices in the retail industry. Then there are the others. She spends many hours daily as a combined chauffeur, drill sergeant, cheerleader and emotional nursemaid for her two children and two stepchildren.” And then at the end of the article includes a quote from his sister and himself which states, “How can I place senior executives when I’m facing my son’s headmaster with glasses at a 45-degree angle on my head and pinkeye?” she said, with the kind of laugh that’s a sob in drag. “I look like a total hot mess.” Or a cautionary tale. Or, to me, a superhero.
Furthermore, as I was a part of the Pawprint from 2013 to 2014, it would be an honor to continue for 2014 to 2015. Although I did enter the Journalism course as a Freshman, there has been a major improvement in my writing when comparing articles written at the beginning of the year to the end of the year, and at times have even set the bar higher for my fellow freshmen. As a writer, I dedicated a lot of personal time to writing articles of quality to be published in the school newspaper The Pawprint, and did not hand in the article unless it was up to my standards. I did exceptionally well this year in Journalism as a Staff Reporter in The Pawprint, however my ambitions have grown and am willing to raise the bar and attempt to reach and succeed in the next level, becoming an editor. And finally, after sending in an application, I was inducted Entertainment editor of the Pawprint 2013-2014 and I assure you, I will reach and exceed standards.
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