Weekly Report 14

This week has been some of the last time I will have to work on my original work with allotted class time; from here on out, my finishing work on my article will be completed outside of the classroom. My article is coming along nicely- all that I am missing is a few important quotes from FISD officials and some pictures to accompany my article. I have already arranged a couple of interviews, and I plan to follow up with more. Once I acquire these pieces, I will be able to finish my analysis and complete the article.

I also scheduled my first mentor visit this week, and I couldn’t be more excited. I am eager to get into the work place and experiment with duties in the journalism workplace besides writing (such as fact checking, collaborating with others, and publishing). Before that visit, I will need to research and at least become familiar with the fact checking process so that, if asked to, I can successfully do it. My mentor visit is before the Research Showcase, so I also hope to receive my mentor’s input on my article as well as any improvements, corrections, or additions she may have.

This coming week and over Christmas break, I need to complete my display board for the Research Showcase as well as finish my original work. I plan to go out and take some pictures to enhance my article over break, possibly of Frisco schools, the administration building, student activity around Frisco, etc. I am looking forward to seeing my whole original work once it comes together.

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Weekly Report 13

Going into December, I am able to see the growth I have undergone since beginning the ISM program. This week I began composing my first real work of journalism- my original work article. I am loving the ability to write about whatever I want and let my voice be heard by others; writing excites me, and now so does journalism writing in particular. Gathering quotes from the student body has been the most exciting aspect of the process for me, which is completely opposite from what I went into this program expecting. I thought my least favorite part was going to be collecting sources, but I actually find it extremely interesting to see how others’ opinions differ from my own on the same subject. So far, I have acquired over 50 responses on my survey to use as quotes in my article, which is more than enough. All I am waiting on now is answers from the FISD Board of Trustees, then I will have all of the pieces I need to assemble the puzzle that is my article. If I don’t receive responses from those individuals in time, I plan to reach out to FISD principals and other administration. My original work is turning out nicely, and I am excited to see where it takes me once it is completed and even potentially published.