Role models

role model


a person whose behavior, example, or success is or can be emulated by others, especially by younger people

Who is your role model?  According to a role model is: “a person whose behavior, example or success is or can be emulated by others, especially by younger people. “  Ones view of “role model” is unique based on characteristics that describe themselves such as, their age, hobbies, background, culture, class and job. Some examples may include:


  • TV show character: Clifford the big red dog or Spongebob an imaginary sea creature
  • Singer: Jason Aldean (country singer) or Nelly (rapper)
  • Basketball Player: Michael Jordan

High School Students:

  • College or professional sports player
  • Movie stars who make a lot of money
  • Popular girl/boy who has a lot of friends or cool clothes


  • Professors helping them reach their degree
  • Parents who support their students dreams and pay for the tuition
  • Successful business man: Bill Gates

Although it would take years to write out all the possible role models, the above categories cover the basics.  I think it is easily seen that adults are more realistic with their role models than children.  For example when you are young there is not much meaning behind who you want your footsteps to follow, but once your older you start to think realistically about who you want your life to model. 

Once you finish college your role model will potentially be someone you look up to in your career.  As we have been taught the past couple weeks in J2150 lecture, there are many different emphasizes you can choose with a journalism major.  Including:



            Strategic Communication


With each of these emphasizes there are many different career choices and therefore lots of “role models”.  Some famous role models who studied journalism and communication in college include: 

Spike Lee


Meg Ryan

Denzel Washington

Hugh Hefner

Sarah Palin

Katie Couric

The list above clearly illustrates the wide variety of career’s that have been taken with a Journalism and communications degree.  This unique variety show’s that you don’t just have to write or report the rest of your life if you choose this major.  I think it also show’s that after you finish your emphasis there is a lot jobs you can have that most do not realize. This could even include becoming as well known as some of Journalist role models listed above, assuming you have the drive and work ethics to push your self there.  To read more about famous journalists check out the below websites:

So despite all the stress and pressure that has been put into the past couple weeks of   lecture regarding choosing our emphasis, I think it is important to step back and realize we have a lot to look forward too.  Although, we will not all become as famous as some of the role models mentioned above we should still step back and take the opportunity to learn seriously.  Yes, it has and will be stressful deciding what direction to take with our major, but in the long run we have a lot a going for us.  No matter what emphasis you choose there will be many different career paths and with hard work you can strive to be anything you want to be.  Even if that means being a “role model” to the people you work with at your future job, or just a good example to the citizens your severing. 



Looking to the future


Finding the perfect degree is a challenge that college students face at some point in their careers.  It is hard for people to accept that the decision they make now about their degree affects the lifestyle they will lead the rest of their working life.  However, there are ways to help you make this choice.  Some tools start off basic helping you decide which colleges to look at and what field of degrees to consider including these websites, programs and quizzes:

 While the above resources help you make some big decisions about what college to attend and what field of study to focus on, there is still other decisions that must be made for your future.  


What do I want to do with my life? Where do I want my career to take me in 5 to 10 years?  What is my actual dream job?  There are so many question that immidetly come to mind when I start to ponder the next steps in my life following college.  However, the biggest problem with this question is that I have to start thinking about where I want to be in 5-10 years now.  I have to make the decisions about my field of study emphasis today, so that when I leave college I am set with the right degree and emphasis. 


This week in lecture we were introduced to several different paths or emphasizes we can focus on in a journalism degree.  Some including:

  • Convergence:
    • We teach “Multiple media”
      • Learn how to report, edit and produce with the story and the audience in mind
      • Skills can translate into any (non) tradition newsrooms
        • NPR news rooms
        • Huffington post
        • Produces
        • Post-info graphic
        • “Freelance” for KOMU, KBIA, and Missourian
        • Students work in teams to report weeklong multimedia projects every other week
          • KOMU: 6hour-shift/week: 8a-2p, 12n-7p, 5p-11p M-F
          • KBIA: 2 four hour shits per week 9a-1p, or 1:30p-5: 30
          • Newsy: 2 four hour shifter per week M-S (6am-11pm)
          • Missourian/Vox: flexible
          • Looking at 15 hours per week
  • Photojournalism:
    • Telling stories through images, video and audio
      • J4556: Fundamentals of photojournalism
      • J4558: Advanced techniques in photojournalism
      • A rigorous lighting course
        • Taught by professor Rita Reed
      • J4560: Staff Photojournalism
        • Cover our community for the Columbia Missourian
      • J4670: Picture Desk Management
        • Several shifts a week
        • We dive the photo editors into beats so we can specialize
      • J4980: Picture story and Photographic Essay
      • J4568: Visual photo journalism
      • J4564: Micro documentary Photojournalism
        • Taught by Steve Rice
        • ImageImage
  • Magazine Journalism:
    • Interest Areas:
    • Magazine design
    • Magazine Editing
    • Magazine Publishing and Management
    • Magazine Writing
    • Arts and Culture Journalism
      • 4450: News Reporting (1-3 stories per week)
      • 4506: Magazine Design (4-5assignments in the semester)
      • 4410: Intermediate Writing (1 to 4 stories during the semester)
      • 4408: Magazine Editing (Weekly editing assignments, 3 exams)
  • Capstone Classes
    • Can be taken last full academic year
      • 4984: magazine staff
      • 4986: Advanced writing
      • 4988:Advanced magazine Design (Spring Only)
      • 4990: Journalism and Democracy
      • 4994: Magazine Publishing


Hearing the 3 different speakers this week was such a wake up call.  Each of the professors went through the different courses we would be required to take in that certain sequence, as well as the time commitments and responsibilities of each of the required class.  I enjoyed seeing the professors examples of the work we would be producing in the classes and also hearing about the job opportunities past students in that particular sequence had received. However, even though the professors were interesting it was an intense reminder to hear that we will have to decide the emphasis we want to choose soon which then will lead us to looking for a job!

            Although I am pretty sure I want to have my emphasis as strategic communication, I am not really sure what kind of job I would like to have.  However, I have researched several different options for Strat. Comm. majors and these are some things I found:

  • Business/Industry
    • Research analyst
    • Assistant buyer
    • Consultant
    • Sales representative
    • Business manager
    • Information specialist
    • Account coordinator
    • Customer service representative
    • Claims investigator
    • Advertising assistant
    • Management trainee
    • Marketing associate
    • Reservation agent
    • Employee relations staff
    • Personnel
    • Public affairs director
    • Corporate communication director
    • Human Relations
      • Community affairs administrator
      • Program coordinator
      • Public relations representative
      • Public Relations
        • Media relations director
        • Employee relations specialist
        • Consumer relations director
        • Corporate communication director
        • Community relations specialist
        • Publicity director
        • Public information specialist
        • Marketing communication trainee
        • Account executive
        • Assistant account executive
        • Media researcher
        • Promotion specialist
        • Public relations marketing specialist
        • Media buyer
        • Integrated marketing communication director


Seeing all these different options for a future job in the emphasis I’m considering is encouraging.  I am a people person and I think what is most intriguing to me about the above positions is that I will be working a lot with others.  Although it is not a guarantee that I will get one of the above jobs, I think it I am on the right track for the future.  No matter where I end up I feel like my hard work and determination to succeed will lead me anywhere I desire. 

Identity: Real and Imagined


Julie Shaprio, the Third Coast artistic director, came to MU campus on March 1, 2013 to share some great broadcast radio clips and inform us about the Third Coast Festival.  Shaprio has been with Third Coast since 2000 and it is clear she very knowledgeable in her field.  I was easily drawn into Shaprio’s laid back personality and true passion for broadcast radio. The audio clips that we played and discussed during the presentation were great.  Each of the pieces were unique with ideas and angles of audio that I had never heard before.  I was shocked at how interesting I found the clips and how easily I was drawn into the stories behind them.  All of the stories were extremely visual and made me feel like I was watching them right in front of me.  Although broadcast radio is not something I see myself doing in my career, I still felt like the presentation was very beneficial to me.  I was able to grasp some new ideas for telling stories and I hope that in the future I will be able to use them in my work. 

  • Some of the main points I took away from Shaprio include:
    • Thinking about where audio and sounds are taking you. 
      • I.e. different places, situations, cultures
        • How do you feel in this place?
  • Radio and broadcasts can connect and take you to places you normally wouldn’t go. 
  • Audio can be visual
  • Audio can change your emotions and how you feel about something
    • It be persuasive

To learn more about Julie Shapiro and the work she does for Third Coast visit:

Below are some of the bold statements that stuck out to me from the audio as well as some of the ideas I took away from the discussion:

  • “Podcast”
    • Trying to incorporate the audience by saying “say it with me”. 
    • “A podcast is every bit explainable as a toaster”
      • What are “podcasts”?
      • “Girls who hunt”
        • Very visual, “I have brown hair” “Her hair is teased up and pulled back”.  They go through all the details of shooting a dear including looking for one, shooting and killing it and loading it in the truck.
        • So much going on in the piece, and very visual
        • Interesting that almost 500 comments were on the clip but most were about animals rights            
        • I enjoyed that she showed how normal this girl was even though she hunted by sharing her interest in cheerleading.  Also interesting to see her pride in hutting, how she shares her feeling about it openly as if it is a day-to-day hobby for everyone. 
        • “Harper Funeral”
          • Visual and intense to hear them read the names of the students that have already passed because of gun violence.  It was easy to relate with the feelings by hearing the speaker breakdown over the radio and listen to the tears they were shedding. 
          • “Seems like someone is added to the list every week”
          • “Which one of us isn’t going to be coming back to school next fall”
          • “ I pray everyday that I don’t get another call that a student has been killed”
            • Points out some very hard things to hear
  • It really shows that everyone is heartbroken and that you might feel uncomfortable listening, but you realize they were feeling uncomfortable as well. 
  • “As black as we wish to be”
    • The words describe the situation in full. It illustrates the lady showing her birth certificate.  Clear that the lady as proud of her race and where she was from. 
    • “It says on her birth certificate “negro””. 
      • Makes it clear that the town was very decimator. 
  • “Don’t black girls need deodorant”
  • “I was a black person because I rode the black kid bus”            
  • “You will never forget who made your life miserable”
    • Very sad she had to live this way.  She didn’t want to show her parents so she would say they are to busy.  It made it seem as if they were hard working white people.  She had to pick out a different crowd that did not know her when she was being raised.  It was easy to see she that she wasn’t not proud of her family or sister. 
  • Really started to draw you in with the details because family is a topic that can be relatable to everyone.

The last thing mentioned at the presentation was that in a couple weeks there will be a public audio challenge.    The details and requirements include:  

  • 2-3minute story that is presented in 3 parts
  • Appetites as the theme
  • 8 finalists
    • Winners will have chefs make food inspired by their audio clip

I thought this competition sounded really fun so I brainstormed some ideas for a piece I would make. 

  • For my story I would do dinner club or progressive dinner
  • This would have a great storyline because so many families and groups all over the US get together and have these dinner events
  • It would be easy to break up in parts because you could do something for each course and talk about the history behind where the recipie came from
    • Many times people bring dishes they are good at making and sometimes these foods have a story that comes with it.   

Here are some examples of progessive dinner and food story ideas:

Pictures have a misson



I have always heard the Quote “A picture is worth a thousand words”, and never really known the meaning or origin of this saying.  However, after some research I have found many leads saying the quote is from an old Chinese proverb “A picture is worth ten thousand words”.  Fred Barnard wrote a story about this in The Yale Book of Quotations.  Read more of about this story here:



My thoughts on the quote “A picture is worth a thousand words” started during our Journalism 2150 lecture this week.  In class we learned about:

Picture quality





The five W’s

                (Who, what when where and why)


The rule of thirds

Image Image


                 Cool light vs. Warm Light

This was a very interesting lecture because these are all concepts I am still trying to understand for my own use.  Dr. Rice did a good job explaining these ideas; similar to some examples I found and posted above.  However, the concept I most enjoyed learning about was cool light vs. warm light.  I had never really thought about pictures in this angle before, and found it very interesting.  It never crossed my mind how much color affects the way an image in seen.  I.e.: blues and greens make a image seem so much more relaxed vs. reds, yellows and oranges.  I found an interesting article that goes more into depth on this idea.  Including sharing how color can show someone’s feelings or emotion, i.e. cold or sick.  To read more about this click here:



Lastly, in lecture we witnessed a girl having a seizure.  This unfourtante situation caused a lot of chaos and emotion in the classroom, including the parametics coming.  Although this situation was not a still image I believe it still represents the ideas Dr. Rice was speaking about during class.  To give you a better idea of what happens in a seizure, and an idea of the emotion I am talking about, read this:

John Kaplan- Extra Credit


Cancer might have struck his body, but nothing stopped his motivation to live life to the fullest. John Kaplan, Pulitzer prize winning photographer, showed a documentary of his journey through lymphoma cancer Monday, feb., 11th at 6 p.m. in Lee Hills Hall.  His film was only a small glimpse into the life he has lead since being diagnosed with cancer 5 years ago.  Before being diagnosed with Lymphoma Kaplan said he had never taken pictures of himself.  However, this quickly changed following his diagnosis. John’s story shows the light he had during a time of pure darkness.  Throughout the documentary you are able to see all the stages in Kaplan’s journey, both the good and bad.

Kaplan took many visual pictures to emphasize how he was feeling. He made the pictures illustrate if he was having a good or bad day.  Some examples include:

  • Putting his hands on his head
  • Bloody body parts and needles
  • Eyes closed and in pain
  • Screams from peeling off a band aid
  • Smiling with his kids
  • Goofy faces
  • Drawings that his kids made for him
  • Hair in hands from falling out
  • Hair on his bed pillows from chemo
  • Kids drawing pictures of their dad with no hair
  • Pill bottles and medicine patches

However, the whole film was not just pictures.  There were also glimpses of his progression through video and him speaking.  It was easily seen how he wanted to make a negative situation positive. One example of this is that whenever Kaplan went to one of his chemotherapy sessions he brought the hospital a pie. He also mentioned that he wanted others to be able to see his documentary and realize that there can be something good to come out of cancer.  Which now is an obvious thing he has accomplished.

To see more about John Kaplan’s documentary and his award winning photos visit the following websites:

Although Kaplan is only one of many who have survived cancer he stands as a big example of someone who preserved through it for not only is good, but others as well.  After doing some research I found out that there is around 12 million cancer survivors, with one in every two men being victims. Below is a picture that better describes the details of both men and women cancer victims:


To learn more about cancer victims like John visit:

“Every day is a blessing, Everyday is a gift” – John Kaplan

Learning about a mission







February 11, 2013 was among every Monday where I attended Steve Rice’s Journalism 2150 lecture with the 300+ students in his class.  Rick Agran, was the speaker and he spoke about writing with a mission, as well as writing in a group. His speech was interesting and also relevant to us as journalists because writing with a mission is something we each need to take to heart.  I also found his strategies on how to write in a group applicable to us as students.  While writing in a group is not something we will use everyday in our future careers, it is applicable in our classes today.  Also as students we are just starting to capture the idea of being unique and creative in our writing, which seems to align similarly to having a mission.  Some of the interesting points I enjoyed from Ricks lecture include:

  • To write good Missions:
  • Write a draft mission, Share reflect, focus and get feedback
  • Focus on the values or outcomes rather than the specific tactics
  • Explain what the story is going to accomplish rather than what reporters are going to do with it
  • Clearly define your project boundaries, given the time and resources you have
  • Reflect on your audience and its needs
  • Group writing:
  • Have each group member write a draft mission.  Share, reflect, focus and combine.  
  • If your questions are going all over the place you might need to revisit, rewrite or refocus your group mission. 
  • Always revise the mission together as a group 





Another source for learning about how to write with a mission is the from Society of Professional Journalists code of ethics.  This link provides an article sharing the SPJ view of writing with a mission:

Lastly, writing in a group or with a mission is something that we are still learning.  While Rick Agran had some great tips on how to start this process, Steve Row from had 15 other tips on news writing.  Check out his 15 suggestions and article here:


Some challenges include learning

Challenges include learning

Some days it is harder than others to sit in a lecture and be completely focused on what your professor has to say. This seems to be especially true in situations where you have no interest in the topic being discussed.  For me an example of this would be in biology when we are learning how to dissect frogs.  In these situations I think it is fair to say that learning is a challenge, however not all learning is this way.  

Today in Journalism 2150 a guest speaker came and spoke to our class about marketing, media, newsrooms and other journalistic related topics.  The ideas he presented were very interesting and also in perfect correlation with what we will cover this semester.  I really enjoyed how today’s speaker related his topics to visual examples, this made the concepts he was presenting much easier to understand and also relate to.  However, I did not enjoy the long definitions he used to describe certain topics.  The long definitions were too much for students, including myself, to write down and also a bit overwhelming.  .

Although I did not enjoy everything about his presentation I would for sure recommend him for a future class as well as commend the time he put into preparing the presentation.  One example of something I thought was interesting in his presentation was about P&G’s Wal-Mart movies.  Here is the link to the Wal-Mart family night P&G movies:



New habits mean new challenges


Using Photoshop, cameras and other electronics might seem like a slice of cake to some people, but for me they are nothing more than a mere challenge.  This week in J2150 I came to the realization that this class will push me into a lot of directions I have not yet been before.  As I shared in my last blog a new semester means new habits, but I’m also realizing it means new challenges too. 

In our first J2150 lecture we were taught how to use a camera tri-pod. I never thought a three legged figure would seem so complicated!  I had to take notes on how to work it, and even got a bit nervous hearing Professor Rice say this was the most common piece of equipment for students to break.  Needless to say this was just one reminder of the struggles that potentially lie ahead. 

On Tuesday, in J2150 lab, we were shown how to work the D7000 cameras.  Although I have seen these cameras before, I did not realize how many functions go into one little object.  I was a bit overwhelmed learning how to work all the buttons, but also excited that we get the opportunity to use such a nice camera.  My true test with this equipment will come up in the next couple of days as I start our seeing red assignment.  Although I am a bit stressed by all the new things I am leaning in this class, I am excited to try new things that could potentially help me in my future career.

New Habit’s

This week was one of many where I began new habits.  However, these changes did not only take place in my life but millions of other college students across the country as school started back up.

While I won’t get into all the ‘nitty gritty’ detail, some of my new habits this semester include tweeting for a class, waking up at 7am every Tuesday/ Thursday, bloging and, my personal favorite, no class on Fridays!  However, the things I mentioned all revolve around one class Journalism 2150.  This class will be my main point of interest for this blog throughout the semester. 

This week in class our schedule was very basic.  We did the things you would normally do the first few days of i.e. go through the syllabus.  During the past couple days I have been able to grasp the main concepts we will be covering this semester in J2150. I am excited to work with multimedia and learn from talented people, because these are topics I have a lot of interest in.