In January, I attended the yearly student journalism conference NASH81. It was a ton of fun, especially meeting fellow journalists from across the country.
I did learn a lot about journalism and writing throughout the conference, and I wanted to share some of the tips I picked up.
So, without further ado, here are some of the things I learnt at NASH81!
- Align your humour writing with real news stories. And, with humour articles, make them short and be sure to save some jokes for the end.
- Headlines are key when sharing articles, so make sure they’re catchy and you can read the whole headline on various social media platforms.
- Write down observations about the people you interview. Whether it’s what’s in the background, the mannerisms of the person, or what the person’s wearing, the detail can add depth to your articles. You can also ask to take pictures of the background for later if need be!
- “How so?” is a great followup question during interviews.
- With lifestyle reporting, ask yourself why the topic matters right now, and if you’re promoting products or providing information about them. Don’t be afraid to try out different angles like social justice, politics, and business as well.
- Prepare yourself when going into difficult stories, such as doing articles on the fentanyl crisis. Trauma in journalism is real, and we tend to forget how much of an impact stories can have on journalists as well.
- Know the difference between storytelling and story taking. A journalist’s job is to amplify voices, not speak for them.
- If you’re going to report on indigenous communities or indigenous stories, Duncan McCue’s guide for reporting on indigenous stories is a good starting point.
- When reporting on alt-right communities or other radical communities, try to avoid using their terminology. It allows the word or terms to become mainstream and give them more of a platform to spread their messages.
- We should strive for objectivity in journalism; however, our own views and biases will sometimes show up unintentionally. Keep this in mind when choosing who you interview, how you frame issues, and more.
I hope that these tips are helpful, since they’ve helped improve my writing recently.
If you have any tips for writers or journalists that you’d like to share, please drop them in the comments!
As some of you may know, I write for the newspaper at my university, called The Xaverian Weekly.
So, I decided to make a masterpost of all of my articles from my second year working with them. If you’ve ever wondered what other topics I write about, what keeps me busy during the school year, or are in need of new reading material, please check them out!
This post will be updated as my articles come out throughout the year, so make sure to check back around every two weeks for new articles.
You can also follow the newspaper on Twitter or Instagram at @xaverianweekly.
Hail and health,
Today’s post was a bit hard to make, since my biggest hobby is currently writing, either on here or for my campus newspaper. However, I do two of my hobbies that I’d like to share with you today.
One of my hobbies is drawing. I’ve always had an artistic side, and I’ve experimented over the years with a lot of different forms of art. However, I’ve drawn or doodled since I got interested in cartooning when I was young. These days, I mostly draw in the margins of my notebooks, but I also like sitting down and drawing every now and again. The sketch below is one of the better ones that I’ve done of late, even though you can tell I went over it later on.
Another one of my hobbies is baking, but only when I have time now. I like getting creative with designs on cakes or cupcakes, and experimenting with flavours. I made the cupcakes below the last time I was home, and I’m really happy with how the swirled blue and white icing came out.
What are some of your hobbies? Let me know in the comments, and I might check out one of them!
Hello everyone! I’ve decided to do another 30 Day Writing Challenge during May, since it’s been a while since I’ve done one, and since I haven’t been posting a lot of late. I’ll also be doing one extra post on May 31 as well, since I might as well write the whole month.
So, this is the masterpost of all the topics for each day, and it’ll be updated with links to the posts as I write them!
Sometimes life throws you a curveball that makes you stumble or falter in your plans. It’s never pleasant dealing with those curveballs, and sometimes you can feel stuck in a rut.
So, as someone who’s been through a few rough patches in the last few years, I thought I’d give some tips on how to cope and get out of them. Hope these help!
- Listen to your favorite playlist for when you’re angry or upset. Sometimes the best reset for me is to get my emotions out through music. Even better, pound out an angry tune on the piano, that’s always cathartic.
- Make a list of the things and people that are good in your life. Sometimes it’s easy to lose track of what you already have when you’re in a tough place.
- Watch your favorite movies or TV shows. Personally, I love watching anything made by Laika or Buffy when I’m down to get my mind off things.
- Write out your frustrations and worries or tell them to someone who’s close to you. Sometimes you just need to get all of that out in order not to feel like you’re the only one carrying the burden of your problems.
- Go out with friends or family. Doing something fun with people that love and appreciate you will cheer you up and get your mind off all your worrying.
- Take a long walk, maybe to your favorite coffee or food place. I’ve always found taking a walk through the park or down by the river soothing, so maybe try that out!
- Invest some time in your hobbies. Dust off your camera, pick up an instrument, go have a long session at the gym. Do what makes you happy, and everything else will sort itself out.
- Think about your goals, and how you can go forward with them even with a few roadblocks on the path. Sometimes, the lessons you learn the hard way push us onto the path that is better for us in the long run.
- Pet your favorite animal. Nothing like a few dog or cat cuddles to brighten up your day while you’re going through a rough patch.
- Try something new. Sometimes you need to get outside your comfort zone in order to solve a problem. It could be as simple as trying a new activity, to something as big as moving to a different city.
- If all else fails in solving the problems life throws at you, give things time and don’t give up hope in your dreams. It may be hard to keep a positive attitude, but keeping it up will attract good things to you and leave the rough patches behind.
I hope that whatever struggles life has thrown at you right now, that these tips may help you find peace and happiness again.
If you guys have anything you do when you’re in a funk, leave your tip in a comment below!
Jypsie, Jyps, Tipsy, Sexy, Houdini, Dummkopf, you were known by many names.
You always knew where the best sun patch was inside and outside. You’d always lie on the picnic table, napping for hours under the sun and keeping an eye on the kitchen. I’m sure at some point you must have been raised by a cat, since you were a very strange dog.
Of course, you also got into a fair amount of trouble. From digging holes to escaping the yard so many times, we had to keep it shut with a belt. It’s amazing that you managed to teach our old dog Jerzy your tricks as well, you two were a ridiculous duo when you combined your talents.
You were a good hunter too, fitting for a family of hunters. You were oh so proud to come into the house one day smacking on the feathers of the bird you’d just caught. We’ll miss our bird and mouse hunter.
You also never understood the concept of personal space. It didn’t matter if the three of us girls were on the couch, you’d find some room to squish your fluffy butt into. Sharing the back seat with you on car rides meant at some point, you would have a dog on your lap that demanded attention.
You got me through some rough times, either by spending a few hours cuddled close or by sharing your infectious good energy. Nobody could say no to your goofy grin greeting everyone that stepped through the door.
Saying goodbye to you was really hard, but I’m glad that you waited until I was home, so I was there to sneak in a few last pets.
I hope you are at peace, running around with Jerzy and getting spoiled to no end in heaven.
Love you always,
As you know, I’m writing for my university’s newspaper this year, which is partially why I’m not writing on here as much. I’m a staff writer, which means I’ve been writing an article for each issue of the newspaper.
I figured to make up for the lack of posts on here, I’d make a master post of all my newspaper articles so that you can read them when the blog is quiet. A quick word of warning; since I write for my university’s newspaper, the articles are geared more towards those that go to or have gone to my university. However, I hope my articles are relevant to any university students out there.
Also, it should go without saying, that all the articles belong to the Xaverian Weekly, and not to myself personally. They have all been edited and reviewed by my fantastic editors and the co-editors-in-chief (round of applause for all the hard work they do).
So, without further ado, here are links to my articles I’ve written so far!
Sorry for not posting anything last week, the last three weeks of school have been crazy busy for me. On the upside, today is the last day of classes, so I’m almost done the school year!
Otherwise, I have a bit of news that will affect the future of this blog.
I am going to be a staff writer for my school newspaper for this coming school year, which means I will have less time to write on here. I’m not sure yet if it means the posting schedule will get changed, or if I’ll post links to the work I’m doing at the paper. I’ll have to figure that out in September when I see how much work I’ll be putting into the paper.
In any case, I will be going back to the regular posting schedule at least up until the beginning of September.
Have a good Friday!
This is part of a series on famous figures at parties, see the earlier philosophical party here.
Cleopatra wanders around the party, followed by Julius Caeser and Marc Anthony. Caeser wanders off at some point, pisses a few people off and gets stabbed multiple times.
Caligula tries to make his horse a consul, while Nero watches Rome burn.
The explorers Columbus, Cartier, and Cabot sit around swapping stories about the “New World.”
King Louis XVI and Marie Antionette try to hide from some French Revolutionaries, including Robespierre.
Rasputin creeps around Nicholas II of Russia and his wife, Alexandra. They later disappear with the rest of their family.
Alexander the Great exchanges battle tactics and empire building hacks with Genghis Khan and Napoleon in the corner.
King Henry VIII brags to anyone who will listen about his six wives, while his daughter Elizabeth I chats with Shakespeare.
Stalin, Marx, and Lenin talk of communism, while Hitler and Mussolini pout in the corner when Churchill and FDR walk past.
I already went in more in detail about my study methods earlier this month, which you can find here.
My study style definitely relies more on visual memory and writing things down.
When I study, I assign different colours to different categories of important things. For example, blue would mean dates, pink for important people and places, and green for important terms. Having the colours in my notes reminds me that those things are important, and in exams having those visual cues makes things easier. Plus it really helps organize notes and engage you in what you’re trying to remember.
I also need to write a lot to study well, which is why I rewrite my notes at least once for each class, mostly lecture notes. Something about physically writing down information (with the colours!) is incredibly useful for me. I’ve also found making myself practice quizzes or finding review questions really help because it’s another way to write and remember content. I actually have a lot of problems with studying off my laptop because the physical aspect isn’t there as much.
I do also study with friends sometimes, but it isn’t really my study style and distracts me a lot. I do listen to music while I study, but I don’t use it to remember so much as to have a background noise to help me concentrate.
What are your study styles? Let me know down below!