My original goal for Research and Investigation was to begin
organizing my content with monthly themes.
I researched which option would be best for my readers this month and
chose Women’s History-focusing on the past and present targeting African- American
women. My goal was met and I was able to
streamline topics by choosing quality subjects based on a solidified plan.
The expectations set for students was sometimes a challenge,
but not difficult to obtain. Throughout
the duration of the course the three expectations I valued the most were:
-Research and investigation
Deadline submission is sometimes the toughest challenge of
this program, but the benefit behind the submission is that there is no lagging
time to complete work. You have to
stand firm in your topic decision, have a back up plan if needed, then go out
and research. I do wish we could submit
assignments on Monday morning at 7am versus 11:59 est time, but the expectation
teaches students the valuable lesson of planning ahead and always having a plan
b. I am satisfied that for this course I
was able to plan interviews with my subjects then having a backup plan within
the same environment of my subject.
I am lover of history, so this month researching various
topics on ancient African spiritual deities, therapeutic techniques and now the
evolving Caribbean population in New Orleans was an exciting adventure! Every
publication I had a goal not only to provide my readers with facts, but inspire
them with a motivating closing statement that suggested thought/change. I began thinking out of the box and reached
out to the Regional Census Office in Atlanta, Ga in efforts for researching the
number of Caribbean citizens residing in the southern region. Unfortunately, I was not successful at
reaching the Partnership and Development Administration, but it created the
feeling of being regional journalist who can research.
This course I have learned that my chosen style of interviewing
is conversational. After watching the
Katie Couric video and searching the web for a few others like Oprah, Robin
Roberts, Bryant Gumble and Barbra Walters, where I fit in the mix is a
conversational tone. I like for the
focus to be on the subject and I am the connecting vessel for my audience. Typically, when you see a host interview you
see them sitting next to the subject.
For the sake of experimentation, this month I chose to go for a
documentary style of interviewing, placing myself behind the camera, choosing subjects
who had experience in their fields or strong opinions.
In the approaching future and throughout my career I will
use the elements taught and adapted throughout this course for success. Creating a theme will always keep me focused
and organized, researching topics that are intriguing, questionable and
explorative will always be great for my audience and rewarding to me as
journalist, being on time will provide a stout reminder that finishing projects
by deadline time is professional and penalties may arise when not. Everyone views time in a different manner,
even if there is an extension, so the best option is to streamline the project,
get to the point and be on time!
This mastery journal is a great reflective tool also. I can sit and think about what I’ve done this
month and how I will make things greater for the future.