Bad rep

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Last night I attended a black-tie gala for work. It was a good time with good food, drinks and occasion to dress up. After the gala I went in to a gas station and waited patiently behind a police officer who was talking to the cashier. Their conversation went as follows:

Cashier: I saw you on the news.
Police officer: Oh, yeah? I was on the news a few weeks ago too. 
C: I love watching the news, weather. It might be weird but I do. 
P: I don’t follow myself and read or watch myself anymore on news outlets and I most definitely don’t read the paper.
C: Oh, I don’t either they get everything wrong.
P: I don’t believe anything they say. 

This conversation went on for five minutes. By this time there were five people in line behind me and I was chuckling at the irony this convo was happening right in front of me (because I work at a newspaper).

The police officer looked behind me and said, oh you better ring this girl up she looks like she’s dressed to go somewhere. The cashier then asked me why I was dressed up. It was my utmost pleasure to tell them both I had just come from a work event…for the newspaper.

The looks on their faces were priceless. The cashier turned white and the police officer started mumbling something like “oh, um,” and then he scratched his head. I started laughing and told them both to have a great night as I walked out the door.

I told my brother about this and he laughed and said I should have told the police officer, “It’s okay I talk about police officers when they’re not around too.” But alas I did not.

The reason I’m even writing this blog post is not to vent about the experience but to clear something up for people who might mistakenly feel the same way they do.

The newspaper gets a bad rep from people and I think some honestly believe news outlets are lying about what is going on in the world like it’s a conspiracy theory (It’s not, I promise).

Newspapers, magazines, television and radio broadcasters most likely studied journalism in school. In journalism school, we learn it is our duty to seek truth and report it, minimize harm, act independently and be accountable.

It is also said journalists have a duty to be watchdogs for the public. While in school, we are taught to seek the truth and tell it accurately so others may know about it. We are also shown the ramifications for plagiarizing or falsifying information. My point is journalists are simply seeking the truth of what is going on and reporting to their best ability.

It’s not a ploy to make a mistake. It’s not a ploy to get a fact wrong. We are humans. I’ve made a mistake in print. I’ll make more. If someone is making a mistake in print or printing false information, you can pick up a phone and tell them and they will change the mistake and print it correctly.

Modern role models

There is something so charming about actresses Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig and Tina Fey. Quite frankly it could be because they have their sh*t together.

It’s refreshing to see Wiig, 39, Fey, 42, and Poehler, 41, thriving in movies, television shows. It’s even more refreshing they aren’t in tabloids for drugs, alcohol, ending up in jail or “clubbing.”

They’re intelligent, gorgeous and hilarious role models.

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Week favorites

Here are some of my favorite things I’m reading, watching, looking forward to etc. at the moment (meaning this week, not this exact second).

Book I’m reading: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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What just played on my Itunes playlist: I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love Tonight by The Outfield

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Favorite inspirational sayings this week (I have two)

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Last magazine I purchased: March edition of Vogue; Beyoncé is on the cover

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Workout of the week: Complete body workout, a five-disk DVD collection by Jillian Michaels

Favorite Dr. Seuss quote (in honor of the March 2 birthday): “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

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Favorite “not impressed” face: President Obama and gymnast McKayla Maroney

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Last movie I saw in theater: Snitch

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Essie nail color: Butler, please

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Indiana University basketball will face Ohio State on senior night. Derek Elston, Christian Watford and Jordy Hulls are pictured below.

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And the moment that touched my heart this week: A high school basketball player threw the ball inbound to the opposing team’s manager, a boy with a developmental disability, so he could score a basket. It was a moment of true sportsmanship. The manager made the basket and the crowd rushed the court. It gave me chills.

“Good Writers Borrow, Great Writers Steal.”

I have been doing a horrendous job keeping my blog updated. I just realized my last post was about Valentine’s Day-almost two months ago.

I was trying to think about something interesting to write and instead I simply remembered something one of my creative writing professors said earlier this semester.  He said that good writers borrow, and great writers steal.  He also mentioned that when something is memorable in a text, that it should be written down in a notebook for inspiration on what to write in our creative stories.  So, instead of writing a blog post, I’ve copied down quotes that I have written down over the year.

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” -Ernest Hemingway

“The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.” -Ursula K. Le Guin

“Only a talent that doesn’t exist can’t be improved.” -John Gardner

“I didn’t know I was going to write the kind of thing I’ve written, but I knew that I was going to write-I just had to.” -Alice Munro

“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.” -William Faulkner

“You don’t need to wait for inspiration to write. It’s easier to be inspired while writing that while not writing.” -Josip Novakovich

“My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.”
-Ernest Hemingway