July 23rd, 2014

My Journey as a Writer.

These past few weeks have been eye opening, when it comes to my skill as a writer.  At the start of the class, I thought the course would be easy.  I was prepared to glide right through to the end of the three weeks.  I soon learned that I was not as equipped journalistically as I had thought.

The variety of topics and prompts had me stumped at times.  It took a lot of time and creativity to come up with features that were worthy of being published in a credible publication.  Finding a publication that would fit what I was writing about was the hardest part of process.  It required to me research different magazines and read some of there past articles.

No matter what I do after this class has wrapped up, I think I definitely have blossomed as a writer.  I am confident that when I move onto my next step in my career I will utilize what I have learned during these past three weeks.

When it comes to ways I can improve,  I think that I need to concentrate on my target publication more.  I also believe I need to focus more on my subject and keep myself out of the story.  When looking at publications I need to pay more attention on the freelance details to make sure my article has a better chance of being published.

This class has been fun in the way that I have more journalistic freedom to write about subjects that I find interesting.  I hope that in the future I will be able to write more on subjects that I like to write about.  I think that when you write about topics that you find interesting, your writing is improved.

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July 17th, 2014

Writers’ Block.

Slamming the keyboard, biting your pencil, doodling.  If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, you might have a case of writers’ block.  The frustration of either not getting your thoughts on paper, or not having a thought for the matter can be one of the most unpleasant feelings a writer can have.

When I have trouble writing, I get warm and clammy.  Not being able to write can be very annoying, especially when you know what your going talking about.  I remember at one time when I had to write a paper on what human rights meant to me.  This sounds like an easy task, especially because the assignment was so open to interpretation.  At first I was excited about the assignment and then when it came down to the cursor blinking facetiously on that stark white paper, I had nothing to say.  It was not that I did not have ideas, but I did not know where to begin.  I could not organize what I needed to say.

In my experience I have found that writers block can occur when I am feeling anxious about a piece or uninterested.  I have found a few ways to cope with these types of situations.  If I am having trouble scrounging up ideas I will just step outside.  Walking downtown is one activity I like to do when I am coming up short with creativity.  People watching can be very therapeutic for a writer.  Not thinking about something for awhile and then coming back to it tends to cure writers block…in most cases.  The best cure for writers’ block that I use during my work regimen is music.  Music can be the perfect anecdote for writers block.  I try to choose music that is not to catchy or lyrical.  Instrumental music or classic music has a way of putting the mind at ease and igniting the spark for writing.

Next time you are at a loss for words and being outside just isn’t cutting it, try not thinking about the assignment or pop in some Mozart.

 

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July 11th, 2014

The Journalist at Work.

As a journalist student, I was looking forward to taking this class very much.  I enjoy writing and try to incorporate it into my everyday routine.  These past few weeks I have been doing a little “soul searching.”  I have been trying to really figure out where I want to go after this class is over.  I will be done with school and ready for the next chapter of my life.  The problem with this is that I have yet to find a job or a clear answer on where I would like to go.  Whenever I see a photo that inspires me or here a song that triggers a sense of understanding, I write down the way I felt and imagined myself doing at that moment.  This may seem childish but I think this is a great way of understanding yourself.  Besides this form of journaling, I have been reading a lot as well.  Right now I am reading “The Age of Innocence” by Edith Wharton.  I like exploring different styles of writing; I find it inspiring.

The current piece I am writing concentrates on the owner of a local supper club, The Duck Inn.  Jeff Karbash has owned the Duck Inn for a decade and I am currently employed by him.  I find his managerial style tactful and have been interviewing him about his techniques.  Interviewing is probably one of my favorite aspects of journalism.  Especially face to face interviews.  I have had experience in the past with interviews, and hope to have many more in career.

I have already started thinking of other ideas for feature articles.  I like to come up with ideas based on what I am currently doing or involved in.  The most recent aspect of my life that I feel like is worthwhile writing about, is how my life has changed since I deleted my Facebook account.  My decision to delete my account was made when I found myself automatically typing “Facebook.com” into the search engine whenever I got on my computer.  I thought to myself, “Why am I so infatuated with this social media site?” The aftermath of this change has been nothing but positive.  My concern with this article is finding a publication that would fit the content of this piece.  However, I do think that the idea is interesting and relevant to many people.

Besides pumping out quality work for this class, I am working and sending out resumes like it is my second job.  I have always been really good at managing a full schedule.  This class is interesting so far and I do not find myself dreading to work on the assignments.  I realize only improvements on my journalism can come from taking this class.

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July 8th, 2014

Who Am I?

My name is Questina Garigliano and I am finished with college after this feature writing class.  I am a Broadcast/ Print/ Web Journalism major with a minor in Communications and emphasis  in Public Relations.  My main focus is in Broadcast.  I am currently on the hunt for a reporting or multimedia journalist position.  The process is slow but I am hoping for a bite soon.

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Check out my professional blog with some of my work.  In the past I have worked for the       CW57 (WBUW).  I had so many amazing opportunities including interviewing the Badgers, J.J Watt, holding a baby kangaroo, and even interviewing some bands.

I hope to move to a big city to expand my horizons professionally and culturally.  Not only do I enjoy writing and being in front of the camera, but I am savvy with filming and video editing software.  I really enjoy telling a story visually, while utilizing my creativity through film.

I am excited to see what the future holds.  It is an unsettling job market at the moment but I remain hopeful.  UW-Whitewater has been good to me in developing the skills I possess today and I am very grateful. The future may be blurry to me at this point, but I am sure that there is a place for me in the field somewhere.

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