More Than Words: The Associated Press Stamps Out Homophobia
This article basically talks about how the AP Style Book talks about why the suffix “phobia” is not allowed to be used in journalist writing anymore. Why? Because they think that the term is “politically and socially incorrect.” It then focuses on the word ‘homophobia’ talking about what the words means and how it is portrayed in social constructs and why it is taken to such extremes. The article used a tweet from Morgan Freeman saying; “I hate the word homophobia. It’s not a phobia. You are not scared. You are an asshole.” The article then plays devils advocate saying; “The AP editors drew attention to a worthy problem, but by trying to solve it by subtraction, they deny its complexity, and in the process pass up the kind of inventive linguistic challenge they should be embracing.”
The Kitchen Table #394 – Ending Homophobia In Magic
This article follows a man named Abe Sargent and his experience with homophobia and the societal views that people have on it. However, he put a twist on the whole thing. He was in fourth grade and he told a lie; that he was gay and he was called a bunch of names like “Gay-braham” and “Gaybe.” He continues to make his article personal by continuing his journey through being gay by talking to people, realizing people’s views on being gay, and hiring other people in the LGBT community to see how they relate to other people. He does something really interesting at the end with a P.S. He critiques the word homophobia. He basically says that the word homophobia is a word that leaves many people out like transsexuals or transgendered.
Sex; the one topic that everyone cringes at, the one topic people refuse to talk about, the one topic where people’s faces get red. Well, not today. I talked to 10 people about their first time and I got the same responses…except for George Hanson.
I know I’ve been terrible with my beat lately but I’m back and I promise that I’ll be better.
Anyways, since it’s election day tomorrow, let’s talk about the fact that there is a mental health disease called Election Day Anxiety. No, I’m totally kidding…. well kind of. People do have anxiety about this upcoming election…anxiety because they can’t wait until it’s over.
“Have you ever been racially profiled before?”
That was the question of the day ladies and gentlemen. I interviewed two white female students, one white male student , four black students, and three Indian students and each and every answer was different.
“It’s really important to write everyday,” Kevin Marshall, a writer for the Times Union.
He started out blogging on no other than this very website. The Times Union noticed him by his blog and Marshall has been working with them for about 18 months. However, The Times Union doesn’t dish out any of the green for bloggers so Marshall moved to UFC.
Kevin Marshall was asked, “What makes a good blog?” and his response was nice and clear: “having content that’s engaging is almost as good as having a good resume. You have writing samples and you write well.”
Other tips include:
- Something that a good, focused beat or topic
- Convey familiarity, or genuine interest or passion with your beat.
- Have your own voice with your blog; don’t be snappy or condescending
“95% of blog comments are weirdoes- people that write things just for the sake of writing. Its good when an author actually responds to a reader. Respect your readers!” Marshall states.