WTTG Portfolio and Resume

My resume reel from KBYU Eleven News 1/2014-4/2014.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywbyBerbwAs

 

Below are links to stories that I helped with on my internship. These are just a sampling of the many different assignments that I was able to help with.

 

Stories where I assisted and collected information.

VA Secretary in D.C. Hospital LINK

Chris Brown in D.C. Court LINK

Corner Grocery Beating LINK

Flood in Berwyn Heights LINK

 

 

Stories where I did the interviews and helped put together the package.

Man Set on Fire LINK

Uber Ordered to Leave Virginia LINK

Teacher Arrested LINK

 

I had the opportunity to help on a PSA for the station, and while it hasn’t aired yet, there was a short story done with the same material. I interviewed and gathered information for the story.

Children’s National PSA and Package LINK

 

While I was in Washington, D.C., the Silver Line on the Metro opened. In the weeks before the opening of the line, there were conference calls every Monday. I listened to all of those calls and took notes that were then the basis of reporters stories. This is one example of a Silver Line story.

Silver Line Conference Calls LINK

 

 

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Boys Talk Girls

High school is confusing.

Boys don’t understand girls, and girls definitely don’t understand boys. We wanted to clear up some of this confusion by finding out what exactly guys like about girls, as well as what they don’t like. So, how did we do this? We went out in Boise, Idaho and asked high school-aged boys questions about girls. Some were a little apprehensive, but others were quick to open up and tell us exactly what they think about girls. The result is this 30 minute video, titled Boys Talk Girls!

Interviewing: Morgan Miller

Videography: McKenna Miller

Editing: Morgan and McKenna Miller

http://youtu.be/zqLneHxS_-s

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What is journalism?

Throughout this semester we have talked several times about who a journalist really is. At the start of the semester I thought a journalist was mainly a person who worked for their career as a journalist, for a newspaper or news station. It never occurred to me that anyone could be a journalist. Citizen journalists can create some of the most powerful products.

The video we watched in class last week was a perfect example of citizen journalism. We would not have video record of some of those events if people had not felt responsible for documenting what happened. This makes them journalists. Journalists must have a desire to know what is happening in the world. They must be able to deliver news and information without distorting it or swaying the audiences opinion. I think the job of a journalist is critical to the our society. Every person has the potential to be a journalist. We have a responsibility to inform the public on what is happening in the world. Most of the time this responsibility is filled by professional journalists, but sometimes average members of society come forward and fill the roll of journalist. A journalist should be curious, even questioning. Anyone who has these traits can be a journalist.

This semester has taught me so much about journalism. I have been inspired by the other students to be the best journalist I can possibly be.  I cannot wait to go out and be a journalist.

morgan miller

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Journalism: Engagement and Relevance: Group 12

Journalism is storytelling with a purpose.

It is difficult to be both engaging and relevant. There are many different things that make it hard to display both traits in a news story. Haste is one of the most common setbacks in writing in my opinion. We are so rushed to get things done that we never stop and put thought into our writing. If we took only a few more minutes and worked to make our stories more engaging and relevant, then I believe that we would be so much better off as journalists.

http://text100.com/hypertext/2012/03/how-to-engage-journalists-through-social-media-infographic/

This link connects to a study done on journalists in the UK. The infographic in the article is a great way to look at journalism and to find out what is effective when writing an article. Using the different ways mentioned in the article to write stories will help to make the end result more engaging and relevant to our viewers or readers.

http://isak.typepad.com/isak/2010/10/guest-post-engaging-journalism-bringing-color-to-facts.html

The main thing that I liked about this link was the title. Engaging journalism should bring color to facts and I think that is a perfect way of putting it. That describes how we should be looking at our journalism. This quote from the article was phrased perfectly. “Journalism does not have to be dry thanks to engaging journalistic techniques, but it does still have to offer only the concrete facts.” We need to offer engaging journalism, but in creating that engaging element we still need to stick to the facts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX92NWyw_EM

This video was very informative. It teaches us how to create a worthwhile multimedia story that is still journalistic, but has engaging elements. The story is reaching out to a wide audience by using a role model that everyone knows and most people can relate to in some way. This example was great, and as journalists we need to strive to create work like this.

morgan miller

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Journalism and Faith: Group 10

It is difficult to mix journalism and religion. They are dependent on completely opposite ideals, but some journalists are able to overcome this and deliver unbiased journalism. “Religion depends on faith, and journalism demands proof.” This quote by Jim Robertson perfectly defines why it is nearly impossible to mix the two. 

http://video.foxnews.com/v/1514806077001/new-york-times-religious-double-standard/

This link is a video that talks about how the New York Times is biased towards different religions. Whether or not this is true is debatable, but the woman brings up a good point in this video. If the newspaper is going to print a story about one religion, then they should not deny another religion from printing a story. I think that faith in journalism requires the journalist to be completely equal in what they choose to print. This is the reason why there is ongoing tension between journalism and faith. 

All news is religious news, and everyone can relate to religion. It is the most universal topic that applies to everyone. 

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700143216/Finding-faith-When-journalists-cover-religion.html

This article by the Deseret News talks about why journalists don’t cover religious stories very often and what happens when they do. 

It is possible to combine the two and end with a wonderfully written story that is not biased towards one religion or another. 

morgan miller

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Journalism as a Public Forum: Group 9

The sixth principle of the press, “as essential obligation of the cart, second only to telling the truth.” 

Journalism is a public forum. We as journalists must provide a place for public criticism and compromise. When creating that forum we need to make sure that we are providing a completely impartial, outsiders view on the story. If we insert our opinion then we are swaying the viewers or readers into thinking the way we want them to. That is bad journalism, but unfortunately that is becoming common in news today. 

http://ajr.org/article.asp?id=2386

This link talks about if it is appropriate or not to show emotion as a journalist. I like the quote at the end of the article that says “if somebody cries, you cry too.” This statement is so true, and it relates to the topic of providing a forum. If we are crying while telling the news, is that convincing someone how to think? I believe it is, but there are special occasions where it is understandable, like the example in the link. 

http://www.poynter.org/uncategorized/2128/the-ethics-of-civic-journalism-independence-as-the-guide/

I like the questions that are asked in this article. Here are some of the more important ones that I believe we need to ask ourselves…

“Should reporters be investigators of system failure or initiators of solutions? Should journalists be detached observers or activist participants? Should newspapers be independent watch dogs or convenors of public forums?”

I think there is a time and a place for each of these to take place, but this brings up and important discussion on where we as journalists stand. We are mediators, but even within that roll as mediator there are different places we can stand. We are the voice to the people, and it is our responsibility to have a “balanced media diet” and report on every aspect of the news.

morgan miller

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Ethics in Journalism: Group 8

Journalists must have ethics. A newspaper or news station full of journalist with no ethics would be a disaster. This link shows a controversial shot that FOX aired on their station following the death of a popular supermodel. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fa1675yarKk&feature=related

Is this ethical to put on national news? In my opinion it is not ethical at all to post a shot like this that shows a woman dead. If I had the choice to air this or not, I would without a doubt choose to not put this shot on the news. It is disrespectful to show a picture of a woman laying like this. 

http://www.ajr.org/article.asp?id=3934

This link has a timeline of different events in journalism that were considered controversial because they were crossing the line. Some of the examples in this article are considered unethical because they violated others rights, or just because the author did not have credible sources.

Credibility as a journalist is extremely important. It is our responsibility to build up our credibility as a reporter so that we can reach a broader audience and do more journalistic work. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIJ7tLj5ib0

The man in this video is bringing up a good point about journalism. He thinks that we are giving up our credibility as reporters so that we can be the first one to report the news. Fact checking is imperative to do before a story is released. Being the first station to cover a story is important, but how much more important is it to be the first station to report the correct information. I think that fact checking is one of the most important parts of journalism. 

Ethics is something that every journalist must understand to be successful in the industry. Fact checking and privacy are among the most important concepts to understand within journalism. 

morgan miller

 

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