Thursday, July 29, 2010

A "View" to Kill

Hello, everybody. For today's article I wrote a preview of President Obama's appearance on "The View."

A "View" to kill - Obama drops by daytime TV

I haven't actually seen the episode yet, I think I'll check it out as soon as this blog post is done.

Here are a few related links, where I got some of my information:

Lessons from The View - the piece in Time magazine that I quoted in my article

President Obama to Appear on 'The View' - a New York Times article that gets into Obama's use of unconventional media, like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno or The Late Show with David Letterman. I would have liked to talk about that point in my article, but I couldn't find a way to make it fit. Plus, my article was long enough.

And one example of political talk on "The View":

I surprised myself with how quickly I got the page done. By 5:00 p.m. yesterday, I had written the article, drawn two cartoons and put together the letters to the editor. Pretty impressive. (And it ensured Erin and I wouldn't be late to our prenatal class!)

Here is one cartoon:

For the other one that I finished a day early, you can go to the "sneak preview" here.

Only two more opinion pages until the end of the term! And probably my last two opinion pages ever. I'm not sure what will happen in the fall semester, but if everything goes according to plan I will be moving over to the sports desk.

There are a lot of pros and cons to both opinion and sports desks. I love being able to write basically whatever I want, lay out the page the way I want, and otherwise have control over the page. I was able to write a semi-weekly column, which wasn't a requirement per se but I made it a personal goal and challenge to write something for every page. The more I write, the more experience I get and the more I learn.

However, I'm excited to move to the sports desk (if that indeed happens). For one thing, I will get to actually work with reporters, which I haven't done yet. I feel like I have learned a lot about writing, and that I'm pretty good at it, so I'm really looking forward to passing on what I have learned. It will be a lot of fun to help other reporters become better writers.

Also, I won't have to work as late, since I won't be doing any layouts. (I will have to come in on Sundays, probably.) And even though I love writing, it will be nice to not feel like I have to write every day like I did for the opinion page. (I know that was pressure I put on myself for the opinion page, but it was still pressure nonetheless.)

Plus, it's sports.

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