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Monday, March 26, 2007

Don't say I never gave you anything

I'm gonna be swamped this morning, so here's some reading material for you:

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  • and as soon as i get a moment to freaking breathe, i'll read these. i promise. ;D missed me? yeah. missed you too. lol you can stop crying now and pretending like your day is overfilled with work. i'm back. ;D

    By Blogger Yasamin, at 1:20 PM  

  • very funny. i really do work for a living. might not seem like work. i mean, i'm no dilbert or anything. but it's work.

    By Blogger James Burnett, at 1:27 PM  

  • question time! do people ahve to have a degree to become a journalist?

    By Blogger Yasamin, at 4:51 PM  

  • thank you, james...i was intrigued by the three choices...wondering what the link would be or if you had one in mind or if they were just random stories you found interesting.

    By Blogger savannah, at 5:04 PM  

  • Yas, I'd guess that 50% of the journalists I know don't have journalism degrees. I know a bunch who have degrees in history or political science. I didn't even study journalism as a major. I took journalism classes, but my major was professional communications, which at my school was equivalent to a degree in marketing. I even know several journalists (writers, graphic designers, photographers) who have two-year degrees. As for no degrees at all, I know probably a dozen well-known newspaper reporters and/or columnists who don't have college degrees. And look at Brian Williams anchor of the NBC Nightly News. He doesn't have a degree. Peter Jennings didn't have one either. I think the big difference in eras is they all started in the news biz at a time where you could work your way into a good news job by demonstrating a certain amount of skill. Nowadays, a lot of major news organizations make having a degree a prerequisite for younger, inexperienced writers.

    Savannah, the common denominator with all three links is they're to stories I wrote.

    By Blogger James Burnett, at 5:10 PM  

  • James,
    Thanks for stopping by my Blog, I appreciate what you had to say.
    As I've told others, you're always welcome at my Blog.

    Very cool Blog here. I'm sure it is fun being in Journalism. I'm in graphic design and am able to use my photography as well. I also know what it's like to "have fun" at work.

    By Blogger Chad Oneil, at 7:14 PM  

  • Thanks for the reading. It'll give me something to peruse tomorrow at work ;-)

    By Blogger Michael C, at 10:30 PM  

  • No worries Michael. Now I can stop crying. I was beginning to think you guys didn't want to read my work anymore.

    By Blogger James Burnett, at 10:40 PM  

  • I had to share the profile of true love with family & friends.
    What a wonderful story

    By Blogger Pamela, at 10:43 PM  

  • James, I love those love stories!

    Yasamin - If I may add to the discussion: A journalist once told me that journalism school didn't teach her much of squat until she started interning at a paper. That was the best way to learn - to just practice.

    Of course, you still have to write well and have research skills and an understanding of rhetoric and audience. I think some schooling is good for that.

    By Blogger Manola Blablablanik, at 11:18 PM  

  • That old could is cute. Reminds me of my grandparents - they were married for 67 or 68 years. I hope I have that.

    By Blogger hyacinths and biscuits, at 12:50 AM  

  • gracias James and Manola :D

    By Blogger Yasamin, at 10:11 AM  

  • You wrote all of the articles well, but I have to admit that the first one listed is my favorite. What a wonderful tribute to an often under-appreciated generation. I hope to be like Virginia one of these days, enjoying my long marriage to a wonderful man.

    Good job James!

    By Blogger Queen of Dysfunction, at 1:54 PM  

  • Great stories!! Especially the couple.

    At first, I thought the second story was going to reveal that a lion had chewed his leg off.

    By Blogger katrice, at 1:54 PM  

  • Great interviews! You know the hopeless romantic in me loves the old couple. Walter has found the key, "she's always right." You gotta love that.

    Arthur's appreciation for second chances is moving. From one "second chancer" to another I get it.

    Good work chap! : )

    By Blogger Angie, at 4:00 PM  

  • Nice story about the elderly couple. Those kinds of vows nowadays are far too rare. Perhaps it the times, when we don't have as much patience for adversity in relationships. Unfortunately, it's getting through that adversity that counts the most. Glad to see an example to strive for.

    By Blogger The Dummy, at 12:52 PM  

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