Sunday, April 05, 2009

Who Are You?

First, please load a picture to your name on class roster at e-Learning site at http://lss.at.ufl.edu

Then, please file as comment before the first class the following:

Name:

E-Mail:

Degree Goal and Area of Specialization:


Answer the following questions and anything else you think might be relevant. Keep in mind you are posting this as a public comment.

  • Where are you from?
  • Why did you come to the University of Florida?
  • Career Goals? Be specific as possible. Elaborate a bit.
  • Outside interests, hobbies, avocations, things you love to do?
  • Writing and/or editing experience?
  • Tell me one interesting thing about you – something that makes you unique.
  • What books are you reading and have read in the last three months?
  • What magazines, newspapers and news Web sites do you read regularly?
  • What other classes are you taking this semester?
  • Thesis or dissertation topic?
  • What are your expectations for this class?

8 comments:

Dr. R said...

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lindsay0786 said...

Name: Lindsay Shapiro

E-Mail: Lbshap@ufl.edu

Degree Goal and Area of Specialization: MAMC, Journalism




Where are you from? Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but have lived in Miami, Florida for the majority of my life.

Why did you come to the University of Florida? Went to UF undergrad as a Telecom major and decided after working as a journalist for a year to come back and earn my master's degree.

Career Goals? Be specific as possible. Elaborate a bit. I would like to serve as Managing Editor or Editor in Chief of a major and/or local magazine publication. Preferably one that deals in the food, high-society and local event genres.

Outside interests, hobbies, avocations, things you love to do? I love to work out (specifically, Pilates), read and EAT! I have a Chihuahua who is the sweetest little boy, so I love playing and walking with him.

Writing and/or editing experience? Served as Assistant Editor for Ocean Drive magazine in Miami Beach for the past year.

Tell me one interesting thing about you – something that makes you unique. I have a really close family; I have two sisters and we laugh constantly when we're together.


What books are you reading and have read in the last three months? I recently read The Bright Forever by Alice Sebold, Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum and The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen.


What magazines, newspapers and news Web sites do you read regularly? I frequently read Time and Oprah magazines, but I can't say that I don't delve into the "trashier" side of magazines-- Cosmopolitan, Elle and W. I also try to read the New York Times and Miami Herald online as often as possible.


What other classes are you taking this semester?
Mass Comm Theory, Applied Magazines, and I am teaching a lab section of Writing for Electronic Media.

Thesis or dissertation topic? I am not entirely sure if I will be doing a thesis or a project.

What are your expectations for this class? I would like to learn as much as possible about literary history and its link to our present idea of journalism and society.

JC said...

Name: David Jonathan Chase
E-Mail: johnochase@gmail.com
MAMC, Journalism

I’m from Trinidad and Tobago, via Pennsylvania, Belize and England. I came to UF because I’ve been a gator at heart ever since my sister began to teach here. More specifically, I moved to Micanopy (about 15 miles south of campus) to care for my father and when he got better, I decided to enter academia once more. UF is the only school I applied to.

My dream job is to do football commentary in England, but essentially I’d just like to write for magazines and online publications on the theme of sports, life, comedy and pets.

I am a sports fan and when I’m not working, studying or reading, I’m probably watching or listening or playing one of several sports. If my assistantship and coursework permit, I will play rugby with the Gainesville Hogs this year.

Most of my writing has come in the field of television, specifically, sports journalism. I’ve worked as a reporter and a producer for a joint total of five years. I have also done some writing for marketing purposes and one or two newspaper articles.

Although I think of myself as a tough guy, several of my friends have notified me that I am NOT. I’m apparently a big softie.

Recently I’ve read "Why are all the Black Kids sitting together at the Cafeteria" but I’ve not read as much as I like to, unless journal articles count.

I read guardian.co.uk regularly for news and every now and then I pick up Sports Illustrated or ESPN the magazine.

I am also taking Mass Comm Theory and Issues and the Press this semester.

As far as possible thesis topics go I have considered examining the effect of media representation on affect and efficacy in the African American male. I’ve also given thought to studying the use of laughter and humor as a tool of racism or a means to combating it. If of course, I elect to do a thesis instead of a project.

I’d like to learn how to maintain structure and form in Journalistic writing even as my writing remains conversational and funny. I think that writing should never be a bore and I’m hoping this class helps me become a better writer in that regard.

Julie said...

Julie Unger

julieunger@gmail.com or jau84@ufl.edu

MAMC, Journalism

I am originally from Pennsylvania. I moved to Massachusetts when I was five, and down to Florida when I was 13.

I attended the University of Florida for my undergraduate degree, mainly because I was already familiar with the area. The school has credibility and a good reputation.

I would really like to do something that involves writing, research, and editing. The specifics are a bit fuzzy.

I have been figure skating since I was five, and truly enjoy that. I enjoy reading when it is raining.

I am currently editing a book that was horribly edited before being published, running the website to promote the book, and recently finished editing the coffee table version of said book. The coffee table book has been published, and the author is waiting for more copies to be shipped to him.

Something that makes me unique, I suppose, is that I really dislike talking about myself and am terribly introverted.

In the last three months, I have read probably 100 books. They were mainly books from years ago. Right now, I am looking for something interesting to read, but figure that there will be plenty of supplemental reading for class. If I start reading books, I will not do anything else.

I typically read magazines and web sites that focus on health, travel, science, and different cultures. Concerning the news and current events, I tend to not read any specific venues regularly. My general focus is not on celebrity gossip and political misinformation. I majored in political science, and find it sad how misinformed the general population is when it comes to the inner workings of the government.

In addition to Literary Journalism, I am taking Mass Communication Theory and Reporting.

I have yet to solidify a thesis or dissertation topic.

I hope that this class will allow me to learn some of the things that I am lacking having not been a journalism undergraduate student. I expect that I will be challenged, whether it be something like this where I have to write about myself, or whether it be by critically analyzing different pieces of literature.

Linda Hallam said...

linda.s.hallam@gmail.com
lhallam51
Name: Linda Hallam
I'm a second-year PhD student in Mass Communications and a teaching assistant in journalism. I'm interested in health communications to disadvantaged women, particularly in the South.
I'm originally from Louisiana (undergrad LSU, Geaux Tigers!). My professional background is in newspapers and magazines--and through the years I've lived in Mississippi, Alabama, and Des Moines, Iowa. I have a masters in public administration degree. My outside area at UF is the public health certificate program. I hope to combine both in health communications. I would like to teach and do research at the university level; preferably south of Interstate 20. My hobbies are reading, fitness, art and travel.

Robbie said...

Robbie Hilson
Robbiehilson@yahoo.com

Masters in Mass Communications, Journalism

I'm from Miami and came to the University of Florida for undergrad because of proximity, friends, quality of education, um, and it's cheap. I want to replace Bill Simmons at ESPN.com, but I'll take any job that relates to sports, music, pop culture and/or pays a living wage. Really love rock 'n roll music, the Miami Hurricanes, Mad Men, running and cooking Italian food.

As for writing experience, I wrote a music column for the Alligator for about a year and a half. This summer I covered the San Francisco independent music scene for Performer Magazine, and I write off and on for Reax Magazine... out of Tampa, I think. Something that makes me unique? I have a pair of red jeans. Does that count? I read Sportsguy.net, Yahoo! Finance, and Markprindle.com all the time, sometimes Spin and Rolling Stone. Used to read The Times and Wall Street Journal on the weekends. I'm also reading "Age of the Unthinkable" by Joshua Cooper Ramo, but only because my aunt bought it for me. Wrapping up, I'm taking Reporting and Issues and the Press this semester and am thinking about doing my thesis on the effects of social networking on reporting (or journalism in general). My biggest hope for this class is that it makes me a more efficient writer.

Anonymous said...

Allie Layos
email: alayos@ufl.edu

Where are you from? I am from Pennsylvania, but was in Missouri for four years completing my undergraduate degree.

Why did you come to the University of Florida? Because I heard they had a great journalism program and that has always been my dream.

Career Goals? Be specific as possible. Elaborate a bit. I have always wanted to work with magazines, and in fact have done quite a bit of that already. I would love to be an editor or publisher of a magazine someday.


Outside interests, hobbies, avocations, things you love to do? I have ridden and shown horses my entire life on the "A" circuit and love it. I also love reading and any outdoor activities.

Writing and/or editing experience? I have written for magazines, newspapers, books, and have written press releases etc.

Tell me one interesting thing about you – something that makes you unique. I have some fiction books published.

What books are you reading and have read in the last three months? "Q Clearance" by Peter Benchely, Maximum Insight by Bill Maxwell, and a too many others to name. Catch-22 is one of my all-time favorites.

What magazines, newspapers and news Web sites do you read regularly? Not as much as I should. I read the news on Yahoo, check a humor blog called Cake Wrecks, and an equestrian forum.

What other classes are you taking this semester? Reporting and Communication Theory.

Thesis or dissertation topic? I'm not quite sure on my topic yet, but I am fairly certain that I will be doing a thesis and not a project.

What are your expectations for this class? To learn more about how journalism can connect with literature which I think is useful for someone wanting to be involved with magazines/feature stories.

Anonymous said...

Name: Matthew Beaton

E-Mail: mbeaton@ufl.edu

Degree Goal and Area of Specialization: MAMC with a journalism focus

• Where are you from? Amelia Island, FL (forty-five minutes north of Jacksonville)

• Why did you come to the University of Florida? It had the best journalism program in the state


• Career Goals? Write for The New Yorker and Sports Illustrated

• Outside interests, hobbies, avocations, things you love to do?
Playing tennis and racquetball, reading (primarily the classics: Faulkner, Joyce, Hemingway, Steinbeck, Rand, etc.), attending sporting events (baseball, football, basketball, soccer), watching good films, particulary Woody Allen movies, viewing great tv shows (Mad Men and Lost).
• Writing and/or editing experience?
Freelance writer for the Gainesville Sun, the Fernandina Beach Newsleader, the Amelia Islander Magazine, and some student newspapers
• Tell me one interesting thing about you – something that makes you unique.
Newspapers bore me
• What books are you reading and have read in the last three months?
Reading James’ The Turn of the Screw and Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams. Recently read: Light in August, Slaughterhouse Five, Death Comes for the Archbishop, The Picture of Dorian Grey, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Tropic of Cancer, Wuthering Heights, The Merry Wives of Windsor, War is a Racket.
• What magazines, newspapers and news Web sites do you read regularly?
I use the Drudgereport exclusively for my news, and I read the New Yorker. I seldom pick up a newspaper, except to check my article’s placement.
• What other classes are you taking this semester?
Electronic publishing, Mass Comm and Society, and Advance Mass Comm Law
• Thesis

• What are your expectations for this class?
Read excellent, expressive non-fiction writing which will aid in my improvement as a writer and a journalist