“It is imperative that we vote. We must use our voices to help create positive change in our world and remember that our voices matter.” – Énoa G
I was assigned to record a video for my reporter, where I outlined her first assignment and details to complete it.
Dear Tia Lowe,
I enjoy your articles on Howard University News Service. I would like to assign you to write an article that focuses on the transformation of fashion during the pandemic and going forward. Your assignment is to write an article about the resurgence of DIY fashion during COVID-19, how it’s impacting college kids, and what this means for our generation’s future.
Spend some time speaking with three to five Howard students or other DIY Fashion resources. Reach out to DIY pages on social media for an interview, or Howard Students whom you know are into DIY fashion. You can also reach out to new businesses or ones who have had to change their inventory to see if they have been creating DIY fashion like masks, sewing or crocheting, creating ripped jeans, making shorts, etc. Wool And The Gang is a profitable business for this.
Please read articles recently written on this topic, for example, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 6. Use them as guides to make your story better and include information they didn’t. What will make your story different is having more voices in your piece as well as taking a look into how the resurgence of DIY fashion during COVID-19 is impacting our age group, college kids.
Make sure to briefly explain the background of DIY where it originated. It’s origins lie in the anti-establishment punk DIY movement and the free festival movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s, maybe tie into the peaceful background of its origins during items of turmoil. Take a look at DIY videos and clips that have gone viral, which can easily be found on TikTok under “DIY Fashion” to get a better grasp of the viral trends as of late. Also, compile stats and polls on the increase of loungewear and DIY Fashion (can be found linked in select articles).
The article should be 1,000 words, and we would need it by Oct. 2, 2020. Please include a source list with names and contact information for the people you interview and links to background information and other research. Please embed information in your article and make sure to include at least three of the following components: the article, photos, stand-alone audio, audio slideshows, video, animation, graphics, or any other visual tools, plus a social media plan.
A few questions to consider while reporting are: Have stores seen a downfall of certain items and others’ increase? What’s the Future for Fashion Amid COVID-19? Does the public believe everything will go back to how it was before COVID-19 fashion-wise?
Thanks for your time. We look forward to working with you. If you have any questions, please call, text or email.
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Below are my thoughts so far on my Fall 2020 Interactive Editing class at Howard University.
Coming into this class, I had no idea what to expect.
I have never had a class with two teachers, and while that is initially intimidating, I appreciate the fact that I can go to two people if I have questions, and I can also learn from two smart women.
I am sad that this class is virtual. I feel like the class would be more fun if it were to be in person. I could easily be face-to-face with my teachers, ask them questions, and ask for feedback without having to wait.
Our first assignment was to edit an article about COVID-19 safety in schools. I love writing, but I also love videography and all things that capture others’ experiences in a fun and interactive way.
My initial thoughts were that this class was based more on video production because with the name “editing” I immediately thought of videography. I was initially very shocked because I had not even questioned it, and when I read the syllabus, I had to change my mind frame.
I am happy that this class focuses on writing because I love improving my writing. When my writing improves, I become more passionate about my passion and more excited to carry out my work.
I enjoy this course so far, and I have never done anything like it before. I have always had to write from scratch, so it is fascinating editing someone else’s work and seeing the mistakes they made. I’m hoping to improve my editing and become a more thorough editor. There is time I may read over stories too quickly and miss something basic. I want to improve my editing skills so that I can catch more errors quicker.
I would like to consistently be a good editor as that will help with my articles. I would also like to practice different ways of writing a story. I have a lot of practice with the inverted pyramid style, and I would like to know how to be more of a storyteller.
I honestly thought the course would be about editing videography learning software and working with your class while doing so. I am excited that this class is about writing and becoming a good editor along. I appreciate this class because it teaches me how to be a good writer. While I’m editing my peers’ work, I see many mistakes that they make, and it teaches me not to do them with my work.
This class requires you to be very responsible and self-sufficient. I appreciate that, as well. Although it might not be fun for students not to get as much help as they would like, it sets us up for the future, and my career, it teaches me to rely on myself, work hard and apply myself.
Headlines: Good vs. Bad
By: Énoa Gibson
For this assignment, I found some bad headlines and improved them. Below you can see five bad headlines that I edited to make better. I included my reasoning for changing the headlines and got to practice writing headlines.
Data Visualization Assessed
This article uses a graph to show the number of deaths caused by the coronavirus with a daily update. This piece of data visualization is clear and concise, and it represents the data in a very easy to understand way. Clarity is essential so that all types of readers can easily understand the daily amount of tests done, the number of people tested, the number of people who tested positive for COVID-19, and the amount of deaths on an everyday scale.
This article used a line graph to show the steady increase in deaths caused by the coronavirus in the US. This piece of data visualization is at the top of the article so that even if the reader is too lazy to read the entire article, they get the gist of what the article will be going in-depth about in a quick amount of time with accuracy and numbers. The line graph is very clear, the important information is in red, and the most crucial information is in a large font and bolded. These techniques draw the reader’s eye to the essential information first and quickly and is an excellent way to begin an article that’s covering such an important topic.
This article on the growth of the hair care market has many different types of data visualization present. It begins with a bar graph that simply shows a snapshot of the market and how it is projected to increase between now (2020) to 2025. Underneath the bar graph, there is a chart that states the fastest growing market, the largest growing market, the base year, and the study period in which the growth of the hair market is referred to. All this information is at the top of the article and very quickly gives the reader an outlook into the growth of the hair industry and what is to come.