“Insert Headline” — Introduction — Week 1

Mar 02, 2020

Hello, my name is Charles T.!

Welcome to my blog, where I am eager to detail the progress on my senior project. As an ardent newsreader who jumps at every chance to stay on top of current events, I’m glad to channel my passion into a research project.

My research project, Editorials, Diction, Syntax, and More: How the News Media Influences the Consumer’s Opinion, really spins my curiosity for the impact of digital news media, into an analysis of the current journalistic climate. I’m excited to analyze the numerous variables that shape the connotation of a news piece and the impact that is translated. Attached at the bottom of this blog is my senior project proposal. Take a look! It’ll give you a rundown of the inspiration and methodology for my project. Below are a few updates that I’m excited to report since the proposal.

  1. I am glad to announce that I am beginning my internship at Soliel on March 2nd. I can’t wait to get settled into the Soliel LLC workplace, as well as start my writing duties as an intern for the company. Working on market research, technical writing, and whitepaper development, I’m interested in seeing how my efforts writing will translate into successful government contracts for the company. As a result of the writing aspect, I foresee a considerable overlap between my internship and the research question I am seeking an answer to.
  2. “How do the ways in which journalists digitally transmit information to a newsreader influence the way we perceive it?” I have constructed this as the research question I am looking to answer for my project. Immediately, I came across gray areas. What field of journalism (i.e., political, scientific)? What aspect of journalism to focus on (i.e., headlines, editorials vs. non-editorials, etc.) However, I’m not worried about these obstacles. I will hone down my focus as my research project continues.


Senior Project Proposal: tinyurl.com/w78ywnn


7 Replies to ““Insert Headline” — Introduction — Week 1”

  1. Kareena K. says:

    Seems quite interesting! I’m very curious to see the results and can’t wait to keep up with the new information you have in the coming weeks.

    1. Charles T. says:

      Agreed! Can’t wait to share more progress as time goes on.

  2. Kareem B. says:

    An important topic in this modern day filled with mass media. Good luck on your internship!

    1. Charles T. says:

      Thank you for the well wishes. Same to you, your W&M internship seems to be filled with wonders to be discovered.

  3. Tad B. says:

    This is a neat project, and I am curious to hear about what you find. Take or leave this idea, but, at the end of the project, I think it would be really neat if you could use your analyses to suggest actionable, better ways for writing headlines and stories when describing news. What are the best ways to structure a headline and a story? Are there any particularly bad structures or models based on the variables you determine to be most important? These are just ideas, and I am sure that, regardless of whether you incorporate them or not, you will come up with something great!

    1. Charles T. says:

      Great questions Tad! I will definitely answer them by the end of the project.

  4. EPittman says:

    Great work, Charles. I am looking forward to following along here. Tad’s questions above provide strong guidance as you move forward with your project. I am very interested to read more about your experiences with technical writing, which is a growing field with many professional prospects for prospective Humanities majors.

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