I believe the following to be some of my best works for the Talisman:
1) Out with the old, in with the up-to-date Downtown Delaware Strand theater switches to digital cinema
This was by far my favorite article that I have written. I was really excited about it because it was the first one of mine that would be published, so I had this desire to make it really good. I picked a topic that I thought would be interesting to me and would teach me about something I didn't really know much about. I set up an interview with the manager of the Strand Theater and met with her a day during class. It was an engaging interview, where Kara (the manager) gave me tons of information about cinema, including both digital and film. She showed me the film box and let me inspect all of the old film reels. It made me really excited to write the article, and I feel that it motivated me to do a good job. I believe that I organized the story well- what the story is about, followed by why the changes were made, what the Strand had before, the benefits and the downfalls, and then encouraging the community to attend the Strand. I also think that I did a nice job of integrating the quotes in the story and including an opposing viewpoint (from Michael Duffy), which gave a personal touch to the article. I dropped off an issue at the Strand after we published, and got a text from the manager congratulating me on the story. It made me feel most proud of this article.
2) Hayes variety show: Fall 2012
This was a fun article to write because it required me to actually go to the variety show. I believe that this story was a good representation of my "investigative" journalism skills. I had to attend the show in order to discover how i was actually going to write the story. In doing so, I was able to include a wide variety of sources. I interviewed the show advisor prior to the show and also two participants and an audience member after the show. These sources helped me to include more of the student body in the paper, which was one thing I really liked about how it turned out. The number of sources provided a personal tone to the article, and I think that it added a lot to the story's purpose of praising the participants.
3) Forgotten tales of Halloween
I liked this article because it was different than the typical news story I write. This was more of a feature article which required me to research the history of Halloween. I learned a lot from my research and was excited to share it with others through the newspaper. I was assigned this story last-minute and believe that I did an exceptional job of writing it given the time constraints. I liked how my ending related back to the beginning of the story to tie everything up. I also believe that my paragraphs flowed well. I described one aspect of Halloween and then expanded on it in a later paragraph while also adding more information.