What I learned

16 12 2011

This class has taken me to heights I didn’t think I could possible muster. When I first entered the class, the daunting task of learning difficult programs like Photoshop and Final Cut seemed almost insurmountable. But with criticism and continued practice, I was able to create something I didn’t believe I could at the beginning of the year. My project: A New Libya, turned out to be the climax of the my young journalism career. I was able to create something real and humanizing, while connecting and building a relationship with the subject.

I hope as a transition to the professional world of journalism that I continue building upon these skills and become a successful all-around journalist. I realize that as journalism changes and is forced to adapt to public needs, that journalists are required to adapt also. I look forward to the upcoming challenges directed towards me in the future.


Punched Out: Derrick Boogard

16 12 2011

Recently in class we watched a piece done about Derrick Boogard, an enforcer in the NHL. The piece was done by the New York Times over a sixth month period, and dove deeply in the abusive nature of Boogard’s life. Boogard had suffered from so many concussions that his brain had started to have the onset stages of dementia.

Throughout his life, Boogard was able to progress in the hockey world through his physical nature and propensity for fighting. The piece challenges viewers to understand the dangers of repeated head trauma and how the repeated blows to the head can alter personality and lead to permanent changes.


Boogard died of drug overdose. His family believed the constant and chronic pain from fighting led to the abuse of painkillers. The NY Times did an excellent job at capturing the visceral nature of hockey and how some like Boogard, are forced to sacrifice everything just to fulfill their dreams.