Category Archives: Sarah Hartnig

Learning to take better notes

By SARAH HARTNIG I don’t know about you, but I am TERRIBLE at taking notes. I become too preoccupied with my handwriting, my pen color, the evenness of my characters, etc. until I totally and completely stop listening to the … Continue reading

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Online tips to improve your interviewing skills

By SARAH HARTNIG Everybody has their own, specific set of weaknesses when it comes to news reporting. Some struggle with grammar, others with spelling and other still with remembering the nitty-gritty rules of Associated Press style. And although I have … Continue reading

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Salon.com’s ‘War Room Hack Thirty’

By SARAH HARTNIG Have you ever wondered what journalists think of other journalists? In an interesting, timely story from http://salon.com, Alex Pareene provides members of the online community with a witty, satirical list of his least favorite political commentators, newspaper … Continue reading

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Updating your computer software free of charge

By SARAH HARTNIG Are you a University of Miami student in want of new upgrades for your Microsoft family of products? Did you know that the University of Miami Technology Product Center allows its students to upgrade their Microsoft Office … Continue reading

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MaxPreps, the site for high school sports news, information

By SARAH HARTNIG Although dozens of students have included useful online tools for writing about sports in their various CNJ 515 blog posts over this past semester, it seems as if we’ve neglected to include at least one, overarching genre … Continue reading

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Sporcle offers tools for improving your memory

By SARAH HARTNIG Between performing background research, locating expert sources and conducting countless interviews, reporting can oftentimes prove to be a lengthy, difficult process. So, it stands to reason that, once you’ve completed your brilliant news story, you’re definitely ready … Continue reading

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Learning Spanish one game at a time

By SARAH HARTNIG Do you speak Spanish? Chances are, if you live in Miami, if you don’t, you wish you did. Whether you need directions or a non-fat latte, it seems as if wherever you go in this beautifully diverse … Continue reading

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Choosing your news sources for all sides of the story

By SARAH HARTNIG According to my brilliant mother, there are typically three sides to every story: what he said, what she said, and the truth. Within the realm of the journalism, it should be reporter’s utmost responsibility to communicate the … Continue reading

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Wordle.net’s word cloud can be useful for reporters

By SARAH HARTNIG Although most politicians’ speeches are typically well-written (stylistically, at least),  it is, at times, frustratingly difficult to sift through their unabashed name calling and actually grasp the overall message behind their embellished, over-the-top arguments and anecdotes. For … Continue reading

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Goodreads.com: Making reading easy

By: SARAH HARTNIG Although most college students are, for whatever reason, decidedly averted to reading, I was shocked to discover that many of them are indeed enrolled in the School of Communication. For example, last semester I participated in a … Continue reading

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iheartradio.com offers endless benefits

By SARAH HARTNIG Whether you’re a beat reporter covering the music industry, a student studying communication or simply a radio connoisseur, the benefits of iheartradio.com are seemingly endless. iheartradio.com provides its users with instant access to more than 750 local … Continue reading

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Online newspapers and research

By: SARAH HARTNIG Oftentimes, writing intriguing, well-researched news stories can require significant investments in time and energy. Between developing ideas, performing research, interviewing sources and, finally, crafting and editing copy — preparing excellent stories is not always a simple task. … Continue reading

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Easybib.com: Your source for citing sources

By SARAH HARTNIG Since most journalism students rely on Associated Press (AP) style for their articles, online posts and other methods of storytelling, it is not unusual to forget how to appropriately credit sources for other citation styles, such as … Continue reading

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CNN iReport

By SARAH HARTNIG As we continue to move towards a paperless society, the manner in which we disseminate news is rapidly changing. We no longer have to wait for the morning paper to learn the score of a West Coast … Continue reading

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