This is a news/ news commentary medley brought to you by budding journalist Maggie Barnes. Compelling, humorous, and thought provoking topics and events happen the world round every second; many of which are interesting and beg to be shared and discussed. This site doesn’t promise to list twelve news topics a day, or even weekly. It simply aims to be:
(And hopefully somewhat captivating.)
Plus this opinionated, teller of both sides of the story, list maker fan, begs to ask the question: why tell me your top 10 things, when you can tell me 12?
About Maggie. (Writer. Blogger. Journalist.)
“I have a need to learn and a need to share what I learn with others. I’m constantly wondering what that thing does, who that guy is and why things are that way and not this way. At some point I realized other people might be wondering that too. It is quite literally, what I have wanted to do all of my life. Ultimately, it’s because I like to learn new things. If you want to be a journalist, you want to be a lifelong student.” Me.
Maggie is a still residing in LA, California State University of Los Angeles graduate, with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She was trained by the likes of several award winning journalists including Tony Cox, Jeff Spurrier, and Jon Beaupre.
She’s pursuing a full-time freelance journalism career that aims to involve all media platforms, spanning a diverse range of topics too broad to list. Basically she’s a news junkie who likes to be informed and invites others to be as well. Her work has appeared online and in newspaper print. Originally from Missouri, with the technicality of being born in Wichita, Kansas (the same hometown as actress Kristy Alley–and that’s the only kick she gets out of being from Kansas —team Missouri!!), she’s lived in several US cities, has traveled more than one continent, and is also skilled in areas of photography, camera work and post-production.
Her hobbies include way too much reading, introducing herself to strangers, and following friends around with a FlipCam.
Writer: a person engaged in writing books, articles, stories, etc., especially as an occupation or profession; an author or journalist; a person who commits his or her thoughts, ideas, etc., to writing: an expert letter writer; one who writes, especially as an occupation.
“Next to doing things that deserve to be written, nothing gets a man more credit, or gives him more pleasure than to write things that deserve to be read.” Lord Chesterfield.
“You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair – the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names. You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world. Come to it any way but lightly. Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.” Stephen King.
“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” Sylvia Plath.
“Writing is hard work, not magic. It begins with deciding why you are writing and whom you are writing for. What is your intent? What do you want the reader to get out of it? What do you want to get out of it? It’s also about making a serious time commitment and getting the project done.” Suze Orman, finance editor and author.
“I think people become writers because they are compulsive wordsmiths.” Margaret Atwood.
“Writing to me is simply thinking through my fingers.” Isaac Astmov
“Writing makes no noise, except groans, and it can be done everywhere, and it is done alone.” Ursula K. LeGuin, novelist, poet, and essayist.
“The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything. Except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands.” Oscar Wilde.
“A news sense is really a sense of what is important, what is vital, what has color and life – what people are interested in. That’s journalism.” Burton Rascoe.
“Journalism’s ultimate purpose is to inform the reader, to bring him each day a letter from home and never to permit the serving of special interests.” Arthur Ochs Sulzberger.
*Maggie Barnes has 12 letters in it. Tidbit.
*Maggie was born during the 12th month of the year. Bonus tidbit.