• 2005-09-07

    * 交作业,Anecdote

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    Travel Journalism写作课的第一次作业,老师要每个人写一个第一人称过去时态的趣闻逸事。受家里领导启发,决定把我上次骑车打望摔跤的丑事用英文再自曝一遍(见当天记的中文版),全当练笔,看看教授怎么评价。下周发作业我争取把他批改结果抄上来。

    今天的课堂上老师就travel writing是否允许“因文章需要”而任意虚构人物或者对话的话题,引起同学们算得上激烈的探讨。争论源自一本书上几位travel writing的畅销书作者居然声称他们并不在乎自己的书是fiction or nonfiction。有的说里面的事情都是真的,但时间先后顺序则是自己事后根据需要重新组合的;有的说要交待的事情是有普遍性的,但在一定场合她需要虚构一个人比如出租车司机来说她想说的话。

    对于一直受到正规的美国新闻教育的许多学生来说,新闻真实性是永远不可改变的法则,也是作为新闻工作者最最基本的道德底线。但现在忽然有人提出游记可以在适当的时候凭空想像,许多人一时接受不了。一个叫Marti的女生差不多是要跟另一个持部分赞同观点的男生要吵起来了。男生认为,因为游记的特殊性,我们往往不可能完全记住所有的细节和其中涉及人物的所有的谈话,所以有时候适当润色是可以的也是无法避免的。Marti显然是怒了,“难道我们可以撒谎?”

    美国教授让我称许之处,不是他们有多么高深的见解。他们擅长的是挑起一个让人深思的话题,但绝对不会轻易给学生一个定论。他不会宣布这件事是对还是错,他会让学生们得出自己的答案。

    顺便自吹一下,作为唯一的外国人,在美国人的课堂上讨论这些关于新闻或者政治的问题,我是从来都不怯场的。一边竖起耳朵听懂他们每个人说的东西(当然偶有不懂的怪词),一边找到空子就开讲我的观点。今天讲得比较过瘾,中间课间休息也跟学生继续探讨停不下来。希望继续发扬,把我这烂口语磨亮一点。

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    J690 . Writing Assignment 1, First person anecdote

    By Gang Wu, due Sep 6, 2005

    I’m a married man. But this does not seem to change my instinct of watching pretty women on the street. Whenever a belle, or even a figure that looks like one, comes into my sight, it will almost automatically become the focus of my eyes, even though I may try to look away at times. My wife is aware of that.

    The instinct gave me a bloody lesson this summer.

    On a cool August morning, I was like the other days, wearing a pair of sunglasses, riding on my cool slim sports bike and gliding to the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources for my summer job. I could feel that I must look cool with my outfit.

    In just five minutes, the college building was right ahead of me. There were many people sitting on the two sides of the narrow passage under a pavilion. In order not to threaten their out-stretching feet with my bike, I decided that I should abandon the path that I took everyday and instead approach the college building from another entry. I found there was an entry about 30 feet away on the left. Then I turned left.

    Before I reached the entry, my eyes were attracted to something like a beauty. I could only say “like a beauty,” because till now I’m still not sure if she is really a beauty or not, because I have never had a chance to take a clear look at her. All that I remember now is that the girl was in black hair and probably in white skirt, looking like a Japanese beauty when I was in a distance.

    When I was managing to take a closer look at her during the intervals of my deciding the right point of the entry alongside a stretch of curb, I suddenly realized that the front wheel of my bike has already been tilting toward the curb - I was trying to take into an “entry” that was in fact still a few feet away from the real point!

    I was already all on the ground before I could make any emergent maneuver. Take a look at the slow-motion replay.  Within a distance of about five feet from the girl, right in front of her eyes, slowly, slowly, I was down with my bike, hitting the ground and turning over a few rounds. When everything stopped, I was lying there with my back on the ground.  I opened my eyes. There were the blue sky, and breeze brushing over my face…

    The delusion suddenly vanished. The slow motion switched to fast motion. Despite the biting pains in one of my knees, I was up on the run with my bike, afraid of being laughed at by the girl or any passersby. But damn it, I couldn’t believe that I was mumbling “sorry” when I got up and ran away from her.

    Why did I say sorry?  Did I do anything wrong? Yes, at least I must be thinking so at that moment, and my tongue betrayed my innocent face.

    She did say something when witnessing my tragic fall, maybe something of sympathy. But I didn’t hear anything. I ran away as fast as I could without even pat the dust off my shirt and pants.

    Not until I got into my office did I find a chance to check my losses. First of all, a hole on the pants. Tugging up the pants, there on my knee, a thumb-size wound was gazing at me with raw flesh and blood. I was wordless.

    On a second thought, I was relieved. I felt lucky because I was only riding a bike. What if I was driving a car, and it’s on a highway or on the edge of a cliff? I couldn’t imagine.

     

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  • 谢谢WOLF老师。

    美国在采访中,隐瞒身份采访是否是合法的呢。记者暗访身份空间多大? 如果采访隐匿身份,安全性大大保证了。这空间很难把握啊。

    听听WOLF老师指点。http://hawaii.yculblog.com/
  • 谢谢WOLF.

    呵呵,扣留可不是好玩,我想了都有点后怕。在大陆,采访自由很大约束。居然有大学教授公然要求采访收费。。。



    Wolf老师,美国这方面是否更开放些,我指接受采访方面,记者同警方、政府机构打交道时,是隐瞒身份好呢,还是公开身份好。记得陈婉莹老师说,记者采访时候应该尽量公开身份。实际上,国内采访时候,记者更多是隐瞒身份,这样更轻松也更安全,但对公民自由而言似乎是个侵犯。在我BLOG里写了个小的感悟,想听听您的看法。

    (http://hawaii.yculblog.com/)

    谢谢
  • Eliot有被扣留的经历可喜可贺阿,毕竟大长见识,下次就学狡猾了。



    看起来你一直以为我是University of Missouri-Columbia

    的新闻学院就读。其实我只是去年参加了他们为期一周的photo workshop。虽然去年和今年都拿到了该新闻学院的admission,但没有奖学金,所以一直在University of Nevada, Reno学习。让你失望了。



    Mizo的新闻学院分类非常齐全,broadcast,print,PR,Advertisement,Photojournalism都有。而我在UNR是以Print Media为主,这学期选了Photo-J和Media Tech而已。



    从你的关注内容看得出现在的新闻系学生比我们几年前在北京上学的时候知识面和对行业理解的深度都要强,毕竟现在的国内新闻业变化实在很大。相信你能考上研究生,good luck.
  • wolf老师,Missouri学习主要有哪些课程啊,列举的Photojournalism和Media Technologies吗?



    马上要读研了,现在正在准备中,希望能考上陈婉莹老师的研究生。



    新闻真实性法则,最近一直在看有关新闻伦理跟新闻哲学的书。社会责任论代表作A Free and Responsible Press 在新闻界不受欢迎吗?



    新闻客观性,更多体现在实践报道中,各方利益出发点,作为记者要从中调查出事实的真相,只能说是尽可能地贴近事实真相。



    记得今年2月份在报社实习时候,采访一家医疗纠纷,由于是突发新闻,在现场才从消息源(死者家属)口中了解到具体死亡时间、情况和家属认为的死亡原因。之后,我去向院方提出采访,他们拒绝。不料,还出动保安将我扣留到医院顶楼,连相机等都扣压下来。。。



    事后解救出来,才得知其他媒体也已经赶到,只是他们直接在医院院长办公室“谈判”去了。

    03年普利策奖,Los Angeles Times报道“杀人医院”花了近十个月一举获奖。做这种报道,真得多多学习西方新闻操作。