What is JournalismJournal.com? What Should I Expect?

What is JournalismJournal.com?

The Idea

The idea for JournalismJournal.com sprung out of a perceived need for a site dedicated to the news-related articles that I had written.

Oh, I know. Some people post information on their resume or CV. Some people create a portfolio (both the offline old-fashioned type and the online, even PDF type).

I am a little bit more similar to the second group, the online group. And then there is this thing called being a programmer, as well as a professional writer (and a #1 Jazz Singer).

So, what do you get at the end of that? You get an online digital portfolio that is programmed to automatically retrieve all of the articles a person (in this case Deborah Anderson) writes.

The Problem

So, it sounds like there is not a problem, right?

No, not exactly…

You see, when you are speaking about journalism, there is such a thing as the Associated Press style of writing. But even beyond that, journalism is different from your average blog writing.

Just because someone states that they are a blog writer and just because they have managed to obtain a press pass (which I have given out, by the way, at Hollywood events!) doesn’t mean that they are a journalist in the truest sense of the word.

But, the lines have blurred a bit, haven’t they?

Either way you look at it, since this is my site (I cannot stand speaking in an egotistical tone!), I needed to put together something that presented the journalistic talents of Deborah and not just the writing talents.

But, even before I have fully launched this portfolio site, I have failed in that area.

Why? Quite simply, I am writing this post in a “blog style” format. That is my own coined phrase, by the way, but I wouldn’t be surprised if others have also coined it. I’m not here for a competition… But, I digress.

The Associated Press (AP) style of writing is a specific format for writing. It is, informally put, the newspaper style or the journalism style. There is also the APA (American Psychological Association) style of writing and sometimes people get them mixed up, thinking that the AP style is a misprint of APA without the final “A.”

But, AP and APA are quite different. The APA style is more closely related to the style that one would use in writing a University paper. It is the style that I am using in the process of writing my dissertation for my doctorate in psychology. And, if you are referencing academic styles, you would have to include other styles such as MLA. But, now we really digress.

Instead, let’s move on to the solution, ok?

The Solution – Two-Pronged Solution to a Perceived Problem

So, I decided to use this site for its intended purpose, as a portfolio for the journalism articles that I write, but also for a second reason. That is, to include articles on writing, in general. That secondary reason is probably why you are here and is more interesting, wouldn’t you say?

So, with that, let’s get going and move along in that direction, shall we? See you there!

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