David’s Been Here is a travel blog that showcases cities and countries David has been to all over the world since 2008. He uses his platform to highlight the best places to go and what to do there, but his blog is also a place for viewers to get their own ideas for travel, plan their own trip or start their own blog. He has visited a total of 71 countries and 1,073 cities so far.

In his articles, David uses photos to supplement the description of his experiences. He typically shares one photo for every few paragraphs of description…


You walk into the shop that is characterized by the forest green circle that houses a mythical woman of the sea. You sit down in the corner and are immediately enveloped by the leather and tweed chair that wraps around the square of your back in a way that provides a balance of comfort and sturdiness. Highlighted by the flickering lights, you see a variety of ages of people, who unpack to work for hours or who pack up after working for hours, revolve in and out of the doors at a consistent pace.

Whether they came with goals of…


It was helpful to learn the specifics of starting up a blog through our chapter in “The Elements of Blogging” because, as journalists, it is easy to assume we already have the tools and skills.

It must be understood that choosing a blog topic and name should not be done on a whim. The topic must be in an area that the blogger is passionate enough about to spend hours researching and working to learn more about. The topic must be broad enough to have the ability to regularly cover and create unlimited number of posts.

Reading about the testimonies…


As a media site and news-centered blog, Mashable shares posts that cover current entertainment, culture and tech. It emphasizes sharing news that is easily picked up on social media and its specialty includes pushing out content on Facebook and Twitter.

Their coverage on culture ranges from parenting to memes, tech includes reviews and business and entertainment categories feature movies and gaming. Under each of these topics include blog posts that use video and social media to further the already culturally relevant conversations being discussed.

Opinions on celebrities, the newest movie or phone, political decisions, and situations that have gone viral…


This semester I am excited to learn how to better express myself as a writer through the less traditional news outlet of blogging. I have always wanted to learn what techniques bloggers utilize to reach people and cultivate an audience by providing what the readers want to see and most relate to.

I anticipate that this class will teach us how to be more creative and personal in our writing, since blogging provides more freedom than hard news writing but in a way that still prioritizes the information. …


Effectivity of short-term missions has recently grown to be a heavily debated topic in the Christian sphere.

Sports Outreach Institute is a missions organization located in Lynchburg, VA which exists to restore hope and transform lives. They accomplish this through sports ministries of soccer and chess, child sponsorship, women’s empowerment and economic development programs. The organization’s focus is to step on the field in athletic interest to develop relational connection, trust and sports skills, then to step off the field in spiritual interest to deepen discipleship towards Christ and meet daily physical and social needs.

In addition to its local…


The election of Donald Trump has awakened many to the realities of our country, those who are supporters and those who are very much not. One of the greatest of those revealed realities revolves around my future industry of journalism, the media and the press. Many Americans were shocked about the results of Trump’s success because news outlets did not portray the predictions accurately due to allowing bias to seep into their reporting on facts of the amount his support.

For these reasons, today, even only one or two years later, our media and its impact look different. The prioritizing…


Journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward in the movie “All the President’s Men” are examples of hardworking, devoted and truthful reporters.

Both men followed the “Paul Williams Way” of conducting investigative journalism. These steps included conception of a newsworthy story that there was something deeper to the Watergate robbery, questioning the feasibility of studying this topic, deciding whether it was factual enough to print, building, planning, researching, re-evaluating, filling gaps, rewriting and, finally, publishing the article.

The movie depicted the amount of anxiety and struggle the men faced in uncovering such a well-protected scandal, something that did not even seem…


History was made Friday, Feb. 9 when a group of Jefferson Forest High School seniors held a student-led assembly to reach their peers with an urgent message of the awareness of importance of online safety. The club, called Cyber S.W.A.T. (Safety While Assessing Technology) Team, and its 18 members shared their 11 minute entirely student written, acted and produced film “Exposed” which contained a message of the dangers of sexting.

“I don’t recall ever being at a high school assembly before where no adult spoke at the assembly,” Bedford County School Board District 2 Representative Jason Johnson said. …


There is always two sides to every story. On BuzzFeed’s side, Editor Ben Smith claims that the details in the document were found to be true and that no person has said to him they wished they had not read it and had not been informed. He stated he was proud that his organization covered it because traditional journalism is not transparent enough with their audience and the American people needed to understand their government representatives.

On all other news organization’s side, each of these outlets did not publish the article because allegations were not confirmed, and the document read…

Siani Null

Liberty University Journalism Student

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