Studying profiles for Sunday’s blog post served as the most interesting thing I’ve analyzed for The Plain-Dealer so far. Profiles in class were defined as articles that needed something “universal.” You needed to look for points in a story that mattered to you. What would interest you would most likely interest future readers. If you grasped such curiosity from stories or quotes that your interviewee shared with you, you were all set toward the right path of creating a good profile. Profiles consisted of challenges and opportunities. And they supplied imagery that made you think the speaker had a particular profession. Cleveland achieved all the rules through a music CEO's story.
I scanned through my example profile while it glowed on the screen. It showed all the characteristics of points that I learned about profiles in class. Before I had no idea how I could find a profile other than typing it into the page's search engine. But I ended up finding one that covered Greg Harris, Cleveland Rock Hall's president.
Best. Article. I’ve read. Ever. This week.
Yes, I've read better. But I'll give The Plain-Dealer its props: they did a nice job. The question at the beginning might not be favored by some journalists. But because of my curiosity of finding answers to puzzles, it tempted me to read on. The checklist effect with the inclusions of hilarious and naïve quotes that made it seem like the person being profiled on was just a normal person made the page personal and therefore a little easier to read.
I was also excited when I spotted another theme that the class discussed before class ended Wednesday: the format of present, past, and future in the article. The editors wrote about what the man’s professional title job included, and then how he got introduced in the industry through his personal funny story. His location, profession, how he looked at the time and his interactions with future influences included in the format gave the article a basic but unique feel. The story’s setup made it sound like a written documentary. I liked the occasional journalist’s voice jumping in every so often with questions he or she asked (e.g., what did he say she say, how did you react).
The type of format from the Greg Harris profile was only one of the many profiles that The Plain-Dealer staff wrote. But I felt the article was a great example of that I needed more practice on in the future for the JOUR 2100 class.