Thursday, November 23, 2006


When I got hold of the Journalese this morning, I found out that somehow, I managed to get my name published in it. There it was on the back page, colossally printed in Verdana: "five. nararamdaman ko lang sila pag may acquaintance party at kung ano-anong pageants-allan ray policarpio, 2jrn1" This when asked to rate JrnSoc's performance; one being the highest and five, the lowest.

I would not be surprised if I see a pill box stashed inside my bag or an insect repellant tablet sandwiched between the mango slice and crab stick inside the maki I would be devouring tomorrow (maybe I should give Betty the poisoned ones).

Nevertheless, I'm so happy that all my thrash-talking finally got me somewhere. Maybe this is what I'm destined to do. Maybe I should pursue a career in it. Maybe I should do it--now.

The Journalese was fine. But it can do without the opinion columns written by _______ and _______. After reading them, I wondered how these articles made it into the printing press. The grammar's all screwed up; they can't even distinguish a noun from an adjective. But I commend them for being able to write a long article consisting of repeated ideas--that's hard.

"Why would we care? Because we are human beings..."- Thanks for the information though. It answered the question that has been bugging me for the last eighteen years of my existence. This is easily the quote of the year.

In fairness, the other four columns were very well written. Kudos.

Last time I checked, MS Word suggests corrections for grammatical errors. Maybe the Grammar Check system crashed because it can't handle all the errors. Oh well...

Okay, so you will argue that Journalese is after all, a training ground where we could improve our skills (if we have any) and eliminate mistakes. But at least, train someone who has something to improve on. I have friends more deserving of the space in that newsletter (like betty. o ayan betty something positive!).

By this time you're probably pelleting me with phrases such as: "ang yabang mo!", "bakit mas magaling ka ba?", "sige nga, sulat ka nga" and "no one is perfect".

I admit, I'm not that good--yet. I think I have to practice harder before writing for a paper. That explains why I'm here criticizing (bashing) the newsletter and not writing for it.

And they're proposing that the UST Journalism Department be made into a Center of Excellence?


It says there that a major requirement would be a newsroom; I would say good writers.


Anonymous amae said...

i haven't fully read the Journalese so i can't just agree with all your thoughts.but one thing i noticed is a "boring layout" especially in the last pages of the paper where they crowded all the "continuations". it made the pages look heavy.

November 24, 2006 at 1:33:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Allan said...

Yes, the layout was annoying. Some articles starts in page 2 then continues in page 15.

What a pain.

November 24, 2006 at 5:52:00 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous arvee said...

BETTY!!! how dare you bash my ate _____?!?!?! grrr... "bash" is an understatement pa nga eeeh,!! you just made her look stupid!!! xO

idontknow. isuddenly liked her so much after reading her column. maybe we finally got something to disagree upon. haha, thats cute

November 24, 2006 at 8:33:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Allan said...

Sorry. I have nothing against your ate____.

At least we have something to argue about.

November 24, 2006 at 8:51:00 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nagmamaganda ka talaga.
umepal ka na kasi do'n!
patingin naman ako nung Journalese na yan!
nami-miss ko na ang may school paper.
parusa talaga si Tita Ems.


November 27, 2006 at 11:50:00 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Raydon said...

I don't like the Journalese. It's all bluff and no substance.

No offense to the writers or contributors of that publication.


November 29, 2006 at 8:57:00 PM GMT+8  

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