Media Writing



Bradys Bunch

Shenandoah stresses the importance of community service with their many projects and service days.  The athletics department likes to further this importance with having every team do three community service projects a year and at the end of the year rewarding the team with the biggest projects and most community service hours at the Buzzys (the Shenandoah version of the ESPYs).

Some athletes like to set up certain service projects for their team for reasons near and dear to them.  Sophomore Business Administration major Luke Nasman on baseball introduced his athletic team to his service team “Brady’s Bunch.”

Nasman’s nephew, Brady was diagnosed with cancer at two years old and passed away at four and has been a “passion since then” to help others and find a cure.  This made Nasman start the team for St. Jude’s Children Hospital called Brady’s Bunch with the slogan “Be a Brady” reminding people to live everyday like him.

Nasman said “anything I can do to help put a smile on their face” about helping the children at St. Judes.  He holds multiple fundraisers each year including: selling bracelets with “Brady’s Bunch” printed on them, gives toys to the children every year on Christmas and Brady’s birthday, and has a green out day at his high school.  Doing all this service Nasman says “it puts your own life in perspective.”

Nasman remembers his nephew through service and on the diamond.  He wears number 4 because that is when Brady passed away.    He also writes his initials on his wrist before games and looks at his bat then sky when at bat.

It is important to give back to the community and find an organization you’re passionate about.  Nasman says “you can’t take today for granted, it feels good to give back.”  Shenandoah talks about being a global citizen and being a global citizen means you give back to the community and to those who need it.




This semester was a long and stressful one.  Starting junior year means taking all upper level courses and having to actually think about the future.  Taking Media Writing was no different than any other upper level course (except a lot more writing.)

Going into this class I figured I would just be writing a lot, which I already do for the paper.  I went into this class thinking “Okay, going to tune up my writing and editing skills.”  I did not think I would get much more out of this class.

What I did get out of this class was a whole different perspective of writing.  I never learned to have one focus or how to write a lede before this class.  Now I’m always conscious about the lede and focus when writing articles for the paper and for anything really.

I also learned that there are many other professions for writing than journalism.  You just need to find your niche and do that.  Through this class with all the different types of writing we did I tried to find what I want to do with my future.

I realized that even though I love to lie (I limit it to just dumb boys at parties now) fiction might not be what I want to do.  Even though I would love to just sit down and write a book anywhere in the world, I don’t necessarily have the patience for that.  But I’ve always put my own feelings and thoughts in my writing even if it was technically fiction (you need to go through a first heart break before writing about one) and doing something like our narratives.  Being able to have someone else’s story and writing it for them could be something I’m interested in and it is a type of writing I’ve gotten into lately with “99 Stories of the Game” which is the one and only Wayne Gretzky’s voice and with the “Loyal Lieutenant” which is George Hincapie’s voice.  Would I want to write an athletes story? Maybe not unless Gordie Howe could come back from the dead.  But so many people have insane stories they could talk about and I could write,(ghost stories and supernatural experiences would be cool) it would be like mashing my two types of writing together.

I basically learned that writing is something that I would want to go into in the future (the whole 18 months future).  I also learned video making is hard and takes a long time, and if I need to do it to get a job I will (I’ll need money for all my eating) but it would be nice to steer clear of video making.


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