Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Powerpoint presentation on Writing for the Web.


Monday, February 13, 2017

Article #2 to rewrite

Brad Paisley article.
-- Eliminate Happy Talk. 
-- Boil it down to essential information. 
-- It’s 364 words. Cut out at least 100 words or more. 
-- Work in Word and email it to Professor O'Hara.

What's better than good southern cooking? Not much except a good southern boy of course who, not to mention, can play the guitar AND sing! Brad Paisley is coming to town with Rodney Atkins and Taylor Swift as a part of the GMC Country Megaticket. They will be playing together Saturday, September 22nd at the SoundAdvice Ampitheatre in West Palm Beach where you can catch them for a wide variety of ticket prices and choices. If you're a huge fan and you want the best of the best then you must get premium seating for $204.75. But if you are like me and you don't have that much cash to spend then you might want to opt for the general or lawn seats. Those general seats start at $20 and range up to $49.75 and lawn seats go for $18.75. In all honesty though the lawn seats are a great route to take if the weather is nice. You get to sprawl out on the grass and just lie back and then enjoy the music. It's pretty therapeutic if you ask me! 

If you're still not sure if Brad is right for you and you want to learn more about this artist here is the place for you to find out. He grew up in Glen Dale, West Virginia where he received his first guitar at the young age of just eight years old. After writing his first song at the age of 12 he continued to craft his work and got the chance to open for Ricky Skaggs and George Jones at the Capital Music Hall in Wheeling, West Virginia when he was only 13 years old! The rest is history. Fast forward to 1999, he got his big break with his song "Who Needs Pictures" and has risen to stardom over the recent years. He is happily married to actress Kimberly Williams and they have a young son together. 

All in all, this hot country singer seems to have it going on! What's not to love? Just remember to catch him this Saturday at the SoundAdvice Ampitheatre at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. so if you buy a lawn ticket get there early to claim your territory

Article for rewrite

This Dolphins stadium story is now 524 words. (It's quite out of date; we will pretend it's a timely advance.)

-- Cut it in half. Decide what information is not essential and cut it out. But make sure you retain the key information.

-- Use bullets. 

-- Work in Word so you know the word count, then email it to Professor O'Hara.

Dolphin Stadium is a world-class sports and entertainment facility that hosts Dolphin football games, Marlin baseball games, the FedEx Orange Bowl and numerous of other events. On April 8, Dolphins Enterprises CEO Joe Bailey announced the plans for major upgrades to the stadium that will give it a new look, a new name and the biggest hi-definition video display boards in the world. 

The $425 million plan, initiated by owner Wayne Huizenga, was broken down into three phases. The first phase was a simple renaming and new logo for the stadium. The name change was just dropping the “s” in Dolphins Stadium to now just Dolphin Stadium. The new stadium logo is a contemporary looking dolphin in teal, orange, blue and platinum colors with the words Dolphin Stadium. Although distinct from the Miami Dolphins logo, the stadium logo maintains a relationship to the franchise. 

The second phase set Dolphin Stadium apart from all other facilities in the world. During the 2nd annual Miami Dolphins season ticket holder appreciation day, fans were introduced to brand new hi-definition video boards in the east and west end zones. The boards were manufactured ad installed by Daktronics, a recognized worldwide leading designer of LED video boards. The west end zone board is approximately 50 feet high and 99 feet wide. The east end zone is the same height, however its length of 137 feet makes it the biggest of its kind in the world, surpassing one installed last year that was recognized as the largest by Guinness World Records. This board is 20 percent larger than the previous record holder. 

“The picture on these boards are so clear, it is really remarkable,” said Marlins fan Tom Beavers. 

Manager of scoreboard operations at Dolphin Stadium, Brady Small, said that yet another part of this phase, includes a ribbon board that will circle around the whole stadium. This full-color LED display will be completed in July, before the Miami Dolphins 2007 season opener. 

The third phase of renovations are scheduled to be finished around 2009. The construction has already began to expand the stadium out 80 feet all the way around. The added space will make way for more and nicer club areas. Future additions will include an exhibition area in a new parking garage and the creation of a main street complete with retail shops and continuous entertainment. 

According to stadium officials, another possible addition is a $100 million dollar retractable roof. Just the talk of something like this would make any sport fan, that has attended a rain soaked event, smile. 

The new-look Dolphin Stadium is coming at a great time for sports fans. The boards were finished just in time for the season of a young Florida Marlins team. The outward expansion will be completed just in time for an optimistic Dolphins season as well as Super bowl XLI, which will be held at the stadium in 2007. 
“As a season ticket holder for the Dolphins and an avid Marlins fan, I think these changes are wonderful, and I can’t wait to see the final result,” said Beavers. 

A sight that will indeed be something to see.