Career In Law

Hello potential employers, curious readers and my friends and family.

I am Asher Ball and am a 1st-year law student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The first semester was simultaneously interesting, taxing and rewarding, but I would be lying if I said that I am not glad to have it behind me. Now it is time for what will likely be the toughest semester of schooling in my life. But that is not all — I also begin my search for a clerking position. I am extremely excited about the possibilities and opportunities that lay in front of me.

For those of you reading my blog, I would like to point you toward my posts under the heading “My Journalism Work.” It offers good examples of my ability to write about difficult topics in a clear and concise manner. You may be particularly interested in the articles I wrote for IANR, which illustrates my ability to research and write about complex concepts and issues. I also wrote a feature article about Robert Copple, an esteemed UNL law graduate and attorney in Scottsdale, Arizona, that you may find some interest in.

This blog also showcases my ability to work with multimedia. I maintained a music blog as part of a journalism course, and though it is a more laid-back style of writing, I think it shows the diversity of my writing skill. Please feel free to scroll down this page in order to peruse those blog posts. I also have provide some audio recordings and photos I took throughout my journalism career. The audio was deleted by the Web site I saved them on, but I am attempting to reload it for your listening. Please forgive and inform me if the audio does not work, and if you contact me at asherballa@yahoo.com I can personally e-mail you some examples of my audio work.

My resume is also available on this site if you would like to examine it.

I hope that the articles and examples of my work that I made available on this blog showcase my skill as a writer and the seriousness to which I approach my work. Please contact me at (402) 310-8937 or by e-mail at asherballa@yahoo.com if you would like any more examples of my journalism work or have any questions.

Thank you so much for you time,

Asher Ball

January 3, 2011 at 4:43 pm Leave a comment

New Beginnings

Hello readers,

This is Asher Ball. Since my graduation from UNL with a degree in journalism, I’ve elected to pursue a law degree at the same institution. I’m just getting ready to gear up for the 3-year grind that law school will be, but am immensely excited about the prospects that await me.

To see the work that I’ve accomplished in my undergraduate studies, feel free to peruse this site. It contains a portfolio or my journalism work, including articles, broadcasts and photographs. In addition, it contains some of my volunteer journalism work, including my radio show for my university’s non-profit radio station and a music blog I maintained for a number of months. It also has my current resume.

If anyone has any questions or would like to contact me, feel free to e-mail me at asherballa@yahoo.com. I look forward to speaking with you.

Thanks everyone, and have a great day.

Asher Ball

August 18, 2010 at 10:44 pm Leave a comment

Welcome!

Hello visitors. My name is Asher Ball and this is my e-portfolio/blog. I am posting the best of my journalism work (at least the best that has been preserved) here on my blog. I began this blog as part of a multimedia journalism class, NewsNetNebraska, and I decided to post my portfolio on it to show my experience working with multimedia.

I started out most interested in writing when I joined the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Since then, I’ve become better at photography and videography while also learning much while editing audio and video, writing for the Web and hosting my own weekly radio show at 90.3 KRNU, the college radio station.

I am extremely grateful for my experience in journalism, and I hope my work has reached the high standard that I’ve set for myself.Asher Tux

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at asherballa@yahoo.com

Thanks,
Asher

October 29, 2009 at 5:37 pm Leave a comment

Brothers in Arms by The Dire Straights

That's a big steel guitar, yo.

That's a big steel guitar, yo.

This album was played in its entirety on March 23, 2009 on my show Sympathy for the Balls on 90.3 KRNU.

Anyone ever remember when MTV used to play videos? It’s almost a cliche to ask that question. But I’m sure everyone aged 20-50 watched MTV at one point and can remember when videos could be shown without Carson Daly or whatever group of poseurs MTV lined up to pimp the videos.

The Dire Straights were a weird mix of classic rock, arena rock, blues and world music. They’re also one of the most famous bands of the MTV era for their quirky music videos, even though front man and guitar hero Mark Knopfler despised the whole idea of MTV and music videos.

One way to counteract his misgiving is to have a really great batch of songs that are completely accessible, something this album accomplishes easily. Of the nine tracks included, at least five are complete knockouts. First track “So Far Away” has great guitar licks and sets up a peculiar laid back feeling that guides most of the album. The second track, “Money for Nothing,” is an obvious highlight. It was the band’s first huge hit and it’s music video, which featured some of the first computer animation, pushed it to even greater commercial heights.

Another seminal track in the third, “Walk of Life.” The song features an immediately catchy Hammond organ hook. No one could possibly feel sad while listening to this song. It also has an awesome music video. It cuts between footage of the Dire Straights playing the song and videos of some of the greatest sports wipeouts of all time.

The rest of the album is filled out with some lengthy, jazz-oriented tracks, such as “Your Latest Trick” and “Why Worry.” It also has songs filled with imagery of rebellion and guerrilla warfare in Latin and South America. While those songs might raise the political consciousness of the album a bit, don’t forget that these are pop songs first. With such as accessible sound and ground-breaking music videos, this album opens the eyes and ears while subtly opening the mind.

MTV, please go back to your old ways and show innovative music videos like those from the Dire Straights. I care more about their music than I care about their cribs.

March 24, 2009 at 3:15 pm Leave a comment

Music from Big Pink by The Band

It's the band ... The Band

It's the band ... The Band

This album was played in it’s entirety 3/2/09 on Sympathy for the Balls on 90.3 KRNU.

The Band were once on top of the world (though not a lot people bought their records), and their debut album “Music from Big Pink” is the best example of what made them such a unique band.

Born out of The Hawks, which was a touring band for Bob Dylan, The Band is probably the least egotistical band ever. All of the band members wrote songs, played different instuments and sang different parts. This band’s identity was the fact that they didn’t have an obvious identity. The music is just as unselfish as the makeup of The Band — it’s a blend of rock and roll, blues, R & B, soul and gospel.

Many of the songs on the album show the influence of Dylan on the band, and a few of them are written by the folk singer himself. The opening song, “Tears of Rage,” an ode to the forgotten parents of missing hippie children, was written by Dylan. The two closing songs, “Wheel’s On Fire” and “I Shall Be Released,” are credited to him as well.

But the songs not written by Dylan are some of the most memorable. “Chest Fever” is one of the best examples of an instrument used in an unconventional manner. An organ plays amazing solos throughout the song while having a backing part that sounds funky and propulsive.

The real show-stopper is track 5, “The Weight.” This song has huge cultural implications as it was heavily featured in the movie “Easy Rider.” It’s also a great song that follows a traveler, which makes it a fantastic road tripping song.

“Music from Big Pink” is one of those seminal albums that can be played at any time and still be enjoyable. The Band weren’t always the most flashy or distinctive rock band out there, but they knew how to make music.

March 5, 2009 at 1:30 am Leave a comment

Mothership Connection by Parliament

Funk Band ... In Spaaaaace!

Funk Band ... In Spaaaaace!

This album was played in its entirety 2/23/09 on Sympathy for the Balls on 90.3 KRNU.

Ah, the party record. The one that’s just asking to played in front of a lot of people. That’s really the target audience for funk music, and no album blows the mind while moving the body like Parliament’s 1975 album “Mothership Connection.”

Beginning with first track, “P-Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up),” it’s obvious that this is a different kind of record. Front man George Clinton designed it as a concept album of a black man named Starchild who travels outer space in a UFO while bringing party music to the funkless reaches of the universe. That’s a pretty far out concept, and Parliament sticks with it throughout most of “Mothership Connection.”

The music focuses heavily on jams and wordplay. “P-Funk” juxtaposes strange monologues with irresistable choruses. Other tracks, such as title track “Mothership Connection (Starchild)” and “Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication” have extended jamming.

The standout track on the album is track six, “Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker).” Everyone knows this chorus, but what a lot of people don’t know is how complex the song is.  It has about six different sections that only appear cohesive because of how memorable the chorus is.

It appears that George Clinton wanted only one thing in life, and that is for people to get funky. Just listen to this album. It’s impossible to resist.

February 25, 2009 at 4:53 pm Leave a comment

Reunions Galore

2009 is shaping up to be a good year for the fans of bands that split long ago.

The reunion is a funny thing. Most bands break up because of infighting or a desire to head in different directions, which makes a reunion tour or album all the more intriguing. While tours seem to generally fare well (unless it’s Van Halen/Van Hagar), I can’t think of too many reunion albums that met with a lot of success.

Beginning with Guns and Roses releasing “Chinese Democracy” last year (sans every member of the band except Axl Rose), a flurry of bands are reuniting.

The most unexpected might by Blink 182’s announcement. It kind of came out of nowhere as Mark Hoppus offhandedly mentioned they were getting back together as the band stood on stage at the Grammys. Maybe drummer Travis Barker’s brush with death after a private plane crashed made them realize life was shorter than their pop-punk songs. Here’s an interview where the band discusses their decision to get back together:

janesBut that’s not all. Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails is going to produce a new Jane’s Addiction album and go on tour with the recently reunited band. Well maybe reunited. I only know for sure that Perry Farrell, front man for Jane’s Addiction, is signed on. A lot of these so-called reunions tend to be the most prolific member of the band keeping the name and touring with some stand-ins. Axl Rose, I’m looking in your direction.

And that’s not the only reunion. For the umpteenth time, Simon and Garfunkel played a live concert together in New York City. Those two are starting to look real old, but they’re still going strong. It would be awesome if they started writing material together again, but they seem content doing their own thing and occassionally meeting for a single show.

So what is the deal with so many reunions? Maybe during these times of economic hardship, people want reassurance from artists of the past that everything is OK. It could be that musicians realize that people facing a tough economy are more likely to be interested in and pay money to see acts they already love. Provided that ego is taken out of the equation (looking in your direction again Axl Rose), all of these band reunions should provide good fun for music fans.

February 19, 2009 at 3:51 pm Leave a comment

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