Journalism homework for April 14

Vox seems pretty cool and awesome.  I just really wish there was a way to search for certain key words or articles.  I signed up for their emails but I had no idea what it was really, I assume it is just where people post their articles?  I just found the about page and it said that Vox is about explaining the news in elementary phrases and terms.

I think it is genius and really smart! I do not think that the content and quality of the articles are dumbed down necessarily, I just feel as though they are simplified which is necessary for students and new people to the topic or issue, to understand what is going on.

I think looking at The degree that doesn’t pay off it was extremely interesting.  I think there needs to be more talk all the time about these types of issues in our paper. I think it was well presented.  I just think there was a lot more that could have been done that would have made it even better.

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Choosing a Blog Name: Two WordPressers Share Their Stories

So helpful!

The Blog

You’ve been thinking about starting a new blog, but you’re just not sure of one thing: what to name it. WordPressers around the world wrestle with this very important question and over at The Daily Post, we’ve been sharing the secrets behind how bloggers choose to name their online home. Today, we’re excited about sharing the backstory behind two blogs and how they got their names.

Flights. Camera. Satisfaction.


Ben Whittard of Flights. Camera. Satisfaction. Ben Whittard of Flights. Camera. Satisfaction.

Ben Whittard is a British expat living in Switzerland who documents his travels in photography at Flights. Camera. Satisfaction.

“I love how photography has changed the way I see the world. When I have a camera in my hands I feel closer to the environment, closer to people and more connected to everything I see,” says Ben. “Combined with a love of travel, I really could not be more satisfied! My writing focuses…

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Journalism homework for March 17

Headline- Human trafficking: From global to local


Human Sources: Sister Florence and Maguay

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Journalism homework for Feb. 24

  1. Digital First–What’s that mean?

Digital First is traditional media that extends the content to an accompanying website, but the main focus is still on the primary platform.  I personally believe this type of program can only help our work in the communication department.  Taking our “platform only” to the next level by making in “digital first” department.  Using social media to our benefit can only improve our quality and quantity of the students’ work.  I think by changing our current position will teach us so much more.

2. Progress on your big story

I am extremely excited about both articles, I am in the process of emailing the people I met at CSMG for the Human Trafficking article and supervisors for the CFCI article.  I think these two pieces will take me a good amount of time to write so I feel like I need to get a move on with writing them.  I have a good amount of resources for CFCI and I now am able to say what I want to talk about in my article:

  • I want to state the story of how this became an issue (through a personal story from someone who was effected by conflict minerals which I am trying to work on getting) or I have a backup plan to take my supervisors stories with his work.  I was thinking about tweeting at Holy Prendergast to see if John Prendergast would be willing to do a phone interview with me, but I’m not sure if that is to creepy.
  • For the human trafficking article I want to actually start to tell Sister Florence’s story, of her journey to America from Nicaragua and the issues that she saw over there and how the issues correlate with the issues in America or in a more narrow point-of-view, Philadelphia.  I am interested in hearing about her work with Dawn’s Place and possibly get in touch with a survivor, if that is possible.

3.  Major news stories

Facebook Enters $16 Billion Deal for WhatsApp

A text messaging application with 450 million users around the world who pay little or no money for it was sold for $16 billion for WhatsApp on Wednesday, Feb. 19.  “Facebook, based in Menlo Park, Calif., will pay $4 billion in cash and $12 billion worth of shares for WhatsApp. But the ultimate cost of the deal could rise to $19 billion, with WhatsApp employees and founders receiving an additional $3 billion in restricted stock units, which would vest over the next four years.”  I personally think this was a greeeaaaaat marketing/financial move on Facebook’s part.

Read original story in The New York Times | Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

Ukraine Forces Escalate Attack Against Protestors

On Thursday, Feb. 20, security forces opened fire on the antigovernment protestors that left dozens dead, making it the most violent day since the Soviet times.  “President Viktor F. Yanukovych lost at least a dozen political allies, including the mayor of the capital, who resigned from his governing Party of Regions to protest the bloodshed. Mr. Yanukovych conferred with three foreign ministers from the European Union who had come to press for a compromise solution, practically within sight of the main conflict zone in downtown Kiev.”

Top Military Body Against Syria’s Assad Is in Chaos, Undermining Fight

Islamist groups have seized its weapons storerooms, its members have stolen or sold its supplies, and one prominent commander it armed and equipped has publicly joined an offshoot of Al Qaeda.

4. Review Loquitur issue 18

  • Dixon Expansion: is it what the students really want?
  • Bishop Recardo Ramirer emphasizes the devastation of illegal immigration
  • Lead stronger with Omicron Delta Kappa
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Second major story 2

From global to local: how close is human trafficking to you?

Philly City Council hears about human trafficking in the region

The FBI has identified the Philadelphia-Camden hub as a “high-intensity trafficking area” owing to its easy access to interstate highways and international airports in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.

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Coalition raises awareness of human trafficking at Upper Merion presentation

A study of five U.S. cities concluded 300,000 “domestic minors” were involved in prostitution.  In Pennsylvania, 12 percent of those involved in prostitution are male, 74 female and 14 percent unknown. Twenty-one percent are minors.

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Sen. Leach: Human trafficking is in your own back yard

Some 100,000 young girls in America are brought into prostitution rings.

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Journalism homework for Feb. 17

Monday, Feb. 10th


This article talks a little bit about the concerns politicians have with raising the minimum wage to $10.10.

“There is never a good time to raise the minimum wage,” Mr. Sabia said at a briefing in the Longworth House Office Building late last month that was co-sponsored by the institute, as he laid out the findings of his newest report to Capitol Hill staff members and reporters. “You are not reaching the poor workers you want to help.”

Read original story in The New York Times | Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, Fight Over Minimum Wage Illustrates Web of Industry Ties

Tuesday, Feb. 11th

Wow, first of all that was probably the best New York Times article I have ever read.  I have never been moved that much to an article before.  I hope to write like that someday.  Alysa Ivy, 21 years old, died due to a heroin overdose and Ivy’s story is told from her 52 year old mother, Ms. Hale.  The best part of this article was that not only was the reporter telling a human interest story, she was also displaying the reality of drug addiction on a much greater scale.  Showing the reality of addiction by using one particular story.

The most recent federal data show 19,154 opioid drug deaths in 2010, with 3,094 involving heroin and the rest painkillers. Eighty-eight percent of those who died from heroin were white, half were younger than 34, and almost a fifth were ages 15 to 24. Heroin deaths of teenagers and young adults tripled in the first decade of this century.

Read original story in The New York Times | Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, Heroin’s Small-Town Toll, and a Mother’s Grief

Wednesday, Feb. 12th

This article was somewhat surprising, but especially informing since the women in my family have or will be having mammograms done within the near future.  This is scary if they are not working, what’s the point of even getting them done?  And how is there doubts about this if it is 2014 and our technology is as good as it ever has?

Read original story in The New York Times | Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, Vast Study Casts Doubts on Value of Mammograms

Thursday, Feb. 13th

Hundreds of Iraqi prisoners from militant leaders to foot soldiers have escaped.  The prison breaks also reflect the surging demand for experienced fighters, which led to a concerted effort by militant groups, particularly the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, to seek them in the one place where they were held en masse — Iraq’s prison cells.

Read original story in The New York Times | Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, Escaped Inmates From Iraq Fuel Syrian Insurgency

Friday, Feb. 14th

enator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, offered a long-shot option on Thursday to revive the moribund effort to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws that would require the support of more than a dozen House Republicans — and, if nothing else, pressure others to act on an election-year issue that Tea Party-aligned members strongly oppose.

Read original story in The New York Times | Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, Schumer Offers Long-Shot Option to Skirt House G.O.P. on Immigration

Saturday, Feb. 15th

Last Thursday evening, where there was more pressure being put on Supreme Court for the Virginia ban on same-sex marriage.  In June, when the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples are entitled to equal treatment in at least some settings, federal judges in Oklahoma, Utah and Virginia have struck down laws barring same-sex marriages. In state legislatures and state courts, too, supporters of same-sex marriage have been winning.

Read original story in The New York Times | Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, A Steady Path to Supreme Court as Gay marriage Gains Momentum in States

Sunday, Feb. 16th

“Peace is a tall order. The army’s efforts have focused on keeping the highway open most of the time and imposing a measure of order around it. But questions remain about whether that can be sustained, let alone expanded.”

In Afghanistan, the soldiers destroyed the million dollar Highway 1.

Read original story in The New York Times | Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, Afghan Army’s Test Begins With Fight for Vital Highway

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Major Story Week 2

Read at least 3 pieces of research on your topic. Include the URL so I can go read it. Summarize the conclusions from these pieces of research and put the summaries in the blog.

Conflict-Free Campus Initiative – Raise Hope for Congo

City Council supports UW students’ human rights campaign

Five students from University of Wisconsin-Madison students elicited the support of city officials at a Common Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2013.

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Make Your Campus Conflict-Free

This video just basically talks about how students all around the nation are putting in efforts to help stop the ongoing funding of the Civil War in the DRC

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Students and Activists Call for #CongoPeace  

On March 6,  the Enough Project’s Raise Hope for Congo campaign is partnering with the United Nations for an event to raise awareness about sexual violence in conflict and how it intersects with armed conflict, peace building, and the conflict minerals trade. In recognition of International Women’s Day, the event will highlight the importance of women’s participation in Congo’s peace process, urgent actions needed to end and prevent sexual violence, and the ways in which women’s movements can transition communities from war to peace.

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