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I think the subject is very newsworthy and I think the article is nicely written, but I can’t stand the contents of the article. I think Obama’s plan is just plain outrageous. $787 billion dollars was already too much. The way the RCJ covered the story though was very nice. I think the writer did a nice job of explaining it, and I like how they sort of included Republicans feelings on the matter.

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I was reading the online RCJ this morning and after reading this article, I decided I would like to do a news review. Mostly because I think it is so mean that they didn’t just release the mountain lion back into the Black Hills. I don’t like that the article didn’t even say anything about an option of releasing the animal. I would have liked to have seen a little more compassion/sympathy for the animal. I think the article is very newsworthy, seeing as people need to know when there is a mountain lion seen in their neighborhood so they can keep a look out for them. I thought it was cool they got a picture of the mountain lion.

News Review for 11/17

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I don’t understand how anyone could even think about hurting a baby. I think it is absolutely horrible that McGeHee did this. I think the story is very newsworthy, but I wish the article would have contained a little more information. Like maybe where the dad was when the mother returned home? Or if there had been any previous abuse? I am also curious about why authorities wouldn’t say the sex of the baby.

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This story was covered on on November 4th.  I had actually not heard about this before I read it today. I didn’t hear about it through word of mouth, or on the news.  I think this is something that is definitely newsworthy. I can’t believe I hadn’t heard about the death of these 3 college students. What a total freak accident! Driving into a pond while stargazing on private property? That is one of the saddest things I have ever heard. I think the article does a great job of describing what happened with the information they have been provided thus far in the case. They also inform readers that the autopsy will determine if alcohol/drugs were a factor, and that they vehicle is going to be examined to see if it had malfunctioned or not. Even though this wasn’t a local story, I am glad that the RCJ covered it.

News Review for 11/10


I am entirely confused about how someone could steal almost 300k and get away with it for so long! It seems to me that usually people that go to work for hospitals and pharamacys are people who are genuinely interested in helping people, and aren’t the kind of people who would lie and steal. I think this article is newsworthy because it informed the public about what was going on, and let people know the consequences of the actions. I think the RCJ does a good job of keeping readers updated about what is going on not only in Rapid City, but also informed of what is going on in the small towns throughout SD.

News Review for 11/3

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This article is actually from October 27th, but I found it incredibly interesting and newsworthy that I wanted to do it for a news review. I felt that the most interesting part of the artcile was the bit about paypal. I wasn’t aware that paypal would have such strict guidelines about who can/can’t use it, or what it can be used for. I also found it interesting that certain items from ebay can’t be shipped to Germany or France because of their ban on Nazi memorabilia.

I checked out the site, and I honestly don’t have a problem with it. I think that it seems like the majority of the people that are buying the memorabilia are using it for educational purposes, or for personal collections because of an interest in the era. Not that my personal opinion on this matters that much for a news review, but I do think this article was newsworthy. It was an interesting, local story and was also informative.



I watched a video on MSN on a 20 ft. shark that nearly bit another 10 ft. shark in half. The video showed people playing swimming in the same water that the shark attack took place in. I think that it made it more interesting that the video could put the shark into perspective and show pictures of the shark bites, and the shark’s size.  I also read an article on this shark attack, and it actually included a lot of the same information. They both included that large sharks can feed on other sharks, and they both compared the size of the shark to the one in Jaws.  The video was more interesting because it interviewed people on the beach and what they thought about the attack, and it just made it more real.


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The article I chose for this weeks news review is a story that has been covered in the Rapid City Journal for quite some time. I think keeping readers updated on a story is very important, and makes this article newsworthy. The original story was definitely something that needed to be covered also. It is ridiculous that the older brother set his house on fire and killed his little brother and sister, and is now spending his life in prison. It is evident that there were problems in the household long before the fire. I am a little confused about whether the abuse chargers are about the kids that died in the fire or not. I think the article could have clarified a little more.

News Review for 10/19

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I think this article is very newsworthy. I could not believe that this man only got 48 months in prison… for ROBBING A BANK! That is outrageous. I think that is what makes this newsworthy! I would have thought this man would have gotten a lot more time. The judicial system is all sorts of messed up these days. I think it is odd they included his state of health.

Dave Madsen

Dave Madsen, 55, is now that head of the Department of Mass Communications at Morningside College.

Previously, Madsen worked at KTIV for 29 years and was the production manager for four of those years. Madsen said that in those 29 years he did almost every job there was to be done at KTIV. After dedicating almost 30 years to the station, in 2008, Madsen’s job was eliminated due to a rough time the media company was having. After leaving KTIV, a few people got in contact with Madsen and told him he needed to get in touch with President Reinders. After doing so, he was offered the head of the Department of Mass Communcations job.

Before working at KTIV, Madsen worked at KETV and KMEG. He grew up in Omaha and graduated from UNL in Lincoln, NE. He thought for sure he was going to go to school for chemistry and journalism, but ended up with a degree in Journalism with an emphasis in broadcasting.

Now that Madsen is working at Morningside College, he will be teaching classes, budgeting and making schedules of who will teach what class, and when they will be teaching it. He said that since he is still new here at MC, he relies on his colleagues quite a bit. After Madsen gets more aquainted with his new position, he plans on making sure we have the best possible program at Morningside for Mass Communcations students.

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