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News Comment #5


I chose to write my news comment on an article from Vox.com titled “Iran’s President Used His UN Speech to Insult Trump.” This article details both Trump’s speech aimed to criticize the Iranian government and the rebuttal from the Iranian President. Both speeches insulted the Presidents of the latter country, the US government being called “rogue newcomers” and the Iranian government being called a “corrupt dictatorship.”  This piece went on to say that the two Presidents, while trying to promote peace between each other, caused their countries to become more offset.

This article relates back to our class with the fact that there are many long quotes within this article itself. These quotes were not taken from interviews, but were spoken by the President’s during their speeches and are now being quoted. This use of these quotes is almost overbearing and difficult to read, but they also add substance to the piece. While we continue to learn more about embedding quotes into articles, this piece can serve as both a good and bad example of quotation usage.

News Comment #4

I decided to write my news comment on an article from the New York Times titled “In Angela Merkel, German Women Find Symbol, but Not Savior.” This article is about the female chancellor who has been reelected to serve Germany three times and is vying for a fourth term this week. Though Merkel has been chancellor of Germany for years, there is still a sexual prejudice throughout the country in working women. This is especially concentrated in women with families. Merkel has been avid about not using the word “feminist” and has been stagnant in paving the way for greater women’s rights.

This article relates to what we have been talking about as a class because it correlates with the idea of what people say or don’t say using the media having an effect on social behaviors. Because the chancellor herself is not pushing for greater women’s rights and there is no example for other women to follow, men and women are stuck in a perpetual track of sexual dominance led by men.

News Comment #3


I chose to write my news comment this week on an article titled “Democrats Begin Legal Assault on Trump’s Move to End ‘Dreamer’ Program.” This article detailed the organization DACA that Trump is intending to disband beginning in May and the 16 Democratic attorneys general’s lawsuits that are being processed and threatened. DACA is an organization dedicated to protecting children who were brought into the states illegally. These children, if deported, would have nowhere to go because their only home ever is the United States. With the disbandment of DACA that Trump is proposing, thousands of children or illegal immigrants that came to the states as children and are now in the workforce and are paying taxes would be deported and left homeless . and without their families. These Democratic attorney generals are fighting for the kids and the program put in place by Obama to protect them.

This story relates back to Morningside’s students and faculty based on the fact that we have students attending this college that are from 11 countries. Though all of these students are here legally and will not be deported based on this ban, it is still a major priority and an expectation of Morningside to be accepting of every individual that crosses our threshold, no matter their background, religion, age, or anything else. The end of DACA, as Trump is proposing, will be the example that will show that inclusion and acceptance are not all important and does not need to be tolerated. For this piece, the main audience would be everyone who is interested in the progression of the case, whether or not they are for or against DACA.


News Comment #2


I chose to write my News Comment on an article from Vox.com titled “Study: A Universal Basic Income would Grow the Economy.” This article detailed a study that is examining the role that a universal income within the United States would play within the lives of citizens. A Roosevelt study and a study conducted at the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio in Italy details the roaring effects this could potentially have on the economy. Though protestors of the idea claim that offering a universal income will lower the amount of working Americans within the country, these two studies predict that it will actually raise the working class from 4.5 million to 4.7 million. By potentially offering both children and adults a basic income (the lowest amount being $3,000/year and the largest being $12,000) the economy could potentially grow and stay large.


This is news and relates to our journalism class based on the fact that the students at this school are most likely in debt, hoping to find a career within the field of their major. We, as a student body, would benefit greatly from an increase in economic stability and the creation of a universal basic income. As to the rest of the country, this is news because it could potentially be groundbreaking in the fight against poverty and in the creation of a larger working force. While it is only a potential fix to a very large and all-encompassing problem, the creation of a universal basic income could be a potential lifesaver.

News Comment #1


The article I decided to write my first news comment on was titled “UPDATE: Wildfire Sparks South of Helena, Evacuations Underway” which is about my home town in Montana and the wildfires that are consuming my state. This afternoon, Thursday, August 24th, a lightening storm spiked a fire that brings the states total above 25 fires. The state Capital and its surrounding cities, including Montana City and the South Hills, are being covered with smoke and tormented by fire. Many areas, including Holmes Gulch and Martinez Gulch Rd, are under immediate evacuation orders, while areas further from the fire are on standby.


This is important news, not only to my family and me but also to the rest of the country. Recently, and by recently I mean close to three months, not a single news source of great significance has covered the wildfires of Montana for more than a short period of time. While the state itself is very large and contains a large amount of land, the fires are cultivating themselves around the most densely populated areas of the state. Lolo has been under evacuation for weeks with the blaze steadily moving towards Missoula, one of the largest cities in the state. This is no longer a matter of a loss of land or a loss of field, this is a matter of a loss of property and potentially people. This news source, the Helena Independent Record, is necessary to bring to light the harm and immediate danger of new fires such as this fire in the South Hills Valley to the people of Helena and the state. With evacuations being taken place within miles of the Capital, this newspaper is providing the people with locations and times of fire growth.