News Comment #13

Ellen White breaks record as merciless England thrash Latvia 20-0
By Suzanne Wrack (The Guardian)

The article addresses the recent Women’s soccer game of the English against the Latvian national team in the World Cup qualifier. It talks about a goal record that Ellen White broke during that game and about the course of the game in general. 

This was probably one of the articles I enjoyed reading the most. I liked that there was a short two-sentence summary before the article to really quickly summarize what the article is about. The scene-setting lead kind of brought me in the right mood for the article, and I think worked very well for that story. In general, there are many nice descriptions, and the article is more showing instead of telling. Another positive aspect is that the author included quotes from Ellen White on her emotions and also quoted England’s manager who implemented the high win in a broader, problematical context, which was very interesting. The only thing I want to criticize is the length of the article. While it’s not particularly long, the last few paragraphs seemed unnecessary to me.

The night that Brandyn Clair’s ambition paid off

It was on a rainy Saturday two years ago when Brandyn Clair, with 30 cans of Busch Light on his head, walked through the city for hours. Why? He was determined to find a party that night.

He had already walked two miles when he got to the party he had heard of, but things did not go as planned. When he knocked on the door, it was not a student that opened – it was the guy’s parents that were thought to be out of town this night.
About to walk back to campus full of disappointment, Brandyn got a call. There was another party, apparently a really good one. The problem? It was on the other side of town, about 5 miles away.
Yet, Brandyn started walking, not knowing this party wouldn’t be less disappointing than the first one.
“It was already one in the morning when I got there, and the party was all over. And I still got the 30 cans of beer on my head,” he recalls.
Still, Brandyn didn’t want this night to be over, and it was a call from his roommate that gave him one last hope: A party on campus that just started. So, he made his way back.
“I got there at 3 and partied until 8. Because I earned that party. I earned that party. And I drank all the beer.”
Clearly, Brandyn’s ambition paid off in the end.

News Comment #12

There’s finally an Alzheimer’s vaccine in the works

By Melissa Pandika (Mic)

In the article, the author addresses a nasal vaccine that could potentially cure and prevent Alzheimer’s disease and is currently in a phase I clinical trial. She talks about the stage of research the vaccine is in, explains the trial that is conducted and how the vaccine would work, and mentions a potential problem with the vaccine.

First off, the article appears to be very credible. The author included quotes from experts, statistics, and attribution to other articles.

In the introduction, the author talks briefly about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the problem that there is no cure yet, and the new vaccine. I think it does a good job of getting the reader’s attention (at least mine) and indicating what the article is about.

Furthermore, the topic is very news-worthy, in my opinion. The disease could have a huge impact as millions of people struggle with Alzheimer’s, and the article was published the same day a statement about it was released.

The article seems to be suitable for a large part of today’s audience, as it is very short. It gets to the point fast and only contains information that I found quite essential. In addition, the author was able to explain how the vaccine would work in an understandable way. 

Lastly, the article is a bit subjective. In the end, the author even clearly states her own opinion (“I’m all for investigating a plethora of approaches”). Given that the topic is not very controversial, it doesn’t seem like a big issue to me. However, in general, articles should be as objective as possible.

News Comment #11

Can ‘Squid Game’ Season 2 Replicate the Addictive Quality of Season 1?
By Brandon Yu (Mic)

The article talks about the second season of ‘Squid Game’, the most popular Netflix show at the moment, which was announced by director Hwang Dong-hyuk a few days ago in an interview.

It’s good that the article is not very long. However, for the information that it contains, it’s still too long, in my opinion. Other than the fact that there will be a second season, the article didn’t seem interesting to me personally. It provides some background on Season 1 that I feel has been addressed in a lot of other articles before and some speculations about Season 2.
In general, though, I think the topic is news-worthy because Squid Game brought a huge hype lately and thousands of people are waiting for a second season, and the announcement was made recently.
The article is not that easy to read as a big part of today’s audience would want it today. The sentences are too complex, and the paragraphs are too long.
Another aspect I liked was that the author included some quotes by the director and that there is a link to a video of the announcement.

Possible Feature Stories: Profiles of the different actors, look behind the scenes of ‘Squid Game’, feature story about a die-hard fan

Paper #3 Script (Final)

Good evening ladies and gentlemen. It’s 8 pm. Welcome back to the Tagesschau. An NFL player involved in a fatal car accident, intense negotiations in the formation of the new German government, and new blood tests that could detect cancer before symptoms are shown.

Former NFL receiver Henry Ruggs killed a young woman and her dog in a car crash last Tuesday. 
He had been speeding down a residential street in Las Vegas with his girlfriend at around 3:30 in the morning. He was driving at a speed of 156 miles per hour just seconds before crashing into Tina Tintor’s car. The 23-year old was declared dead at the scene after her car burst into flames.
According to police officials, Ruggs had a blood-alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit in Nevada. He was charged with DUI resulting in death and reckless driving the same day. The Las Vegas Raiders released him shortly after.
Here’s what student Cole Hawk has to say, “It’s crazy. He went from making millions a year to spending his life in prison in only one night.”
Now, prosecutors want to file additional charges for the injuries of his girlfriend and the possession of a firearm while under the influence. Ruggs could face up to 40 years behind bars. 

Three German parties start discussing details for a possible coalition.
The Social Democrats, Free Democrats, and Greens had already worked out a rough framework for a coalition. 
Last Wednesday, about a month after the elections, party members started discussing details in 22 separate groups.
Greens Leader Anna-Lena Baerbock is not sure how long the negotiations will take. She says there are still considerable differences. For example, when it comes to climate action, finances, and the transport sector.
Forming a coalition can be a long process. German student Lisann Evert knows that. “Sometimes it seems like a never-ending back and forth. Last time after the elections, it took them, I don’t know, five months.”
This time, the parties plan to agree on a coalition contract by the end of November so that a new chancellor can be elected early in December. Until then, Angela Merkel remains in office.

When cancer is discovered, it’s often too late. New blood tests could change that and save many lives, according to an article published by National Geographic.
Multiple companies are working on innovative new blood tests that can detect cancer signals circulating in the bloodstream in tiny concentrations. Their goal is to reveal cancer at earlier stadiums before the patient even shows symptoms. 
Thousands of people die of cancer every year. The disease is often incurable by the time it is diagnosed. For example, once somebody with pancreatic cancer has symptoms, the survival rate is only 3 percent.
Here’s what Julie Raffel thinks about reliable screening methods for cancer: “That would be huge. It could save so many lives”.
Yet, tests have to prove to be precise as false positive tests could be a huge problem. Also, it is not sure if they will really make a difference as an earlier diagnosis doesn’t necessarily make the disease curable.

These were our Thursday night news. Thank you for your time, and good night.

News Comment #10

Police say Henry Ruggs III was driving 156 mph. This wasn’t an accident. It was an inevitability. By Dan Wetzel (Yahoo!Sports)

The article addresses a fatal accident that happened in the night from Monday to Tuesday, caused by NFL player Henry Ruggs, in which a young woman and her dog were killed. The author describes the accident and the legal consequences it has for Ruggs. 

In general, I think the article is very informative. I heard about the accident earlier today and was looking for an article on the topic. Everything I wanted to know was mentioned in the article.

In addition, the topic is very news-worthy, mainly because it involves a deadly accident, a prominent athlete, and happened just two days ago.

Another thing I like about the article is that the author included quotes from experts, like a judge and a defendant specializing in DUI cases. This gives the article much more credibility. On the other hand, he also paraphrased some things and didn’t pick too many quotes.

The article could be more objective. You can definitely tell that the author has a clear opinion on the issue. In that case, I feel like having a strong opinion is normal. However, that also means readers can come to that opinion themselves, just by reading the truth. There is no need to convince them with excessive use of adjectives, for example.

I think the author could have mentioned some of the most important information a little bit earlier. It is in the third paragraph when he first mentions the death of the woman, for instance.

Media comparison

Today, the Biden administration proposed a billionaire’s tax to cover for an economic package. NBC News and ABC News both covered the topic, NBC in the form of an article by Dartunorro Clark and Leigh Ann Caldwell, and ABC News in form of a broadcast story.

Whereas the lead in the article only contains key facts – the “why”, “how,” “when”, and “who” (also, the what is mentioned in the title) -, the introduction of the video is more aimed to get the audience’s attention. A speaker in the studio briefly mentions the “when?”, “who?”, “what?”, and “why?” but then also hints at a conflict by introducing legal and political questions.

The structure of the article and the video is kind of similar. The tax is first introduced and then explained. However, in the video the first proposal made a few days ago is explained right after that, whereas in the article, it is only briefly referred to towards the end. Instead, the explanation of the tax is followed by a quote by Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden talking about the reasoning behind the proposal. In both, some questions concerning the passing of the proposal and two moderate senators that need to be convinced are talked about later on. 

The broadcast story is close to two minutes in length. It is hard to compare its length to the article’s length. I’d say it is pretty similar, but the article probably contains a bit more information. For example, it gives more context regarding the economic package, the idea behind the tax, and what it would take for the proposal to pass. On the other hand, the explanation of the billionaire’s tax and the second proposal is more detailed than in the article. Another difference is that the article contains quotes by Ron Wyden and Senator Kyrsten Sinema. Apart from that, the differences in content are very small. 

In contrast to the article, sound and pictures obviously play a role in the broadcast story. There is a reporter in a studio and another reporter in front of the White House talking about the tax. When one of them explains the tax, there are some graphics in the background that help get the grasp of it easier.

News Comment #7

Trump to launch new social media platform TRUTH Social
By James Clayton (BBC)

The article addresses former US President Donald Trumps’ plans to launch his own social media company named TRUTH Social. The author also gives some background about Trump’s social media history and evaluates his statements and plans regarding the network.

The article was released the same day Trump made his plans public. In addition, Trump, as a former and very controversial US President, is obviously very prominent, and a lot of people are interested in what he does and says. Thus, the topic is definitely newsworthy.
I think the author did a great job writing in a style that appeals to today’s audience. Not only is the text in general very short, but the paragraphs also consist of no more than two sentences. The language is also as simple as possible. It doesn’t contain any transitions or descriptive words, and the sentence structure is basic. Overall, the reader doesn’t have to put much effort into reading the article.
Furthermore, the author included some quotes, including some from Trump himself, which I thought made the article more authentic.
Usually, articles should be neutral and objective, but it’s good that this one isn’t, in my opinion. In general, I believe that truth is more important than objectivity if it’s evident. In addition, the author is a specialist in the field of technology and seems to know what he’s talking about. Therefore, I liked that he criticized Trump’s statements and questioned his plans.

“Sometimes, I have to cope with eating the exact same three days in a row”: Vegans talk about their experiences in Germany and at Morningside (Final)

Whether for climate change, animal welfare, or health reasons – more and more people decide to cut meat products off their diet, and many even choose to go vegan.

A vegan diet is defined as a diet that “excludes all forms of animal exploitation,” meaning it doesn’t involve meat or any other products derived from animals, such as anything that contains milk or eggs.

The number of vegans around the world is constantly increasing. However, there are certain regional differences when it comes to veganism. For example, it’s considered to be far more popular in Germany than in a lot of places in the United States.

“People in Germany are more open to the subject, more informed, and more advanced than here,” says Lisann Evert, a German student here at Morningside University in Sioux City, Iowa. “The meat consumption is definitely higher, especially more thoughtless. It’s not like people don’t care at all. They do care if they drive past an animal transporter, but when the food is on the plate, they don’t think about the animals at all.”

Evert came to the US from Germany this fall. She has been following a vegan diet for about one and a half years. “Germany offers a lot of plant-based options. Supermarkets are full of vegan products. Pudding, yogurt, milk, cheese, sausage, schnitzel, gyros – there are substitute products for everything,” Evert describes. 

Germany is rated the fifth-best country for vegans in 2021 by Chef’s Pencil. Even though Germany is well-known for its schnitzels and sausages, it also leads in the production of meat substitutes and plant-based food. With close to 10% of the population considering themselves vegetarian and about 1.6% vegans, the country has the highest rates in Europe – and the numbers increase rapidly.

Conny Wagner lives in Berlin, the city that was named the vegan capital of the world in 2017. She turned vegan in March 2019. Yet, it’s not like she wasn’t confronted with prejudices or misconceptions at all. 

“It was obviously an extreme change for my family and friends. I constantly heard questions like “what can you even eat now?”, “where do you get your protein?”, and “isn’t it unhealthy to not eat fish or eggs?” Thank God I was able to clear up these things,” Wagner says.

In general, though, she believes it’s easy to live vegan in Berlin. Many restaurants offer vegan meals. The selection of vegan products is constantly increasing, and you can buy them in almost every store.

At Morningside, on the other hand, things look a bit different. For Lisann Evert, keeping her diet balanced and diverse at the same time is harder now. Even though she acknowledges that big markets here have some vegan products, she complains about the lack of options on campus. 

On good days, she can eat a healthy vegan diet in the cafeteria, knowing her body is getting what it needs. On other days, not so much. “Sometimes, I have to cope with eating the exact same three days in a row,” she notes.

Jil Hellerforth, another German student, agrees. “It’s hard in the cafeteria. Often you can only eat a salad with oil. It’s not enough to have some plant-based milk. You can’t keep a diverse, healthy diet,” she argues. “Cheese, milk, or eggs – they put some kind of animal product in everything. They could easily make more vegan food, but they just don’t think about it,” she adds.

Hellerforth is in her second year at Morningside. The past year, she has tried talking to the university and convince them to offer more vegan meals, but since nothing has really changed, she stopped trying. Now, she mostly buys food on her own and prepares it in her residence hall or in her friends’ houses off-campus.

Besides that, Hellerforth states that the mindset of students here is very different compared to back home. According to her, there are prejudices in both places, but there are more people that are not informed about veganism or don’t understand it at all around here. “They say: “well, if you don’t eat meat, I’ll just eat twice as much,” and stuff like that.”

On the contrary, there was a huge demand for more vegan food by Berlin’s student population, of which 13.5% are keeping a vegan diet. As a result, Berlin university canteens will go almost meat-free in the future with a 68% vegan menu and only one meat option four days a week.

Clearly, even though veganism is on the rise all over the planet, being a vegan is definitely easier in some places than it is in others – and Morningside obviously has a long way to go.

Going down to Olsen Stadium in the Morning

I go to the stadium every day. Normally, I go down there at 5:30 pm for practice. At that time, it would be very humid down there, and about 45 people, coaches and other players, would be there with me. While we put our gear on, the football team would slowly finish their practice and leave. When we’re cooling down after practice, the men’s soccer team would come down and start their warm-up. There would be a lot of noise all the time – soccer balls getting kicked, people talking.

Then, the other day, I went down to the stadium in the morning before class. The place didn’t look much different, but it felt different. Unlike most afternoons, it was still cold, even though the sun was already up. I’d say about 45 degrees, which is very low compared to the 73 degrees we had later that day. Even though I was running on the track, I was freezing more than I was sweating. My nose hurt a bit from breathing the cold air, but I enjoyed it because it felt fresh instead of humid and sweaty. Another thing I found very unusual was the silence. There was only one other runner down there. Apart from the wind blowing through the stadium, I didn’t hear any noises, in contrast to all the noises when there are other people down there. It’s funny how similar and different a place can be at the same time when you visit it under unusual circumstances.