“It took a debate with all-female moderators to ask Democrats about paid family leave” News Comment

Vox had many articles about the Wednesday debate. Articles ranged from varying topics from “paid family leave” to “Gender equity” to “The most substantive answers from the debate”. In this particular article, Alexandria Fernandez Campbell reported on a very important question asked at the Democratic debate on Wednesday and the candidate’s answers. She focused on their views of paid maternity leave.  It offered their answers to the question and then compared their answers to different countries’ policies. 

The article made sure to include all of the candidate’s answers and a little bit of background for each one of them. This made it more inclusive. But you could definitely tell the writer swayed more to the side of having longer paid family leave. Though it did not follow the inverted triangle, with the most important information coming first followed information that wasn’t as important, it still did a good job of chunking up information. The chunking was quote, explanation, transition for the most part making it easy to read. 

“What’s Behind Colin Kaepernick’s Surprise Workout?” News Comment

Dan Adler’s feature story over Colin Kaepernick focused on the NFL’s invitation for him to share his surprise workout in Atlanta on Saturday. He hasn’t played in a game since New Years day 2017 since he kneeled to protest the national anthem. Ever since, the league has basically forced him not to play to avoid controversery. In the eyes of the public, the former football player has become one of the biggest advocates “in the Trump-era culture wars”. The article mentioned this invitation is at a weird time since Kaepernick has been petitioning this since he was “black balled”. He says this is because the NFL is just a show and is wanting to now take credit that they recognize the importance of Kaepernick in the business.

I thought this feature story was written well. it was short but included a background on what Kaepernick is known for and how it’s related to this news event. You could tell Adler wrote it from the perspective of Kaepernick because of the wording and various use of quotes. It doesn’t include much description of Kaepernick himself but I think since it includes a lot of what he’s thinking, it works. I would classify it as a feature story because it focuses on someone famous for something but also includes an interesting part about them that people care about.

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Maleah Richter looks at the pumpkin choices she has at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch on a warm October weekend.

Walking to class, her straight long ginger hair with tints of blonde sway back and forth against her light grey backpack as she describes the day she has ahead of her. She tells us that she will be headed home early, a tiring and tedious six-hour drive back to Rapid City, and that tonight she would be surprising her grandmother. She has not seen her grandmother since she started the school year, so she spoke of seeing her small, sweet grandmother with eyes huge with excitement.

Today, she chose to wear athletic black leggings and dirty grey and pink tennis shoes with a light teal sweater. On any chosen day, you could find a hint of blue on her in some form or another. Different shades of blue just captured her perfectly. She could be calming and soothing, like the sky on a sunny day or she could be like a raging hurricane. She was unpredictable.

For her outer layer, she wore a black parka that was long for her five foot and four inch body. She had gotten the coat for her soccer season her freshman year. Even though she checked the weather and said it would be warmer than it has been the previous fall days, she still chose to wear the big winter coat.

She continues to talk and then as I begin to stray away from the group, headed to my class, she directs her attention to me. She asks me if she will see me before she leaves for her long weekend. She hates it when there is no goodbye exchanged when we depart. I say I’m not sure, but we will see. If not, safe travels. And she, in her most loving manner, giggles softly and says “I will! Break a leg tonight!”

Classmate Story Redo: A baker arises from burnt cookies

Kristine Honomichl is a sophomore basketball player at Morningside College. She’s from Denver Colorado and loves animals.

As a teenager, Morningside College Sophomore, Kristine Honomichl was unaware just how significant burning a batch of cookies would be in her life, sparking a love for baking in the end.

She comes from a family of bakers, who would always show up to holiday parties with homemade treats. But, it wasn’t until high school that Honomichl fell in love with the art of creating desserts.

“I didn’t get hooked until my freshman year of high school when I was trusted to operate the oven without burning the house down,” Honomichl joked.

One day after school, Honomichl wanted to give baking cookies by herself a try. Finding a recipe, she realized they were out of flour and made the decision the cookies would bake fine without the ingredient. 

“I put the cookies on a pan and remember thinking to myself ‘These cookies suck!’ I baked them anyways and they ended up burnt,” Honomichl said.

Even though she felt all grown up and didn’t want help from anyone, the burnt cookies proved to her that she did, indeed, need her mother’s help. 

“When I called her, she pointed out that flour is very important for cookies to bake correctly. She said that we could go to the store that night and try baking a new batch the next day,” Honomichl said.

After that incident, Honomichl had a newfound love for the challenges and satisfaction that baking presented. She continues to hone in on her passion almost five years later.

Kristine Honomichl’s dream cake creation. Honomichl has a Pinterest board titled “Cakes” that includes more than 300 pictures. Photo courtesy of Pinterest

“Now, I love baking cakes,” Honomichl said. “I’m working on the decorating part, but I really enjoy the patience and detail that goes into making a cake!”

Honomichl hopes to one day open her own bakery, where she can pursue her passion of baking and selling birthday cakes and other tasty treats.

Story #3: Three Broadcast Stories Script

It’s a good Morning here at Morningside College! It’s Kassidy Hart here with the three of the latest news stories.

First up, with the release of Apple’s AirPod Pros on Wednesday, will more students be purchasing the earbud?

Sophomore Jaedyn Mauck uses AirPods opposed to regular earbuds to listen to music daily.

“I like airbods because they are easier to use on the chords because the cords get in the way.”

To improve the original AirPods model, Apple added additional features and a new design for the new AirPod Pros. These features include silicone design tips, noise cancellation and sweat and water resistance.

With this new product, students may be tempted to pay the expensive price for a better listening experience. 

Next up, lawmakers in New York City looking to ban tackle football for children under the age of twelve because it may be “too dangerous”.

As the year 2020 approaches, New York is one of the first states to consider banning dangerous sports and creating a safer sporting environment for children. 

Sophomore Carlie Wilson says that danger was a part of her everyday life and she turned out fine.

“I used to jump out of my six-foot-tall playhouse to see how far I could get.”

The reason they are banning the sport is a bit more than a few scrapes and scratches though. The sport may be causing chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as CTE.

Whether the sport is a cause of CTE or not, one thing is clear: with the advanced developments in science, the world is pointed towards becoming a safer place for future generations of children.

Last, but not least, what is the best tip you’ve ever received? For this server in Missouri, it was a fifty-thousand-dollar lottery ticket.

Taylor Russey said that the regular who left her the ticket usually buys the rest of the regulars in the bar when the lottery is high a ticket. 

Sophomore Maleah Richter comments on what would she would do with the winnings if she were in Russey’s position.

“I would use the fifty-thousand-dollars to make off student loans and give a little back to the guy who gave me the winning lottery ticket.”

Fifty-thousand dollars is definitely a hefty amount and many students would use the money to pay off student loans.

And that’s all for today, folks. Have a great day and Go Mustangs!

Story 1. https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/30/tech/apple-airpods-pro-available-today/index.html

Story 2. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/10/31/new-york-considers-ban-youth-tackle-football-sparks-cte-debate/4107795002/

Story 3. https://abcnews.go.com/US/bartender-tipped-winning-50000-lottery-ticket/story?id=66613850

“’Miracle on Ice’ star Mark Pavelich declared incompetent for trial in assault case” by Robert Gearty news comment

Robert Gearty writes about NHL hockey player and Olympic “Miracle on Ice” gold medalist, Mark Pavelich being found unfit because of mental illness in his assault case. In August, he was charged after beating his neighbor with a meatal pipe, accusing him of spiking his beer after a fishing trip. His sister spoke of how kind he always had been, blaming the act on possible chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) developed because of hockey. 

The newsworthy value of this story is prominence as well as bizarre. At the beginning of the article, Gearty even introduces the assault suspect in a way that recognizes what Pavelich is known for, being a “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey player. It’s bizarre because when people think of Olympic gold medalists, they don’t usually coin them as being a criminal. It has the shock factor that makes this such an interesting story.

It was strange to me that they told of some of Pavelich’s achievements at the end of the story, giving him a bit more of a story. Even though it follows the inverted triangle, as it should, I feel like stories about criminals need to be more relevant to the now event of what is happening. It makes me think back to the Brock Turner stories. Where Turner was given a reason of why he raped the girl and listed what he was involved in at school and his grades and great reputation as a swimmer. Those facts have nothing to do with the case yet news stories still include them to give the suspect substance, make the story more interesting.

“Wildfires are burning across California. A new round of dangerous winds could make them worse” by Joe Sutton news comment

Joe Sutton reports that there are more than 26 million people from California to Arizona is under red flag warnings today, meaning fire danger. There have been 11 fires this past week that have displaced tens of thousands of people, ordering them to evacuate their homes. This week weather’s forecast includes powerful winds that are supposed to be up to 60-70 mph. These winds will worsen the conditions of the fire, more than they are right now. 

This article was half way down on CNN’s front page, which I think is surprising. Even though all the news with Trump is nationally recognized, I think 11 wildfires that are affecting more than 26 million and forcing tens of thousands of people out of their homes is a bit more newsworthy than the latest Trump scandal, that has been going on ever since he became president. I asked a couple of my classmates if they knew about the fires and they told me no. This just shows how uninformed people are, the most of what they’ve heard is most likely a photo on Twitter. Other than that, I did like the separation Sutton used to differentiate between two different kinds of fires, titling sections and describing some impacts of the specific fires. It will be interesting how the news coverage will be different after the winds occur and what CNN will cover and who they will interview.

Broadcast story; Sleeping giant may soon awaken

Spoken by Morningside sophomore Maleah Richter.

Long inactive Russian volcano could possibly erupt due to beneath surface rumbling.

According to Science News, a volcano on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, named Bolshaya Udina, has been dormant for at least ten thousand years but could potentially erupt in the near future due to beneath surface seismic rumbles. Yet, some researchers argue that the seismic rumbling could be related to active volcanoes nearby.

Late in 2017, scientists began noticing an increase of seismic activity near the volcano, so Russian geophysicist Ivan Koulakov and a team of researchers installed four temporary seismic stations near Bolshaya Udina to track the activity. Since then, there have been two thousand four hundred seismic events recorded, with five hundred earthquakes occurring in only two short months.

On top of the seismic activity, Koulakov’s team found a possible pocket of fluid, perhaps magma, underneath Bolshaya Udina. Because of the activity and detection of magma, it is quite possible that the volcano is emerging from extinction.

If this is true, catastrophic affect is extremely unlikely because there is less than eleven-thousand people living in a one-hundred-kilometer radius of the volcano. 

Although the seismic activity and magma may be evidence of the awakening volcano, other scientists are not convinced because the plumbing underneath Kamchatka’s volcanoes is complex and so the eruption may be destined for a different volcano.

Media Comparison

Print story: https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/23/asia/hong-kong-taiwan-murder-intl-hnk/index.html

Broadcast story: https://www.cnn.com/specials/latest-news-videos

Both leads address the who and what but the broadcast least gives more detail, saying that the “suspect vows to return to Hong Kong and turn himself in”, whereas the print lead only says he “walks free”.  The broadcast version is focused on the suspect apologizing and his plans for after he is released but gives no specific background information on why he killed his girlfriend or what protests occurred because of the murder. The print story, however, immediately addresses the protests and connects the two events (the murder and the protests), giving readers background information on why this man walking free is important. The broadcast story only uses one quote from Chan, the murder suspect, though the print story includes quotes from Chan as well as from the Hong Kong government. The attribution is clearly stated in print, telling us who said it but the broadcast story recorded an interview with Chan and just used a clip from there. Obviously, the broadcast story has a bit of an advantage with the video and images they incorporate, choosing to show videos of Chan being interviewed as well as videos from the broadcast, played when the reporter spoke of the protests for a second. The sound they chose to use was background nose of reporters asking questions, people screaming while protesting, and Chan speaking in his native language in an interview. The print story, however, has the broadcast story attached at the beginning as well as a video at the bottom (which would not allow me to access it) of the protests in Hong Kong. No sound or pictures were used in the print version. I think the thing I found most interesting regarding the differences of the two stories was how little the broadcast story offered about the whole event. It merely presented just the current event, disregarding the possible need of background information the reader may need to know to be more informed about the issue.