News Comment #11: “It’s Halloween. Beware Urban Legends (and Cars).”

American children are more likely to be hit by cars on Halloween than on any other night of the year. Instead the concerns expressed each October in the news media and among families are about the danger from candy poisoning by strangers. The average Halloween, compared with other nights, resulted in four additional pedestrian deaths. Looking specifically at 4-to-8-year-olds, the pedestrian fatality rate was 10 times higher on that night compared with non-Halloween nights.

I liked the idea of this post but the organization wasn’t the best. The author, in my opinion jumped around between unsafe candy to pedestrian accidents on Halloween. It mostly talk of candy poisoning, not a whole lot on children in the streets getting hit by more cars on this night out of the entire year.

Broadcast Story: Bridegroom For a Night Flees After Shooting New Wife.

Media Comparison

Print story:

Broadcast story:

Bernie Sanders announced on the social media platform about his plans to legalize marijuana. Both leads have hooks on to get a reader interested in the story, but the print story is more informational. Sanders argued that the criminalization of the drug has ravaged communities of color and created an unequal incarceration rate.

The broadcast version focuses on the multiple Democratic candidates who want to legalize marijuana. All candidates looking to have politics catch up tot he modern culture. The printed version in comparison only focuses on Bernie’s future plans for legalizing marijuana if he is elected into the presidency. In his campaign, Bernie proclaims, “Legalize it, don’t criticize it.” It gives the definite plan he wants to execute and reasons for why he wants this legalization to happen, so it can impact lives.

In the news clip you have multiple sources being quoted. Mayor Pete of Las Vegas admitted to smoking pot in his past. Also, besides quoting candidates on why and if they did participate in doing drugs, the new anchors use their input to comprehend the reactions form the voters. The print version doesn’t have multiple sources or viewpoints on Bernie Sander’s plan of action for the future.

The attribution in the printed article is stated in Bernie’s campaign goal is to, “…legalize marijuana and vacate and expunge past marijuana convictions.” as well as in the news clip on Bernie’s radio interview and with The Five’s quoting his campaign promise.

The video has an advantage over the article, due to it’s visual evidence for the other candidates and its discussion with the news anchors about the topic. In the article you can only hear one voice, and that voice is speaking of Bernie’s plans and reasons. There aren’t background noises or impacting sounds in the interviews and during the discussions. As for the print story, it gives more visuals on Bernie’s social media posts, and direct quotes from him about the topic.

What I found interesting between the two versions the broadcast was definitely more engaging than the print story. The clip included different politicians, as well as keeping the prime subject (marijuana) in full view. The article seemed to be a brief article, not really reaching out to make sure its content was interesting besides using the big name of Bernie Sanders and marijuana legalization in the same sentence.

Broadcast Story: Big Bubbles = Big Trouble

Broadcast read by: Sophomore Madisyn Heeren

Sailors spot black bubbles the size of the capital dome of Washington D.C. boiling from the sea.

Multiple sailors in the early 20th century spotted the phenomenon near Alaska. Not knowing the bubbles are filled with volcanic gas, so when they burst they create volcanic clouds thousands of feet in the sky.

The volcano responsible, Bogoslof, is located in the Aleutian Islands. The islands are a chain of 14 large volcanic islands and 55 smaller ones belonging to both the U.S. state of Alaska and the Russian federal subject of Kamchatka Krai.

When it’s underwater it can produce bubbles that can reach up to 1,444 feet. John Lyons, a research geophysicist at the Alaska Volcano Observatory of the U.S. Geological Survey, led his team to regularly monitor active volcanoes in Alaska and picked up on the signals belonging to Bogoslof.

“When it bursts, volcanic gas — water vapor, sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide — gets released partly back into the water, where it interacts with the lava, pulling it into pieces and producing ash and volcanic clouds,” Lyons said.

When the pressure outside the bubble exceeds the pressure inside and the bubble begins to contract; its film becomes unstable and it will rupture.

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News Comment #10: “You’re Only as Old as You Feel.”

Scientists are finding that people who feel younger than their chronological age are typically healthier and more psychologically resilient than those who feel older. They perform better on memory tasks and are at lower risk of cognitive decline. 

People with a healthy lifestyle and living conditions and a fortunate genetic inheritance tend to score “younger” on these assessments and are said to have a lower “biological age.”

This article flows very nicely from the beginning, starting off with a source from an older person. It flowed as a story and gave all the research findings/tests to inform readers about the theory. I rate this article an 7/10 in organizing and flow of the article.

Greta Thunberg’s Wakes Up the U.N.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, addressed the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York City yesterday justifying her outrage by pointing out that science has been proving theories of climate change for 30 years. 

The young girl’s speech shook the walls of the summit, pointing out that even if the world’s emissions were cut barely in half over the next ten years that only gives a 50% chance of keeping global warming down to 1.5 degrees Celsius. She openly accused the world’s leaders, “How dare you?” For coming to her generations for answers they have no motivation to solve before it’s out of control. 

Greta is a Swedish high schooler that is affected by Asperger’s Syndrome, a condition related closely to autism by with higher functioning. Her condition does not affect her passion to saving the planet with her words. “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth.” The growth instead is the climate change that will soon be uncontrollable, Greta is certain if the world is only cut 50% instead of 67% there will be setting off irreversible chain reactions. 

The words “failing us” are in short of what Greta tries to point out in her speech. The world leaders have the power, from her, their effort is unacceptable and does not want her generation to face the consequences from their actions.

By the end of the day, Greta’s speech had turned the minds of 65 countries into announcing their new efforts to achieve net-zero emissions by 2020. 

News Comment #9: “Iranian Women Allowed to Attend Soccer Game for First Time Since 1981.”

When Iran’s national soccer team took the field on Thursday evening at Tehran’s Azadi stadium for an attempt to be a World Cup qualifier, the attention of the game was not in the action on the field but on who was seated in the stands.

For the first time in almost four decades, women were allowed to buy tickets and attend a match in Iran.

This was a enlightening story, the author got all the information and background information about the women’s pregame plans. The women who attended arrived several hours before the game and sat in the stand 2 hours before kick off. As the article went on, it was organized on going over the history of why the women were banned, why it changed and what it means for the country of Iran. Great article.

Story Article #2 Rough Draft

An increase of the healthfulness of college campus food environments is an important step in promoting healthful food choices among college students. 

A cafeteria is an environment where students are presumed to enjoy, due to all the food options and the atmosphere with fellow classmates eating their food. All eating habits and meal plans differ when it comes to every student on campus, for an example, athletes and regular full-time students. 

So much is buzzing on Morningside College campus, topics ranging in all varieties. A frequent conversation between students will most likely include the mention of food; whether it be breakfast/lunch/dinner on campus. 

Morningside College contracts with Sodexo to provide campus meals to residence hall students.Sodexo is a French based food company that caters over 44 colleges and universities in the USA.

In a mini-series interview, 3 students were asked from Morningside about their nutrition intake and their eating habits depending on what activities they participate in. Discussing how Morningside food services meet their desires and needs of nutrition. Two athletes and one full time student were interviewed. 

Madisyn Heeren, a small forward Sophomore on Morningside’s Women’s Basketball pondered over what sets her eating habits apart from others by managing practice, weight lifting, individual workouts, and being a nursing student. 

All students on campus have different meal plans, when asked about Madisyn’s plans and why she replied stressfully, “I’m on a 14-meal plan because I don’t have time to eat lunch. I’m always doing basketball shit and trying to balance a nursing major!”  Normally athletes will have higher meal plans as compared to a full-time student at Morningside student who does not participates in sports.

Hannah Capps, a sophomore Political Science major, has a different schedule balancing school and her on campus job, along with Political Science functions for her classes. In balancing nutrition for herself, Hannah mentioned that what she knows about eating nutritious meals only affects her habits “sometimes.” 

Capps who is also on a meal plan has the 9 meals a week option. Being a non-athlete, it is presumed they have less swipes for the Caf because they don’t rely so heavily on having food prepared for them right after they come from a tiring practice. “I have a small meal plan because eating at the Caf sucks. I only eat there at least once a day, maybe twice depending on my mood.” Eating in or going out to other food options is a frequent option for Capps and other fulltime students. 

All students look for nutritious options when it’s provided by the campus, watching what they fuel into their bodies has a significant impact. Like Madisyn, Alex Borchers, senior point guard on the men’s basketball team, keeps in mind what he should be putting into his body. “Yeah, you know for an athlete,” Borchers began. “Optimal nutrition helps you perform well and it’s important to fuel what your body needs.” As a senior Borchers lives off campus so he doesn’t have a meal plan and prefers his meals from home. He mentioned he wouldn’t be able get the 30-40 grams of protein, fruits and veggie balance he strives to eat on a daily basis if he ate at the Caf.

As Madisyn pushes on a busy day with nursing clinical’s and practice, when she does eat lunch with her teammates she comments she always leaves hungrier because the food offered hadn’t satisfied her hunger. “Even when I do get to eat at the Caf, the options do not taste good.” As her options are limited due to time crunching, according to Madisyn she lives off bagels and cereal during the day. Nutritionists do not recommend that intake on a daily basis, even if options are limited. 

Borchers attempts the opposite since he lives off campus but still has a crazy time schedules as an athlete. “When I have a time crunch on a meal I always plan ahead. That’s a big struggle planning ahead when you know you don’t have time.” Both students demonstrate the difficult multitasking skills they need to have to get through day to day without mistreating their nutrition needs. 

Capps agrees it’s hard, yet it’s hard for all students to find their balance and health nutrition in a limited optioned space. 

News Comment #8: “Being Young, Active and Physically Fit May Be Very Good for Your Brain.”

Physically fit young adults have healthier white matter in their brains and better thinking skills than young people who are out of shape. According to a new study of the links between aerobic fitness and brain health, findings suggest that even when people are young and are at the peak of their mental capability, fitness/or lack of fitness may influence how well their brains work.

This was an interesting article, the title was attention grabbing and its hook got right to the point. Perfectly organized its background info., its research sources and studies, also its results from different scientists. It was an informal article, not a biased or an argument based. It was simple to follow and keep engaged with new sources being introduced and keeping the main topic in mind the whole time.