News Comment #13: “The Llama as Therapist.”

In Stockdale, Texas a 300-pound llama strolls through the corridors of the local nursing home, lowering its heads to be petted by residents in wheelchairs and pausing patiently to take selfies.

Tic, a white male llama owned by Zoe Rutledge is one of 13 llamas owned by the Rutledge family. Tic and two other members his herd have passed the qualifying exam necessary to become registered therapy llamas. It’s a test that involves being touched by strangers and remaining impassive when people nearby start arguing.

Zoe and her family chose the animals they take to assisted living facilities, nursing and veterans’ homes, rehabilitation centers and walk-a-thons for groups like the Down Syndrome Association of South Texas.

I liked the creativity of this story but the organization is all wrong. It gave no background to the owner and the family, and the other facilities they go to. The important facts that piece the story together are all at the bottom when it should the top with the leads.

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I walked into Intro to Dance late this morning, I signed my name on the attendance sheet then proceeded to sit in my usual spot. My spot is the wall to the right hand side of the class room where I sit next to Sabrina Creason. Sabrina is a sophomore who plays setter on the volleyball team. We’ve sat next to each other in this class since the beginning of the semester.

The class was pointless like normal so Sabrina and I walked back to the Poppen Apartments together since we both lived in the same complex. I waited for for Sabrina to put on her white and gray north face coat, then she proceeded to pull her light brown hair out of the hood so it could fall below her shoulders.

Our walk was short but cold. Sabrina mentioned how this weekend football game should be fun.

“It should be a closer game since Northwestern isn’t terrible. Maybe we’ll win by 30 instead of 60.” She laughed carefree.

We walked in step wearing similar clothing, leggings and coats. Yet Sabrina chose to wear white boots made from Sperry. Interesting since there wasn’t snow on the ground you could never be too sure with this Iowa weather.

As we got to the door she took out her flowered lanyard and we went inside. When she said goodbye I noticed her voice sounded stuffy, like she’s been fighting a cold. The inside lighting brought my attention to how pale her skin was out I the cold weather, brightening her brown eyes.

Story #3 Final

Good evening and welcome to tonight’s Morningside student podcast; sponsored by Oreos, “Milks favorite cookie.

The traditional Thanksgiving season has begun and the war on turkey’s has just been declared in Omaha, Nebraska. The annual Turkey War is a competition between two neighbors who live near Willow Creek Drive and Borman Street, it’s consisted of inflatable turkeys in their front yards. 

You’ll find 40 inflatable turkeys decorating the two lawns this time of the year. Native of Omaha, Katherine Wurtz, a Sophomore here at Morningside, gave the low down on the Turkey War. 

“It’s funny to see because turkey’s cover their whole yard! All the grass is covered when it hits November first.”

Each yard is equipped with 20 sitting turkey’s including one six-foot-tall inflatable in the back. 

In the end, it’s said the winner gets bragging rights until the next year when the cycle starts over again. 

Our second story is brought to you by Kleenex, Ultra Soft.

Do you use the app TikTok? Or know some who watches or creates them?

TikTok has been growing more popular among U.S. teenagers at a time of growing tensions between the United States and China over trade and technology transfers. According to the creators of TikTok, sixty percent of its 26.5 million active users a month in the United States are between the ages of 16 and 24.

Reason for the investigation into the app, is that the government is concerned if the Chinese company may be censoring politically sensitive content. There is also alarming concern about how TikTok stores a users personal data.

Josie Baxter, also a sophomore here at M’side, is an avid TikTok viewer. When asked what she thinks about the hacking rumors and her personal information. Her answer was simple, “I don’t think an app used by eight through 22 year olds can be trying to hack the government when half of the users don’t know what’s going on politically anyway.”

TikTok says China does not have jurisdiction over content of the app, and promises U.S. user data is stored in the United States only. Leaving no room for Chinese censorship over the app.

Our last story for our podcast tonight is sponsored by Goldfish, “The snack that smiles back.” 

‘Tis the season to officially hang up lights and enjoy an Eggnog Latte: kiss the pumpkin spice goodbye and reel in the signature Starbucks Red Holliday Cups.

This Thursday the international coffee chain makes its transition from fall flavors to focusing on Peppermint Mochas and Hot Chocolate. The Holliday season isn’t here unless the new Red Cups come inside.

Madisyn Heeren, a Starbucks addict here at Morningside is one of the many ones excited for the Red Cup Holliday Season to begin. “This is the best time of the year because it’s officially time for Christmas!”

Four different Holliday designs will be introduced this year, including classic red, white and green patterns, making the cup look almost like a present. Each cup has its own name for a signature twist on your order.

The official names of the four cups are Polka Dots, Merry Dance, Merry Stripes and Candy Cane Stripes. 

The countdown to red cup season has been an anticipating event on the web as customers watch the hours dwindle down. 

That’s all for tonight’s podcast stories brought to by the previous sponsors. Thank you all for listening and have a good evening. 

Home is Where Hart Is.

If you ever find yourself in Omaha, Nebraska you have to let Kassidy Hart show you the coolest spots around town. The malls, the zoo, movie theatres, Kassidy knows them all. 

To recognize Kassidy, her hair goes neatly down to her shoulders and seems to have an automatic pep in her step. She’s returned for her sophomore year at Morningside majoring in English, in hopes of one day becoming an English teacher. In addition to that, Kassidy participates in Theatre here on campus and plays Tennis for the Mustangs. 

As much as she loves being here at Morningside Kassidy is a bighome body. One of the many pleasures she misses from home is a meal cooked by her family. Her menu of choice, always is a big steak and potatoes. “I miss it a lot,” She would smile sadly. She mentioned how her dad buys “the whole cow” from the butcher for her and 2 younger brothers. 

Kassidy admits she’s not the best cook, so she helps her mom with the cleaning to contribute to the home care effort. 

Home cooked meals and shopping is favorite passed time. While being home Kassidy spends a lot of time with her boyfriend. When they’re together they go shopping, she casually dropped the hint they do it a lot. Ask her where all best shopping is she’ll take you to WestRoads Mall, it’s the biggest mall in Omaha. 

You also might make a stop at the movie theatre by her home, the seats have reclining features. In addition, if it’s Tuesday, Kassidy will take you along for the $5 Tuesday Special.  

Along with your new set of clothes and large movie Slurpee, you have to see the Omaha Zoo. It’s one of Kassidy’s favorite places to go, “It’s so fun to go in the Summer.” Kassidy grew up dreaming of working at the zoo, especially in the nursery with all the cute baby animals. Before she could apply, her older sister worked at the concessions there and said it was not fun. Not loving the job was enough to persuade Kassidy to not apply. 

Instead of working she just goes and sees all of her favorite animals. One of her go to spots are the penguins, she described them as so cute sitting on their rock waddling around. The penguins can’t compete with the baby monkeys, “They’re the best.” they are her absolute favorite animal at the zoo. 

As the Kassidy Hart Omaha express tour reaches a close, it’s obvious that at the end of the day what you do with your time at home is what makes it special. 

Kassidy makes it clear there’s nothing she loves better than being at home with family and friends. But she’s also glad she’s here at Morningside making a new family on the Tennis Team, the classroom and in the Theatre. She makes it a home away from home. 

News Comment #12: “The Real Queen of Wellness.”

Tracee Ellis Ross, an actress on “Black-ish,” and executive producer on the spinoff “Mixed-ish.” As of last month, beauty entrepreneur, wanted to talk about what wellness means to her. In September, Ross released a hair care line, which features 3 different conditioners for varieties of curl patterns, a cleanser, serums made with luxurious oils, and hair tools.

 “At 18, I woke up like this,” she said. “At 46, I care for it.”

I liked this article but the author did a poor job in making it really attention grabbing. The lead was good but its following paragraphs were very bland. There wasn’t a lot of background, and the real WHY of the story. Interesting topic but it doesn’t really hit the lines of an interesting story.

Story #3: Broadcast Stories (Rough Drafts)

  1. https://www.foxnews.com/world/australia-rare-purebred-dingo-eagle

Ever wish a rare dingo purebred pup gets dropped from the sky into your backyard? No? This Australian family didn’t either.

Jane Guiney, found a young, stray puppy whimpering in her backyard. She suspected the furry creature was a dog or a fox and was dropped on the ground by an eagle flying by.

The puppy is actually a rare purebred dingo. Which is an endangered wild dog breed in Australia.

The puppy was discovered in Wandiligong, which is in the state of Victoria, around 200 miles northeast of Melbourne. The Guiney family provided care for the dog before taking it to a veterinarian to be treated for injuries. There it was determined the dog was actually a dingo.

Its DNA was tested for confirmation of its breed, and while they awaited results, the pup was taken to the Australian Dingo Foundation sanctuary. The results from the test concluded the dingo is a purebred Victorian Highlands Dingo

The dingo has since been named “Wandi,” and is fitting in at the sanctuary, according to foundation director.

2. https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/u-s-opens-national-security-investigation-tiktok-sources-say-n1075211

Do you use the app TikTok? Or know some who watches or creates them?

TikTok has been growing more popular among U.S. teenagers at a time of growing tensions between the United States and China over trade and technology transfers. According to the creators of TikTok, sixty percent of its 26.5 million active users a month in the United States are between the ages of 16 and 24.

The U.S. government has launched a national security review of TikTok owner Beijing ByteDance Technology Company’s $1 billion acquisition of the U.S. social media app Musical.ly that was purchased two years ago.

Reason for the investigation into the app, is that the government is concerned if the Chinese company may be censoring politically sensitive content. There is also alarming concern about how TikTok stores a users personal data.

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has started to review the Musical.ly deal. Sources confirm TikTok did not seek clearance from CFIUS when it purchased Musical.ly, which gives the U.S. security permission to investigate it now.

TikTok says China does not have jurisdiction over content of the app, and promises U.S. user data is stored in the United States only. Leaving no room for Chinese censorship over the app.

3. https://www.usatoday.com/videos/money/food/2019/11/06/starbucks-signature-red-cups-holiday-drinks-comeback/2512431001/

‘Tis the season to officially hang up lights and enjoy an Eggnog Latte: kiss the pumpkin spice goodbye and reel in the signature Starbucks Red Holliday cups.

This Thursday the international coffee chain makes its transition from fall flavors to focusing on Peppermint Mochas and Hot Chocolate. The Holliday season isn’t here unless the new red cups come inside.

Four different Holliday designs will be introduced this year, including classic red, white and green patterns, making the cup look almost like a present. Each cup has its own name for a signature twist on your order.

The official names of the four cups are Polka Dots, Merry Dance, Merry Stripes and Candy Cane Stripes. According to Starbucks, they designed the cups this year to “evoke mini moments of joy.”

The countdown to red cup season has been an anticipating event on the web as customers watch the hours dwindle down. The wait for the Holliday season is over and it looks like the wait for a Venti Peppermint Mocha in a Merry Dance cup is over too.

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: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bernie-sanders-legalize-marijuana-nationwide-first-100-days-plan

Broadcast story: http://video.foxnews.com/v/6097474480001

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.

Scientific article found:

https://www.livescience.com/giant-bubbles-underwater-volcano.html