Alex Watters: Involved in Sioux City, Involved with Students

City Council member and Career Development Specialist Alex Watters shares stories and answers questions for an interviewing segment in Professor Fulgsang’s Journalism Class.

Growing up in a small town, Watters was a normal child who looked up to his father. His dad was the Sheriff and introduced Watters to politics. Ever since then, he continued with that interest and made it into a career.

Before he got into politics, Watters had a dream to one day be a Golf instructor, as he was very good at it. However, his dream changed when he got into an accident during his Freshman year of college at Morningside. The accident led to him not being able to golf anymore, along with other things.

Once Watters recovered from his accident, he couldn’t fulfill his golf dream anymore. This led to new plans and new dedications, because he still had interest in politics.

After grad school, Watters came back to Sioux City and ran for Board of Supervisors in 2016. He lost. He, then, ran for City Council member the next year. He got in. Watters was able to make changes, and encourage disability access points throughout the city.

Not only does he change lives for the general people of Sioux City, but he helps out students plan their careers as Career Development Specialist at Morningside College.

He has been working at Morningside for 6 years, the Career Services part for 2 years. Watters loves to see the students succeed. It is a fulfillment for him.

Watters is a busy man. You can find him at city events or watching his students play during their games. No matter how busy his schedule is, he always stays optimistic. Watters said, “You truly determine your destiny and what you’re going to do and what you are going to achieve.”

His accident didn’t stop him from continuing on with his life. Now, he motivates others to do the same. “The skies the limit,” he said. It is and Watters will push forward to continue helping others.

News Comment #6: FTC sues owner for allegedly conning people to pay for dating service

The Federal Trade Commission sued Match Group, an online dating giant, for using fake love interest ads on in which allegedly entices people to pay for their services.

Non-subscribers had a higher risk of seeing messages from potentially fraudulent accounts than the paying customers of This would encourage the non-subscribers to sign up for paid accounts because of the increased interest ads as claimed by the FTC.

Once the customers signed up, a “fraudulent communication” or interested profile is “unavailable” depending on the fraud review process.

Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, stated on the con and pointing out that the services from dating websites shouldn’t be using the scams to make money.

The CEO Hesam Hosseini responded on this issue in a worded email that can be summarized into him stating the irrelevancy of the FTC claim.

Other FTC related allegations have been brought up, but as of currently the alleged deceptive business practices they questioned ceased by mid-2019.

Overall, this article used good quotes and paraphrasing. The obvious quote is from the Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, where they included what he said, and split it up so maybe we got the most important sentences. Another quote is from an email by the CEO of Match. They used the CEO’s words in relation to how he thinks this isn’t an issue and that Match is doing a fine and not creating fraudulent actions.

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Describing Pirouline

You can smell the chocolate encasing the wafer stick. Just like opening a container of cocoa, you can smell the chocolate instantly.

The outer layer of the wafer is bumpy due to the swirling texture. It has a tan-ish layer with a brown center. Dark and light brown lines of color swirls around the wafer.

The first bite gave way to the thin crust before reaching the soft, chocolaty center. As you continue to chew, the chocolate filling and bits of wafer dissolve in your mouth leaving a chocolate after taste.

The wafer is similar to a non-plastic straw, they will start to deteriorate when wet for so long because of the absorbency of the products.

Scavenger Hunt on Morningside Campus

A surprise scavenger happened today from my Journalism class.

The objective is to learn how to communicate well and ask questions to strangers.

There were two objects to find; #1 is to get a picture of the subject and #2 is to have a conversation about sports with another subject.

My conversation about sports was with Freshman Emily Cloffelter. She is on the tennis team here at Morningside. She said they are currently practicing during this fall season. Cloffelter said, “I am excited for the season to begin.”

The next object was the photo I got was of Freshman Amber Deuel. She said she enjoys it here at Morningside. She feels like the semester is taking forever so far, but as a senior, I reassured her that time will start to fly by once finals comes around the corner.

Amber Deuel

News Comment #5: American fashion brand sparks outrage over school shooting-themed hoodies

Bstroy, an American fashion brand, created a collection of school shooting-themed hoodies during New York Fashion Week started a wave of criticism on social media.

Brick Owens and Duey Catorze, created this collection of hoodies each featuring the title of schools that experienced deadly shootings in the United States. The schools are “Stoneman Douglas,” “Sandy Hook,” “Virginia Tech” and “Columbine.”

The photos can be seen on the brand’s and Owens’ Instagram account where they received many comments, especially from the survivors and relatives of the victims at the schools.

After receiving the negative reactions to the new look, Owen’s post, on his Instagram, emphasized the delicacy of life as well as the many possibilities it brings for the future.

The article brings up a controversial topic about using US tragedies as a way to grab attention in society. The article incorporates quotes from the commenters on Instagram. Although, no paraphrasing, as I could tell, was used; I incorporated my own paraphrase of Owen’s Instagram post at the end of the article as practice and to see what was the important point to gain from what he shared.

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Reflection of Article #1

  1. Which part of the process for paper #1 did you put the most effort into? Which part of the process do you wish you had spent more time on?
  2. What was the most difficult part of writing this paper?
  3. What was the biggest problem you encountered in writing this paper, and how successful were you in solving that problem?

Answer for 1. I spent a lot of time in the drafting process; finding articles relating to the photography subject and how to put it in an article format. After getting the draft back and seeing and being told the errors, I started over at the beginning again and searched for a new photography based article. This time the subject matter had to be more specific. I learned that the instructions for this assignment had me confused and led me on the wrong path. An example or clearer instructions would have been helpful for me to have done better from the start. I wish that I could redo the drafting process with the knowledge that I know now and the finishing product of the article could have been prepared better.

Answer for 2. The most difficult part about writing this paper was taking the information from the different articles and rewriting them into one. Another situation is finding what is important information and the least important and how to present it in the article when thinking about the inverted pyramid concept.

Answer for 3. The biggest problem was the early confusion on how to properly make this article. After straightening out the assignment, it wasn’t as hard. The minor issues were selecting the right quotes and how to transition them in the article.

Final Article #1: Documentary Photographer, Robert Frank, dies at 94.

The photographer Robert Frank, who was known for his visually raw and personally expressive style.
Credit Dodo Jin Ming

Robert Frank, an influential documentary photographer, died last month at age 94.

Frank’s photos were black and white and included a “grainy and blurry” appearance that signified that the American Dream isn’t what it seems as gathered throughout the articles.

Frank would capture photos of people with less fortune in society, because as he stated in The Times Magazine, “My sympathies were with people who struggled. There was also my mistrust of people who made the rules.”

His vision led to his book, “The Americans” featuring photos of his cross country journey of America.

The importance of “The Americans” let people see that everyone is beautifully different. To be an American doesn’t mean you have to look like a movie star or some type of celebrity; you get to be yourself.

Many people did not like Frank’s style of photography. For example, a Popular Photography magazine complained about their “meaningless blur, grain, muddy exposures, drunken horizons, and general sloppiness.”

Frank did not see that in his work. He had a “romantic idea” about “Finding and honoring what was true and good about the United States.”

A memorial to Robert Frank outside his home in New York City.
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Frank died at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. His photos had made a huge impact on today’s documentary photos.

Gathered from a tribute to Robert Frank in The New York Times, Philip Gefter stated in a creative thought, “I wonder what moments in the lives of today’s immigrant children…Mr. Frank could have captured with his elegantly transgressive photographic lens.” Gefter continues on to “Thank Frank” for his inspiring journey.

The only immediate survivor is his second wife, June leaf, as both his kids have passed; Andrea at age 20 from a plane crash in Guatemala in 1974 and Pablo in 1994.

Born in Switzerland, Frank emigrated to New York at the age of 23. Since he was not originally from the states; he got to experience America through his own eyes. As referred to in The Times Magazine, Frank viewed the United States society through the lens of an outsider to expose the poverty, racism and alienation previously ignored in portrayals of the American dream.

This image of America made it to Europe, as Frank would travel between the countries and he would share his photos there. “The Americans” was released earlier in that country before being released in America.

“‘The Americans’ challenged the presiding midcentury formula for photojournalism,” stated in The New York Times. Frank’s photographs were centered on, “Lone individuals, teenage couples, groups at funerals and odd spoors of cultural life.” The images were “classically composed” and made with a “cinematic” and “grainy” quality like the early television of that time period.

“Mr. Frank had come to detest the American drive for conformity, stripping away the picture-perfect vision of the country.” stated in The New York Times.

Besides taking photos, he also experimented with the moving image. He would often use his first wife and children to play a role in these films. He even made a film solely based on his two kids, Andrea and Pablo, called “Conversations in Vermont”. Yet, the work he made for “The Americans” is the most recognizable thing he did out of all of his work.

Frank would continue to film and take photos throughout the remainder of his life.   

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News Comment #4: After vaping-related illness, teen now has lungs like ‘a 70-year-old’s’

Adam Hergenreder, an 18-year-old athlete from Gurnee, Illinois, was hospitalized due to his vaping habit. Doctors told him his lungs are similar to a 70-year-old adult.

Vaping so much caused Hergenreder to experienced shivers and nonstop throwing up. If he hadn’t gone in to see a doctor, he could of died from his lungs collapsing. He said, “If I had known what it was doing to my body, I would have never even touched it, but I didn’t know…I wasn’t educated.”

Hergenreder is not the only one to suffer from vaping. There have been many other causes where people have even died from vaping. E-cigarettes have gotten popular towards high school and middle school students, because of the popular flavors.

The article continues on with how bad the vaping situation is and brings up a possibility of the Trump administration to remove e-cigarettes.

This article starts off with a good lead; how is it possible for a teen to get terrible lungs? It begins by introducing the teen affected and goes back and for between the story of the teen and the huge vaping issue. It is creative because people want to know what is happening to the kid, but have to read through the data and governmental topics that are taken because of the increase in medical treatments because of vaping.

The article is long but it covers the important topics happening.

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News Comment #3:A Minnesota woman was killed in a rare black bear attack on a secluded island in Canada

Red Pine Island is on Rainy Lake in Ontario

Catherine Sweatt-Mueller, a 62 year old woman from Minnesota, was visiting her parents in Canada.

Sweatt-Mueller’s parents live on their family-owned island, on Rainy Lake in Ontario. The island is secluded.

Sweatt-Mueller noticed her dogs barking strangely outside. She went to check on them and only the dogs ended up returning to the cabin.

Officers got the call and arrived to find a black bear standing over her body. She was dead.

Police shot the black bear, which led to two other black bears to flee the area.

This event is rare and the body of the black bear was sent to the University of Guelph to undergo necropsy.

This article shows a few of the news values. It is unusual; one thing being that bear attacks are rare, but that it is of a woman from the United States. Another value is proximity. Again, stating that she is from the United States; people would relate because she is also a citizen and people read about other American-situated stories.

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