Article #3 draft

Broadcasting Article #3

Good evening. My name is Niklas Gustav and welcome to the 8 o’clock news on channel 8. 

Story #1: Science Story. 

Scientists at UCLA discovered that earth-like planets might be more common in the universe than we think. 

In a NASA funded study at UCLA, a team of astrophysicists and geochemists are using telescope pictures of burned-out stars, called “white dwarfs” to look for rocks that could stem from planets similar to earth in their periphery. The gravitational pull of those “white dwarfs” which are up to 665 light-years away from earth, swallows up asteroids and fragments of rocky planets that cross their path. The scientists observe the elements in the “white dwarf” stars to find out if these rocky structures are similar to the rocks on Earth or Mars.

“The rocks are Earth-like and Mars-like in terms of their oxidized iron. We’re finding that rocks are rocks everywhere, with very similar geophysics and geochemistry” explains Alexandra Doyle, who leads the team of scientists. The oxidation of the rocks can mean that the composition of those planets is similar to Earth and that they could potentially support life.

This discovery proves that there could be many more rocky planets like the Earth in other solar systems and that the likelihood of finding one just rose immensely. 

When asking Morningside Bio-Chem major Joel Katzer about this topic he said: “It is really amazing to see how technology and expertise from different fields of science came together here to shows pretty groundbreaking new discoveries that could potentially change our future dramatically.”

Story #2: Upcoming LSU vs. Alabama game. 

The NCAA Football National Championship might come early this year. 

As SEC powerhouses and top 2 and 3 ranked teams in the country #2 LSU and #3 University of Alabama face off this Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Al, the feeling that this game might be an early predictor for this year’s SEC and National Championship race. 

While Alabama has won the last eight matchups, undefeated LSU and their Heisman trophy front runner quarterback Joe Burrow are not only undefeated this year but also beat 3 top ten teams on their way to this weekend’s primetime matchup. 

The fact that Alabama’s quarterback and fellow Heisman trophy candidate Tua Tagovailoa suffered a high ankle sprain in the game against Tennessee last week further increases LSU’s chances of winning and let’s coach Orgeron’s Tigers ride into Tuscaloosa as the favorites. 

Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide are not new to difficult matchups like this and while they cruised through a less challenging undefeated season so far, do not count them out in any way. No matter which way this game is going to go, it will make for one the best NCAA matchups of recent times and is sparking massive buzz around the nation and even on the Morningside campus.

(Insert quote on the game.)

Story #3: California Wildfires

And now concerning news from the West Coast where wildfires have been wreaking havoc in both the northern and southern part of the state.

According to Cal Fire, three people were injured in Tehama County, near Sacramento while trying to contain the wildfires in that area. 

The three injured people were part of over 1200 firefighters and personnel that is tirelessly fighting the “Ranch Fire” since Sunday around noon. Despite the injuries, efforts to contain the fire have shown success, as the fire is now over 30% contained, according to Cal Fire. 

When asking around campus for information on why there are so many devastating wildfires in california, Bio-Chem major and environmental enthusiast Madison Reed, explained it the following way: 

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That will do it for tonight! Thank you for tuning in and make sure to be back tomorrow for your nightly news at 8 on channel 8.

go green colorado

Vox’s article “Colorado’s cleanest energy options are also its cheapest” shines a light on how well equipped the state of Colorado is, both in terms of environment and political climate, to make the switch to producing mostly renewable energy.

Vox does a good job describing the factors that are needed to successfully make the complete switch to renewable energy and also provides a detailed timeline of how renewable energy is developing in the state. The article also explains that the cheapest option is also the cleanest for Colorado.

The audience for this article is clearly people that are interested in renewable energy and how to implement it effectively. With many graphs and figures, the article is easy to understand for both younger and older audiences.

“Can​ you dig it?” Ashley Boer can

When Asley Boer hits the court with the Morningside Volleyball team, she leaves her mark on the game from the back row.

Her duties as a back-row player mostly consist of reading hitters and defending balls hit deeper in the court, called “digging”, making sure that those hits get turned back into play. She also serves for the Mustangs.

With Ashley’s help, the Morningside Volleyball team was able to secure a spot in the NAIA national tournament for the 3rd year in a row with a win in yesterday’s regular-season finale vs. Dakota Wesleyan.

For Ashley and the now 8-8 Mustangs, the GPAC tournament will start this Saturday in Jamestown, North Dakota.

Ashley is from Rock Rapids, Iowa, which is approximately one hour and 15 minutes away from Sioux City. She found her way to Morningside to play Volleyball and pursue an Advertising degree with a graphic design minor. She also said that she came to Morningside because “it felt like home”. 

Ashley enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to music and watching all kinds of sports when she is not on the court herself. When asked what three things she likes best about Sioux City, she was quick to respond that she likes the food options here, especially Buffalo Wild Wings, the size of the city which she described as “Not too big and not too small” and the close proximity to home, which allows her to see friends and family often.

Red wedding

What was supposed to be celebration of love, turned violent yesterday, when a shooting erupted at the site of a local wedding.

Richard and Laurette Brunson were married on the front porch of their home in front of 30 relatives and friends, as well as the bride’s 3 children. At the reception following the wedding, a fight broke out which led to Richard Brunson, 50 shooting his newly wedded wife Laurette, 38 in the abdomen with a small handgun.

Let’s hear from our correspondent live at the scene.

Thank you, I am here with sergeant Mann from the Sioux City PD, who will tell us more about the events leading up to the shooting.

“The shooting occurred at 5p.m. It happened after she threw a plate of wedding reception macaroni salad at the groom. His whereabouts are still unknown.”

Thank you, sergeant Mann! With the groom still on the loose after such a traumatic event, the guests of the wedding, like Ms. Corse, are still in shock!

“I just feel so bad for the kids to see this! He ran off with no shirt or shoes.”

With that back to you in the studio!

Thank you! Mrs. Brunson was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital where she remains in “satisfactory condition” according to hospital officials.

With Richard Brunson still on the loose, police officials warn to stay away from shoeless, shirtless men on the streets.

Broadcast Writing vs. print

This article compares two new story about the current wildfire situation in California.

One story, titled “Winds will continue to spread the California wildfires” is a broadcast story by CNN, that shows the weather forecast for the region and explains what that weather could mean for the situation at hand. The other story is a collection of updates by the New York Times that is updated in real-time as new developments become available.

The CNN story does a good job focusing on one aspect of the situation which is the windy conditions that are currently fueling the wildfires. The meteorologist is easy to understand and uses simple language to describe the conditions at hand. He also does a good job staying calm and collected given the less than promising forecast he is presenting. The disadvantage of the broadcast format is that it is impossible to present all aspects of the story in such a short amount of time. This segment focuses on one aspect and does a complete job.

The NYT story is much more complete in terms of coverage but is very long and detailed, which makes reading the article time-consuming. What helps is that due to the updated format of the story, bolded headers mark different updates, which makes it. easier to maneuver through the mass of information. The authors do a good job of being detailed and complete while staying objective and calm in their writing. This story covers most aspects of the fires from evacuation plans to what major buildings and highways are threatened.

Overall the main difference between the two stories is that the broadcast story has limited time to work with while the print story has nearly endless space to be as complete as possible. This results in the very clear an concise nature of the broadcast story, while the print story is not holding back words in an effort to be as complete as possible.

Sources:

CNN:https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/california-fires-los-angeles-october-2019/h_e3ab9350057796a2220e342166fa57fb

NYT:https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/28/us/getty-fire-california.html

No lonely planet after all?

Scientists at UCLA discovered that earth-like planets might be more common in the universe than we think.

In a NASA funded study at UCLA, a team of astrophysicists and geochemists are using telescope pictures of burned-out stars, called “white dwarfs” to look for rocks that could stem from planets similar to earth in their periphery. The gravitational pull of those “white dwarfs” which are up to 665 light-years away from earth, swallows up asteroids and fragments of rocky planets that cross their path. The scientists observe the elements in the “white dwarf” stars to find out if these rocky structures are similar to the rocks on Earth or Mars.

“The rocks are Earth-like and Mars-like in terms of their oxidized iron. We’re finding that rocks are rocks everywhere, with very similar geophysics and geochemistry” explains Alexandra Doyle, who leads the team of scientists. The oxidation of the rocks can mean that the composition of those planets is similar to Earth and that they could potentially support life.

This discovery proves that there could be many more rocky planets like the Earth in other solar systems and that the likelihood of finding one just rose immensely.

Source:https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191017141052.htm

foreign gains

The Vox article “The emoluments clause, explained for Donald Trump” does exactly what the title says. It explains the emoluments clause and states its significance for President Trump’s plans to host the upcoming G7 summit at one of his own resorts.

The emoluments clause is a group of provisions in the U.S. constitution, which basically state that any person that is holding office in the U.S. is not allowed to receive “any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”(Vox,2019)

Emoluments “would encompass sort of the profits of ordinary market transactions.” which makes this clause relevant for the upcoming G7 summit. Trump plans to host the summit at one of his resorts, which would lead to him receiving monetary gain from foreign governments in the form of their leaders and with that, violating the emoluments clause.

The article does a good job explaining these old and complicating provisions in simple terms to a younger audience. It also does a good job applying the concept of the clause to Donald Trump’s case and explaining why this is significant for the audience.

busted weights

When asking around campus what campus facilities are in most need of renovation, nearly everybody was quick to mention the HPER weight room, a facility that is surprising in two ways.

Firstly, a surprisingly large amount of people are working out in that space, especially given that it is mainly designed for the small non-athlete student population of Morningside. 

Secondly, when looking at the machines, squat racks and free weights in the room, the run down and in some cases non-functional state of the equipment is noticeable.

Madison Reed, says: “Not only is the HPER weight room, in its current condition a hazard to the well being of the students working out there, but also does not provide a welcoming and motivating atmosphere due to dim lighting and dirty floors and fixtures.” 

Madison, who worked out at the HPER weight room for over a year, observed the decay of equipment first hand. “There are eight non functional barbells in the weight room, which makes working out with them impossible. There are also many broken and missing cushions on the weight machines, which makes working out on them uncomfortable and even dangerous.” Madison also adds that “a renovation of the HPER weight room is overdue and would improve the quality of life for all students on campus.”

Her experiences working out there and the fact that more and more students made their discontent with the situation known, prompted Madison to use her position as the Morningside student government vice president to start lobbying for a renovation of the HPER weight room but unfortunately her term was over before real results were reached.

While the students that work out in the HPER regularly are certain that a renovation of the weight room is more than necessary, the fact that this weight room mainly serves the non-athlete population on campus and that this population is fairly small might make school administrators hesitant to put large amounts of money into the project. 

Since there is a weight room and strength staff for the students on campus that are in athletic teams, their urgency to push for a new rec center weight room is not exactly overwhelming. “Well, it’d be great to get a renovation but in all honesty, I rarely train there so it does not affect me too much.” says Joel Katzer, a Morningside Football player. He adds “but if there was a petition or something that would be put out where we could show our support for this renovation, I would definitely sign it.” This shows that even students that are not directly affected by the state of the HPER weight room are aware of the problem and are willing to support finding a solution when presented with the opportunity to do so.

Unfortunately, when reaching out to school officials about this topic, no specific comment was available at the point of publishing this article, but this article will be updated as soon as a comment on future plans with the HPER weight is available. 

The need for a renovation of the HPER weight room is evident, with many students being negatively affected by the bad condition of the facility and more and more athletes also becoming aware of this problem. It is up to the Morningside community to push for a renovation of a campus facility that, in the words of Morningside student Alex Paulson “really sucks”, the way it stands right now. 

Thunberg’s call for action

In a fiery speech at the UN Climate Action Summit, Greta Thunberg, a 16-year old Swedish climate activist who is credited with initiating the “Fridays for Future” movement, calls out world leadership on the topic of climate change.

She speaks on behalf of her generation. “You are failing us!” is her reaction to the action that the global leadership has taken so far to combat climate change. These actions would, according to Thunberg only provide a 50% chance of staying under a 1.5 degree rise of temperature, a tipping point that could initiate irreversible changes to this world that would be out of human control.

Her frustration with being part of a generation, potentially left with the irreversible environmental damages produced by generations before hers is evident throughout the speech.

Thunberg’s main message is “We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not.”. She also calls out the lack of urgency displayed by leaders across the world, calling out current approaches to combat climate change as ” just ‘business as usual'” and warns that “With today’s emissions levels, that remaining CO2 budget will be entirely gone within less than 8 1/2 years.”

Thunberg’s speech talks with the anger and urgency of a whole generation, a generation that sees the world at the brink of collapsing due to careless and economy-driven decisions generation before have made.

And it seems that this urgency and anger that has already moved millions of students out on the streets to protest for better and more effective solutions on climate change every Friday, has made a difference once again. Today, just one day after Thunberg’s speech, 65 countries have pledged efforts to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

Article #2 draft

When entering the weightroom of the Morningside College Rec. Center, also called HPER, in the afternoon or evening, two things quickly become evident. 

Firstly, a surprisingly large amount of people are  working out in that space, especially given that it is mainly designed for the small non-athlete student population of Morningside. 

Secondly, when looking at the machines, squat racks and free weights in the room, the run down and in some cases non-functional state of the equipment is noticeable.

The students working out at the HPER weight room are overall discontent with the state of the facility. One of the students, Madison Reed, states: “Not only is the HPER weight room, in its current condition a hazard to the well being of the students working out there, but also does not provide a welcoming and motivating atmosphere due to dim lighting and dirty floors and fixtures.” 

Madison, who worked out at the HPER weight room for over a year, observed the decay of equipment first hand. “There are eight non functional barbells in the weightroom, which makes working out with them impossible. There are also many broken and missing cushions on the weight machines, which makes working out on them uncomfortable and even dangerous.” Madison also adds that “a renovation of the HPER weight room is overdue and the quality of life for all students on campus. 

While the students that work out in the HPER regularly are certain that a renovation of the weight room is more than necessary, the fact that this weight room mainly serves the non-athlete population on campus and that this population is fairly small might make school administrators hesitant to put large amounts of money into the project.