Nov 17 2017

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Mari Pizzini: A Long Way from Home

A young woman from Montana comes into the Fundamentals of Journalism classroom, ready to learn something new she didn’t know before.

Her name is Mari Pizzini, and she’s initially from Helena, Montana. Helena, Montana is 971 miles from Sioux City, Iowa.

She graduated from Helena High in June of 2017. She is a freshman and came to Morningside on a scholarship in bowling, which is a new program at Morningside.

It is unique and uncommon to be a bowler in Montana. She is the first in the state and the second girl in Montana to get a bowling scholarship.
That’s the reason why she came to Iowa. The bonus is that her boyfriend also got a scholarship from Morningside College and came with her to Sioux City.

Back in Helena, she in the high school band for six years, playing the clarinet, which is something that we have in common. Her first dream job was to be a band teacher.

She is a double major in Mass Communications and English at Morningside College; she has a lot on her plate at the moment. She wants to do two majors.

She says, “I wanted to do English and Music originally, and I want to be an editor one day. So, I decided to go with English and Mass Communications instead to have more abilities as an editor.”

Her dream job is to be an editor for a publishing company. She mentioned Penguin publishing company and wants to edit magazines too.

“It is hard to do a double major sometimes,” she said, “18 credits is not easy to do in a semester.”

She says that she’s earning 16 credits this semester. But for the rest of her time at Morningside, she’ll be working towards 18 credits a semester.

She talked a little bit about her position on the bowling team. She is the fourth position, which means that she sets up the anchor and makes sure that the fifth spot performs well.

I asked her what’s has changed about her since coming from Montana to Iowa and going to Morningside College this semester.

She said, “I have become more responsible. I have been meeting new people this semester. I like Sioux City better than Helena because there’s no snow on the ground right now. Helena already has about half to a foot of snow.”

 

 

 

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Nov 15 2017

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News Comment #13

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This story is newsworthy because Republicans want Roy Moore, who is being accused of sexual misconduct allegations, replaced and are looking for options to replace him.

There is a video version of the story above it. The video gets to the heart of the story and the issue at hand. It makes it easier to match names and faces together for a viewer.

The story is very long and detailed for readers to understand what the Republicans have for choices when it comes to the Moore and the election.

The story split into eight parts to know all of the possible outcomes that might happen for the December 12th election in Alabama.

The audience is people who are following the continuing stories about sexual allegations in Hollywood, political fans, Republicans, and people who want to see what’s happening with these claims.

The lede is compelling because it gives an update on what’s been going on with the Moore controversy. It also offers why this story is relevant to the readers.

The point of view is the third person. Some of the quotes in the article are either in the second person or the first person.

One thing that is missing the comment from the Republicans about what is going to happen with Moore. In the video above the story shows Mitch McConnell that he stands by the women accusing Moore of sexual misconduct.

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Nov 15 2017

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Talk to a not-so-complete stranger

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Her name is Dayana Carbo. She’s a full-time student at Morningside College.

Her major is sociology. She doesn’t feel invisible to other students. The reason is that she likes to be around people.

One interesting fact about Dayana is that she was born in New York and was raised in Ecuador until she was ten. She moved back to the United States.

She’s married and has one child, a daughter. Her daughter will turn four in January.

The most challenging part of being a mom is “being more afraid of her future.” The reason is that the world is not a safe place anymore.

She also afraid of everything for her daughter because she wants to make sure that her daughter will be alright in the world when she gets older.

Being married and in college at the same time is challenging for Dayana. She wants to hang out, party, and be more involved on campus if she’s single, but loves being a mom.

Balancing the roles of mom, wife, and student is sometimes impossible to do, but it depends on the day. She says that “she loves having those roles and wouldn’t change anything about it.”

For Dayana, family life is very significant to her. She wants to make sure that she’s able to be there for her daughter anytime.

One fact that surprised me when interviewing her is that she loves being in college. She loves being around educated people.

She said that “college is a nice break from being around her husband and daughter.”

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Nov 13 2017

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Story #3 Final Draft

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Good morning, I’m Reilly Mahon reporting for M-C-T-V. Here are the top stories of the hour.

In recent years, Morningside’s women’s basketball team has been a powerhouse. This year’s team started out of the gates slowly with only three wins and two losses.

The improvements need to be shown at their next couple of games, in order to be seen as a competitive team.

I spoke to Daniel Ver Steeg, one of the play-by-play announcers for the Women’s Basketball games this season about how they did in the beginning and what they can do to improve for the rest of the season.

[Audio Clip] About 18 seconds about how he thinks the season will go for the Mustangs

Their current record is five wins and two losses. Their next home game is on November 18th at 5 P.M. in Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center.

 

Moving to national news, after the recent Manhattan Terror Attack and the Sutherland Springs church shooting, the safety concern in this country is up and will stay up for a while.

This has been an issue in this country lately because of so many shootings in the last couple of years. The terror attacks internationally are making the situation worse because they have made people worry about traveling outside of the U.S.

Safety is also a concern for Morningside College.

I spoke to Brett Lyon, the director of safety and security for Morningside College about what security will do if a terror attack happens on campus.

[Audio Clip] About 30.5 seconds about the protocols if a terror attack happens at Morningside College.

These protocols are also the same for a shooting, if it happens on campus. In today’s world, safety is a factor that people are looking at constantly all the time.

 

In the last two weeks, President Donald Trump has threatened the Department of Justice and the job of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump wants an investigation on the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton.

One issue in this situation is that the President is forcing an investigation to happen without having evidence to back him up to the DOJ.  Another issue is that the President is threaten Sessions’ job because he is not doing what Trump wants him to do.

I asked James Farnan, a member of the Morningside Civic Union, whether it would be legal for the President to threatening Sessions’ job as Attorney General.

[Audio Clip] About 28 seconds about Trump being able to threaten someone’s job

The President needs to provide the DOJ with evidence before an investigation begins and in order for an investigation to happen.

 

Outro:

That’s it for the news this hour, once again, I’m Reilly Mahon reporting for M-C-T-V. Thank you for listening and come back tomorrow at the same time for the news.

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Nov 09 2017

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Story #3 Draft

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Intro:

Good morning everyone, I’m Reilly Mahon reporting for M-C-T-V. Here are the top stories of the hour.

The Morningside College Women’s Basketball team season has currently started out pretty slow. With three wins and two losses right now, they need to improve in order to make it to the playoffs.

The improvements need to be shown at their next couple of games, in order to be seen as a competitive team.

The improvements will help them make it into the GPAC tournament and have a shot of winning the championship.

I spoke to Daniel Ver Staag, one of the play-by-play announcers for the Women’s Basketball games this season about how they’re currently doing and what they can do to improve.

[Audio Clip] About 20 seconds

Their next game is at home on November 10th at 6 P.M.

 

After the recent Manhattan Terror Attack and the Sutherland Springs church shooting, the safety concern in this country is up and will stay up for a while.

This has been an issue in this country lately because of so many shootings in the last couple of years. The terror attacks internationally are making the situation worse because they have made people worry about traveling to outside of the U.S.

Safety should also be look at locally in cities like Sioux City and local colleges like Morningside College.

I spoke to Brett Lyons, one of the security guards for Morningside College about what they will do if a terror attack or shooting happens on campus.

[Audio Clip] About 30 seconds

In today’s world, safety is a factor that people are looking at constantly all the time.

 

In the last week, President Donald Trump has threatened the Department of Justice and the job of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump wants an investigation on the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton.

One issue in this situation is that the President force an investigation to happen without having evidence to back him up to the DOJ.  Another issue is that the President threaten Sessions’s job because he is not doing what Trump wants him to do.

I spoke with James Fardan, a member of the Morningside Civic Union about if its legal for the President is threatening Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ job and the issue with the investigation on the DNC and Clinton.

[Audio Clip] About 20 seconds

The President needs to provide the DOJ with evidence before an investigation begins and in order for an investigation to happen.

 

Outro:

That’s it for the news this hour, once again, I’m Reilly Mahon reporting for M-C-T-V. Thank you for listening and come back tomorrow at the same time for the news.

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Nov 09 2017

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News Comment #12

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The story is newsworthy because of Trump commenting on the U.S. trade deal with China is not fair for the U.S.

The article is also newsworthy because Trump wants China to put pressure on North Korea to abandon their nuclear plans.

The article only has one picture of President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The Associated Press contributed information for the article.

The article has the part about North Korea in the middle. The U.S. trade deal with China surrounds that portion.

There needs to be more information about China and North Korea in the article. That part looks like a sore thumb in the story.

Trump made a few comments on both of these issues. Most of the article is the comments of Trump and Xi.

The audience is political fans, people interested in the trade deal, people interested in what’s happening in North Korea, and people involved in anything Trump is doing.

The lede is compelling because it gives lots of information for a summary of the article. The lede is very long and has two short quotes from Trump.

The point of view is the third person. The comments made by Trump are the first person.

One thing that is missing in the article is there should be more comments from President Xi about the trade deal with the U.S. and North Korea.

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Nov 02 2017

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Emma Watson Story

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Emma Watson promotes change in gender inequality for women and talks about her struggles as an activist yesterday at the annual One Young World summit.

She was there speaking profoundly about gender inequality for women and the feminist movement. These causes are very personal for her because of how much it means to have equality in society.

Watson’s speech started with her talking about her start and growth as an activist. She’s only been an activist for about two years. She talked about how it scary for her to speak out about something important like equality.

She said, “We, the entire spectrum of the feminist movement, are building an unstoppable current, for which we need ripples of hope from every age, race, ability, walk of life, every human experience.”

She also spoke about how she is going to improve every day as an activist. She described this in only seven sentences that help her continue as an activist.

She said, “These seven statements scare the absolute sh*t out of me. But I know that they are at the crux of it all.”

Emma Watson is an award-winning British actress in Hollywood. She rose to fame with the Harry Potter series movies. She has done several films outside of the Harry Potter movies.

She is also a UN Messenger of Peace. This title means that distinguished individuals are helping put the focus of the world on the work that the United Nations is doing.

One Young World is a United Kingdom non-profit organization that bring young leaders around the world to help deliver solutions to the world’s most significant problems.

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Nov 01 2017

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News Comment #11

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This story is newsworthy because there are 200 people possibly dead including rescuers that are in an underground tunnel near a nuclear test site in North Korea. This collapse happened on Oct 10, and the U.S. heard about this yesterday.

There is a broadcast version of this story above the article. There are a couple of big pictures in the story. One of a Japanese Meteorological Agency’s directors and one with Kim Jong Un with a nuclear warhead.

The pictures take up a lot of space in the article which shows that story is small and not have a lot of information. There is a limited amount of information that’s coming out about this event.

The Washington Post and Japan’s Asahi TV information used for this article. North Korea made a statement through the Korean Central News Agency.

The audience is international news people, political fans, and people who are interested in what’s going on in North Korea at the moment.

The lede is compelling because it tells what’s going on at a North Korea nuclear test site. The point of view is in the third person.

One part that is missing from this story is the U.S.’s response to North Korea’s Korea Central News Agency and the Hermit Kingdom statements. Another part is how the U.S. is going to handle what North Korea is doing lately with nuclear testings.

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Oct 26 2017

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News Comment #10

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The article is newsworthy because the Trump Administration has settled lawsuits against the Tea Party and conservative groups that have been targeted by IRS under the Obama Administration.

The controversy started in 2013 when the IRS admitted putting more scrutiny on conservative groups that were applying for nonprofit status.

The Justice’s Department settled lawsuits with over 400 conservative groups that were in the case.

The story has two big pictures. The first one at the beginning was a group of conservatives protesting. The other one in the middle of the story is Former IRS official Lois Lerner, who became the face of the scandal.

The audience is political fans, conservatives, Trump supporters, and people who don’t like the IRS.

The lede is compelling because it gives a recap of the scandal and gives the update on what the Trump Administration is going to do about this controversy.

The point of view in the story is the third person. The comments from the lead counsel for the conservatives groups in the lawsuits, Eddie Greim, were in the second person.

A missing piece to this article is a comment from the IRS on the scandal. They did not respond to Fox News for an explanation, so Fox News use court documents to find an apology from the agency.

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Oct 24 2017

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Couple Story

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