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California Fires Comparison

Earlier today a fire broke out in Southern California

When comparing two different stories, a CNN article “A brush fire in Southern California exploded to over 3,000 acres in just a few hours” and a local California new station broadcast “A brush fire in Southern California exploded to over 3,000 acres in just a few hours,” they were not very similar.

The broadcast was a live update via helicopter flying over the fire. The broadcast was not well organized it was mostly for emergency information for people of that area. The newscasters focussed in on burning structures, live flames, and water dropping helicopters flying through the air. The whole broadcast was live feed of the fire with the broadcasters commentating in the background.

The article focussed more on the multitude of the fire and a pet organization who had to evactuate their facility. The article contained a lead, unlike the broadcast. The article also focussed on wind speeds and the reasoning behind the fast spreading fire.

The similarities between the two was they both were about the Southern California fire. Both the article and broadcasters had a similar quote, which was that “in just a few hours has burned about 3700 acres.” They both used visuals, video and pictures.

Avoiding Taxes

In recently released Vox article, reporter, Alissa Wilkinson gives feedback and reviews over the new Netflix show “The Laundromat.” The new show is based around wealthy individuals who avoid paying taxes. People of high class have been sneaking documents and forging materials to avoid losing a big chunk of their income. They are using “loopholes” that most middle-class, and lower, American do not know about.

The article was a little hard to follow. The report was very short and filled with long paragraphs. It seemed as if the reporter had little knowledge before writing the article, and just stuck the preview of the show at the bottom to attract readers. It was directed towards Netflix watchers in particular, but the report also appeals to those who have frequent problems with taxes and might want to watch the show.

Story 2

Next Fall, Morningside College plans to merge its Advertising major into Marketing in order to increase job opportunities for students. 

According to Professor Marilyn Eastman, the proposal to combine the two majors has yet to reach the Morningside College Curriculum and Policies Committee. “The proposal is done, but it needs to be polished up,” stated Eastman. The group of business and marketing professors, which includes Eastman, will be sending their proposal in within this week, and, if approved, it will come into effect next Fall. 

If the proposal passes, the new “marketing major” will have new structure and course work for students. Classes will not be added or eliminated from the change, but their content will reflect more of a digital focus.

According to Eastman, “money is going out of traditional spending and being spent in the digital space.” Advertising agencies no longer focus on billboards and bus benches, rather they spend money looking into their customers. Tracking internet cookies and data, modernized agencies release ads and “pop-ups” related to what you search for on the internet. To reflect this new conjoined marketing and advertising tactic, next years marketing courses will put emphasis on digital sales and social media advertising in order to equip students with characteristics commonly sought out by agencies looking to hire. 

Additionally, Eastman, and the other professors who drew up the proposal, hope this change towards a more digital focus will peak students interest in the field of marketing. As she stated, “this is a twenty-first century type of marketing, so, hopefully, students will find this attractive.”

Sophomore at Morningside College, Jemar Lee, a Business Administration and Public Policy major, shared his thoughts about the possible combination of Advertising and Marketing. 

When informed the thought process behind the proposal, Lee stated, “I was unaware this was a thing, but I do understand why they would want to make the change. Most companies in sales use the internet to sell their goods, so it only makes sense to teach students how to appeal to online buyers.” 

Senior at Morningside College, Diego Marquez, a Mass Communications major also shared his thoughts over the change. 

“I had heard that they might be merging the two majors in the future, however I did not know it would happen this soon,” stated Marquez. 

Marquez has taken many business classes, in particular, that fall under the under the umbrella of Advertising and Marketing.

 If not graduating next year, Marquez might have seen completely new course work in his classes. He stated, “I am not opposed to the idea because I know how much our world revolves around the internet. However, if I was required to learn new business strategies in order to match the new course work, I do not know if I would be totally accepting.” Nevertheless, he believes this change will be “a step in the right direction” for Morningside College as they try to modernize their coursework for students.

Teachers Pay?

In recently released Vox article, reporter, Stephanie Plante, interviewed 7 teachers who put their money towards the children they teach. According to recent studies, over 94 percent of teachers spend their own money on school supplies. Although students are provided school supplies list prior to the school year, not all families are able to buy everything needed. Additionally, teachers in Texas have reported buying clothes for their students.

The article was very easy to follow. The reporter organized the article very well. She separated every interview and gave details and background on each teacher. The article focussed mostly on students and their families. It did not shame families for not being able to afford school supplies, but it sympathized on behave of teachers who have to use their own money for it.

Reflection of Article 1

  1. I believe I focussed mainly on the flow of the paper. I wanted it to read well. I used transitions and sentence structure to do this. However, I wish I would have focussed on one common subject. I bounced around many ideas in my paper, and that is something I am still currently working on. 
  2. I believe the most difficult part of writing the paper was to just state facts. In high school, we wrote very flowery and long in order to meet essay requirements. For our papers now, that is not the case. 
  3. I believe the biggest problem in writing this paper was finding the right sources. Initially, I had 3 sources. One of which had little to do with the topic of my article. However, I solved it by searching for another source, even after I had written a whole rough draft. I found one that, I believe, pertains more to my topic than the source I originally had, and I used it.

Speech Story

16-year-old, Greta Thunberg, advocated for new politics and solutions for climate change in her speech yesterday.

At the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York City, Greta Thunberg, spoke, not only to the audience, but towards world leaders.

Thunberg sided against world leaders as they have not done enough to stop climate change. Passionately stated by Thunberg,”we are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and economic growth.”

As the speech unfolded, Thunberg began to victimize the world under the choices made by world leaders in order to support her point.

Thunberg directly addressed world leaders when she stated, “you are failing us.” However, she immediately followed by saying “But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal.” In her eyes, climate change is one of the most important topics in todays society, so she pressures world leaders to make a change.

Following the speech, over 65 countries have announced efforts to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Was it coincidence? Or was it because of a 16-year-olds speech against world leaders?

Pay The Athletes

In Vox Article “Fair Pay to Play Act,” reporter, Alexia Campbell, covers the decisions behind the newly pass Fair Pay to Play Act. Before this week, the NCAA did not allow athletes to receive payment from their sport. However, according to Campbell’s sources, college sports have turned into multi-mullion dollar business in the past 5 years, and the athletes are not benefiting from any of it. The new law will allow students to be paid for their “hard work and efforts.”

This article was well written. It flowed very well and was easy to follow. The author directed her focus on collegiate athletes and lawmakers. She, additionally, wanted to inform people about the lack of representation collegiate athletes get for their skill.

School Shootings – A Safety Scarcity

Preparation for school shootings may not be making students feel safer. They may be inflicting so much fear within students that they have started to seek alternative safety options.

The New York Times released an article about Mackenzie Bushey, a 15-year old junior at Sheehan High in Wallingford, Connecticut. A new “no cellphone policy” was introduced in one of Mackenzie’s classes. When she found out, she was upset.

Without a phone, Mackenzie stressed that she was losing the ability to protect herself. She found safety within her phone, without that, she explained, she would not be able to notify the police if a school shooter entered the building. In addition, she would not be able to contact her family to tell her “last goodbye.” 

Students and families have started to purchase safer school equipment as a precaution.

J.T. Lewis, in a recently released New York Times article, received a $200 Bullet Blocker backpack from his grandmother before starting his freshman year of college. Although surprised with the gift, his grandmother and himself had a “common understanding” that the backpack was necessary. 

In the ideal scenario, the backpack would be placed in front of Lewis in order to block a bullet. However, in the case that there is no time to react, Lewis mentioned how the backpack would not prevent him from dying in a shooting, but it might help to stop a bullet from behind.

Lastly, fear of school shootings have led students to find safety in everyday objects found in the common classroom.

Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit gun violence awareness organization, released a video titled “Back to School Essentials” on Youtube. Within the video, students showcase their new school equipment. 

The video started with students, one by one, showing off their new school equipment. However, towards the middle of the video, students began to flee the school as sounds of gunshots arose in the background. The represented students then began to display their new school equipment as weapons or life saving equipment. A young girl said “these new socks can really be a lifesaver” as she began to tie the sock around an injured classmate’s leg in order to stop the bleeding of her gunshot wound. 

There are many safety representations in the video. Scissors used as a knife. A jacket used to tie a door shut. A skateboard used to break a window in order to escape the shooter. They may all be used for a different purpose, but the content in the video infers students to use everyday objects as a way to protect themselves in a school shooting. 


A New Food Craving

You can see the dark coloring and variation of shading on first examination of a black bean burger.

The first bite is surprising, something you have never tasted before. Like opening a present having no idea what might hide inside.

The patty is presses and thin, but the bun and toppings give the burger a much needed flare. It would not be as desirable if bare.

The feeling of health accomplishment rushes over the body as you continue to eat the vegetarian meal. Yet, still, the resemblance to meat eat bite reveals continues to surprise you.

“You determine your destiny” – The Success of Alex Watters

Student advisor at Morningside College and political figure, Alex Watters, gave students insight into his life during a class wide interview in Professor Fuglsang’s Journalism Course.

As a young child, Watters claimed, he has always been interested in politics. He never struggled with speaking to new people. As a child, Watters would tag alongside his father, the Sheriff, anytime information needed to be spread door to door in the community.

Before his accident, a career in politics was not his first choice. Watters wanted to be a golf instructor. He claimed this was his dream job.

Two weeks into his freshman year of college, his life changed forever. At a family reunion on Lake Okoboji, Watters planned on swimming before it got too cold in the upcoming winter season. On his way down the dock, his hat blew off into the water. He dove in after it, head first. However, the water was only 18 inches deep. Watters was left with a spinal cord injury and the inability to move his legs.

Alex finished his education and received his masters after 9 years.

He came back to Sioux City and became one of the first student advisors in the new Krone Advising Center here at Morningside.

In 2016, Alex ran for a spot on Sioux City’s Board of Supervisors. He did not get the spot. However, just a year later, he was placed of the City Council.

Fast forward 3 years, Watters has worked with Michelle Obama, the AAPD, and the US Department of Education. He is a voice for people with disabilities.

Watters claimed he has always been underestimated in power. While not direct, fellow politicians would comment on his inability to walk without even realizing it. However, he knows his worth and preaches it upon his students.

Disabled, yes, but incapable, no. Alex Watters faced tragedy, but now uses it to empower his students. He preaches “you determine your own destiny.” He leads by example. Watters took hardship and turned it into success.

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