Can the News Survive the Newspaper?

This article, published by the New York Times early last September, discusses the future of news reporting while the industry adjusts to the steady decline of newspaper, or print media, readership as online news sources and social media gain widespread popularity and “viewership” across the globe. Rutenberg makes the case that yes, news will indeed survive the newspaper, […]

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Where Fake News Goes to Die

My choice for this week is the CNN story, Where Fake News Goes to Die, from March 10th, 2017. http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/10/us/snopes-day-in-the-life-trnd/ It’s less a “day in the life” story, as promised by the URL, than an abridged history of mythbusting website Snopes.com, coupled with information about their procedure. In light of the influence of fake news on the 2016 […]

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EPA Workers Attempt to Block Scott Pruitt’s Confirmation as New Head of EPA

In early February, The New York Times published this article, EPA Workers Try to Block Pruitt in Show of Defiance, which focused on how many current and former EPA employees were protesting and contacting their senators in an attempt to block Pruitt’s confirmation as the new head of the EPA. Pruitt’s nomination was largely contested […]

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Dakota Pipeline Protesters Erect Teepees Outside Trump Hotel

In the Huffington Post Article, “Native Americans Bring Dakota Pipeline Protest to Trump’s Doorstep,” the author reports on the Native Nations March, a four day march that culminated on Friday, that was organized in response to the President’s advancement of the pipeline and to stand for native sovereignty. The story features interviews of a member […]

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Looking Back on Zika a Year Later

This New York Times article tells about how the response to the Zika epidemic left us with more questions than answers. The article speaks to the dangers we are facing now that there was not a coherent way in which the epidemic was handled. Because tourists and residents were given different advice on how to avoid contracting […]

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Knight Vision Food Waste Pitch

  Project Title: “SmartFridge: Tackling food waste one fridge at a time” Project Leaders: Arjan Abar, Aaron Brodkey, Bella Isaacs Requested Amount of Funding: $15,000 Expected Amount of Time to Complete Project: 6 months Description of SmartFridge: SmartFridge is a multipurpose iPhone, Android, and tablet application that synthesizes information from one’s grocery receipt into recipes […]

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SmartPark: Smart People, Smart World, Smart Park

Project Title: SmartPark: Smart People, Smart World, Smart Park Requested Amount: $500,000.00 Expected Amount of time to Complete Project: ~ 12 months Team Members: Shivangi Sharma, Emilie Farrugia, Youssef Farran Describe your Project:  From major metropolitan cities to small towns, parking is a daily issue faced by all residents. In New York City alone, drivers […]

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GrocerGO

Cassie Coulter, Sarah Sugar, Al Vanderklipp, and Quan GrocerGO: Driving College Students to the Market Requested Amount: $100,000 Expected Amount of Time for Project Completion: 12 weeks Project Description We propose an App called GrocerGO, which will connect students at the University of Michigan to go to the grocery store together.  The App will look […]

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Composting Correctly on Campus

Hallie Averbach Manny Dhillon Emily Hotaling   Project Title: 10 words Composting Correctly on Campus Requested Amount: $150,000 Expected Amount of time to Complete Project: 11 months Describe your Project: 500 words The first phase of our project is to increase the amount of recycling bins and compost bins on campus. While recycling bins are […]

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Safe Map: Phone application makes walking safer for college students

Knight Challenge Application: Safe Map Phone Application connects to Google Maps to create safe routes for college students Team Members:  Anders Johnson, Sarah Girard, Ian Campbell, and Madeleine Gerson Requested amount: $50,000 Expected time for project completion: Six months   The project We plan to create an application, Safe Map, that would—in partnership with Google […]

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GeoHealthy: A Hub for Location-Specific Health Information

Project Title: GeoHealthy: A Hub for Location-Specific Health Information Requested Amount: $30,000 Expected Amount of Time to Complete Project: 8-12 months Team Members: Andrew Davis, Kelly Hall, & Evan Hoopingarner   Describe your project. GeoHealthy will collect relevant health information close to the user’s geographic location from the web and display it in an easy-to-process format. […]

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YouTube Viewership to Pass TV Audiences

An article by the Wall Street Journal found that the hours spent by users on YouTube is predicted to surpass the hours spent by individuals watching traditional television. This is due to the algorithms that Google has created to encourage its visitors to continue watching additional videos. Overall, I thought that the information contained some great statistics […]

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Visual Storytelling: A Love Story and Twins for a Combat Veteran Amputee

This New York Times photo essay demonstrates how powerful visuals can be in storytelling. The raw intimacy of this 24-photograph series, with the respective captions, immediately intrigues the reader with the unique challenges and joys of this couple’s relationship. Rachel and Jason, middle school sweethearts, find each other after Jason loses both legs and an arm during his time serving as a minesweeper […]

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Verbal Coercion and Sexual Assault on College Campuses

The article published by Time sheds light on how college campuses, mainly the University of Michigan, are putting more focus on sexual misconduct and the role of verbal pressure. It explains how schools have found, through surveys, that there is a large population of students who have experienced unwanted sexual activity as a result of verbal […]

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