Speaking on Sexual Assault: How Journalists Change the Conversation

Sexual assault is a difficult topic for journalists to cover, and there are many factors that play into the ways an article addresses the subject. With the articles relating to Betsy Devos’s announcement to reexamine Title IX, there are obvious differences that can be seen straight from the start of both pieces.  The Politico article takes […]

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The Hyper-Partisan Divide on Sexual Assault

The article referenced is mentioned here Within this article, Kitchener begins her examination of how Sexual Assault became such a powerfully divided issue instead of being explored through a bi-partisan perspective. She highlights that “Republican and Democrat parents all want their kids to be safe in college”, however, this narrative has been vastly blinded by political affiliation […]

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Society of Environmental Journalist Conference 2017 (Water Treatment Tour)

On October 6th, 2017 I toured the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA), the Pittsburgh branch of the Department of Environmental Protection, the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), and the interstitial mixing point of  the three Pittsburgh rivers. I had the opportunity to sit down and listen to engineers, policy analysts, journalists, and hard-working average-Joe […]

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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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Echo Chambers: Problems and Solutions

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/arts/the-battle-over-your-political-bubble.html In this New York Times article by Amanda Hess, the social media “echo chambers” are examined again – as they were proven true in the Bell speech and the Wall Street Journal Project. Both Bell and Hess explain how social media platforms like Facebook have created feedback loops of information that only further polarize […]

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The Survival of News: Engaging the Reader

The New York Times article, on the Newspaper Association of America’s removal of the word “newspaper” from its name, does a good job of engaging the reader despite being on an uncommon and unpopular topic. By starting with a thought experiment that takes the reader to their future self being asked, “’Grandma, what was a newspaper?’”, […]

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Context as Bias

The theme that kept coming to my mind while reading for this week was context.  I was thinking about how each of these stories contextualized the information.  The Inside Climate News story wove together high level facts and personal stories in such a way that the facts landed because the people were kept top of mind.  […]

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Enbridge making repairs to Line 5 oil pipelines

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20171001/news/640901/enbridge-making-repairs-to-line-5-oil-pipelines Chad Livengood published this article on Enbridge Line 5 earlier today, saying that repairs to the pipeline have begun. The article briefly references the “controversial” nature of the pipeline and describes the size of the coating gaps in question before moving on to quote an Enbridge spokesperson assuring the reader that these gaps do […]

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Michael Phelps: A Golden Shoulder to Lean On

Karen Crouse, writing for the New York Times, published an article last week detailing Michael Phelps’ recent endeavor to support mental health causes. Phelps is especially known for helping high profile athletes deal with depression and anxiety in a productive manner, inspired by his own battle with depression and anxiety. The article primarily focuses on […]

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Trump Attacks Warriors’ Curry. LeBron James’s Retort: ‘U Bum.’

In this New York Times article, Ken Belson and Julie Hirschfeld Davis cover President Trump’s recent heated comments on the NBA and the NFL. The article begins by covering the controversy and disagreements between the president and the Golden State Warriors before moving on to also cover the comments on the NFL and the team […]

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Discussion on Depression

Depression is a topic of conversation that many of us are familiar with, but interestingly enough, not totally comfortable discussing. The four articles posted on Canvas attempt to talk about depression through the lens of college students. Whether the quotes were from a professional or a student experiencing mental illness, they were somehow connected to […]

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Ann Arbor’s Tobacco Age Limit: Is It Working?

The street corner outside of Good Time Charley’s around one o’clock in the morning is littered with circles of people smoking cigarettes. To bum a cigarette off these tiers of people: simple. To take a picture of them smoking? Not so easy. When asked if they would be willing to have their picture taken for […]

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Small Towns Explore New Solutions to Spike in Heroin Overdoses

John Kirby points approvingly to a worn but cheery mural, its “Recovery is everywhere!” message plastered across a red barn. He is weaving his way across a field of puddles, heading towards a group of goats and chickens before meeting with his mother, a resident here at the Dawn Farm addiction treatment center. Kirby, a […]

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Urban Agriculture is Environmentally Revitalizing Neighborhoods but is it Restoring Dignity?

Antonio Rafael grew up in Detroit, where the median household income is about $26,000, and according to City-Data.com even lower in his neighborhood in the 48210 zip code, situated between Midtown Detroit and Dearborn. After graduating from Michigan State University in 2012, Rafael moved back home to the neighborhood and realized that doing freelance and […]

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