Five myths about the future of journalism

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-the-future-of-journalism/2011/04/05/AF5UxiuC_story.html The way this article was formatted seemed a little blog-like to me, but the author included many statistics, making the article more news-like. i really liked that the 5 myths were in bold, making them stand out and making it easy to get the information the article was presenting if you didn’t feel like […]

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Science Lags As Health Problems Emerge Near Gas Fields

http://www.propublica.org/article/science-lags-as-health-problems-emerge-near-gas-fields by Mel Buckner I liked the lede’s vivid description of Susan Wallace-Babb’s first encounter with the toxins. It did a fine job of illustrating the chilling thought of being poisoned during the course of one’s daily routine, without one having done anything to warrant fear of chemical exposure, such as opening a can of […]

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Tighter Restrictions for Fracking Operations on Public Lands

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/03/20/obama-administration-tightens-rules-on-oil-and-gas-fracking/ This article talks about the Obama administration placing tighter restrictions on fracking being done on public land, in hopes to lower the risk of water contamination. I liked this article because I think the writer did a nice job of being unbiased and pragmatic in his reporting. He successfully reports on the concerns and […]

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Reflection of material recovery facility

Upon driving arriving onto the premises, I was surprised by how much debris was scattered everywhere around the building all on the ground even outside of the gates. When entering and doing the tour through the facility, I thought it was insane that people actually separated through all of the trash that came to this […]

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Approaching Issues of Worker Safety in Hazardous Material Recovery Facilites – An Initial Exploration of Media Coverage

In seeking research on the topic of working conditions in Material Recovery Facilties (MRF) or more colloquially, recycling centers, the number of results are few. Moreover, the coverage of this issue has largely been academic, as in studies being conducted on working conditions. What is lacking in coverage of this issue is the human story, […]

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Company halts oil drilling: so what?

http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/09/west_bay_exec_scio_township_oi.html While this news article was informative and definitely full of newsy aspects, I found it to be a bit dry. There was no nut graph to bring a sense of urgency to the issue. The company stopped drilling because this one well they were investigating was found to be dry. So what? It seems […]

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Reaction to Tour of Material Recovery Facility in Ann Arbor, MI

Upon arriving at the Material Recovery Facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan, it’s difficult not to pay attention to the large amount of dust and debris that cover the premesis. Bits of should-be-recycled materials, like crushed water bottles and strips of old magazines, and flat out trash, like potato chip packaging and rotten food, stick to […]

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MRF Reflection

Walking through the Materials Recovery Facility in Ann Arbor, the trash was not only smelly and unpleasant to look at (which was expected), but also unorganized and all over the floor.  I found myself stepping on bottles and cans, in places where this material would surely never get back on the line.   I was […]

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Michigan: The worst place to build a landfill

I don’t like the fact that Michigan gets paid to take in other states and Canada’s trash. As Emilia said, with the water table so high and the fact that Michigan is surrounded by 5 precious freshwater resources, it is one of the worst states to build landfills in. The potential of pollutants, especially those […]

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MRF Field Trip Reflection

I was trying to practice writing an opinion piece, so I used the first person voice. Floor to ceiling paintings of lively characters, and colorful objects, showing the step by step process of recycling. A pink bunny slipper, a container of popcorn, and a pearl necklace. A sea of discarded objects, all sandwiched between happy […]

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The Three R’s: Why “Reduce” comes first

Light crunches of plastic beneath their feet escalate as the students begin to step off of the bus. Scattered scraps of colored papers and plastics flutter lightly in the wind. This is outside of the Material Recovery Facility in Ann Arbor. On the inside, conditions are not much better. Trash is scattered around the floor […]

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Reflecting on the MRF Field Trip

By the entrance of the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, colorful scraps of garbage flutter in the cool breeze. The garbage, resembling confetti, oddly creates a pleasant view, until the stench of the processing plant hits you. The cool metal facility infrastructure, which doesn’t look sturdy enough to support tons of waste, let alone […]

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Knight News Challenge Application: NewsMe

Team Name: Bad NEWS Bears Team Members: Nicholas Jansen, Rae Sakakibara, Joseph Xu Project Title: NewsMe Requested Amount: $50,000 Expected Amount of Time to Complete Project: Eight Months to Twelve Months   Describe Project With the advent of the digital world, it is necessitated that we consider the more effective means to translate thought and emotion […]

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