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Rise In Cremations Saving Lives Abroad

I remember the last funeral I went to was four years ago. My grandfather had passed away. There was a week-long period of mourning but the day of the funeral, we never left the funeral home. I hadn’t thought about it then, but my grandfather was part of a growing group of people who chose […]

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I Believe Reflection

While reading my I believe statements from the beginning of the semester, the first thing I notice is how much the results of the election has influenced the things I believe about the news and journalism.  The news reassured me time and time again that Hilary Clinton would win the election, and I trusted it […]

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This I Believe – Revisited

As I look back over my This I Believe statements, the first thing I notice is how my notion of who, exactly, is a “journalist” has changed. Before taking this course, I lumped any media figure into the category of journalists, thinking that anybody who reported on the news in any form qualified as a journalist. […]

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I Believe Revisited

When looking back at my “I believe” assignment from the beginning of the semester, I acknowledge that my viewpoint of journalism has changed somewhat. At first, since I had four years of journalism experience from high school and my community college, I thought I would definitely work for a professional publication someday. While I still […]

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Google, Journalism, and Power

Reading about Google and its maps in this article from the Atlantic has me thinking about power — specifically, who has it, and what that means for those of us who don’t. Google really has revolutionized the way we see the world. We can literally watch it from our desktop computers. Remember when Google Earth […]

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How have your beliefs about news changed?

This is a time of radical change in the way we define, gather and share news. But some things about journalism remain the same as they were a decade ago, like the preparation it takes to do a good job interviewing an expert. On the first day of Environ 320, a University of Michigan course in […]

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UMich students reflect on newsrooms in transition

When the University of Michigan’s Environ 320 class visited the Detroit News and Channel 4 WDIV on Friday, the newsrooms were in transition. If you were on that field trip, what surprised you? What lessons did you draw? What will you remember most?

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Have your beliefs about news changed? What is the future of news?

Four months ago, we ask students in our environmental and public health journalism course at the University of Michigan to write ten, one-sentence statements about news that began with the words “I believe.” After practicing reporting and journalistic writing, critiquing news stories, experimenting with various digital forms of communication and working in teams to develop […]

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“The Other Rosa Parks”

Let this be noted that I am NOT the blog leader this week so do not comment on this post for credit. We talked about the woman who refused to give up her seat years before Rosa Parks. Here DemocracyNow! interviews her. In case anyone is interested in the topic! http://www.democracynow.org/2013/3/29/the_other_rosa_parks_now_73

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