Tag Archives: Emilia & Julie’s choice

CRISPR’d Cells: Joining the Fight Against Cancer

https://www.statnews.com/2018/07/11/crispr-makes-cancer-cells-turncoats/ This article provides an update on a new cancer treatment that is currently being tested in lab mice. The article begins with a strong lede, comparing this new bioengineered cell to something out of a spy thriller. This not only pulls readers in, but also connects a complex scientific topic to one that is […]

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How do biased news organizations report on political news?

“Fake news” has been one of President Trump’s favorite topics to tweet about since his election into office. This term generally refers to the deliberate spread of misinformation via news or social media, but Trump has generalized the term to include news that comes from a politically-biased source. When talking about political news, the source […]

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Three Sides to Every Story

This week’s module includes an intriguing example of one story viewed from three discrete angles. Ryan Standon’s MLive article uses voices of EPA employees, lawmakers, and community members to highlight this EPA lab’s importance in conducting environmental testing and providing jobs. It shows how this proposed cut would hurt the facility, although there is a […]

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Week 5 – Emilia & Julie’s Choice

Two of this week’s articles discuss Trump’s cuts to science funding. These pieces employ very different journalistic techniques. “All the Ways Trump’s Budget Cuts Science Funding” , written by Sarah Zhang, is concise and packed with statistics. I found the article easy to read because it’s so straightforward, but I think it lacks in quotes. In […]

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EPA & the Trump Administration

In the Washington Times article, Wolfgang calls into question the activities of EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and his collusion with gas companies (Devon Energy) during his tenure as Oklahoma attorney general, coordinating efforts to fight energy regulations imposed by the Obama administration. He then directly compares these efforts to the activities of the EPA under […]

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What do you think – is Google evil?

When it comes to divisive issues, the decision of how to present the different viewpoints (and which ones to present at all) is a great power journalist possess. This week, the question is whether or not Google is an “evil” company, primarily based on the way it uses the information of its consumers. In this […]

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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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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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The EPA’s Office of Civil Rights and Environmental Racism

The Center of Public Integrity recently published “Commentary: the deeper meaning of Flint,” which briefly describes the environmental racism embedded in institutions like the EPA’s Office of Civil Rights that enable public health crises like the Flint Water Crisis. Initially, it was unclear how “newsworthy” this article was. What new information was given and why is this […]

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DEQ not sure better cleanup of Gelman dioxane plume is warranted

This article is mainly a report of town hall meeting in Ann Arbor about dioxane contamination. It is very comprehensive since it shows many concerns from residents, city and county officials and the responses of DEQ officials to these concerns. However, one big problem of this article is that it does not have a nut […]

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