Tag Archives: news

Bridging the political divide

Knight Team 5 Mary Weber Shaylyn Austin Beatrice Thaman Sam McMullen 14 November 2017 Project Title Providing exposure to political opinions through an informative and concise platform Describe your Project People want to hear about issues that are important to them. They also want to hear about these issues from people like them. That’s where […]

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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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Is Nate Silver right?

In this Politico article, “Is Nate Silver right?”, Steven Shepard analyzes the famed statistician’s election polling methods on fivethirtyeight.com. Shepard indicates how polls are intended to “bring order to the chaos” and provide a unbiased position on the election status. As someone who is very up to date in the election and checks multiple polls […]

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It’s not just apples that keep the doctor away; what research is telling us about the healing benefits of nature

A young boy at Mott’s Children’s Hospital high-fives a special guest visitor from the Detroit Zoo in the Family Center             It’s early March; the snow’s just melted and the promise of spring hangs in the air. In the courtyard outside Mott’s Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Shannan Shaw’s two-year-old daughter, […]

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How News is Presented: Food for Thought

The importance of food is crucial to human survival, but the way food is managed today strikes debates on certain practices done to food and what we as a society are constantly consuming. How that news is presented can make all the difference. 1. The video explaining “The Hidden Costs of Hamburgers” was the most […]

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A Look Into Rachel Morgan’s Everyday Life

One week with Rachel Morgan has changed my entire outlook on what is perceived as a “normal” day for people. I first met Rachel in a dining hall in Ann Arbor where she mentioned her goal of earning a PHD in Immunology and studying arthritis. I have learned a great deal about Rachel from her […]

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GMOs and the news

The New York Times article, “A Lonely Quest for Facts on Genetically Modified Crops,” follows the story of a bill to ban GMOs that was put up for vote in Kona, Hawaii. Specifically it focuses on one council member, Greggor Ilagan, and his quest for answers. Ilagan soon realizes that a straight answer is hard […]

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Rooted News, A Closed-Loop News Source Starting with You

Knight News Challenge Project Title: Rooted News—A Closed-Loop News Source Starting with You   Team 3: Katie Borowicz, Taylor Dunivin, Lindsey Scullen Requested Amount:  $10,000 Expected Amount of Time to Complete Project:  Ann Arbor Prototype:  1 year Worldwide social media site:  10 years   Description (500 words) So, the plan:  Localize environmental news by way of […]

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#twitternews #isitnews? #atleastitsfast

Alright.  SO we’re leading up to our visit to the Detroit Free Press ! #journalism #soexciting But let’s address the unfortunate elephant in the room: While I’m not sure how newspapers will continue to deal with challenges from new news outlets, let’s take a look at Twitter, the big kahuna of the evolving news ecosystem.  We’ve […]

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Knight News Challenge: QuickContext

Project Title: QuickContext Requested Amount: $20,000 Expected Amount of time to Complete Project: 4 – 6 Months The Description            “QuickContext” is to be an app running on IOS mobile and android platforms. The basic functionality, along with much of the code, will also be available as extensions for modern web browsers (chrome, firefox, opera). The […]

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