Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Are Children of Illegal Immigrants Entitled to a Public Education?

In my opinion I think they should be allowed a public education. If the children are too young to know what they are doing, moving to the U.S. Illegally, they are not at fault and can not be held liable for the issue. Illegal immigrants under 18, unless unaccompanied by an adult, should be allowed a public education. Other thoughts?
Here is a link to a blog on this same topic to spark some ideas.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Ten days of news

For the ten days of news assignment I chose Gawker.com. The reason I chose it was because I have never really explored it at all before. While looking at the articles each day I began to realize that this is all real news, but it is the less important news that teenagers and young adults look for to entertain them.
The work done on www.journalism.org/ is more "real" news based, and is a lot more informative. You can tell just by reading a story off of this website that these stories are researched, and have facts to back them up. These stories are a lot more prevalent to older generations, and get news out in a quick, but also informative way. There are different tabs as well, so you can find stories that are current and also that you are interested in. Another thing about this website and its stories is that there are graphs and statistics to go along with the stories. (McCallum I know you think that is important and it definitely caught my eye. Thank you for teaching me to always look for that).
I feel like there are ways we could incorporate things from both websites into the Hoofprint.
There are some funny/silly stories on the website, but not a lot of them relate to everyone and their life.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Good Story

This is the story about when my parents, unmarried at the time, found out they were pregnant with their first child... ME.
(From my mother's perspective)

"We had been together for a few years, we were 25 years old, and had just started thinking about moving in together. Everything was normal until I regularly started feeling sick in the mornings, after a few days I felt like something was up so I did a little bit of research on the internet... every article I read pointed toward pregnancy. This worried me, so I went to the store and got a pregnancy test. When I got home I followed the instructions on the test, and waited for that scary , yet exciting, moment of truth... After waiting 15 minutes for the test to develop, or whatever... When I looked at that little green plus I didn't know what to do first. Should I call Jason, Should I look into other ways to go about this? I stood there frozen for almost an hour. Your dad and I were having dinner that night, and I decided I would tell him then."

*Later that night at dinner*

"Your dad made me dinner at his mom's house that night, your grandparents went out that night, and I saw that as the perfect opportunity to tell him. We were halfway through dinner, and had nothing left to talk about. This was when I finally worked up the nerve to tell him. I didn't know how he would react to it, because he always said that he would 'never get married', and I was raised to know that having a child out of wedlock was a bad thing. What had I gotten myself into? Anyways, I said... 'Jason, I need to tell you this, okay?' and he said okay, so I came out and said it... 'Jason, I'm pregnant'. He reacted a whole lot better than I had ever expected him to. He was nervous, but he said he would never walk out and he would take care of this baby because he loved me. I knew he wasn't ready to settle down, but if that had never happened to us, I don't think we would be married and have two more beautiful children, and a beautiful house today. Even though that was a scary experience, we are both glad it happened."

Sorry McCallum, the guy I was going to interview was unable to and I didn't want to push this blog back any longer.

Monday, March 2, 2015


What choices do you make about news? 

The reality is, if you're reading an article, or watching a certain newscast you probably chose to do that. YOU choose what kind of news you want to read, whether or not you think it is true, and if you feel like that the source is reliable. Every time you read a news article, or watch the news, you make a choice about what you see or even read. 
Different people will have many different choices, and even opinions about the news. For example, if you are a 16 year old boy, and you have the choice to read about the dance team protest or a shooting in Los Angeles, you would probably read the article about the shooting. Whereas if you were a 16 year old girl, you would most likely be interested in the dance team protests.
Perspective is another huge factor in the news you read or choose to watch. Say you were the man that shot the homeless man in LA, you would probably be very interested in what the reporters had to say about you. 

Is online news ruining the younger generations? Maybe you've heard a grandparent, or just a random elderly person talk about how horrible technology is. But is it really all that horrible? Chances are much of the younger generation wouldn't have started reading news articles until they were out of high school, or maybe even college, if it wasn't for new advances in technology and internet news streams. My answer to that question... No, the advances in technology are making the younger generations more educated about the world in a way. 

Barry Schwartz suggest that too many choices lead to paralysis, but does this apply to news coverage? In all honesty, I don't think this proves to be true when applied to the news. There are so many things happening in the world that it would be nearly impossible for just one source, or even just one person, to get the full accurate story with every little detail. By having so many different options in the news, in a way, you are getting more accurate news. If there was just one news reporter in the world, sure, everyone would listen to them, but this doesn't mean they are 100% correct all the time. By having so many different news sources you are automatically going to get the, close to, full story about whatever you read. This is great to think about.  But how do you know who to trust? Do you trust the news source your family always went off of, or do you do research on accuracy and form your own opinions? That is a question you have to ask yourself. I personally think that when I move away and don't have my parents bias to go off of, I will find the most reliable news source I can to get my news from, and stay up to date with the events going on around me. 

In conclusion choice is one word that sums up everything I have said in this blog. What you think, and choose you do with the news that you choose to follow, is simply your CHOICE.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Future Project

 I think the future of journalism is nearly unpredictable, no one can predict the future but, take newspapers for example. When they were created in 1609 it was like this new, exciting way to get news and stories to people who weren't directly involved in big stories in the world, a news revolution almost, but who would've thought that they wouldn't be completely relevant by 2015? Nobody, because the technology of a typewriter then, to a computer and tablets and phones now, was unpredictable. Now the real question is, are they really a very efficient way of delivering news anymore? My answer to this question is no. I feel that newspapers are no longer a fully efficient way to deliver news, especially to the younger population where technology is almost overtaking their lives in a way. Like, if you write a story or an editorial that you want people to see and take into consideration, you're better off blogging or publishing your story on a news app, or online news site, I mean unless it's something that only pertains to older generations. There are more and more new apps created that have to do with news, and writing each day. This just goes to show that the future is basically unpredictable. The world as a broad statement has come so far already even if you leave technology out. Another example is, 1875 the FIRST EVER successful car was driven for the first time, self driving cars weren't even a thought in anybodies mind. Now a self driving car is underway and has been test driven by a blind man. These are huge steps in technology and humanity.

Within my group for the publication project, we thought of an add-on to the Google self driving car (as mentioned above). We thought of the future and melded that idea with something that has been around for a little while, holographic GPS systems. Our idea wasn't quite a publication, but we worked the news into it, and it ended up being pretty cool. Our idea was basically a projector onto the interior of a self driving cars windshield.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

What is Journalism Anyway?

Journalism is a huge part of how we get our news today... however with social media ruling our generations interpretation of journalism, how can we tell what is truth and what is just plain made up? The truth is, everybody is going to believe what they choose to believe. This goes back to someones interpretation of truth, and what it means to them. With technology thriving, I believe that news is way more accessible to the general public, and more teens and younger generations are starting to pay attention because it's starting to show up more on our Twitter feeds, etc. 
In a way everyone is a journalist. The question is, is it all important? My guess is no. Every time somebody tweets a photo or what happened that day it is journalism, though it is relevant to that particular person, it's probably extremely irrelevant or uninteresting to another person. People read things that interest them, and to them that is what journalism is, things that are happening both locally and around the world that are interesting or important to them.