How to Survive Trump’s Presidency

Since Donald Trump’s inauguration, there have been millions of protesters lining the streets with “Not My President” signs proudly in hand.  Men, women, children, and even celebrities have joined the movement.  There have been more protesters than there were attendees at Trump’s inauguration.

While I’m all for protesting and exercising one’s First Amendment right’s, the fact of the matter is he is our president.  And he’ll be our president for the next four years unless impeached. Continue reading “How to Survive Trump’s Presidency”

Turning a Negative into a Positive: The Needed Movement

I was watching the news the other night and I realized there were no positive or uplifting stories.  I think sometimes we, as a society, focus solely on the negative aspects of life.  Research shows that negative stories and feedback have a much greater impact.  They require people to think and feed into the relevant controversy.  According to Stanford University professor Clifford NassContinue reading “Turning a Negative into a Positive: The Needed Movement”

More Mass Shootings Reported Than Days This Year

I was watching The Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live last night.  One of the hosts was discussing the recent San Bernardino shooting.  He then added, “There have been more mass shootings than days this year.”  I laughed it off as another SNL joke, but then it got me thinking.  Was that a joke or was that a fact? Continue reading “More Mass Shootings Reported Than Days This Year”

San Bernardino Shooting Update

It is now determined that Wednesday, Dec. 2nd’s shooting was carried out by husband and wife, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik.   Continue reading “San Bernardino Shooting Update”

Shooting Leaves 14 Dead and 17 Injured

The hunt is on in San Bernardino, California for at least three probable suspects.

At 11am today bullets erupted inside a conference room of the Inland Regional Center, killing 14 people and injuring at least 17.  Shortly after the shooting, the suspects sped away in a black SUV. Continue reading “Shooting Leaves 14 Dead and 17 Injured”

Ferguson Bias

Within the past months angry confrontations between police and protestors have spiraled out of control both in the media and in Ferguson, Missouri. Continue reading “Ferguson Bias”

Speech Kills Afghan Gov.

New York Times and the Wall Street Journal covered the fatal death of Afghan Governor, Arsala Jamal, on October 15th.  New York Times writer, Azam Ahmed, published this piece on the incident: “Afghan Provincial Governor Killed in Mosque Attack.”  Wall Street Journal writer, Margherita Stancati, wrote, “Bomb Kills Governor in Afghanistan.”  Both articles have since been edited.  Additionally, I feel as though both articles are very well-written, but in need of certain changes.  The articles may not be newsworthy or coverage page worthy; however, the articles establish critical information and provide appropriate consideration to the deceased.

Bombings and overall violence is prevalent in the Middle East, maybe that’s a bit stereotypical of me, but that’s what many news outlets have exposed me to.  This particular bombing caught my eye because a government official was killed.  Afghan provincial governor, Arsala Jamal, died on Tuesday after an explosive device implanted in the microphone he was holding blew up.  WSJ states, “The attack at the Pul-e-Alam mosque in Logar had killed only the provincial governor, Arsala Jamal.”

Stancati’s WSJ article neglects to report whether this attack was random, religiously based, or an actual attack on the former governor.  I’m eventually led to believe that the attack was directed toward Jamal; however, it does not say for sure.  Also I think it would be very beneficial to include whether or not anyone one else was injured or not (the newly edited version includes that “15 other people were injured”).  Both articles could have slightly expanded its content.  While it’s crucial to report on the subject, the governor, both articles should also focus on the citizens.  The WSJ and NY Times could benefit from gaining witness testimonies, categorizing the aftermath of the mosque destruction, and quoting the provincial governor’s trusted confidants.  I understand that this story doesn’t hold as much relevance and importance as other stories; certainly the government shutdown has overshadowed many stories, but I think this article could have possibly been extended.

I appreciated the secureness and explanation in Ahmed’s NY Times article.  Ahmed states:

“Mosque attacks have been a bewildering, and frequent, strategy of the insurgents in Afghanistan, who proclaim Islamic law as the only just system. While mosques offer rare opportunities for people to approach leaders in a less-secure environment, such attacks in holy places often erode the credibility of insurgents with the local population.”

Also I liked Ahmed’s explanation of who Arsala Jamal really was and what he did for his community.  I found it interesting that NY Times decided to print that Jamal was a Canadian citizen.   In the very beginning it states: “Early reports suggested that the attack had killed only the governor, Arsala Jamal of Logar Province, who held both Afghan and Canadian citizenship (slightly altered from original text).” It makes it seem like it was more close to home and it makes me wonder why he decided to move overseas.

Advantages of Twitter for the news

Twitter was launched in March of 2006.  It is a micro blogging site that allows its users to advertise their thoughts, pictures, videos, and businesses within a certain word count.  Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone are the creators of this micro blog.

When I was first introduced to this social media outlet, I laughed.  How the hell will a site that only allows its subscribers to share their thoughts in 250 words or less thrive?  I thought this site will just be composed of a couple thousands of people with nothing to do, but complain.  Little did I know, six years later, I’d join those complainers.

While the site has its fair share of useless information, jokes, and celebrity promotions; it is a useful news outlet.  We shouldn’t; however, confuse Twitter with a dependable or reliable news source.  Instead, Twitter should direct us to a dependable news source.  This social media site should be a way of providing convenient and resourceful updates on news stories.  Additionally, the Twitter feed or tweets should supply just enough information without giving the whole story away.  Just like an introduction of any good news article, the tweet must provide the essentials-who, what, when, where, why-while still leaving the readers wanting more (hook).  When news sites provide tweets more attention, views, and web traffic will be generated.

We’re living in a digital age; thus, more corporations-news and non-news- should take advantage of social media.  Social media sites draw in over 1 billion users a year.  With so many users, everyone has something to talk about, share, comment, or like.  If we want to keep the readers engaged, we must cater to their interests and schedules.

Of course Twitter has the ability to turn our brains into mush.  Of course it has the ability to dumb down the reader with one sentence news statements.  But if new sources utilize it correctly, Twitter has the capability to educate and update the public. The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times have had Twitter accounts ever since the launch of Twitter.  Each account distributes tweets almost every five minutes and provides links to recent pictures, videos, and articles.

In today’s paper (Sept. 27), The NYTimes and The WSJ published articles regarding the impact mankind has on global warming.  The WSJ published a piece entitled, “U.N. Says Humans Are ‘Extremely Likely’ Behind Global Warming.”  The WSJ then published two tweets regarding today’s story.  NYTimes writer, Justin Gillis, published: “U.N. Climate Panel Endorses Ceiling on Global Emissions.” The NYTimes retweeted one tweet regarding the global warming and emissions article.

The WSJ provides more fluff stories within their tweets; whereas, the NYTimes provides top stories regarding global issues and the economy.  In order to better utilize Twitter, both sites need to create a catchy slug or one word that describes the story, formulate a brief yet informative tweet, supply links, and provide continuous updates.  It’s not enough to simply provide one tweet for stories.  Stories need to be tweeted and updated continuously.  The fluff and entertainment pieces; though, shouldn’t receive as much coverage as the top stories.  Twitter is meant to entertain; however, news sources should not provide solely entertainment stories.   The WSJ and NYTimes isn’t an entertainment site; so why provide entertainment/fluff tweets?  Stories like this (global warming) may not be popular, but they are top stories that need to be covered.  Besides these stories have the capability of becoming popular with the use of social media sites like Twitter.