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Sports and Media

Posted by: | October 30, 2012 | No Comment |

The media and sport go hand in hand. Where there is sport, there is someone who wants to report on it. The first true team sport played in America was lacrosse. There was not much record of actual writings and reports on the lacrosse games that were being played, but it is known that when […]

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Sandy in Comparison

Posted by: | October 30, 2012 | No Comment |

Hurricane Sandy seems to have done nothing to the Northern Virginia area. NOVA woke up on Tuesday to a low number of power outages, barely any flooding, and minimal structure damage. Compared to New York City we really got nothing. It was merely a day-long storm. For NOVA, ‘Frankenstorm’ was all hype. For New York, […]

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Should journalists have opinions?

Posted by: | October 30, 2012 | No Comment |

The journalism world is a strange one. Nowadays, news organizations have created new “social media guidelines” that prevent journalists from stating anything that expresses an opinion on something. Why do we pretend that journalists are impartial robots without opinions? Octavia Nasr, former CNN Senior Editor of Middle East Affairs, was fired after she tweeted this: […]

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Oops they did it again

Posted by: | October 30, 2012 | No Comment |

Everyone makes mistakes, even the news. However with technology consistently evolving and the Zuckerberg wall constantly moving, one would think mistakes would happen less frequently. But they still happen all the time. In the 1400’s one of the biggest flaws with the printing press was ensuring death. In 1431 there was at least one false […]

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Created in 1840, the National Anti-Slavery Standard helped contribute to the fight against slavery in the United States all the way until the Emancipation Proclamation was issued and beyond. Indeed, the Standard did not cease publication until 1870, with the passing of the 15th Amendment which effectively granted African Americans the right to vote. The […]

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Propaganda on the big screen

Posted by: | October 30, 2012 | No Comment |

While a true-to-form propaganda film has not made it into American theaters for many years, there are still films being released today that critics equate to propaganda. Avatar, the immensely successful 3D epic released in 2009, had its fair share of criticisms and critiques.  There were many who said it was a blatant rip-off of […]

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For the last week all of the east coast has been bracing themselves for Hurricane Sandy, which has adopted the nickname ‘Frankenstorm’. The category one storm is expected to cause severe damage and possible evacuations. Schools, jobs and many businesses have been shut down Monday and Tuesday, unsure if they will reopen Wednesday. As the […]

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Donald Trump recently released a public address in which he asked for Obama’s education records in exchange for a $5 million dollar charitable donation. Can we really say we’re surprised? Donald Trump has yet again slithered himself into our countries’ political discourse. At one point last year he even flirted with the idea of running […]

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During the Dark Ages, when only the wealthy could afford to send their children to school and illiteracy was rampant, the only source of information for most people was the Church. It would seem today, in a developed nation where the literacy rate is 99% and information is available at the tip of our fingers, […]

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Ted Turner & CNN

Posted by: | October 29, 2012 | No Comment |

Launched on June 1, 1980 Ted Turner’s Cable News Network (CNN) continued people’s innate desire for news. CNN was the first 24-hour cable news program. CNN gave us “the sights as well as the sounds of the news became available 24 hours a day,” as Mitchell Stephens notes in his book “A History of the News.” Before […]

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a history of social media?

Posted by: | October 28, 2012 | No Comment |
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According to  Beth Hayden and Rafal Tomal at copyblogger, There’s nothing new about “social media.” Hayden and Tomal also state that,”the concept behind Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social networking tools isn’t new. These sites just give us new, sexy, and easy-to use ways to do what we’ve always wanted to do online — exchange ideas and […]

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With all the media coverage telling us that Hurricane Sandy is going to reak havock on the East Coast there is one question to wonder about. Really? Will Sandy really cause so much damage as the media says it will? There’s no way to tell but one thing is for sure. This hurricane is being […]

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