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Nellie Bly

Posted by: | November 27, 2012 | 1 Comment |

Nellie Bly, born in 1864 as Elizabeth Jane Cochran, broke barriers for women journalists in the 19th century. Bly began using her pen name after she responded to a popular column in the Pittsburgh Dispatch entitled “What Girls are Good For” that said the woman belonged in the home doing domestic chores and should not look […]

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The flow of communication in the modern day world can now be reduced to symbols, acronyms, and “emoticons” to convey a message many people can understand. As of September 2011, it has been reduced yet another level lower. Snapchat, while not widely known by the world yet, is a growing form of communicating with others […]

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Max Aitken, 1st Lord Beaverbrook (1879-1964), was a Canadian politician, businessman, and most significantly, a publisher. At the height of his career, Lord Beaverbrook was the most influential voice in the British press. Beaverbrook’s papers had millions of readers, the most successful of which was the Daily Express, which sold 4,300,000 copies in 1960, more […]

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A coffeehouse has always served as a gossip harbor and one particular gossip harbor located in the middle of Arlington, VA is currently the most exciting by far that this caffeine addict has ever visited. Northside Social has taken the concept of the coffeehouse to a whole new level.  The typical coffeehouse attracts a spectrum […]

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#WOTY2012

Posted by: | November 20, 2012 | No Comment |

Oxford Dictionaries USA Word of the Year 2012 is ‘to GIF’ | OxfordWords blog.   Gif is the word of the year, according to Oxford Dictionaries USA. And yes, it is a real word. Used as a verb to create a gif file, this word subsequently created an internet craze involving memes. Everything from ‘gangnam […]

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MVC’s: most valuable celebrities

Posted by: | November 20, 2012 | No Comment |

By: Jessica Farley If your vote for Barack Obama meant that you could watch Will Ferrell eat garbage, would you do it? As the dust settles around one of the most media-saturated election seasons to date, it has become clear to many that this election would not have been the same without a few celebrity […]

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Local news is often forgotten in the grand scheme of the media, with so much information available. Local news, however, is an extremely valuable asset, especially during disasters. This was seen during Hurricane Sandy, as those affected by the storm turned to local news stations to learn information important to them. According to the National […]

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The Beltway sniper and the media

Posted by: | November 20, 2012 | No Comment |

I was only 10 when the DC sniper attacks began in the Washington D.C. area. John Allen Mohammad and Lee Boyd Malvo over the span of 20 days killed 10 people and injured three. Constant coverage of the shootings frightened many people, but did the media actually feed the fear?           […]

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6 pennies vs. 1

Posted by: | November 20, 2012 | No Comment |

The American press underwent big changes during the 1830s that led to the establishment of the mother of sensationalism, the penny press. Unlike their six-cent predecessors, these papers sold for merely a penny. The New York Sun became the first penny paper and soon had largest circulation of any paper in the city. News was […]

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This past Sunday, the annual American Music Awards celebrated its 40th anniversary, with Ryan Seacrest as the show’s host. The event had the likes of media stars Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Usher, Nicki Minaj and Ke$ha all performing, with 9.47 million in viewership. At this particular music awards, host Seacrest and musical icon and legend, Stevie Wonder, paid tribute to Dick Clark, […]

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During the Dark Ages, many groups of people were excluded from education, power, acquiring property and wealth, and basic rights. Only wealthy, European men were afforded these privileges. Even to this day, it seems like a constant struggle for minorities such as Blacks, Hispanics, women, the disabled, the poor, and countless other groups to get […]

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Yesterday, 2 men robbed a local Laurel City recording studio, Copy Catz Studioz, at around 2 a.m. The men, who have still not been identified to the media, went on the studio a little after midnight, with the intent of cutting their rap song. The 2 men had no appointment set up before hand. The men were […]

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