Monday, April 12, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Well: Surprisingly, Family Time Has Grown
By By TARA PARKER-POPE
Published: April 5, 2010
A new study shows that parents are spending more time with their families than did parents of earlier generations.
Seeking Emotional Clues Without Facial Cues
By BENEDICT CAREY
Published: April 5, 2010
People with facial paralysis have no trouble reading others’ expressions, a study finds.
Study Finds More Woes Following Foster Care
By ERIK ECKHOLM
Published: April 6, 2010
Problems like unemployment, crime and poverty follow many young people after they “age out” of the foster care program.
The article flows nicely till the last sentence; though it does seem a little like an infomercial. "Adopt this law now, and get your money matched for free!"
Hearing from an over 21-year-old foster kid gave the story a bit more depth. Though it would have been nice to hear from a girl. Or hear from someone who turned out well? I realize stories need to have an angle, but it is nice to get the full circle.
Emergency in Kyrgyzstan as Police Fire on Protesters
By CLIFFORD J. LEVY
Published: April 7, 2010
Large antigovernment protests broke out in the capital and riot police fired on crowds that tried to storm federal buildings, killing at least 17 people.
I love these "story articles". They flow nicely and have a definite beginning and definite end. Sometimes I felt like I was reading a war novel. Nicely done.
I am realizing more and more how much I love the NY Times. I think I might be their biggest fan... Now if only I can get them to hire me as a travel writer...
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Scoring the Electric Mini Acid Test
By LAWRENCE ULRICH
Published: March 25, 2010
After leasing Mini E electric vehicles for a number of months, many of the drivers in a test program run by the company have become enthusiastic advocates.
Watched the video, very informative.
I want one!
Among Weathercasters, Doubt on Warming
By LESLIE KAUFMAN
Published: March 29, 2010
Meteorologists, familiar faces in people’s living rooms, are far more likely to question the science of climate change.
I can't believe meteorologists would question climate change. Yesterday it was hot, today it is cold. That is strange. It didn't get cold until the beginning of January in Florida.
I wish climatologists could be the weather people.
Militia Charged With Plotting to Murder Officers
By NICK BUNKLEY and CHARLIE SAVAGE
Published: March 29, 2010
Members of a Christian militia were indicted on sedition and weapons charges in connection with an alleged plot to murder law enforcement officers.
Why were the sons arrested? The writers mention twice that the first son was arrested, and then mentions again that two sons were arrested. What for? Were they part of the militia? I hate holes in the story!
Large Hadron Collider Finally Smashing Properly
By DENNIS OVERBYE
Published: March 30, 2010
Following two false starts, the world’s biggest physics machine began to collide subatomic particles on Tuesday.
So, tell me again what they're going to do now that it's working?
China Leads the World in Executions, Report Says
By MARK McDONALD
Published: March 30, 2010
China executed “thousands” in 2009, more than the rest of the world combined, Amnesty International said.
It's strange how Amnesty International is considered "one voice", and the reporter could not quote a person who worked for Amnesty International.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Media Decoder: TLC Acquires ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’
By By BRIAN STELTER
Published: March 25, 2010
Discovery Communications' TLC cable channel has acquired "Sarah Palin's Alaska," a documentary series about the former Alaska governor and her state.
NOOOOOO! That is all.
Wow, that was a depressing story. We hear so much about the Catholic church and molestation of young boys, but nothing is ever done about it. I highly doubt that God approves of molestation. It's all sick. So, so sick.
The article covered everything and gave an in-depth story with great quotes. I just wish the
Good quotes, nice coverage. Would have been nice to read some quotes by teenagers who have been "texted" but didn't attend, did attend.
Monday, March 22, 2010
It's a boring, boring blah-blah lead with some boring sentences, and to top it off: more boring sentences!
What an incredibly interesting article that should have been rewarded with a personal story to start it off. Something!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
I would not consider this article an inverted pyramid at all. It kept my attention from beginning to end, and sadly I know hardly anything about the Health Care Bill. My parents take care of my health care and will take care of it until I graduate university. The newsworthiness of this article does not affect me, yet I read this article from the first to the last paragraph.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Why are one-to-two sentences encouraged in a news story? I like reading paragraph formed writing, more so than little short blurbs. This article, for example, is like a story on Darwin's life, laced with information about depression. It's pretty much giving the reader something to compare themselves to.
The article begins with a walking tour through Ashdod. The leads ends with a question, prompting more discussion about Isreal's Russian influence.
I cannot stress enough how much I love the NY Times travel section. Although, I often wondered if words are forced. Is the experience really that lovely? Is the NY Times trying to appeal to different countries by not spewing the bad facts? There has got to be something distasteful that was encountered in Isreal.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
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Sunday, February 7, 2010
When the moment of death comes, you are dead, and that is that. People call it "dying" when you have a disease, or when you are in the ICU, struggling for those few last breaths.
I don't consider that dying. The book explained it as the "final stage, enlightenment", and I like the sound of that more.
Sometimes I have morbid thoughts of what people are thinking when those breaths become harder and harder to form.
We sang Beatles songs, and I watched Andrew with quiet eyes, my mouth shut, my hands finding places to perch in the dark hospital room. There was a window that overlooked a gray parking lot. I was grateful that Richard had a window, that natural light of the rainy day could reach him.
Care packages lined the cold tile shelves, filled with trail mix and DIY paper airplanes that we built and flew around the room. I thought back to when the "tribe" would gather at Andrew's house, smoke pot, and laugh ourselves silly, while Carol and Richard watched movies in their bedroom.
I thought back to when Richard gave me a stack of papers on environmental law and said, "I want that back, now", and then he died. It had been carefully placed on the seat of my car for six months, and I had glanced over it once, always forgetting to give it back to him. And now I can't.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
I'm too tired to pick up the paper and ruffle through the large pages, all the while trying to handle a bagel, a cup of coffee, and less than twenty minutes to bike to class.
I recently read that the NY Times was going to only allow paying customers to access their Web site. If they did that, I wouldn't feel so bad about blowing $36 on something I don't even read. I had goals, I thought I was going to, but let's face it: journalism is shifting more and more toward the online department.
And if I may boldly speak my mind: good riddance. Everyone is already polluting the Earth by buying computers, let's not cause destruction anymore by using paper rolls. Let's embrace globalization and move on with it.
Maybe that's too harsh? Maybe someone will agree. All I know is that I need more coffee and have got to stop writing this and start studying German.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Why not, "I remember the first book I ever bought here, Howl. It changed my life! I will forever be indebted to the bookstore!". Wow, that would be a great quote.
Those are the questions I always want to ask. Those are the questions that people want to hear. Everyone gets mopey when a local business closes, why would we want to read what we already know?
Oh, and what's with that black dot at the bottom-left of the picture. I think the photo editor was scared to crop out the purse a little bit, but I think the picture would have still looked fine. The focus is the empty bookshelf, not the student.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
The Diarist of a Scene That Never Gets Old
By LAURA M. HOLSON
Published: January 29, 2010
Michael Musto — who has chronicled the lives of drag queens, club kids, and an array of freaks and celebrities for The Village Voice for 25 years — still turns heads.
I never ever want to be a gossip columnist, but I would love to be a feature writer. The kind of writer that details the daily life of a person or a place so vividly, that you can't help but think, "I know this person", or "I've been there".
I love the description of the clothes, the band around the pant leg so it won't get caught in the bicycle spokes. I love it all.
The photo says everything, though.
In Portland, Going Green and Growing Vertical in a Bid for Energy Savings
By WILLIAM YARDLEY
Published: January 31, 2010
The federal government plans to plant a bold vertical garden with “vegetative fins” that will grow more than 200 feet high on the western façade of the main federal building.
I love the way the writer started out the article. He got you thinking about urban gardening, and then BAM, hits you with an amazing project that some people are having a hard time imagining. How will it get watered? Who knows!
It is an amazing thing though, that federal government's are thinking about these kind of things. Even if they are just thinking about saving money, and not so much about the environment, that's okay. They are hitting two birds with one stone (what a horrible analogy), and that's what matters.
I wouldn't even consider this an inverted pyramid story. Although, I wish the lead and last paragraph were tied together a little more. The story holds your interest till the end. I love the NY Times.
Friday, January 29, 2010
After the Putti, the Baby Calamari
By LARRY ROHTER
Published: January 29, 2010
Museums are moving away from the basement cafeteria approach in favor of stylish restaurants that offer fine dining to go with the fine art.
I just want to say that it is extremely refreshing to see museums still surviving in these unfortunate economic times. Most of them are free, yes, but donors are having to protect their pockets a little more.
I have visited the Smithsonian museums 3 or 4 times and I remember the food being both expensive, and kind of disgusting. There weren't many options, and it was hassle to exit the museum, and then have to wait in line to get back in. I'm glad that museums are seeing these restaurants as a way to survive, and also to keep their patrons happy.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
by Melissa Angel
January 27, 2010
My view (of my own article):
So maybe my ORIGINAL title was a little cheesy: "Journalism School, Meet Town Hall!", but at least it's creative. It grabs people's attention, which is (uhhh...hello?) the point! Journalist's WANT people to read their articles. They need the readership, so that they don't get fired from their job.
You could say I was a little bitter. I feel violated when a stranger starts adding in paragraphs, or taking away the one's I tried so hard to write. I wanted to be creative, and what The Alligator is telling me is: don't. Just don't. Students, however, need literary journalism in their lives. The struggling 50,000 adults here at UF are studying through the night, stressing through the day, so why not let a newspaper be their outlet?
I'm disappointed with the article, and it definitely is getting me down. I wanted the journalism forum to seem like a fun event (because it was!), yet it was turned into a dry, factual, blah...
Monday, January 25, 2010
The title = Cheesy (or should I say glazey?)
The lead = Boring
The nutgraph = What?
The last paragraph = What?
No, all the paragraphs = What?
The Tallahassee Democrat is why I read the NY Times.
Harsh, but true.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
For Transgender People, Name Is a Message
By WILLIAM GLABERSON
Published: January 25, 2010
Manhattan Civil Court has become a capital of name changing for transgender people as some of the stigma has eased.
I know I have been pulling all of my articles from the New York Times, but what can I say? I love the NY Times. Why do I love the NY Times? It's because they care about reality. This story could have easily been overlooked by a red-eyed coffee-drinking editor. Instead it was given priority on the first page of the NY Times Web site.
This is the kind of reality we don't get to experience everyday. Imagine possessing a name that feels wrong to you, and the only way for you to feel right is to go to court and change it. Imagine if that was a difficult process. Luckily, it is just the opposite.
I love the photographs in this article. I am always drawn to the photographs. It was extremely well-written, and the quotes are great.
I'm running on little sleep at the moment, so this is all I'm going to say.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Art Crops Up in Sarajevo’s Shuttered Shops
By YASMINE RYAN
Published: January 17, 2010
The New York Times
In the Bosnian capital, the contemporary art scene is in perpetual collision with everyday life. Yet somehow, out of the chaos of the city, the art survives.
It's the day before my first test in Intensive German I and instead of hitting the books, throwing on my sweats, and guzzling the coffee, I'm reading about the Bosnian art scene.
Sadly, it's almost non-existent. Artists are scrambling from abandoned room to abandoned room, getting no recognition from the Bosnian people, and absolutely no support from the government, yet they continue on. Because they see that the old world as Bosnia knows it is crumbling beneath their feet, and will soon become a modern art mecca.
The article was an inverted pyramid article if I've ever seen one. It grabs your attention at the top and just draaaags on toward the end. I realize that the article was more about places for artists to show their work, but it would have been nice for the photojournalist to snap some pictures of more art. You know, give us a feel for what's hip in Bosnia (even if some of the artists are coming from Italy and New Zealand). All the writer really gave us was a link to the upcoming art gallery, Duplex, and some more links that I really didn't both to click on.
This is the type of journalism I want to do. More art/ music focused.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
by Sarah Wildman
January 20, 2010
The New York Times
Why this article is in the Fashion/Style section, I do not know. Since when was same-sex marriage a fashion statement or a trend? Did the New York Times run out of space in the US section? Because that is really what this article is about; US happenings and how they effect us.
An unbiased article is a good article. Both views are represented. Another quote by Pugno would have been a treat though. I am just so tickled that he claims the children were put into those situations purposefully. When a child is 10 or 11, they pretty much have a handle on what decisions they make. Most kids WANT to voice their opinions at this age (unless their parents oppress them), and WANT to be the center of attention. It would upset me too if my parents wanted to get married and they were not able to, regardless if they were both female or both male. I don't think children who grow up with same-sex parents really think about the fact that their mommies or their daddies have the same you-know... Our parents are our parents, and we all want to seem them happy...unless they're horrible.
I was shocked to read that a lot of older children (some of them gay) with same-sex parents don't think that equal marriage rights are necessary. Katie Miles deemed marriage a barrier that blocks basic needs like healthcare. Okay, I can agree with that. Danielle Silber believes marriage is a quick fix for "social validation", yikes, she may be right. And then freakin' Abigail Garner makes that mind-blowing statement at the end that had me regrouping my thoughts about marriage.
Marriage has never been a big thing for me. I never thought about it when I was a little girl. My Barbie's were never married, they just kind of got together and hooked up, maybe went out to dinner? What's hilarious is I never owned a Ken doll so I just cut one of my Barbie's hair short. The one thing my Barbie's did do was pro-create. I've always wanted a child. Always. Not now! When I'm ready.
I do know that the big issue here is: everyone wants the same rights. No, everyone NEEDS the same rights. It's not fair to give a group of people some rights, and then say "oh no, you can't have these because you're gay, or old, or a woman, or under the age of 12". I'm an advocate for acquiring the senior citizen discount on Tuesday's. Just because you're old doesn't mean you're poor! I digress.
It all comes down to one reality; the article made me think (which sometimes I hate). Hopefully it makes America think. Because if there is one thing American's need to do a little bit more of, it is to think.