Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Great Title

Scoring the Electric Mini Acid Test
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
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
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
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?

How Many Executions Today, Honey?

China Leads the World in Executions, Report Says
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’
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.
Published: March 24, 2010
Vatican officials, including the future Pope Benedict XVI, did not defrock a priest who molested as many as 200 deaf boys, even after warnings from several bishops, church files show.

Article analysis:

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 Vatican was not so secretive. Why try and hide sins? I guess they are all ashamed.

Thrash Mobs

Published: March 24, 2010
In Philadelphia, so-called flash mobs of teenagers sprint through the streets, sometimes brawling and vandalizing.

Article analysis:

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

Interesting story, Boring article

Published: March 22, 2010
Opponents of California’s ban on same-sex marriage are questioning the legitimacy of a trial held in January.

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

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

I love these third person stories; a person telling a story about person telling a story about a person's story. And I'm not being sarcastic. The video to the left of the article shows stunning photographs shrouded in shadows. Usually photojournalism is about catching an expression, a moment. Sheng shows solitude, fear and a person torn between two things; work and lifestyle.

Published: March 17, 2010
A photographer uses his art to push for social change for gays in the military.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I Remember Mister Rogers

I'm extremely certain that I would be a completely different person today if my mother had not let me watch Mister Rogers. There are videos of me when I was two, my eyes intently focused on the small television screen in Louisiana, mouthing the words to 'Won't you be my neighbor?'.

He was like the grandfather that I never had. Teaching me about friendship, being honest and taking turns.

Published: March 16, 2010
Fred Rogers died in 2003, and while many children nationwide no longer see his TV show, images and memories of him abound in the city where he lived and worked.

Monday, March 15, 2010


Published: March 15, 2010
At a seniors’ center, President Obama talked about a cleaning woman who had dropped her costly insurance plan, only to discover she had leukemia.

Article analysis:

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


Published: March 14, 2010
Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters poured into Bangkok demanding that the government step down.

Making People Feel Things is Art

Published: March 12, 2010
With the opening of “Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present,” a long-building energy wave of performance art hits the Museum of Modern Art full force.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

It's like the Civil Rights Movement all over again

Published: March 4, 2010
At least 12 people were killed in attacks aimed at soldiers, police officers and other security workers who were voting early in parliamentary elections.
I wonder if whoever is conducting these attacks realizes that they are going to have a full-scale civil rights movement on their hands. People get so zealous in their self-medicated righteousness they fail to look at the big picture.


I have a hard time analyzing news articles from a journalist perspective. Articles are either good or bad, poor or rich, correctly written or horrifyingly atrocious. So from now on, I'm going to write about the subject. If in fact I do run into an article that wants to make me claw my eyes out, I'll tell you all about it. But I'm reading the New York Times for goodness sakes!

Published: March 4, 2010
The demonstrations, which are backed by a range of groups, are taking place on college campuses and at public schools.
I think education cuts are such a bad idea. FSU and UF collectively have been doing an amazing job at getting rid of some students dreams. Physical Education and Sports Studies, Anthropology, Greek, Hospitality, etc. With 50,000 students paying somewhere between $10,000-$20,000 every year, you would think the school would have enough money to fund every major in the world. Guess not.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Published: February 28, 2010
Is there an evolutionary purpose to feeling really sad?

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.

Travel through Talk

Published: February 28, 2010
A wave of immigration from the former Soviet Union has added another piece to the country’s mosaic of cultures and identities and textures.

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.