Thursday, June 9, 2016

Blog #8: Starting a discussion

Many kids here at Buffalo High School participate in more than two activities, whether it's sports, marching band, arts magnet, or whatever. It can get to be very difficult to find time for multiple activities. You'd have to keep good grades, have a job, and stay focused on your activity. Here is a link that shows the stress the body takes while being involved in multiple activities.  

Studies show that kids that are in two sports or more tend to have lower grades simply because they spend more time practicing throwing a football or shooting a basketball than they do studying for a final test. 3.5% of high school athletes go on to continue their athletic career at the college level. 1.1% of NCAA athletes make it to the pros. If you think you are going to be big-time, think again. It's just cold hard facts. I'm not saying that two sport athletes should just quit, but they need to learn that school comes before sports. If you're focusing more on sports than school, that's not going to turn out well for you. Here is the link that shows those cold hard facts and tells the truth about making it big-time. 

There are some kids here at Buffalo High School that are in multiple activities and succeed in the classroom, believe it or not. Wanna know why? Because they put the extra work in outside of school, it doesn't just magically happen. It's a lot of hard work that will require multiple hours of studying daily to get where you wanna be. 

Let's tackle these two questions regarding two sport athletes:

  • Do you believe that a student should be involved in multiple activities if they are sliding in the classroom? Why or why not? 
  • Given the facts, what are your thoughts on pushing up the standers to be in multiple activities? (Increasing the minimum grade from a D- to a C, increasing the required GPA, etc.) 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Blog #7: Who owns our reality?

Traditional print media, believe it or not, still exists. The role it plays has been decreasing slowly but surely since the early 2000's. Print media still serves a major role to the elder community who simply don't know how to work a computer and don't want to know how to work a computer. Here is a data table that shows the age of people that still read newspapers to this day. You can see it decreasing by the year. 

I will 100% subscribe to the StarTribune even when I'm out of college. Hopefully, I'm writing for my favorite newspaper after college (majoring in journalism) is all done so I can just be at the Trib' headquarters, which is located near Target Center in downtown Minneapolis.

There is many dangers when certain people choose their own sources. You need to try your best on relying on well-trusted media outlets when receiving your news. For example, let's say LaQuan is on twitter scrolling through his feed and sees a tweet from @FAKEESPN: "BREAKING: #Vikings cut QB Teddy Bridgewater!" and he falls for it. He'll tweet out how sad he is that #5 isn't apart of the dream anymore. LaQuan will cause many of his followers to be wondering what the heck he is talking about. You can only trust reliable media outlets, as they can put your career and relationships with teammates in jeopardy. 

The job of a reader today can be examined by a variety of reasons, but mainly two: Online or Print? That is the question that will be answered in the near future. I remember 5 years ago, everybody kept on saying "newspapers will be a thing of the past 5 years from now". Guess what? It's been 5 years and they're still going. 

Broadcast media is dying fairly quickly. Just this past week, "Rosen's Sports Sunday" has been diminished by WCCO. Rosen has been doing that show every Sunday night for 30+ years. The broadcast company made the decision simply because the program was not getting as much views as a regular newscast. It's a shame that this is the way the world of sports journalism is going, but you just have to deal with it. People want to watch tragic events, not positive ones. I used to always watch the news before I went to bed, but I decided to stop because it's the same stuff over and over again. News companies need to learn that kids want to hear other stuff than a tragic car accident or a downtown shooting. Watching that just brings you down. 

I'm not breaking any news here: By the time we graduate, print media will be a thing of the past. Online journalism is the way things are heading, and I think that's for the best. Kids are much more eager to read a story online for free rather than pay for a newspaper and having to search for the section that you want to read. Let's hope it all works out for the better and for future journalists.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Blog #6: Welcome to the Fake News!

The media is changing, whether you like it or not. Media outlets are reporting news that sometimes isn't always accurate or true. The first time I really experienced satire news was last year in Journalism I. We went on websites that were just for reporting fake news such as "BREAKING: Obama steps down as president!" You can never trust media outlets anymore in my opinion. Even if a company such as CNN or NBC can't be fully trusted anymore because they don't report all of the facts that we want to know. News companies focus on the tragic events going on in today's society, not the positive ones. Who can blame them though? An individual wants to get the latest scoop on the latest shooting in Minneapolis, not Adrian Peterson donating $100,000+ to the Texas flood victims. I don't know the answer to if media outlets will ever change, and if it did happen, I don't think it'll be for a while. It's just the way it is these days and you have to trust what you want to trust. Link to the media changing

Tennagers these days simply don't have enough time to sit down and watch the news. And even if they did, they would flip the channel to their favorite show in a heartbeat. 10% of teens say that they are not interested in watching the news simply because it is presented poorly. There is no argument coming from me on that one. For example, let's say you're watching NBC and they are reporting breaking news out of Detroit that 5 people were shot and killed in a tragic downtown incident, the news company will report WHAT happened, not WHY it happened. More often than not, they get what they need to get across to the viewers and just go right to the next subject. They don't always tell us the truth to what actually happened because time is money to news outlets. Satire website on teens

In closing, news companies are going to do whatever they need to do to make the most money as possible. My favorite late night sports show is closing because the company wasn't getting enough local views to keep it up. It's Rosen Sports Sunday (Link)and it's been on air for over 30 years. It's sad that's the way things are going these days, but it's something we have to deal with and just move on. The media will never change. They're trying to get the most views and clicks as possible, and more often than not, tragic events will trigger more views. Let's hope that this changes. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Blog #5: What does your news say about you?

The type of news you listen to and watch says a lot about who you are as an individual. I had the Star-Tribune for my news source, and let's be honest, quite a bit of younger people couldn't even tell you what that is. 92% of people that subscribe to a newspaper are over the age of 55. Many stories these days focus on negative situations rather than positive situations, and that's a result of journalists only focusing on tragic situations to get more views. For example, let's say you write a story on Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins attending children's hospital in Minneapolis every other week, that's not going to get as many clicks as someone getting shot by a cop. People want to read about bad events, not good ones.

Many people wonder what makes a story newsworthy. If an event happened today, it's considered news. If an event happened last week, it's no longer considered news. Minnesotan's don't want to read what's going on in North Carolina, they want to know what's going on in Minnesota. The nearer something is, the more likely someone will actually sit down and read your story. 

People are stuck in their own little bubble with news. If you change phones with a friend, it's most likely going to be similar information. If you change phones with a complete stranger, you'll be wondering what the heck is going on, I don't care about this. You have your own opinion just like everyone else has theirs. 

Some would argue you are better off if you don't follow the news frequently. I'm sure it has its pros, but there would be a heck lot more cons. For example, you would always be out of the loop about what's going on in today's world.

People these days believe there is too much news sources out there and it should be narrowed down to five. That's a ludicrous statement. There is never enough ways to get your news. For example, StarTribune posts way different news than CNN. People want more and more ways to get their news intake, not less.

"I think that more diversity is a good thing, and fresh points of view articulated by people who are committed to excellence in journalism is a beneficial change in the American media landscape." emphasized Al Gore.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Blog #4: A good story

The Buffalo Bison played the Delano Tigers last season, winning in a thriller. The Bison won 1-0 in a game saving catch by shortstop Jacob Strong.

"I just like going out and playing baseball and getting some dubyas."

"There was a guy on 2nd, and the pitcher was struggling to throw some strikes. All game he was blowing his fastball past them. The batters were catching on. Before the batter came up, I went and I talked to him and tried to get him to calm down. I told him to throw his fastball because these kids can't touch it. "

"A couple pitches went by. I don't know how the batter made contact. He just kind of threw his hands out there just to stay alive and it goes right back up the middle and I realized it was either going to be a base hit or I was going to knock it down and save a run. I dove for it and by my own surprise I actually caught it." said Jacob Strong. "When I finally landed, I was trying to look around wondering where it was. I saw that I caught it. My next reaction was to see where the runner was. The 2nd baseman didn't go to cover the bag so i started to run towards 2nd and double them off. The runner didn't realize I caught it and I doubled them off. It was a rally killer for them."

" My coach congratulated me and I was getting high-fives from my teammates. The coach was my dad, he grabbed me and gave me a little side-hug and told me to grab my bat because I was coming up to bat."

"The lead off guy hit a double for the Bison to start off the inning. The batter after him grounded out and advanced the runner to 3rd. There was 1 out and a guy on 3rd. I was up to bad. I didn't really know the signs from the 3rd base coach. I was lost. I knew what I wanted to do. I took the 1st pitch. 0-1. Crunch time is my time. The next pitch my coach decided that he wanted me to do a suicide squeeze. The runner takes off. I reached down and lunged at it. I layed down a perfect bunt and the runner scored easily. I was safe at first. We went out in the top of the 7th and we had to shut them down."

"The thing I remember most from my diving catch is when the batter hit the ball and his mom, who was sitting behind home plate, jumped up and screamed 'that's a base hit'! And when I made the catch, I heard a lot of sigh's because they knew that the game was over."

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Blog #3- Choice

Potential Additional Questions:

  • Do you believe what the old folks say about online news being bad for people? Were things better when we had fewer choices? Or, is this world of choice something great?

  • Barry Schwartz argued that too many choices lead to paralysis. Do you think that applies to news coverage? If this is true, what should a person do to stay up-to-date on news coverage, narrowing choices down without fallinggvictim to confirmation bias? Maybe Barry is full of crap.

  • Whose fault is it when people make bad choices about news?

  • What's the difference between allowing people to customize their news and encouraging confirmation bias?

  • Does "He-said-she-said" Journalism encourage the propagation of unpopular opinions or is it balance?

Online journalism is considered "bad" to the older folk, which is completely understandable. Back in the day, they got their news by going out to their mailbox in the morning or listening to an old radio system. The old folks couldn't fathem going on to a website such as or and getting their news just like that, it's not how they're wired.

Many people argue if having fewer choices is better than having a bunch of choices. I'd completely disagree with that statement. For example, let's say you have a choice to live in either Detroit or Chicago. That's all. Nothing else. If you had more choices to pick from, your life will be a lot better. Choices are what shape our country, everything happens for a reason. The world of choice is great simply because you can pick what you wanna pick, case closed. 

Some humans don't like choice simply because there are too many options to chose from these days. If you make one wrong decision, it could come back to haunt you later on. You could argue that, sure, but ultimately YOU are the one making the decision so the only petsonga you could blame is yourself. 

In conclusion, choice is an option everybody has. You can chose what you want to be, which ultimately, will decide if you're successful or not. The world of choice is a privilege to have. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Blog #2- The Future

How do you think the job of a reporter is changing? How will it continue to change?

Many people believe Journalism is changing. The answer is simple if you put everything into perspective: The world is changing. A Journalism major 20 years ago would be flabbergasted with all of the new technology kids these days are learning. They used old voice recorders to interview athletes after a game, we use a recording app on our phone. They had to take notes on a piece of paper at a sporting event and get the news out to people the next day, we tweet out play-by-play updates to the general public and get the news to the general public as it's happening.

Newspapers will be a thing of the past 5 years from now. With the type of generation we have growing, kids will realize that they can get news much, much quicker by using Twitter rather than by paying for a subscription of a newspaper. 23% of households subscribe (pay) for a newspaper to show up at their door each and everyday. That number 10 years ago? 41%. Take that into perspective. TV journalism  is becoming huge these days as 55% of people say they have watched a newscast in the past 24 hours.

On our future of journalism project we made a hand held device called the iDisk. This device is going to revolutionize the way in which people get their news. It will work by having a button to turn it on and asking you to select one of the many topics including sports, world, country, state, etc. After you selected the category you are seeking, a voice activated system called Nova will display via the hologram system we inserted into the device. This is the future of journalism, not newspapers or magazines. This device is a game changer. The one thing I would do different for our project is set up a better game plan, this is not a cheap device to own so it will cost a lot to keep up with all of the demand for the project. The device can be applied to future projects by giving kids an idea of what 10 years from now is going to look like. It will happen, whether you like it or not.

To put all of this information into perspective may be difficult to people that aren't our age, but it's the way things are going. Journalism is revolving into a whole different format and I can't wait to see what it's going to look like in 5 years. The future of this business is and will remain very unclear, there could be a shortage of journalists or a surplus of journalists, we'll just have to wait and see how things turn out, and hopefully, it's for the best.