Friday, May 23, 2014

More Woman Earning Less than Minimum Wage vs. Men?

Starting a Discussion: 

According to Pew Research, many Americans are making minimum wage or less, They also say that among those who make minimum wage or less 62% are women and 38% are men. Now if one wanted to make more than minimum wage, because they didn't think they were being paid equally one would think they'd be able to suggest a change in pay. However, that isn't the case for Jill Abramson.

Jill Abramson, the editor of the New York Times was recently fired because she was asking to be paid just as much as the guy who had the position before her was paid. So they fired her. Personally I don't think that's fair. Men and women should be paid equally for their starting wage anyways. For Abramson, she had the top job with Times magazine, and was making less than minimum which is even less than what the man before her was making.

I guess it depends on where you work. Like, I honestly don’t think people who work at a fast food restaurant, or a drug store (ie. Target, Walmart, Kmart, etc.) are going to ask their bosses for a raise, because most people just want to keep their jobs. That or they just don’t like their boss in general.  Or maybe they’re afraid of him/her. Okay back to the point. So, since I work at the gun club (I know, anybody who knows me can’t see me working there but I do) if I really wanted I could ask for a raise and my boss would give it to me. But being 16 years old and making $7.50/hour is more than I could ask for. After typing that I just realized how fortunate I am to even have a job. Some people are out of a job and are getting money from the government. Not sure how I feel about that.  This kind of brings me to my next point.

If women out in the real world (not that we’re not living in the real world but you know what I mean) were making at least $7.25/hour or more that’d be good because then they can afford to support their families. I know that minimum wage is going up to like $10 an hour here in Minnesota. So imagine if everyone made that much in an hour…people would be able to afford to support their family. However, with that because of supply and demand prices would go up on everything, especially gas prices. This would not be good, because in the end we’d back to the problem of people not making enough money.

So to sum this all up; I think every person should at least start at minimum wage. It’s only fair.

Q: Do you or do you not agree with me that everyone should be paid equally? Why or why not?

Q: For those of you who have a job, since minimum wage is going up in the next few years do you expect to be paid at least that much if not more? Why or why not?

Friday, May 16, 2014

Welcome to the Fake News?

This past week we have been focusing a lot on satire. Yeah I know right, what even is satire? When I first heard this word, the first thought that came to my mind was "what on earth is satire? Is it like some sort of fabric? But that doesn't make sense because this is journalism not a sewing class." So, my point is, going into this topic I had no idea what satire was. 

Well according to Wikipedia satire is; "the use of humor, or exaggeration to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices. Usually in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues." Which brings me to my first point. 

We watched a video from The Daily Show  which focused on the Benghazi violence that went down last week. The Daily Show focuses on real issues that are going on in the world and inform their targeted audience-teenagers- while sort of making a joke about it, so that it reaches us, so we better understand the real life issues that we should be informed of.  I’m pretty sure that if I were wanting to be more informed of what’s going on in the world I’d probably watch Daily Show. However, I think that they’re a little too liberal. They should try to be more in the middle of both ends. I personally don't care to watch the news, because they seem to only choose stories that are sad or it's all just bad news. And I don't care to hear about all the bad things, I'd like to hear about the good things. The question is do websites like The Onion have any real stories that are real or are they all just satire?

The Onion's stories are focused more on writing about things that seem real but aren't. They put a twist onto topics to make them funny. However, CNN may have news about the world and the United States, but how much of it is true? How much of it is satire? Like why do they put stories onto their website that aren't really even relevent to the community? For example, today, May 16, they've got these stories;
Is it necessary for us to know about the world's fastest texter? Or real life UFO hunters?-I didn't even know there was such a thing! What about a rap star turning to religion? How much of this actually true and it's not stuff that the news just puts out there as satire.

So are all news sources satire? No. Do I think all news sources include atleast a little bit of humor in their stories? Yes. Yes, I do. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Media Ownership

Media Ownership

This last week in class we have been discussing Media Ownership. As in no matter what you watch or read online, it's owned by bigger organizations like Time Warner Bros, or Walt Disney. In fact according to Columbia Journal Press, Disney owns stations like; ABC- Owned Television Stations group, The Muppet's Studio, Club Penguin. Time Warner Bros also owns several popular stations like mainly news stations like CNN, HBO, and Cartoon Network even.

If you think about everything we put on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites it's visible to everyone on the internet. Even if you update your privacy settings to "Private" you still have to go in and update it every couple months, because things you thought were private are no longer private because things change on the website. Mr. McCallum, brought up a good point during our discussion earlier; he was talking about how if we had to pay say $20.00 a year for you to be able to use a website and them not be allowed to give out any of your personal information. I think that something like that would be a good idea, because having dealt with personal information being given out on the internet and someone finding and sending a letter to my family, I think I’d feel better about putting information out online if they weren't able to search for us.

Using this website I was able to find my dads brother on here who lives in Texas. I was able to find his address, phone number, spouse’s name, previous addresses. Its scary really all the information websites can put online. So, I guess I’d just feel better without my information being shared publicly online.

Media ownership is shown through other ways though as well, like radio stations like 98.5 KTIS is a non-profit organization supported by it’s listeners, who are able to donate money to keep the station going.

My point is media ownership can be shown through different ways.

Friday, April 25, 2014

News- Blog 7

     10 days ago we were given an assignment to choose a news source that we had to check every day for 10 days, check what the top stories were, and document our findings. I chose CNN news, because it's a news source that I don't normally check. In fact, I never really kept up with what was going on until this assignment. It really made me view news differently because it seems like a lot of the news sources like Fox News, WCCO, and the Star Tribune all have the same stories they cover. Just maybe from a different view point.
          I think that the importance of news is the fact that as citizens of the United States, not only should we know what’s going on in the Nation, but also internationally. For example we should know about the missing Malaysian flight that’s been missing for over a month now, or the ferry that sunk off the shore in South Korea. Those seemed to be the two stories that occurred as “top stories” on Another reason I think we should be informed of news going on internationally is keeping an eye out about things going on with Al Qaeda, just because of September 11, 2001, and how much that affected our country. One thing I learned from the recent accusations about the meeting that they had in Yemen with Al Qaeda’s leader, is that even though Bin Laden is dead, that doesn't mean they’re not going to threaten us again, and do something similar. So as a country I think the different news stations need to cover it so that we are informed and prepared in case something like 9/11 is going to happen.
          Layouts and designs of websites change over time. So, if you look below you’ll see a picture of CNN from the year 2000. A lot has changed. 14 years ago CNN was boring. There was no color, everything was lined up along the left side, making the webpage in my opinion, boring.

As compared to the current version where everything is centered on the page and they've got a red color scheme.

According to Wikipedia CNN launched its first news casting on June 1, 1980 at  5:00pm. CNN was also the first to report many major events that have happened in the past such as; the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster, and September 11, 2001. With the SandyHook Elementary School Shooting, they had the wrong name of the shooter. They were saying it was Adam Lanza’s brother Ryan Lanza.. So like anybody news sources can be wrong also.

I think after doing this assignment it will encourage me to continue to look at news differently than I have in the past. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Power of Design


Design is such a powerful thing in our everyday lives. We see it on the Internet, in magazines, newspapers etc. However, just because we see it doesn't mean we're going to look at it, or read it. Recently in class we have been talking about design and how it affects one's decision to read something or not.
     If you look at the design I have created below. you can see that it needs to be corrected in several ways. Before I made changes I had to talk to myself and figure out what I need to fix and how I can make it better. Continue looking at it and you'll see that the alignment is off, there isn't very much contrast, and it's just overall boring to look at. It needs more.

     Now, to make changes to it, I had to learn a lot about the program InDesign and how to make things look better, and I guess you could say, more pleasing to the eye. When creating a page layout in Adobe InDesign it's nice to create columns to help with the alignment of items on the page. When things are lined up it makes it look nice and clean, which for most of us is something we enjoy. To get to the final copy of the design I chose to do, I had to make changes. I better aligned the photos, connected the word "gold" to the pictures, because that is the main thing about the article. By making just one of the words a larger font it makes the design stand out more and makes it look cleaner.

    These are just a few examples of synthesis designs that I think are really cool. 
This one in particular is my favorite just because of the simplicity of it. 
Or here's another one. I enjoy it because if you look at the way the words are spread out across two pages, it's colorful, so it catches my eye, and makes me want to read the article that's after it. One more example is this one, I really love this because as it says it’s “unique” and the way the author of this page put it together makes me want to design something similar.

When I first started the 40 minute layout challenge our teacher had us do, I thought he was insane, because I thought there was no way I could come up with a design, let a lone once it was made make it even better. Like what? No. However, I enjoyed being able to tell what I needed to do to make my layout look cleaner, and better. After studying design the last week I feel like it could be useful to us someday. Because in our everyday lives we see different types of design everywhere.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Growing Up in the 1930's

I interviewed my grandpa Don. So just a disclaimer: These are his exact words, and none of this is of my wording.

I sat down with my grandpa and he began telling me stories of things he did as a child, most of which would get us in a lot of trouble today.

"I remember a lot of stuff. But let's start off with something reasonable, I remember the first day i went to school. There was another little boy who i went through high school with, but the first day of school he cried all day because his mother left him. I remember playing with matches, because I was five years old, I set fire to curtains. I was playing right by the window. They had curtains they called em chints. They're thin you can see through them and they've got little red spots on them, that's what they called chints. They're very flimsy and I started it on fire, fortunately they caught it before it did any real damage, other than ruin the curtains. Another thing I'll never forget which wasn't nice..we used to hang around the rail road tracks, south Minneapolis. They had what they called a drag in the afternoon, it was a freight train leaving town but it'd go out backwards. We used to hop rides on that. I suppose at this time I was probably 10 or 11 years old, maybe 10, and one of the little kids, he was 5 or 6 years old, he got up on the train and tried to ride it. This little kid tried to get on but he slid under the train, and it cut his leg off, we had to go for help. I'll never forget that one, I quit hopping trains. I learned how to swim naked in the Mississippi river. But that's where I learned how to swim. My mother never caught me of that until I told her.They used to have street cars, and they ran on steel rails that were embedded in the street so what we would do..the street cars they had what they would call went up, it had a wheel on it, and it rolled on the wire overhead that's the way they got the electricity to run these things. Well these things were flexible, it kept tension so the wheel was up against the wire all the time, but it had a rope going down that was kind of a spring on the end that kept it. So, we'd run behind the street car when they stopped for a stop sign, we'd pull the trolley. So of course the street car couldn't go, and the motorman had to get out, come around and put the trolley back on again. As soon as he got in the car again, we'd pull it again. One of the worst things we did was we greased the tracks on Mini-haha and Franklin. When you come up to stop the street car would slip right through the intersection."

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Choice Blog 4

 I have recently been thinking about how many choices we are given in life. I mean think about it, we are given the choice of which sport(s) we do, we have the option to walk or run (yes, I know that's a bad example, but it works). The point is, we have several options to choose from in life. But how do we choose the right one?
But first let’s talk about what choice really is. Choice is defined as; “the act of choosing: the act of picking or deciding between two or more possibilities” and that’s what most of us think of when we hear the word choice. My teacher used the example of when the first iPhone came out, no one had a choice to choose if they wanted a white, black or gold one, they only had ONE choice. To be truthful I think we should still have only one choice for many devices and clothing items because I, personally am very indecisive, and can never choose something. It takes a long time, as I’m sure it does for many people.
     Barry Schwartz has several good quotes and he has a really good one that ties in; “the way to maximize freedom is to maximize choice, the more choice people have, and the more freedom they have, the more welfare they have.” Schwartz was talking about how how we as Americans have a lot of freedom, which I do have to agree with.

      Any choice you make WILL have consequences whether they’re good or bad. For instance; a journalist can choose a story to publish and put out there on the internet, and get a lot of good responses from it, but also just like this journalist did, there could be consequences to her article. Some people may find it offensive to put certain articles out there. I mean we as journalists need to be careful what we put online. This brings me to my next point.

We often hear the old folks talking about how they dislike (or like) the internet and use of technology for news. It seems like no matter where we go we constantly hear them complaining about the technology, and I always just thought that it was because it wasn't what they were use to or they just couldn't figure out how to work a computer, especially my grandfather. Whenever I go over to my grandfather's house, he constantly has something to say about the ever changing sources of technology and how we receive our news. One of my favorite things I've ever heard my grandpa say about my sister and I having cell phones and iPods is "I just don't get the point. I mean back in the olden days when I was your age we didn't get the news from electronic devices we got it from the radio." and then he went on but one thing really caught my attention was "I just don't like how your generation is constantly on their phones or whatever those things are [pointing to my iPod] it just pulls you away from your family."  I think that’s what most old folks reasoning is, and why it’s bad for us. I can understand where they’re coming from.