A player gets hurt, you take a knee. You’re at church and something holy is happening, you take both knees. You’re begging for something to happen, you’re generally kneeling then too. I thought the issue of football players kneeling during the national anthem was so last year. It started with Colin Kaepernick and has moved [...]
Let Us Bring a Hurricane of Help
The end of summer has brought the end of a variety of things but I want to talk about two—the end of safety in many of our coastal cities and the end of DACA. It seems as though natural disaster and social disaster has come in a pair and both are leaving the nation worried [...]
And….We’re Back in School!
Some of why I’ve only been able to write bi-weekly is because I have a campus job (and don’t live close to campus), and have been slammed with errands to be completed before school starts. That being said, with classes starting tomorrow, here’s five tips to help make this year a success! One should get [...]
You Gotta Call It Like It Is
Okay, so I’m still getting back in the swing of posting again. So thank you all for bearing with me! As I’m sure many of you have heard, late Friday night, a group of white nationalists, or according to some, supremacists marched on the University of Virginia campus, yelling chants implying white oppression. According to [...]
Missing the Point… Book vs. Movie
I was sitting in my class the other day, listening to celebratory speeches. One girl, a very talented speaker, has a power point; she turns it on and it's a photo for the Netfix show Thirteen Reasons Why and says "This is not suicide." How poignant, I was instantly reeled into her speech, the girl continued [...]
Media and Me…for Now
Let me tell you a slightly embarrassing story. Growing up I had many career aspirations, but the one that stuck with me the longest was being a spy. I loved James Bond and Scooby-Doo, so much so that I made my own little spy-kit and pretended to solve mysteries all the time. I would write [...]
Should We Teach ‘Bots Some Tricks?
Some say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but teaching young dogs tricks in general is super difficult—I would know, my dogs don’t listen to me at all unless I’m bribing them with treats. But what do dogs have to do with the news? Well nothing, but teaching a puppy a trick [...]
Look at the News Industry Growing Up!
I heard once that it’s more important to do a job you love and make it a career than do a job and hate going into work every day. So when people say that journalism is a lost art and that it’s insane to want to be a journalist, I say calm down and [...]
7 Inmates in 11 Days?
“Off with their heads!” may simply be words uttered by the evil Queen of Hearts in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, but it almost feels like that is the exact sentiment held toward seven inmates on death row in Arkansas. Last week would have been the beginning of a small window of eleven days in which [...]
Shellshock. PTSD. Homelessness…Murder. Unfortunately, reintegration into civilian life has often been difficult for soldiers coming home from war, for some it is harder than others. In his feature piece for the New York Times, journalist C.J. Chivers tells the complicated and dramatic story of ex-Marine Sam Siatta. Chivers’ piece was a candidate for the prestigious [...]