Monday, November 24, 2008


The internet offers so many resources today that it's difficult to keep up. Even as a person who is constantly reading and watching the news, there is always something new to be discovered.

NewsTrust offers individuals, journalists or not, the opportunity to freely critique and review news stories. As with most social networking sites, you can create a profile and add a picture of yourself.

NewsTrust can be valuable for two reasons: to have people comment on your writing and to comment on the writing of others. It can be used as a free editing session, although some people may simply have an agenda to express. Simultaneously, I assume most people who take the time to go on Newstrust actually have a legitimate incentive to submit and review stories. Of course there is always one person who has to be obnoxious, but offering and receiving constructive criticism should be a positive process. I am new to the site and the idea, but I don't have any serious problems with the idea. I think people need to be careful just like with any other internet resource, always take what you read into consideration, but don't be a fool.

I read and reviewed three similar articles about Barack Obama's economic news conference this afternoon. I chose three stories on the Citigroup crisis and related issues to make a clear contrast. I wanted to compare how each reporter approached the story and evaluate the information they incorporated or in some cases, left out.


Another Crisis, Another Guarantee...
Obama Presents Team...

Obama Shows Financial Markets...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Chicken Lou's

More Pictures.....

Caffeinated Campus Map

Chicken Lou's, located at 50 Forsyth St., is very popular among Northeastern students.
The small stand is near Huntington Avenue and conveniently located in the middle of campus. On a typical weekday morning or around lunch time, students can be found in masses waiting for their order.

It's open weekdays 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Chicken Lou's is best known for their breakfast sandwiches and tasty lunch specials. If you're in need of a caffeine fix their medium coffee is $1.75. And the line moves much quicker than Dunkin Donuts.

The coffee is pretty good and the people are friendly. They don't waste any time, so make sure you know what you want! No day dreaming on line. They get you in and out, which is a plus because people are usually in a rush these days.

Monday, November 10, 2008

States Stretched and Shrunk

Alright...everyone knows red refers to Republican and blue means Democrat. Pre-election America was flooded with maps and charts predicting the presidential results by state. At some points in the campaigning process I suffered from information overload. All I needed was a straightforward image to cut to the chase.

These maps analyze the election outcome through various perspectives and encourage Americans to look further then our electoral college system.

The first map is initially very deceiving and shows that Senator John McCain should have won the election. But, it doesn't incorporate the population distribution throughout the United States. Population distribution is a vital component of our voting system. Although the map is dominated by red states (Republican voters) in the south and mid-west, it isn't an accurate reflection of Obama's victory.

Blue prevailed in California, New York, and Ohio with a total of 106 electoral votes. These states went to Senator Barrack Obama.

The second map is altered and the size of the states are changed to reflect their population. This new image of the United States uniquely displays where people live. Notice how California is much larger and the northeast is substantially inflated as well. Most Americans have a basic understanding of how the electoral college works, but an altered map image presents a great deal of information quite simply.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Emily Sweeney says 123 Party

You remember party boy from the MTV show Jackass?? Well, the trio dance group 123 Party is the Boston version.

Boston Globe reporter Emily Sweeney covered the dancers performing in Harvard Square on February 24, 2007. 123 Party caused quite a stir throughout the city, but are rumored to be broken up now because one member moved to NY.

Watch Emily's video of 123 Party and decide for yourself (you don't want to miss the spandex or obnoxious green shirts)....outrageous or highly entertaining?

Sweeney's fresh, innovative approach to journalism is reflective of her unique personality. An award-winning journalist, she is a Boston Globe staff reporter and a multi-media journalist incorporated into one. Her skills are reflective of the existing qualifications for young journalists in a multi-media society. You need to know how to do everything. And the more you know, the better off you are. Being a journalist these days means knowing how to write, report, edit, film video, take pictures, and blog.

As Emily explained, the format and quality of the videos she shoots for aren't the same news packages you watch on NECN or any other news station. She likes to include the questions she asks during an interview because that's how it actually happened. A laid back approach to news videos allows for freedom and creativity from a journalist's standpoint. Often she doesn't have time to edit a video with the goal of perfection because she has a written article and a deadline to meet. The video portion of her stories is the icing on the cake. Words brought to life.

Creativity makes her writing and video reporting exciting. Her video on Boston Slang is a solid example of what thinking outside the box and technology can collaboratively produce. Sweeney assisted Globe correspondent, Billy Baker, in presenting his story about Bostonian vocabulary.

Instead of simply recording people saying "bubbla" and "jimmy", the duo compiled a series of pictures, video, and sound to convey the meaning of historical Boston phrases. Presentation is not important, but essential. When you're telling a story with words or with pictures and sound, you have to spice it up with some personality. Thanks to the newly established videobloggers and journalism's aggressive presence on the web, journalists have a greater opportunity to develop an individual reporting style.

Polling Place Photo Project

Boston Public Library was one of many polling places open on November 4, 2008. Look at more pictures from the BPL and voting venues throughout the nation here.

Boston Hill Farm

The slowly but surely fading crisp fall weather is the perfect reason to spend your weekends outdoors enjoying nature until winter arrives. Traditional fall activities like pumpkin and apple picking are inexpensive yet fun ways to enjoy the season.

Last Saturday I explored Boston Hill Farm off route 114 in North Andover, MA. It's an ideal place to spend the day entertaining young children and is perfect for a family outing. PLEASE don't leave without trying the homemade ice cream or apple cider donuts!!!

to find out what the farm has to offer (including some tasty fall treats).