Best Journalism Schools for Prospective Students

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For students aspiring to be journalists the question of whether to go to graduate school is often puzzling. Many students ask: Do you need a graduate degree in journalism in order to be successful, or better yet to obtain your first journalism job? The Huffington Post’s article poses the question: Is Journalism Grad School Worth It? Some of the biggest advantages to enrolling in graduate school could be to gain further professional connections and a graduate degree could give you a higher edge upon entering the industry. In addition, receiving a graduate degree in journalism will only further refine your resume and provide you with proficient clips to share with your future employers. If you decide graduate school is the right path for you it is essential to look into top schools to enhance your experience. According to the Education Portal, The University of Missouri and Northwestern University are the top ranked schools for prospering journalism students to attend. My Many Eyes Data Visualization displays the remaining top colleges.

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Inner Beauty Shines Through in Dove’s True Beauty Campaign

Dove released a new campaign video that has been viewed by millions of people all around the Internet. Dove’s Beauty Campaign is trying to tell women that they don’t have to be a supermodel to be beautiful. Dove’s video is trying to help women reach a higher self-esteem and recognize the true definition of beauty that lies within. The female participants in the video discover the individual beauty they each possess, and for some this discovery leaves an emotional impact. Overall, the participants are able to see how the outsider views their beauty and in the end this opens their eyes to lessen their insecurities. My popcorn video displays the key points of Dove’s Campaign. This interactive video displays an active Twitter feed highlighting viewers’ comments.

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The Evolving Journalism Industry

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Throughout my four-year college career, I have been enlightened to the fact that the journalism industry is constantly evolving and adapting to new patterns. The field of journalism is a young person’s field. As young journalists, we have lived within Journalism’s social media craze. We have developed an intuitive eye to help us tell stories.  As aspiring young journalists, we know we will have to strive to perfect any advancement within our career path and work to build a definition for this constantly varying atmosphere we call the news industry.

Previous to the Conclusion, we were able to read about the changes occurring within the journalism industry. The Conclusion, highlighted those changes and evaluated the impact change will have on our future. The report’s Conclusion left my mind in a more hopeful state. The writing highlighted on what we as aspiring journalists need to do. Journalists need to adapt to these evolving tectonic shifts and be prepared for the changes we will face as the year 2020 approaches. Journalists need to understand that news will come from a wider variety of sources in the future.

People within the field “will concentrate less on questions of what is news and what isn’t than on questions like ‘Will my friends or followers like this?’” This occurring shift can be used as an advantage for any journalist. We are learning to use social media as a tool to widen the distribution of information, not just use it for social purposes. We are staying mindful to how many of our followers will like our news output. By the year 2020 the journalism industry will be far more polished and efficient.

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Journalism is like a quilt, consisting of woven details, variety of sources, and a diversity of detail. In order to keep this quilt tightly sewn journalists need to find their talent, and expand their craft. “News isn’t a coherent or ontologically robust category; it is a constantly negotiated set of public utterances by a shifting set of actors.” Seeing as the news ecosystem is so vastly spread, journalists need to find their passion, expertise and excel in those areas.

The Conclusion brings everything together. It tells us to know ourselves. To gain an understanding of what we are good at and understand where we fall. We must begin to determine if we “are an interviewing journalist? A researching journalist? A Final Cut journalist? An Excel journalist? or A Hadoop journalist?” We must come to know when our network can help us. We need to “know when to work alone, when to call for help, when to partner outside our usual sphere.” Above all else once we learn these things, we must adapt and survive. Survivability is the greatest quality a journalist can have in this ever-changing news ecosystem.

The Danger of Wiki Leaks

The fact that the master controller of wiki leaks, decided to hack into government-owned private files became a danger for several top-secret U.S. government files were exposed and their contents were posted on Wiki Leaks. The fact that Wiki Leaks is still open to all internet users destroys our nation’s safety, for this information could potentially cause fatal disagreements. Questions to be considered are: Should the government be able to keep secrets from their nation? What would happen if there were no government or military secretes?Is the information put on wiki leaks even true? What if the information, or even parts of the content, is not true? While several of the leaks do support an anti-war plan, they also provide reasoning to  continue the war against the Taliban. Also, many of the posted  reports that come in often seem incomplete. This is risky. If people read these leaks and take everything seriously, if something happens to not be true, people will tend to believe that the daily record being kept by the government may necessarily not be the truth. Then individuals may view the government as being unjust. If the material being posted is not completely reliable I don’t think it should be disclosed to the public.

Hofstra Celebrates the Holidays

Hofstra officially kicked off this holiday season on Dec. 7 by inviting everyone to the Holiday Lighting Ceremony where Hofstra Hall became the highlight. Everyone gathered to enjoy its radiance cutting through the night sky. Hofstra University students and faculty were all encouraged to come out to the event.

Hofstra University students Belinda Darote and Kanisha Kennedy feel the campus Christmas lights give the cold nights a warmer feeling, a feeling of home. “I think that the lights add to our campus a lot. They add a Christmas feel that tells us the holidays and break are right around the corner which I know all students are anxiously waiting for,” said Darote.

“Christmas is my favorite holiday to celebrate. I think that the lights are a great idea and a great way to kick off this holiday season,” said Kennedy.”

Hofstra made this year’s theme: Sharing Children’s Stories. The over two dozen clubs and organizations wanted to put more of their funding towards purchasing a wider variety of crafts, to buy materials to paint murals and build 3D objects to create a Winter Wonderland display in the main dining room.

This year, Student Leadership and Activities Graduate Assistant Ashley Gray had a great deal of involvement in making this holiday season an eventful one. “‘Hofstra Celebrates the Holidays’ is different this year,” said Gray. “Last year student clubs and Greek organizations came together to build a big holiday village for local children to come and play in. This year things have been altered differently and more money has been spent on gifts and better crafts for our visiting children.”

‘Hofstra for the Homeless,’ a new club on campus goes to the Saratoga Inn, a homeless shelter located in Jamaica, Queens every Friday to help the kids with their homework. This Wednesday, students brought the children to Hofstra to do crafts with them.

The Kwanza Celebration took place Monday, Dec. 6 and was sponsored by the Black Student Union. The Chanukah Community Candle Lighting, sponsored by Hillel, will take place Sunday through Wednesday, Dec. 5-8, at 5 p.m., in front of the Student Center. A Christmas Mass sponsored by the Campus Catholic Parish will be celebrated on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m.

Texting and Driving presentation is Reality Check for Students

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There are over 2 billion cell phones in use across the planet. Parents have started to provide their children with the devices at a young age. These communication tools allow people to be attached to the world’s gossip all day, every day. Has the addiction of cell phones crossed the line? The presentation Texting and Driving: Is It Worth Your Last Word? was held Wednesday, Nov. 3, by the Albany chapter of National Safety & Health council member Lisa Marcella. Moments after beginning her presentation, she left every person in the audience silenced over what she had to share.

“Many of us don’t think when we leave in the morning that we could lose our lives to texting, but we should be thinking. I can’t stress enough that texting and driving is a danger,” said Marcella. “The fatalities are expected to increase by 4 percent each year if we don’t change our ways. If I can walk away from here today and have made an impact on one person to help them stop texting and driving, I have done what I came here to do. ”

Years ago drunk driving was the main factor in fatal car crashes. Although drunk driving is still a problem, deaths have decreased more than 70 percent in 2010, according to Finlaw.com. On the other hand, deaths caused by texting and driving have topped the fatalities list and have increased 28 percent in 2010, according to the New York Personal Injury Journal. Over the past five years in the New York City area and Long Island area alone, there have been 100 deaths caused by texting and driving.

After watching the clip, one student in the crowd admitted to being in an accident from texting and said, “sadly, as bad as this may sound, my accident didn’t make me stop my habit of texting and driving.”

Sophomore and audience member Bari Morchower, had previously seen the public safety announcement prior to this presentation. She also admitted that she has been in a car with her friends when her life was placed in jeopardy from their poor driving decisions. “When I first watched the announcement, my roommate was in the room, and I was distracted. I kind of forgot about it. Seeing it again today, I can say I cried harder this time,” said Morchower. “I can’t believe how many times I have ridden in a car with someone who has been texting or using their iPod while driving. I thank God I am alive today.”

Erin Starke, a sophomore who also attended the event found Marcella’s presentation to be a very powerful one. Having admitted to hearing about this event while reading a text message at a stop sign in her car, she said, “After today’s presentation I will no longer text and drive. I haven’t been big on texting and driving because I know I’m not a very good multi-tasker. However, I will definitely read my texts in the car. When you know you got a text message it is hard to resist looking at it,” said Starke. “The videos shown by Marcella were real life videos and portrayed a very strong message. If the video’s had been censored they wouldn’t have had much of an impact on us.”

Anita Ellis, director of off campus living and commuter services, said she wanted people of all ages to be more informed of the dangers involved with texting and driving. “Lisa, Joseph Estrema, and I developed this program over the summer, and it came together smoothly,” said Ellis. “I am very happy over the publicity we received.”

Estrema couldn’t agree more. “It was very easy to work with Linda and to help coordinate a program in which I feel is very important for the student body,” she said. “Although our office addresses commuters, our events are sometimes relevant to all students.”

Veronica Gerosimo, Ellis’ graduate assistant also helped put together the program. She believed the main message audience members should take away from the presentation is “Anything can wait ten minutes. An emergency is never going to be texted to you.”

According to edgarsnyder.com, 2,600 people die each year from using cell phones while driving. “If you text and drive you’re placing everyone else’s lives in jeopardy,” said Marcella. “Before you get behind the wheel and think to text anyone. Think about how precious your life is, and encourage others to stop this terrible habit, for you may save someone‘s life.”