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.
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.
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 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.
“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.”
I truly appreciate the way in which the story flowed. The story began by expressing the otter’s rough experience during a storm in Homer, Alaska which in the end separated him from his mother leaving him lonely, and and frightened. The frail otter was in danger and needed a miracle recovery.
The narrator of the story Dohlin highlighted Nicole Pisciotta the aquarium worked who helped the otter gain its strength leaving him overtime, strong enough to embark on his next journey to Brooklyn, New York’s Aquarium which became his new home. The otter was later named Tazo. The story concluded with his current age of five months. The story ended on a positive note stating how excited workers are to bring this new addition into the public and give him the attention he deserves.
As an animal lover myself. I was instantly attracted to the stories titled, and through listening to the interview I learned facts about otters that I had never knew. This story is filled with knowledgeable facts, and succinct radio reporting. I highly reccomend it to everyone to listen to.