All about Pandas

All about Pandas

First of all, I’m going to make this a short post but I wanted to share this article for two reasons.

1. Would you dress up in a panda suit to write a story and get photos of a panda?

2. The answer should be yes because pandas are awesome. Anything to the contrary would be blasphemy. I mean look at that panda…

But this article is actually pretty cool at describing the methods of reporting and research. Shows what great lengths some people go for the benefit of science and preservation. 

Happy 10th Birthday Mean Girls!

Happy 10th Birthday Mean Girls!

Maybe this isn’t very “super serious journalist” of me but I’m going to do it anyway. Mean Girls is my childhood and I can’t believe that it was released 10 years ago. Not only does that make me feel old but also a little sad that the world has changed so much as seen in this article. Although I’m happy for the many advancements we’ve had since then, I’m also a little nostalgic for a time when things were a little simpler, even if that was just in my life.

Plus Mean Girls is just so fetch….Sorry it’s a classic for me. I don’t care what you say I’ll always think it’s cinematic gold.

 

Less is Sometimes More

Less is Sometimes More

There is a natural tendency to want to over-explain something in journalism. And while I’m definitely all for making sure that all the facts are out there, there are some stories that just need the facts and that is powerful enough. This is the case for this article. It’s messages from students aboard the South Korean Ferry that just sank. 

It takes a lot for me to cry, especially from a news article. But I can say very honestly that this brought me to tears. Not a single article explaining the same incident did that. Not that it should. Not every article can be like this and that’s okay. But I think that we as journalists get so caught up in the other type of story- the fact-filled, over-explained, emotionless one- that we forget to do things like this. And this is so much more powerful and thought-provoking. 

One Liners

One Liners

There are some stories out there that have one line in them that just hit you straight in the face. In this story by the NYT, there is a line in here that just stopped me in my tracks, which is saying something since I consume a lot of media. 

“If you want to learn about a city, look at its walls,”

It’s beautiful, powerful, sad, amazing and perfect. And it’s 12 words. 

Granted it’s a quote so it’s by chance that you get a line as great as that. But that line pulled the entire story together for me. It’s a line that I will think about the next time I look at graffiti. 

This is also just a really great article because it gave a glimpse into Greece through the most interesting frame. 

Boston Strong

Boston Strong

After seeing a lot of stories already today about the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, I think this is one of my favorites. As writers, we sometimes forget or overlook the power of pictures. It’s in our nature to automatically assume that words are better than images. But after reading what I’ve seen today, I don’t always think that is true. Although words give you more information about the subject, these pictures capture raw emotion, a feeling lost when described in words. Granted, words are used in the pictures but in a way that reinforces the picture rather than try to

When looking at this pictures, I feel like I’m a part of these victim’s stories. It comes alive in a picture and while I would not be upset if I read their stories, I’m fully satisfied with just the picture.

 

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(Robert X. Fogarty/Dear World)

 

 

Come on…Really?

Come on…Really?

So I found this article on social media the other day and added it to my reading list to check out when I had time. I opened it this morning and was a little disappointed in what I found. 

First of all, this article depicts American children in an almost ridiculous way. By no means am I saying that having a camo bedroom is bad. Actually, I think it’s pretty cool. However, when you depict children from almost every county as living in poverty and then choose that particular boy to represent America, I think it unfairly depicts children in America. There are just as many children living in poverty as we saw in “The Invisible Child.” And while I do understand the point that some American children take their lives for granted, it seemed awfully biased especially since there are many in other countries who take this for granted as well. 

I think I was most disappointed by this article because it is ultimately a cool idea. I think that childhood bedrooms have the ability to very accurately capture a glimpse of a child’s life and many of the qualities about them. I just wish the project would have more accurately captured the reality of many children living in poverty outside less-developed countries because there too it exists. 

Forgive but maybe not forget

Forgive but maybe not forget

It amazes me how many great things that the New York Times publishes each week. This piece is photo portraits from the Rwandan genocide, a genocide that I’m very familiar with. In my hometown, there were many families that were refugees from Rwanda and I became very close with two of the families that had to flee Rwanda. They were among the lucky and many were not.

This piece is beautiful, powerful and just a really high caliber of journalism. It also reminds us that no matter how bad the world gets, there is always room for forgiveness