In a Perfect World....

Everyday is something different. A new passion arises, a new love is revealed and a new idea is discovered. In a perfect world, all of these passions would fuse together. Each idea would lead to an even better idea and there would be more than 24 hours in the day to achieve my biggest goal, and that is to change the world. The goal is not perfection. The goal is understanding, compromise and acceptance. The goal is revival. The goal is Heaven on Earth.

9:02 PM
March 6th, 2013

Transgender Miss Universe

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The story about a transgender contestant running for Miss Universe sparked a lot of controversy in the news last year. I thought this would be a perfect time to bring it up again. I am a journalism major so sometimes when I look at issues within gender and sex, I look at it as someone responsible for public information.

The competition is used to dealing with “natural-born women,” but now they are analyzing what criteria it takes to be natural-born. The transgener contestant Jenna Talackova was initially disqualified from the Miss Universe pageant because she was born male. Now, pageant organizers are contemplating reversing this judgment if the contestant meets the “legal gender recognition requirements” to be considered (CNN).

I noticed that the media took the opportunity to both evaluate and perpetuate the justice within this decision.

On ABC News, they focused on responses to this controversy in particular, Donald Trumps response. ABC reported that Trump feels the contestant should focus on doing well in Canada before making it in America. The way ABC reported this issue was fairly objective in my opinion.

However, when I researched the coverage from CNN, I felt a lot more sympathetic for the contestant. CNN’s coverage added more depth to the issue, and at the same time added more of an opinion. There were several videos attached to the CNN coverage which incited me and probably other readers to understand the full personality of the contestant.

Subjects like this are hard to cover without the risk of being offensive. I have looked  into regarding class, gender, sex and race and honestly I am not sure if there is a right way to cover it or to talk about it. I think just being aware of biases and opinion can help when presenting the information to the public. 

One thing I noticed when comparing coverages was this story was archived under the entertainment section of CNN, but not of ABC. To me, that articulates how a news outlets see an issue by where they put it on their website or newscast. The fact that CNN and The Washington Post (link below) put this under the entertainment section bothered me a little because that might mean they feel this is not worth the national headline that some would think. I know that might not be the case but it is necessary to look at this case with different perspectives.

There has also been various other news outlets who covered the story months ago, those links are below. 

-FOX News

-The Washington Post

-USA Today

-TMZ

7:36 PM
June 8th, 2012
L.E.A.D Institute Introduces New Phone Service | KOMU.com | Columbia, MO |

One of my favorite stories to cover, check it out!

3:06 PM
April 20th, 2012

Journalism and Ethics

This week I spent a lot of time analyzing journalism and ethics. There are so many factors that influence ethical decisions when it comes to journalism. Making a deadline, getting the number one story, and getting the best story all lead to sometimes terrible ethical decisions.

For example, in the film, Absence of Malice, the main reporter got a hold of some personal information from a source but the source asked her not to publish her name. We are taught as journalists that names equal validity so the reporter published the source’s name anyway.

That source ended up killing herself. There is no way to have predicted that that would be the result of the situation but knowing the decision of the reporter caused a suicide is an ethical dilemma. 

In another example, when newspapers publish the names of sexual assault victims, they are not always thinking of the potential harm for the victim. Publishing the name may seem unnecessary, but when in a crunch situation one just wants to get all the information out there without thinking twice. 

When it comes to identifying suspects, journalists need to be more aware about the implications of certain accusations. The rule of thumb is do not publish the description of a suspect unless there are three unchangable pieces of evidence. 

For instance, to describe a suspect as a tall, black man with a Mizzou hoodie on would be extremely unhelpful. The public feels they are closer to finding the suspect just because they have information but that limited description only perpetuated stereotypes about black men. A better description would be black, with tattoo on left hand and brown eyes. This description does not immediately identify the perpetrator but it narrows it down to unchangeable traits. 

When it comes to interviews, that can be another touchy area. When a subject tells a juicy secret, or exposes a suspect and then says this is off the record, what do you do?

Journalists are taught if the subject did not say “off the record” in the beginning then it is fair game. But knowing you will betray someone’s trust should be a factor in this ethical decision. 

Overall, ethics in journalism can be tricky. According to the Society of Professional Journalist Code of Ethics, the important principles of ethics are:

Seek Truth and Report It

Minimize Harm

Act Independently

Be Accountable

These are the standards I try to go by everyday, even if it means giving up the juicy details. I think it is impossible not to offend someone when it comes to journalism, but in twenty years if I can say that I continuously followed this code, I will be very pleased to be a journalist. 

11:13 AM
March 16th, 2012

Wow,

 Make-up just brings out the features you already have

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4:57 PM
November 9th, 2011

Fierce!

therummagesale:

you didn’t think i was finished did you? more from the Versace for H&M night of fabulosity!

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Men’s hot pink Brogues. LOVE. 

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The RACK… 

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4:28 PM
October 31st, 2011

"If You’re Poor Just Work at Wal-Mart"

I hope the title drew you into this blog post if not, thanks for joining anyway. <3

Today in class we watched a video about poverty issues in New York. The video surrounded 1999 and focused on something called the WEP program. WEP stands for “Work Experience Program,” but the experience these people were getting was dreadful. 

I know when people hear stuff like this they assume, “she is talking about poor scrubs on welfare.” (Not all ppl think like this, just some.) What I am actually talking about are hard-working individuals who were trying to make a difference in their lives and in the lives of their communities. 

There were workers who died from heat, stressful working envoirment, and lack of healthcare in this movie. Things like this happen everyday but everyday we do not hear about it because Kim Kardashion is blowing up the news. There was one particular woman, Jakie Marte, who worked for two years trying to get the ”Grievance Procedure” bill passed so workers could speak up without feeling ridiculed by the WEP program. Jakie was a single mother who was an advocate for her community.

So…after watching this heartfelt video a girl in class said, “So I understand that she worked to get this bill passed and everything, but why didn’t she just work at Wal-Mart? I mean I know people don’t want to do that but you know.” ………………………………………………………………………………….Exactly.

She MISSED the whole point of the video. Mind you, the people Jakie was fighting for were people who were working to keep the city clean basically, I am sure they ALL would have wanted to just WALK into Wal-Mart and get a job. It was so disturbing to hear that because she really did not see the issue in the movie. It’s not just her, its the City Council members in the video who were completely AGAINST the bill because well, their crapheads. It is people who see poor people and roll their eyes in disgust. It is people who are not willing to think OUTSIDE of the box about other people then themselves. I am not saying this student is that kind of person, but she sure reminded me of people I know. 

I mean why such negativity and misunderstanding towards less fortune people. Is being poor a crime? …..

4:07 PM
October 31st, 2011

Everyone has a friend that they are just glad they met

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1:14 PM
October 20th, 2011

So a man is cheating on his woman and the woman takes it out on the other woman….Agree or disagree?

1:08 PM
October 20th, 2011
1:07 PM
October 20th, 2011

Before I became a Man.

Just something to think about.

5:24 PM
October 17th, 2011

A Slave To Weed.

5:07 PM
October 17th, 2011

Think Before You Speak.

 ”That’s so gay”

"He’s so retarded"

Today I watched a video about an amazing man named Greg Smith who has a disability. He was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy which means that his muscles are extremly weak and gets weaker as he gets older. This also means he was in a wheelchair. When he was a baby just imagine what doctors would say about him.

"He’s not going to make it past 10 years."image

Greg Smith’s story inspired me. He is 47 yrs old today. He started a radio show called “On A Roll. He got married, had children, and points out that he had his children the natural way. ;)

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He’s a champ but the thing is, he would have been a champ with or without his wheelchair. He talks about the discrimintation towards people that have disabilities and it really is one of the saddest things.

"No, this job will be too hard for you" or "We rather not invest in your future" (which is seen as a weakness).

It’s ridiculous. People like Greg are not DISABLED. He is a man, a man with a disability. He is a person first. When people refer to someone as disabled, they are trying to be politically correct which is understandable, but not necessarily correct. It’s the same for crude jokes like that’s so retarded. People don’t realize the hurt that comes with those words or phrases. Think before you speak.

Thank you Greg Smith, you’re an absolute blessing.image

http://thestrengthcoach.wordpress.com/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002172/

4:29 PM
October 17th, 2011

MUST WATCH EVERYONE:

"It’s almost scary to believe someone is that amazing." But Jesus is.

11:31 PM
October 16th, 2011
You CAN&#8217;T see past my shades


You CAN’T see past my shades

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11:30 PM
October 16th, 2011

And…..SCENE

There is so much we are to learn on in life but I think learning about each other is one of the most important. Unconditional love for all types of people, whether they are black, white, yellow or green.

I think when someone finally looks at their next door neighbor and says, “wait you are not different then me and we are all one people and we are all God’s children, God is going to shout out “AND….SCENE.” Thats when the world will end.