Friday, May 16, 2014


Honestly I think satire is one of the greatest ways to receive some of your news. I mean it's obviously more of the most biased news out there. But it also is a way to learn the news in a completely different way. The people making satire don't exactly have to worry about being professional, and can fill in most of the cracks in the news. They can basically say whatever they want without getting in trouble.

My favorite example of satire is the John Oliver show where he talks about the death penalty. He doesn't really face the same questions as everyone else, and he adds a sense of humor into the subject which can lighten the mood about such a serious subject. That is very helpful for many people because it's easier to make your decision on what your opinion is if you don't feel pressured or judged. A lot of what he does is show what other people are saying about the topic and sorta make fun of them or add to what they are saying. It's a completely different way to receive credible news.

It kind of amazes me while I watch that episode that he is making people laugh about the death penalty. Now it's not a funny subject of course, but if you get your news like that and you watch the news, theres not much you don't know just because it's pretty much the other half of the news. The questions no one wants to answer, and the criticism no one wants to make, they can do it. News sources like fox can't say things like John Oliver can because they will probably lose their jobs. So they stay strict to certain facts and are also very biased but you just don't notice.

So I suppose when I say that satire is one of the greatest ways to get your news I mean that in the way as, if you are receiving different types of news than the satire is going to be the one that fills in the cracks and gives you the most unknown information, but you need a source of news that is straight forward also.

Friday, April 25, 2014


The obvious point of news is to be informed of whats happening around us. Weather it's on a local scale or international. Now the importance of it can all vary. Mainly from just what different people feel is important or not. Someone may care about weather conditions, and another person could care about the Malaysia flight. I'd say the definition of importance is what we, ourselves, care about. So that means importance can literally be anything. That's why I believe our news source system works great. I believe we do have the power of the remote and we have options between many different sources. You can always watch your local news, or if you want to know the big events in the world than you can turn CNN on. You basically have the power, you just have to make the right choices.

To keep this freedom of being able to watch what we feel than we do need to control monopolies in the news. If one news company owned everything than our choice of news would plummet. I believe government should regulate a little. Not over the top, I mean if a company wants to own a few sources and we still can have other news options than oh well, but when it gets carried away than that's when something needs to be done. Theres already so many secrets about this country and we don't need any more with one company taking over, but also having the government get too involved in news can also effect that.

I think news is very important. You should be informed on what's going on in the world or even your community. The thing that bothers me the most is when kids bitch and whine about our country being so bad and they only agree with either the conservatives or liberals just because that's what their parents tell them. Now I know not everyone is like that, but there are many. And I say if you're going to complain than you should have a solution to what you're complaining about or at least research the other side of how you feel. Maybe those kids should turn on the news and just watch and learn about our government and form their own opinion. I feel we have the tools to be very independent human beings, but I also feel we aren't using them correctly. Now I could care less about politics, that's why I just don't complain unless I truly know what I'm talking about. And make sure I know how both conservatives and liberals feel and look at both of their points so I can make an unbiased opinion. The way I can do that is with the news. The news is one of the greatest things to compliment our freedom. We can choose what to watch, and It's also a learning experience to find out whats going on in the world and importantly our country.

Friday, April 11, 2014


Without design on a page you wouldn't know where to look and it would basically look like just random words and pictures. But with the right design elements you can make any page look right. As you flip through a magazine you will notice all different elements of design. Some make a large difference and some may seem small but without it, you may find your eyes wondering. Every page has a purpose. The designer knows how you will look at that page and wants to direct your eyes to certain points. I feel as a designer you should always be trying to get your viewers to see everything on your page. You worked hard on getting the information and want people to be informed on what you are talking about. So make sure they want to look at all of it. Thats why we need design. People get bored very quickly. With contrast and variety it keeps their eyes moving. Even little lines could completely change the way someone views a page.

Design affects everyone. Without even noticing. Everything has design. When you walk into Nike, or any clothing store, everything is arranged perfectly for your mind to stay interested. Certain colors and kinds of clothes will be specifically located throughout the store. That's pretty much the same as in a magazine or yearbook. You need the dominant to start people out. Then make sure theres something to pull them elsewhere. Without it people will just keep flipping through the pages.

In this project I learned more so that you need to have contrast in your design to keep people looking. I have previously learned a lot in yearbook class so a lot of my learning is still from that. But heres what I got. Tried to add more contrast in my second version.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014


Theres choice everywhere we go. What kind of clothes do you like, which food is good, what phone is the best. The choice in news is another big category of choice. The way you view news can totally change from a way someone else views it. In the political world one person could just look at democratic news and one could just look at republican. Those two people would have two completely different political worlds in their minds. They will be very one sided. So is this good or bad that we can have the choice to choose what we read? It some categories yes, but I say in most no. You need to see both sides of news so that you can understand a real view of our world and whats going on. If you check out Fox news, you're going to get a large bias on Republican news. I mean just look at all the articles bashing on Obama. They're everywhere, but you probably wont see many good things he does because they only want to tell the bad. So how is that fair? Even if it was the other way around it still isn't a good way to get news and I think that's a way choice is hurting our news. Now there are good ways choice impacts news also, but mainly I feel it makes us overlook many sides of the world.  Especially when you look at the online side of news.

When you go to a website of online news, take the Star Tribune's for example, you see there's a lot of stories right there on the homepage. To be honest I'm not going to waste my time and click on every one of those to see if they interest me. That would take way to much time. Now say I have a newspaper in my hand, then I'll flip through the pages and look at all the articles because it's all right there, but now when I have the option to not even glance at it. If I don't like the little title, then chances are I won't even give it a chance. Even though it may be a great story behind the link, the title isn't good enough so I pass on it. That's choice. They're giving us so much choice that we don't even know what news is the good news.

Now choice in itself alone I feel is a great thing. It gives our world diversity and a chance to be our own people. We can try many new things and get a broader experience in life. But when it comes to news and choice together, it doesn't always seem to work out for the best.

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Future

The form of news has changed drastically over the years. The obvious form of news most of us think about would be the newspaper, but now we have all kinds of ways to get our news. Websites, cellular applications, television, and even social networking sometimes. So what are we heading for? Will there even be a use of newspapers in the future? Well if I'm going off of my opinion and knowledge, then I would have to say the newspaper isn't close to reaching it's end. Sure it may be declining slowly, but only by a percent or two a year. Which yes, that does sound bad because if you think about it they may be down 10 percent in five years. Although, profits of newspapers hit 38.6 billion dollars. Company's aren't going to give up that money just because it goes down a little bit every year. There is still a lot of money to be made in the industry, and as long as their is money to be made then the product will be there. I also believe that they will find a way to turn their decline around. People are smart and when there's a problem, they fix it. If you're looking at profits of newspapers to profits of websites, or applications then the newspapers surpass them. Newspapers are still widely distributed. It's one of the easiest ways for people to get their news. Also we all know they're the people who just hate change. So not everyone will prefer the new technology, even if it is better or an easier way to get the news in the future.

Of course many people would rather use technology for there news. Such as this application where its a small simple tablet that will give you the same, if not more, information that a paper can give you. You don't have to get your news delivered to you, it's just always in your hand. As I do like reading the paper, I prefer the technology side. It's a more advance way to get news and I feel I learn more with videos or links to go further in depth. As I mentioned earlier, I think the newspaper will stick around for a while longer. But I think the new generations are drifting towards technology too. The whole world will never prefer the same thing. Some may prefer technology, some may prefer the classic newspaper.

That's why I think both forms will be successful and why I think my groups news industry The Daily Buckets will be successful because you can have your option of what kind of news you would like. We decided to create a newspaper, Phone application, and a future paper. We will run advertisements on all forms of the news. We decided to have a paper to make a larger profit off of advertisements and subscriptions, and we added the technology side for people on the go or people who just prefer technology.

I do see technology slowly taking over as new generations come into the world though. Lets be honest we will only be more obsessed with technology as it advances, but it will also be nice to whip out the newspaper on a Sunday and relax. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

What is Journalism?

It's a question I feel many should be asking themselves, but I'm afraid aren't. What is real journalism? We live in a day of age where you can swipe open your phone click on a social networking app and see hundreds of rumors that could or could not be true. How are you suppose to know? Is that journalism or no? It's tricky question because there's always going to be a different answer depending on the situation. In my search for finding story's on what true journalism is, I came across this story. It wasn't what I was really looking for but as I was reading this story I thought to myself, this is real journalism. It's statements are supported by facts. They did their research and double checked it. They had a lot of  detail and told a factual story very well. They told what happened from different angles to get a better understanding of the situation, and all around it seemed their purpose of the article was to inform people reading it on the truth.

Now as I look on another end of journalism, I notice many people can easy mess it up and lie. I like to call it "Fake Journalism." If you check out this link you'll get what I mean.  . You can make many things up for people to believe, as you can see with those five articles. I feel there is a responsibility in all of us that we probably don't know we poses. We all have the ability to be journalists and protect journalism.

When we tweet or post a Facebook status or anything else you post for the world to see, it could be related to journalism. Now if its real journalism or not, that may be the problem. For example, on any given day I'm sure I could open up my twitter and see someone tweeting, it's probably something that most people probably don't care about, but still read. Say that Sally tweeted saying that she saw Billy cheating on his girlfriend with Jennifer. Now instead of Sally being mature and normal, she just decided to be a Starbucks, Ugg, iPhone tweeting girl and just tweet her assumption and show everyone instead of first investigating. (By the way this isn't a true story) When really in the end Jennifer was just showing Billy what to buy his girlfriend on Valentines day. So the post that Sally tweeted, in my book, would be defined as "Fake Journalism." I believe that's a problem in our time. We aren't always getting true journalism. I realize that the gossip articles are usually going to be more entertaining than a news article, but we just need to remember not everything we read is true. So yes, social networking can be used for journalism, but only to certain extents. At some point we must realize we can't believe everything we read. It can't all be true. As the days go on our technology advances so the more news we get. as the more news we get rises though, so does the lies.