Being Portrayed in the Media

Queen – Alexis Abamu


The media has a funny way of taking a picture and making it literally a thousand words. Have you ever heard the phrase ” its two sides to every story”? Forget that it’s more like 123,3456 stories. The media will take a picture or cover a story and embedded it into our heads to make us think one thing until we get information from somewhere else and think another. If you are no simple minded or easily influenced then you will form your own opinion. If not the media will sure enough do a good job doing it for you.

Picture from Pinterest @ ShirleyRuth

These two pictures show people in the same situation but as you can see there are two different stories to think about. The one on the left would make you think that he is a bad kid and steals by any mean to feed himself in a  Natural Disaster . The media has painted a great picture of the couple letting us know that sometimes it’s ok to “do what you have to do”. When I look at these pics I see both parties trying to do what they have to do to survive!

Now that we understand and have seen examples of how the media portrays this for what they are not, let’s talk about last night election! If you have been paying attention it is no secret to who majority of Trump voters look like or what Clinton voters look like. Last night I personally got a good look of what the voters look, thanks to the media. When I saw Clintons headquarters I saw a very mixed crowd, people from all races and genders. Majority of the people I saw at Trump Headquarters  where white male or older people. When they did show woman at the Trump headquarters, they made sure to get their signs stating, “women for Trump”.

By  Chip Somodvilla

The media showed us who they wanted us to see. I know for a fact there was African Americans at the Trump headquarters, I just had to search for them. We have an  Image of what Trump supporters look like so the media chooses to maintain it.

While watching the news or looking at pictures that the news provides, remember to always maintain your own opinion.

Music Journalism: Critique and Capture

The world of music is often seen as a mystical type of reaction that takes place as notes on a staff but carries the power to unite groups of thousands. Although music at times can seem untouchable or lacks a real foundation its very real people who create these striking tunes. Since sounds could be made by beings capable of carrying out a pattern artist have been creating their own version of music. As long as music has been around their has been someones ears capable and willing to listen. Enter the role of an audience.

The idea of music being intended for an audience seems obvious but many forget that as much as the musician is participating in their music so is the audience and in some ways they even exceed the level. The power of an audience carries the word of everyone present at a performance or that’s heard a track. Far more audience members than those directly involved in the music. These people wanted to get organized, find out what type of music was out their and hear talk from those who knew what they were talking about. Enter the music journalist.

Anyone with an opinion can claim to be a critic and anyone with a mouth can share a story but audiences wanted someone trained to do it for mass marketing. Music journalist more often than not tell stories about artist and try to relate the audience to some music. The aim is to capture the essence of a piece of work and put it down on paper. Only recently has nearly every audience member been able to express their experience though.

So since the dawn of time everyone could keep a rhythm not everyone could keep share an opinion. Muisc journalism has changed a lot in recent years. The industry is more open to the masses and everyone is welcome to throw their hat into the ring. Some say its the next step in music, like everyone tapping their foot together now everyone can share an experience. I like the role an audience plays but that doesn’t make it a story. Music Journalism should remain story based not opinion based.

The Great World of Pinterest


Pinterest is not something some social media users would consider a channel or business opportunity. Many also don’t realize how to properly incorporate key words into specific parts of their Pins and within their profile. An article on Pinterest success I stumbled upon while learning more about it opened my mind to a side of Pinterest I really never gave thought to. This article went into detail giving hard numbers about it. For example, the net value of Pinterest sits at 5 billion dollars, and that there are 30 million Pins within the network’s system. Additionally, that number of Pins grows by 25% with each passing quarter. It’s safe to say that there is a huge opportunity to get a brand noticed and increase traffic through utilizing Pinterest, but only through using it the right way.

You must first evaluate who the audience is, who is the target market? According to PEW Research Center, male Pinterest users was at 13% in 2014, up from only 8% in 2013. In 2015, the number of male users went up a little more to 16%. Even though females still primarily dominate Pinterest, the male user number is slowly but steadily increasing each passing year. That being said, Pinterest has a large female target base to utilize. Another report from PEW describes the age demographic with the highest user numbers between the ages of 18-29 years old at 37% and 30-49 years old at 36%.  That’s a broad age range!

Keywords are important within a Pin that is looking to be noticed. The Username, Profile Name, About Description, Board Title Name, and Board Title Description are all areas that keywords can be placed. There are up to 500 characters to be utilized, using words that searchers would use increase the chance of your Pin getting noticed with other Pins using that specific set of words. Monitoring traffic using Google analytics can assist in ranging the traffic.

Haylle Moody

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From Soup Bowl to Superbowl: The Rebirth of New Orleans

For football fans our calendar year begins in August with the beginning of preseason. Usually at this time the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the home of the new Orleans Saints, is alive with fans cheering, loud music and an atmosphere unlike any other. But on August 29th, 2005 as Hurricane Katrina came ashore, the Superdome was home to frightened, homeless, and hopeless refugees.

In the aftermath of Katrina thousands of New Orleans residents were relocated to surrounding states. And so were the New Orleans Saints. The team spent the 2005 season practicing in San Antonio and hosted their home games in Baton Rouge at Tiger Stadium, the home of the LSU Tigers. At this time my family had set up a new life for ourselves in Dallas, with no chance of returning to our former home, and even less of a chance of becoming Cowboys fans. Seeing my family hold on to their Saints pride gave me hope that one day our lives would be back to normal.

Fast forward to September 25, 2006, the Saints first home game in the Superdome since it was used as a shelter with two holes in the roof. The Saints are playing their division rival, the Atlanta Falcons. If you know anything about Saints fans, you know they hate the Falcons. On the opening drive Steve Gleason blocked the Falcons punt and the Saints recovered it in the endzone for a touchdown. With one daring leap and swat, Gleason sparked a euphoric sense of elation in the city that could only be compared to the patriotic surge in America post-9-11. The Saints won that game and had their best season in the history of the franchise. (

After living in Dallas for close to 4 years, I felt like we had fully established our roots in Texas. As we huddled around a 50-inch in February of 2009 we witnessed the Saints win their first Superbowl title. There were tears shed as we embraced each other because that victory was symbolic of the never-quit attitude that the whole city of New Orleans took on in an effort to rebuild the city. They did it for the people of New Orleans who lost it all. And as they hoisted that trophy, we knew that our city was reborn.

-Troy Guter 2015

Thank you social media

by Marleine Calderon

So it’s Sunday and I finally get to relax after working a 10-hour shift. I get to catch up on Facebook, check my emails, and write some thank you notes.

Sound a little familiar? If you’re thinking of the “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”, then you’re right. Inspired by his “Thank you Notes” segment, I got a few things to thank.

(Cue thank you note writing music)

Thank you, social media, for being one of the most useful tools ever invented. From allowing me to follow my favorite celebrities on Twitter and Instagram, to receiving an electronically signed album cover from Luke Bryan on Facebook. You’ve allowed me to connect with them, just as you’ve allowed them to connect with us, the fans.

digitally signed copy
Marleine’s digitally signed album cover.

Thank you, social media, for bringing awareness to many diseases, like the Lou Gehrig’s diseases, causes, like the No H8 campaign, and movements, like Black Lives Matter.

Did you know that the Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Association received $115 million during a six-week period from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014?

Check out this infographic.


According the ALS Association website, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge takes place every August until there’s a cure.

Thank you, social media, for bringing awareness to issues that need to be addressed by the 2016 presidential candidates, like immigration and gun control.

The 2016 presidential election will be an interesting race with 22 people running, 17 in the Republican Party and five in the Democratic Party.

Donald Trump announcing that he’s running for president caused uproar on social media. With his views on illegal immigration, many Latinos have taken to Facebook and Twitter to prove Trump wrong and vow to be active and vote in the election next year.

Check out this message from Melissa Fajardo.

Also, with the recent loss of two journalists and crimes, people think we need stricter gun control.

“You send people into war zones, you send people into dangerous situations, riots, and you worry that they’re going to get hurt,” said WDBJ station general manager Jeffrey A. Marks. “You send somebody to do a story on tourism, how can you ever expect something like this to happen?”

I think we do. If we can’t enjoy a movie in peace, go to school without worrying, or report a story on tourism, where will people find peace? Hopefully our next president will focus on gun control to protect citizens from harm.

Well, those are my thank you notes.

Thanks for reading.


ALS Association

On the Issues-Donald Trump


WDBJ story