Final Video Project

For our classes final project, we were asked to join teams of 2-3 members and create a video that captured an event involving the University of Wyoming and/or the City of Laramie. Our group decided to cover a charity dodgeball tournament that was put on by university students at the local high school.

Students in Dr. Patton’s Cross Cultural Communications class created the tournament to raise awareness for homelessness in Laramie. The money raised went towards winter coats that can double as sleeping bags for the homeless around town.

Chloe, Amy, and myself felt this was an important and positive event that deserved to be covered for our video. Although I was unable to attend the filming process, I felt that Chloe and Amy did an excellent job of covering the important details during interviews and created interesting and varied shots of B-Roll for the video.

Our video editing experience was quite an eventful one. With many technical difficulties came many frustrating moments in the computer lab. But in the end, I learned a lot of great resilience in the video editing process and I am very proud of how the project turned out for us.

I really enjoyed that we were able to cover an event that premised itself on charity and helping others.  The most fulfilling journalism projects should be the ones that help the community come together for a great cause. Therefore, that was the most enjoyable part for myself.

What I did not enjoy were the countless walls put in our way that required our group to use every second of lab time we could to get this project done. With computers not running the programs correctly, files not downloading from thumb drives, editing the video and not being able to save it, and countless other road blocks, the task of creating a well-rounded video was a dog-fight down to the wire.

Alas, we made that final shot at the buzzer and produced a video that encapsulated the charity event nicely. After we figured out all the issues, with hours of help from our class TA, editing the video was really fun. The program let us be creative with transitions, add text, and manage the volume levels to create an entertaining piece. Now that I understand why the problems were occurring, I am looking forward to video editing in the near future.

I have an uncanny ability to struggle with any and all technology. So, it was not surprising to me that we encountered so many issues editing the video. What was surprising to me was how smoothly the editing process was after we merely switched the account in which we ran the program on. Once we ran the program on my account, the editing was easy and we had a really good time bringing the assignment together.

Next time, I will definitely make sure to check that the program can run on everyone’s account efficiently before starting to edit videos. It is a real pain to edit an entire project and then not be able to save it. So checking everyone’s program will be something I do differently in the future. Also, when conducting interviews, I want to make sure that the background being filmed has the ability to hold text on it well  (such as names, occupations, etc.). With background that are too dark, light or busy, it can be hard to read text no matter what the font or color is.

In the future, I can see myself doing a lot of video projects. Watching ESPN and SportsCenter my entire life inspired me to study journalism and advertisement.  Those shows have mastered the ability to comprise exciting and to-the-point clips of awesome sports action, which is something I am very interested in doing for a career.  The skills I have learned during this project will definitely be applicable in my future endeavors.

 

 

Live Tweeting a Cowgirl Basketball Game

I was assigned in class to practice “Live Tweeting” an event of importance. I was excited at the opportunity to cover a Wyoming athletic event.

I originally had planned on doing the Wyoming vs. Northern Iowa game, but I ended up having to leave town spur of the moment. I was determined to cover a basketball game, but bronchitis held me away from the Colorado Christian game. So, with time dwindling, I ended up covering the Wyoming Cowgirls game versus the Idaho Lady Vandals in the Arena Auditorium.

I had a great time covering the Cowgirls. I want to be involved in sports once I graduate, so tweeting this event was excellent practice for me.  It was nice to be able to talk about stuff I truly cared and was passionate about, rather than a teacher assigning me an event.  I also love UW sports, so that made the assignment that much more appealing.

I enjoyed watching the game and putting it into my own words. I have watched so much sports television in my life, I felt like putting the play into words was very easy. I enjoyed capturing photos of the event, and I felt my picture of the introductions with the fire coming out of the basket was a great shot.

I can’t think of anything I did not enjoy, I really liked the entire process of Live Tweeting a sporting event.

One of the things I learn was difficult was tweeting while play was continuing on the court. The game is so fast paced that a tweeter must type very fast in order to not miss anything important on the court. That being said, I found that I am a very slow tweeter.

I also learned that it is important to grab a game program before the game. While the announcer does a great job telling the crowd who does what, it is important that the tweeter spells all the names of the players correctly. The game program helps vitally with this.

If I could have done anything differently, I would have spelled “Dome of Doom” in my first tweet, rather than “Dome of Dome”. I was SURPRISED to see this mistake minutes later but also that Twitter doesn’t have post-tweet editing.

I can see myself using social media a lot in the future as far as my career in journalism is concerned.

Today, journalists are all over social media, and it is vital that they are. People don’t rely on home computer and newspapers for their news as much as they used to. Now, people have their screens in their faces 24/7, and they want to see the news instantly.  It is important to have a great social media presence so your viewership is maintained. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter will be essential to my success.

 

 

 

 

Social Media and Business

Social media is a tool often used by businesses. It helps connect the business itself to the online demographic through fun and creative images, video and text. With so many platforms to choose from, businesses have the ability to reach anyone with a computer, phone, tablet, etc.

For this assignment, I was asked to choose two different sources of business and compare their presence on social media. I decided to go with Nike and Reebok for my comparison because I am an athlete they uses both companies products frequently.

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Both companies use popular medias. They are both present on Facebook, Instagram,  LinkedIn, and Twitter.

I was unable to find a Pinterest for either company, although there are ads for their products on the site.

Both companies have great accounts on Instagram. I am biased towards Nike gear so it’s hard for me to lean the other way, but Reebok really impressed me. Both accounts on Instagram were flashy. Gym models in every picture with the newest gear available. Facebook was the same way, most likely because users can share pictures from Instagram to Facebook. Nike had a lot of images featuring popular sports. I noticed Reebok had a lot of Crossfit pictures and gym fitness oriented posts.

Facebook was one of the most different medias between the two. Nike’s Facebook page covered a multitude  of sports and the different apparel they have for each, while Reebok promoted events, links to other health articles, and human interest posts.

Twitter use was fairly regular for both companies but I was expecting to see more NFL football on the Nike account. Nike recently bought out Reebok to be the official NFL uniform supplier.

I also had trouble finding Snapchat’s for either company. Snapchat usernames can be difficult to find for the most part if they aren’t in bio’s on other forms of media. So they may exist, however I was unable to find them.

Both companies were on LinkedIn, but I found the other medias were much more interesting and seemed to be more popular due to the number of followers. LinkedIn is more oriented for the business aspect of companies.

The brands were very consistent across all medias as far as their message is concerned. I noticed that Reebok was more oriented to the average person where as Nike used more professional athletes in their photos and videos. Both messages included fitness and using the coolest, newest equipment for the specific sporting season.

Nike and Reebok used the medias to sell their products.  Each company utilized models and athletes wearing their products while working out, playing in games, and posing in athletic stances. Most of the texts were motivational, using phases such as “win the day” and “play like there is no tomorrow”.

For Nike’s media, I would have displayed more sports that are popular at the moment (football, basketball, volleyball). They could have promoted company events as well, which was an area Rebook excelled in. If Nike does have a Snapchat I would advise them to promote it on Instagram and Twitter. They are a company that produces amazing graphics and can utilize that media really well.

For Rebook, I would display their clothing apparel more on their Instagram. Their products were featured on model and athletes, but the focus was on the person and not the product. I would advise them to offer more apparel on Facebook, I saw a lot of human interest stuff which is awesome, but doesn’t sell product. There should be a good balance. Like Nike, I was unable to find a Snapchat. This is the most popular app at the moment and can improve interest in their brand.

At the end of the day, both companies used their social media presence to their advantage.  Selling clothing was the main idea for both, but a message of fitness and well-being was a definite selling point.  I would have to say Nike won the battle in a head-to-head match up, but when your company is worth $75 billion it would be hard to fail.

 

 

Edited Interview with Thomas Lipitz

I thoroughly enjoyed my editing experience with Audacity. It was very easy to use and fun to explore. The interview with Thomas went well and sounds even better now that it has been edited.

The experience itself was not too stressing due to the fact that I have used audacity before this interview.  I will disclose that the audio sounds much more clear and loud in my head phones, so I will advise the listener to use headphones when listening.

Most of the controls I used in the program were ones that are used in Office (Cut, Paste, etc.), so my editing wasn’t too technical. Importing and exporting the downloads were very simple.

The tool I enjoyed the most was the zoom feature.  Being able to investigate my audio under a closer microscope helped me to make the transitions smoother and more finite. I also liked how easy it was to mute other tracks, even though I only ended up saving one.

An application I found difficult was having to press “stop” instead of “pause” to make adjustments to the audio.  It makes sense that you would need to press “stop”, but it was difficult for me to remember at first.

Something that surprised me was how many small adjustments can go into a second of audio.  The editing possibilities are virtually endless with this program. How in depth the zoom can go was something the shocked me as well.

If I could change anything, It was be adding a little more ambient noise between transitions in order to make the change of subject more apparent.  The fact that I forgot to get a self ID in the initial raw audio was disappointing, and I found that when I added it later it was really difficult to match it up with the initial interview raw audio.

I wish my transitions were more smooth, I feel like there were a couple rough patches. When Thomas is talking I feel like the audio sounds good, but some of the pauses could have been edited better.

Overall I think the interview sounds good and the information about his hometown and his experiences in Laramie were insightful.

 

My interview with Thomas Lipitz: The Man; the Myth; the Legend

I conducted an interview with fellow classmate Thomas Lipitz and spoke about his upbringing in Pueblo, Colorado and his decision to attend the University of Wyoming.

During the interview, I felt very comfortable with Thomas. I have done audio recordings with people beforehand, so the experience was nothing new. We sat down in a quiet area and the setting was very relaxed, which was optimal.  I enjoyed learning about Thomas and his background in Pueblo. I’ve been to Pueblo a few times so I was able to picture some of the details in his interview.

I also enjoyed being the interviewee. Thomas was really good at interviewing and I could tell he had experience in the field. I’ve been interviewed many times in my sports career, so having an audio recorder close by was something I had seen before.

I am not sure there was anything I didn’t enjoy about the interview.  I forgot to get a self-identification before Thomas started talking so in hindsight I would have done that first.   He was a really easy guy to talk to and I thought our questions got some nice information out of us.

I wish I would have asked him what his favorite things to do in Laramie were. We discussed what he liked to do in Pueblo, but I would like to hear more about his Laramie experience thus far. I would add the self-identification at the beginning of the audio and will probably ask him to do one in class so I can add it to the edited draft. Also leaving some space between questions would have helped more with the editing on audacity like Mike Brown had discussed in class.

I feel like I will get better and interviews will run much more smoothly with practice. Like anything, interviewing is a craft that takes practice and reps. I will work on making adjustments mid-interview and asking questions based off of the interviewees answers rather than sticking strictly to the questions I’ve prepared before the interview.

 

Life in Laramie: Perspectives of Students and Residents

Photojournalism is a prominent field for collegiate study.  With a rising appeal in social media and online journalism, interest in photojournalism is at an all-time high.

I had a few ideas of how I could relate my pictures in this blog post to others from my site and to the life of a college student like myself. One was to witness student life on campus. The other was to take photos the youth football players that were not mentioned in my feature about football in Laramie.

 

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Study Grind. Josh Loseke, Senior at the University of Wyoming, studies for a test at Coe Library located on the UW campus. Even after a workout, Josh finds time to hit the books. 

This feature photo involved a student in Coe Library this past Wednesday. Josh Loseke was studying for a test at the computer next to me when I snapped the photo before receiving permission to use it.

This shot is very simple, but gives an idea of daily life for a college student. Balancing time between classes, jobs, studying, and extracurricular activities can be a challenge. Here, Josh comes straight from Half Acre gym to study for a test; utilizing every minute of his spare time throughout his week.

Viewpoint was established in this photo, along with an intense look of focus from Josh.

 

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Isolated Literature. A student reads a book alone in the stands of Deti Stadium on Thursday night.

I captured this feature shot while riding my bike past the old high school, across the street from my home, this past Thursday evening. She appeared to be babysitting her siblings at they played tag on the field below.

I saw that she was the only person sitting in the stands, so it caught my attention. I decided to use the rule of thirds and isolate her in the upper left corner of the shot after I zoomed in.

Although the direction she is looking would have advised me to put her in the top right of my photo, she had looked up from her book right when I snapped the shot. I don’t believe this made the photo less appealing because the point was not to create a vector of her vision, but to show her isolation and the emptiness around her.

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In the Huddle. A Laramie youth football team huddles during a practice on Monday night to devise a sure touchdown play.

This sports feature photo took place on a football field close to my house. I had been out of town for the Wyoming game on Saturday but I really love shooting sports photography, so I asked a parent if I could snap a few shots of the practice.

The atmosphere was very lively, probably due to the players energy condensed from school that day, and also the love of playing football. Parents smiled and laughed on the sideline and it brought back a sense of nostalgia for me and my youth football experiences.

This was only a difficult shot because I had to stand on my toes and hope that I hit the “take photo” button as my hand was stretched toward the sky. I wanted a perspective shot that showed a different view of a football huddle.

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Catch Me if You Can. Jeremy Sanchez, age 12, evades a tackler during a drill on Monday night.

This action photo was captured during a drill involving a runner, blocker and a tackler. The move the young man made had the coaches and players jumping and cheering. This is one of the many reasons a young athlete plays sports, for the small victories.

I was amazed at how well my iPhone camera was able to capture this fast-paced movement shot. Though they are still children, the speed of the game can still be surprisingly fast.

This shot used the device of motion/action in an attempt to capture athletic competition. The only difficult part of this shot was jumping out of the way of the running player!

 

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Leader of the Pack. A young quarterback gives directions to his teammates who had failed to complete their last pass attempt.

 

This shoot was difficult to shoot due to some strange circumstances. I had dropped my phone on the ground and as I picked it up I noticed the team was in the same area talking about a previous play.

I figured it would be an opposite perspective of my “birds-eye” helmet photo and it turned out great. Amazing to see how leadership can evolve even in elementary aged athletes. This was a very cool moment captured in an unexpected moment.

 

5 Pictures Featuring Different Creative Devices

I spent a few hours this past week walking around my beautiful college campus and captured some images with my iPhone 5 digital camera. Here are a few of those pictures that involve creative devices to enhance the image:

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Shining Light. This photo was taken outside of the Arts and Sciences building on the UW campus, above a door on the outside of the building.

This image uses the creative device of contrast. The darkness of the building is contrasted by the brightness of the bulb in the center of the photo.  This creates a pleasing image to the eye and a sense of warmth that the bulb creates.

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Made of Stone. This photo was taken outside of Merica Hall on the UW campus around 1:30 p.m.

This photo uses the device of viewpoint. The perspective of this photo is what makes it unique. If I had taken the photo from a normal distance it would be a normal picture of a building. But because I was able to get closer and shoot the shot at an upward angle, it has become much more interesting.

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Off the Wall. Taken at the Biological Science Building at the University of Wyoming.

Leading line is the creative device used in this image. This is appealing to the eye because it creates a vector leading up the building and to the sky. One could also suggest symmetry as a create device with the decretive siding of the building.

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Tick Tock. Living Room decor displayed in an American household.

This image displays cropping and texture. The clock itself is not portrayed as it is in reality due to one side not being visible. This is what is considered cropping, because even though the entire subject is not captured, the viewer still knows it is a clock due to subject clues. The wall upon which the clock rests creates a visual sensor that reminds us what the bumpy texture feels like without even being there.

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Fall into Color. These flowers show that autumn is now among us. The beautiful changes in color sprinkle the UW campus on a brisk Fall day.

Color is very apparent as a creative device in this photo.  The colors are vibrant as they fill the green background in almost a polka-dot design.  The colors of the flowers (red, yellow, and orange) suggest that the flowers have began changing in the fall, giving the photo even more context, like an inferred calendar.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Having taken a photography class at the University of Wyoming, it was very hard for me to not edit the photos. I don’t believe I have a natural, raw talent at capturing photos, so I rely heavily on editing images to create even more creative devices.  Something that surprised me was how different the campus and other places I’ve known my whole life could look so different through the lens of a camera. Simply taking the time to investigate everyday sights at a deeper level really unlocked the true beauty our eyes can often overlook.

In hindsight, I would have tried to hit more notable sights on campus and given them a little different view that people aren’t used to seeing. I would have liked to work with the Rule of Thirds more because I believe it is a really effective device, but with architectural photography and not obvious subject matter, it can be difficult to apply.

Youth Football to Friday Night Lights

Laramie High School football is something rarely celebrated around the southeast corner of the great state of Wyoming.  With a team that hasn’t had a winning record since 2000, not much has been worth celebrating the last 15 years. This, however, can all be changing very soon.

Fostering Development

What makes great high school programs? Is it the coaching, the amount of money the school puts into the program or the amount of time and work the team sacrifices?

The answer lies within all of these realms, but great programs do not start developing players in 9th grade.  Channeling youth sports into high school programs is the first step to building long-lasting success, and that is what Laramie Youth Football hopes to accomplish.

Travis Brown, a coach in the Laramie Youth league for the past 3 years, has had much success in developing players from the age of 10 to the time they enter junior high.

“I love that the league is competitive, but also fosters development,” Brown said. “Everyone should be getting better, not only my players, but the other teams in the league. They will all be playing together at the next levels.”

The Plainsmen football win-loss total over the past 15 years is a mere 19-74. This duration of time included many coaching changes and a lack of student population willing to join the team.

“It’s all about continuity,” Brown explained. “When a team has stability over a long period of time, it usually leads to success. Look at teams like the Spurs, Patriots, etc., they find a system and master it instead of constantly changing.”

Brown hopes the Laramie Youth League can begin implementing some concepts they will use at Laramie High School.

Success on the Horizon

Last year, the Laramie Youth Football All-Star team competed in the Snow Range Showdown Football tournament, held at War Memorial Stadium on the University of Wyoming campus. The team went 2-0 with wins over Green River (28-16) and Gillette (26-8), success the city has not been used to in quite some time.

 

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The 2015 Laramie Youth All-Star Team after a victory against Gillette during the Snowy Range Showdown last October. Photo credit to the Laramie Youth Football Facebook page.

“Coaching has made a huge difference in Laramie Youth Football,” Julie Darling, a parent of an All-Star player, said. “They push the kids to have discipline and to do things the right way, almost like they were high school athletes. The kids still have a ton of fun, but it has really changed the culture of youth football here in Laramie.”

Julie also reflected on the Laramie Plainsmen program. “It’s hard to watch the team struggle and player turn-out decrease over the years. I don’t know if it’s because of the white-collar atmosphere Laramie provides, but I believe this upcoming group of athletes can transition the school to a winning program.”

Inside Laramie Youth Football

Nobody has a better look at the league than the players within it. Jaedyn Brown, son of Travis Brown, gave great insight on what his experiences playing in the Laramie Youth league has been like.

“The coaches are all really experienced and I think that’s made us better,” the 12-year-old quarterback explained. “Also, it’s fun to be the older kid now and teach the younger kids what the coaches expect”.

Jaedyn went on to explain some of the reasons he plays the sport.

“I live for the big plays,” he said. “To practice and work really hard all week, and then to make the plays in the game is an awesome feeling.”

Making Laramie High School Football Great Again

It is no question that players play for the love of the game. Why would a child dedicate so much time to something he isn’t passionate about? This continues into the high school levels, but of course, it comes with a much bigger stage.

According to Wyoming-Football.com, the Laramie Plainsmen dominated Wyoming High School football through the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, winning a total of 14 state championships during those three decades, under their infamous head coach John Deti, whom their football stadium is named after.

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John E. Deti Sr., arguably the greatest prep coach in Wyoming history. Total Win/Loss over 33 seasons (1944-1976) was 205-87-8 with 14 state championships.  Photo and statistics courtesy WyoSports.net

Travis Brown, who recently was hired as the new Laramie High School boy’s varsity basketball coach, had comments on what he sees in the future for the 4A football program.

“Now that the coaching staff has been there a few years, it’s going to make a positive difference. Like I said, continuity is important. They seem to have implemented more off-season regimens (weightlifting, conditioning, etc.) which makes a team better at the start of official practices,” Brown said.

Rebuilding a Relationship

With youth football on the rise in Laramie, it only makes sense that the high school team will follow suit, right? Wrong. The transition from the two leagues has to have all parties on board, including youth coaches, high school coaches, parents, and athletes.

Coach Brown made his opinion very clear when dealing with the matter.

“Development starts at the youth level, but the leadership starts from the top and works down. There has to be a better communication between our league’s coaches and the high school coaches. Players using the same systems at the youth level that they will use at the high school level will have much more success when they get there, rather than learning from scratch in 9th grade,” Brown explained.

The Laramie Youth League hopes that these bridges can be crossed in order to make Laramie a Wyoming football powerhouse once more.

                    (Left) A Laramie youth football player attempts to break a tackle to reach   the end-zone during a 2015 football game. Photo courtesy bommphotos.com

(Right) A Laramie Plainsmen football player is tripped up by a Sheridan Bronc during a game in 2015. Photo courtesy of WyoSports.net

Laramie Youth Athletics Gaining Notoriety As a Whole

It is safe to say that Travis Brown has solved the equation for youth athletics success, considering he has won a Little League state championship as the head coach of the Laramie Little League All-Stars, coached the Laramie AAU 12-under basketball team to a 97-31 record over a 2 year span while playing in Colorado and Utah and also winning the Laramie Youth Football championship as well as the Snowy Range Showdown.

He hopes to continue this success with the Plainsmen boys basketball team this upcoming fall and also hopes to see his youth success transition to the high school level as well.

For more information on the Laramie Youth Football League, visit LaramieYouthFootball.org.

For more information on Laramie Plainsmen football, click this link: www.acsd1.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connecting the Dots: The Rubix Cube That is Politics

In an attempt to understand the complex web of ties and relationships existing in the world of politics, my colleagues and I explored an interesting website called “Connecting the Dots Behind the 2016 Presidential Candidates”.

The website was set up so that the user can scroll down the page to digest all of its information.  Therefore, we studied the site from top to bottom in that order.  Each candidate in the election had a map of the connections with other people and organizations.

In other words, the web of people, organizations, and arrows going a million different directions reminded me of a criminal detective show where the cork board at the station has a thousand pictures with string and tacks supposedly connecting the suspects to the crime.

Although the website was extremely easy to navigate, the actual content on the website was overwhelming. With so many arrows, I couldn’t really wrap my mind around the concepts in front of me.

Even though the navigation included a scroll bar, accessing the information was really convenient.  To read the content all you had to do was put the mouse arrow over the pictures to see the connections between them.

Websites like this should have simple, clean designs for the users. This is where “Connecting the Dots” laid a giant egg. It is one of the most complex designs I have ever encountered on the web for the simple reason that their are a billion arrows going every which way.

THREE THINGS THEY SHOULD NOT CHANGE

I really like how easy it is to scroll through the website. All the information is easily accessible.

I like the picture format with all the politicians faces. All you have to do is scroll over them to see their info.

The tabs above the politicians was a great idea. It really helps to cut through the clutter of the design.

THREE THINGS THEY SHOULD CHANGE

The idea of the web design is to show how interconnected politicians are. One example would be a good way of showing that, but for every politician it was overwhelming. Keeping one example would be a good idea though.

It would have been nice to have some website links that explained what certain bubble meant.

I also noticed that the website has not been updated for a while. Ted Cruz isn’t even a candidate anymore…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

How do we get a sense of the world around us without tangible experience? How do we know what fashion trends are current, or who won the broncos game while we were off at work? How do we see if the illustrious Kanye West or Donald Trump has said something that makes us pull our hair out in the last 24 hours? These answers lie in the way we obtain our news.

Growing up in a sports oriented family, ESPN was and is still today a monopoly of news exposure in my home. You can expect SportsCenter on the main living room TV while I’m on my couch doing homework or eating freeze pops by the gallon. I can honestly say that I decided to study journalism due to the impact Sports Television has had on me.

A huge advantage to ESPN is the fact that the cast and produces vary largely in demographic, views, and personality. When I turn on my flat screen at the end of a long day, I know that the information crammed in my eye holes via flashing lights, 2 minute clips containing 1000 sports plays, and theme music loud enough to make Hendrix roll over in his grave, will at least be truthful information I can trust.

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As for other news such as political and world news, I use what most people of my demographic use, Social Media.

I’m not going to sugar coat it, I am laying a fat egg in the cultural news department. Colin Kaepernick refusing to stand for the National Anthem during a football game is about how political my news intake gets. I know it’s my civic duty to have a better knowledge of the world around me, but with the access of Twitter , Instagram, and Facebook at my fingertips, I can skid by with the vague headlines of Trump and Hillary on my timeline.

Are these sources biased? ABSOLUTLEY! With a consumer demographic that swings heavy left-wing, my social media diet is filled with “Die Trump Die” and “Pot is Healthier than Alcohol”articles. Why do I use these sources for information? Convenience! Do I trust them? Well… probably not. What I can tell you is, whether I agree with the views and the  agenda set by the creator of these articles themselves, I can usually tip-toe through the BS to get an general idea of what is happening in the world around me.

I often talk only about sports with my roommates, but with the Presidential election coming up and the reality TV show that Trump and Hillary are piggy-backing on, conversations have started to drift in a political direction.

Although our sports conversations can often grow heated with much disagreement, I have noticed a common denominator among not only my roommates and I, but with my demographic in general concerning politics. It’s libertarianism.

With the maniac battle between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton being viewed on all social media platforms, young adults have began to shift in a direction that throws a middle finger to both candidates. I’ve seen more cohesion over the past few months of the race than in the beginning, and I would most likely credit the way social media has broadcasted the event.

“Liar or Psychopath, who will you vote for!?”, “Black Teen Killed by White Policeman”, “Quran Burned by 15 US Citizens” are the headlines shining from my phone every single day. For a young American, it feels like there isn’t much hope… but maybe its not the headlines I should be concerned with. Maybe it’s the source in which it comes from.

I drastically need to change my news diet to a more cultured viewership. As I become older, the leaders of this country, the laws passed, and social trends and events will only affect me more. It’s time for me and others like me to investigate truthful news sources, so that our knowledge can bring change, not our ignorance.