“2.05 Internet: News, Blogs, etc” – FLVS Journalism 1 Assignment

Over the years, the process of obtaining news has evolved quite a bit. From just news papers, to now radio, television, and the internet. News is so accessible! But with so many options, how do we choose, the one method we like? Or do we?

Although there are so many different avenues of obtaining news, most of them share a few similarities. The most painfully obvious similarity would be that, they all provide news. But they also have differences. Radio, is a very unique form of news, since it is only audio, broadcasters have to be very descriptive in their description of the news stories.  The television is a little bit like the radio, but you have that added -vision part. An added bonus that tends to make TV more desirable over the radio.

Back in the old days, printing newspapers was the only way to get news. They were sold on the street by paper hawkers or paper boys, who hawked the latest headlines to get the attention of the passerby. This is how everyone stayed informed about what was happening in the big cities and far away countries. Newspapers were easy to come by, but not very convenient to produce. All the news was from the day before, this is because they took hours and sometimes days to compile and print. Even with all that hassle, people still loved their newspapers. They did everything to be able to print them. From risking their lives and livelihoods, to printing on anything and everything they could find, from wallpaper donated by citizens of the town, to leftover scraps of animal hides.

The only thing most people have to do, to get breaking news is find a coffee shop somewhere, log onto your laptop, and check out the latest headlines from halfway around the world, to a few blocks down the street, it’s all at our fingertips, via the internet. The internet is the supreme news delivery source. Combining news, pictures, video and sound, it is the most popular, and most widely used news source that is available today. But it is not the most accessible news service. With many remote areas of the world still not able to access the internet, or television, newspapers are still the only way of accessing news in those places.

Most people, especially the younger more recent generations, prefer to use the internet as their news source for many reasons. It is easy to access almost anywhere, it is instant and up to date, and it is affordable. Almost everything now is used as a news source from social media, to blogs, and everything in between.

In conclusion, I would like to say, I get my news from several different places. Just walking through the checkout lane in the grocery store I obtain and gather news. I read news articles online, and through social media, and I follow several news blogs. I receive news from friends and family as well. I like to listen to the radio with my Dad at night, and I also like to read my RSS feeds and gather news from there. In my opinion the best way to get news is through the internet. You don’t have to wait on the paper to be printed, or for broadcasts to air, all you have to do, is pull out your mobile device, and access everything in a matter of seconds, with a touch of a button. Everybody has their own preferences, but it is the speed and the variety of the internet that appeals to me the most. I understand that many people may enjoy the wait and anticipation of their favorite newspaper or magazine, and if it’s worth it for you, why not? These sources may not cover as many subjects in one place, but as long as they appeal to you that is all that matters. There are so many different ways of getting news, so feel free enjoy them all!

“2.04 Broadcast – Television” – FLVS Journalism 1 Assignment

Reporter’s Notebook

For this journal entry, you will watch one hour of news programming on television and write an informative post answering the questions below. There are many free online options for television viewing. Contact your instructor if you have any questions about how to access appropriate programming.

Your journal entry should be at least three paragraphs of your own writing, and you must give credit to all sources that you use or quote. Try to be as informative as possible. Imagine that you are writing a report for a television news station, and you are supposed to provide useful information to your readers on this topic.

Be prepared to discuss this during your discussion-based assessment.

  1. What news show (or shows) did you watch?
  2. How would you classify this show? Local news, TV newsmagazine, entertainment news, sports news, etc.
  3. Did you see any opinion being expressed? Please quote the instances in your answer.
  4. Was this show effective in informing you about a topic? What did it do right? What could have been better?

Peace. Baltimore.


In Baltimore, today, the National Guard has been deployed and a curfew set in place, for Baltimore residents, as the city’s officials attempt to regain control of the civil unrest, sweeping the streets.  Mayor Stephanie Rowlings-Blake, according to several sources was quoted as saying, ” I have instructed the police to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech, [that is including] giving space to those who wish to destroy.” (She later denied she ever even said that statement) Mayor Rowlings-Blake went on to say that She and the police department of Baltimore are trying to maintain a very delicate balance between allowing the people who are protesting to exercise their right to freedom of expression, and still keep the police officers and innocent bystanders safe.

Less than 50 years later. . . .


The curfew will be kept in place for an entire week at least, and will be from 10 pm to 5 am, Excluding only people with a medical emergency and those going to work. All public schools in the Baltimore area have also been closed today, and several of the surrounding counties have canceled all field trips to Baltimore this week. Also, the Orioles have postponed their game against the Chicago White Sox to “play it safe”.

Clean up has begun on the streets of Baltimore. Starting with the arrests of at least 235 people, on Monday, including 34 juveniles. Laquicha Harper, a 30-year-old Baltimore resident, called the violence embarrassing and “heartbreaking,” saying “we owe it to ourselves to do better.” She was among locals who responded Tuesday morning with brooms, not rocks, to clean up the mess left behind.

This latest eruption followed days of simmering tensions over Freddie Gray, who mysteriously died on April 19, a week after Baltimore police arrested him. Anger over his plight may have spurred Monday’s violence, but Baltimore City Council Member Brandon Scott said it was also fueled by “a long, long, longstanding issue with young African-Americans.”

If you don’t know the difference, you are part of the problem

“We’re talking about years and decades of mistrust, of misfortune, of despair that it’s just coming out in anger,” Scott told CNN. “No, it is not right for them to burn down their own city. But that is what’s coming out of these young people.”

The City’s PD has asked all parents to “locate your children, and bring them home”. Hopefully, we can look forward to a safer city of Baltimore in the coming days, and a more peaceful way to demonstrate these grievances. Baltimore Strong!

Pray for the peace of Baltimore



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P.S. To my family who live in Baltimore/Catonsville area. GranDad, Granbutton, Uncle Greg, Aunt Kelly, and my cousins, I hope y’all are safe, we are praying for y’all and for the peace of Baltimore. We love you! Stay safe 🙂 ❤

House Hunting and my current heartbreak

We have been house hunting now, for a few weeks. It’s the normal, you know “Oh wow I like that that house” “Sorry to far out of our price range” or “Wow here’s a house we can afford!” “Not enough bedrooms, and we don’t want a condo” . . . . . . .and that is how it goes most of the time. Either the house is too good to be true, because it is, or it is just a little too perfectly out of reach.

We were set on one house, that unfortunately, got rented out from under us. At least that’s how we feel about to it. We were so set on it, and than we were about half of the 3 hour drive down to it, so all of us children could see it, when we called the owner to make sure he remembered we were coming, only to be told that that house has been rented already. Literally we were like an hour from the house, about 2 or so hours into the trip from our current abode, when this happened. We had to turn right around and head home. We had a few very upset people in the car that day.

Not only were we like most of the way down there, we were also mentally and emotionally there. We had already discussed sleeping arrangements and what we were going to be about furniture and all that stuff. And to seal that deal, we had stopped looking for houses after that.

So we have to move on.

Yesterday we signed all the necessary documents, for the closing on this house. We are officially no longer the owners of this house, and property! It’s both bittersweet and overly joyful for me. I am going to miss being here in Orange Park, so much. I will miss, all of my friends here, every single one, y’all know who you are, and I will miss you all so much, I will NEVER forget y’all, and Thank you for being the amazing friends you will always be to me. I will miss the country, layed back vibe, and mood, the close small town, yet still suburban feel, all the things that make Orange Park, home to my very soul. I swear I could drive around O.P. completely blind and still get exactly where I want to go. Don’t worry Orange Park, you will always have a piece of my heart here and I promise I won’t be gone for long. I am planning on coming back here, as soon as I turn 18. Trust me, my Orange Park, that 2 years isn’t very long, I will be back! 🙂

Having lived here in Orange Park, for a significant amount part of my life and at a significant time in my life, Orange Park has become a part of me. I have become a country girl, living here. I have grown up here, and have embraced a lot of the, I guess you could say culture around here. I dress like a country girl for the most part. Here you aren’t a “cool girl” unless you wear boots, a t-shirt, Miss Me jeans, and a baseball cap with a shiny fish hook on the bill, to the grocery store. Sure we country girls can and do sometimes do EVERYTHING in a skirt, but when we are just wanting to show off in Wal-Mart a little bit, that ^ is what we wear.

Much to the dismay of my Mom, I have picked a little bit of the accent from around here, and though I can turn it off, I can still pull of the southern accent pretty well without it sounding too forced. I have become an avid fan and follower of country music and country music artists. I don’t hang out with really preppy, prissy or city girls around here, so I don’t have much in common with those types of girls. I have been to the mall enough times to count on one hand, seriously, around here the girls don’t really hang out at the mall, you will find more girls hanging out at the high school football and volleyball games, or at the local Saddle club (my personal fav place to hang with my friends) than you will at the mall looking through racks of clothes. I mean to be honest, I would rather take a bunch of my friends out with a few four wheelers and dirt bikes, out to the nearest woods and go trail riding through the woods, then go hang out at the movies ANY DAY!

Here for the past almost 10 years, whenever I want, I have been able to go out into the yard, barefoot. Feel the cold dirt on my feet and between my toes. When it rains, I go out and feel the wet muddy-ish dirt on my feet. When I really just need to release a little bit of tension and stress, I just go outside barefooted and walk through the woods behind our house, and sing a little, it’s the best tension reliever. I have had the privilege, here to be able to have plenty of room to roam, here on our 2 acres, and not be trapped by endless pavement as far as the eye can see, or any houses right on top of us.

For the past few years, I have been sort of finding myself. Discovering who I am, and who I want to be as a person. Establishing my own style. I am not a cookie cutter Curtis (my Dad) or a carbon copy of Lupita (my Mom). I am really not even a perfect combination of both my Mom and Dad. I am Carolina Sunshine. I have my own opinions and  views of life. I am my own person, doing the things I like, and pursuing my dreams. And in all of this I have realized that as much as I kind of hate to say it, Orange Park, has become a big part of me and my personality.

Like I was telling my parents yesterday, at this point in my life, granted I do not claim to know a lot of anything, but I have reached a point, where I dress, talk, act, like, do, the things I want, hang out with the kinds of friends I want, and listen the kind of music I want, and I really, aside from my parents, I don’t really care what other people think of my, or judge me as, just by looking at me. People can judge me by my cover all they want, but it won’t change who I am, it won’t change my view of things, it won’t make me feel worth more, or worthless, this is who I am and this is all you get. I am nobody that I am not. With only one exception, maybe, I am not going to start acting like you or doing the things you do, just so you will like me.

On the brighter side. . . . . . .

I hope that by moving I will be able to make even more friends, that will always be there for me. I hope that where we move I will be able to further my dream of getting a volleyball scholarship to college. I hope that I will become a better person, than I am now, because no matter what I do, and where I go, I am never going to be the best that I can be. I will always strive to be a better daughter, sister, friend, and trust me, I have a LONG way to go.

This year will be so big for me. I will be turning 16 in exactly 1 month and 6 days. I will be dual enrolling at the local community college this summer. I hope to get on a High School volleyball team this August. And yes of course we are now moving. I hopefully am maturing, mentally.

Well enough with the rambling, just had to let out a few feeling that I am feeling right now.

Oh by the way, Next Saturday, I will be running a 5k. I am pretty excited, because I really enjoy running, and it is good exercise. I will be training all this week, so I will be pretty busy.

I hope y’all have a really fun and awesome weekend!


~Sunshine 😛 ❤

17 years and counting. . . . . . .

Tomorrow is my parents 17th anniversary. 17 years ago, on the 19th of April, my parents got married, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, in my Abuelita’s living room (yes, I’m serious). I was born about 13 months later. Every year, since about 4 or 5 yrs ago, my siblings and I have tried to do something special for their anniversary, and we are always at a loss for ideas. Most every year we do breakfast in bed, but the gifts vary from year to year. One year, on their 15th, I bought them a new set of stemmed wine glasses, we made them a new table cloth, and we made them a cake. One year we made them tie die shirts, and this year we made shirts yet again. Though they are a little different this time. We also made our best breakfast in bed ever. For the breakfast in bed, we made crepes stuffed (litereally) with homemade whipped cream, and fruit, drizzled with homemade chocolate sauce. I must say, the end product, that had never been made by any of us ever before, did come out quite good, and looked AMZING!!! LOL. My sister, our parents and even I were very impressed with how it came out. For the crepes I did use a recipe, because from what I have heard they are very deicate, but for the chocolate sauce, I did not use a recipe. For the fruit part, we used a combo of chopped strawberries, mango, and blueberries. The whipped c ream, was as usual very easy, all we did differently was we added a little bit of blue berry juice to the cream prior to whipping it, just to add a little color and flavor. It was garnished with a mint leaf. My siblings and I got to eat the leftover crepes and chocolate sauce, and it was very delicious LOL 😛

Well I better get a get out of here. Right now we are heading out to our Congregation of Worship and Bible study, just waiting for Mom to get dressed, (gosh she takes FOREVER!! LOL). And we have to pick up my BFF, Violet and her little sis, Natalia, on the way. I can’t wait to see her!!! LOL I will talk to you all later! 😛 Have an AWESOME weekend y’all.

Oh, just wanted to add, that tomorrow, we are driving down to Coco beach area, so that my siblings and can see the house we will be renting, within the next couple of weeks. My parents have already seen it, but all of us children have not. Our moving date draws near. Not terribly excited, but it’s whatever.


~Sunshine 🙂 ❤

“2.03 Broadcast – Radio” – FLVS Journalism 1 Assignment

For this assessment you must listen to a news radio broadcast and analyze its credibility by using the listening techniques you have learned in the lesson. Answer the questions below in either a written or voice recorded report about the broadcast you heard. Write your work as though you are writing for a radio broadcast of your own using a Web 2.0 tool of your choosing. Be visually descriptive, clear, and concise. Submit your work to your instructor.

Your response must be at least three paragraphs long when written and answer the following questions:

  • What was the broadcast about?
  • What did you learn from the broadcast?
  • Who gave the broadcast?
  • What have you learned about the reporter? (You may need to research this person’s name.)
  • What sources did the reporter use to support the story?
  • Would you consider this broadcast to be a credible news source? Why or why not?

For this assignment, I listened to a radio broadcast called Vulnerable Voting Machine Raises Questions about Election Security by Pam Fessler of National Public Radio (NPR).

In the state of Virginia there have been many problems with the voting polls recently. Apparently the WiFi network was easily logged into by any Joe Shmo, and the votes were altered easily without detection. An election Officer streaming music on their phone intefeared with the WiFi, causing the whole system to crash. These are just a few examples that have been warned against by Computer security experts for a while now.

One thing that can be learned from this situation is that nothing online very is secure, even in this day and age. Let’s face it, technology is just too new, even in 2015 to be as secure as we would like it to be. This can be seen in so many instances including the bank hacking’s we have had in the past years, and now this.

Pam Fessler, the broadcaster covering this story, is a corespondent who covers poverty and philanthropy for NPR’s national desk. She has been recognized through the 2011 First Place Headliner Award in the category of human interest. Prior becoming a correspondent for the national desk, Fessler was the standing senior editor for the Washington Desk and oversaw the network’s coverage of the impeachment of President Clinton and the 1998 mid-term elections. She was appointed deputy Washington editor and Midwest National Desk editor. In 1996, She was NPR’s chief election editor who coordinated all the network’s coverage of the presidential, congressional, and state elections that year.

In this story Ms. Fessler used a few sources to support the story, such as Edgardo Cortes from the state of Virginia’s elections commissioner, Jeremy Epstein co-founder of Virginia Verified Voting and Tammy Patrick a former Arizona election official.

I would consider NPR to be a credible news source. Though since they rely on many outside organizations for funding,  they may tend to cater their broadcasting to their contributors too heavily, in my opinion. This may cause their broadcasting to be rendered somewhat biased.

“2.01 Print – Newspapers” – FLVS Journalism 1 Assignment

Reporter’s Notebook

For this journal entry, you will learn more about the qualities of newspaper journalism. Visit your library, search records, and do enough research to write an informative journal entry about one of the topics below.

Your journal entry should be at least three paragraphs of your own writing, and you must give credit to all sources that you use or quote. Try to be as informative as possible. Imagine this is an assignment for a large newspaper, and that you are supposed to provide useful, impartial information to your readers on the topic you choose.

  • What are the differences between weekly and daily newspapers?
  • How much paper does your local newspaper use, and what is its process for distributing the news?
  • How do most newspapers make money?
  • What specific rules do the reporters at your local newspaper have to follow to ensure credibility?

I have chosen the first topic, What are the differences between weekly and daily newspapers?

There are many differences between weekly and daily newspapers. First of all, daily newspapers print news from yesterday. So when you read that news in that paper, it is “old news”. News that happened yesterday. Since daily newspapers have a one day turn around, from one day to the next, often times their news is a little bit more broad and have less of a variety of topics, subjects or opinions.

Weekly newspapers on the on the other hand, tend to be a lot bigger, and more diverse. With more ground to cover, they tend to have more angles and opinions on the topics they do cover. The daily newspapers most of the time cost more, since they have to print everyday.

Another thing is that weekly newspapers tend to be more national or international while daily newspapers tend to be more localized. Weeklies also cover a broader spectrum of topics such as movies, celebrities, sports, local, weather, and so on. I like to think about the differences between the two like  the difference between a department store and a specialty store. One is more condensed that the other.