Wednesday, May 27, 2015


How young is too young to be in a relationship?

An article I recently read claims that it depends on your maturity, goals and beliefs. I think this is an interesting topic to have a discussion on because there are many different views on young relationships. Sometimes they end up in marriage and sometimes a disaster, it all depends on what stories you have heard or what you have personally witnessed. According to the article, being in a relationship when you're young might cause problems emotionally, because you're unsure of who you are or who you want to be. Being in a relationship holds someone back at a young age to explore the world. I believe that is true. It could be just another distraction. The article claims that it's hard to be a teen, but the pressure of a relationship at this age just adds to the stress.

  Another article disagrees with the statement that young relationships just "shouldn't happen" and that "love is love regardless of the age." And I also believe this is true. I think that if you're in a relationship when you're young can benefit you and teach you many things about yourself that can help you in the future.

An article I found about how young is too young says that some adults look back on when they were in middle school or high school and they obsessed over the opposite gender and looking back, they say they were too young to be so caught up, but it also says that every person is ready at a different time in their life.

What age you're in a relationship in can also depend on your parents or guardians. Some parents really don't care at all and some care too much to where you can't date until you get out of the house.

 So is this true? Does it depend on who you are as a person? Or is it always "bad" to be in a relationship when you're still trying to mature? Is it a direct effect of parenting?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Where Do You Get Your News?

My attitude towards news has changed a lot. I don't look at the news on a regular basis, so this was a new experience for me. I've noticed that I really only clicked on the titles that caught my attention and those were in bold and larger titles than the rest of them. I noticed that there were only few stories that were larger than the rest of them, My website that I studied the past week was Star Tribune, on this site, the bigger/ most clicked on stories get pictures along with the story, whereas, smaller stories get no picture and is placed to the side. I think this is because they want to show they have a lot to talk about but it's a lot easier for people to find the important stories if they are placed in the middle and they are big. Although Star Tribune has world and state news, it also include local news with today's forecast in the top left corner. On May 18 the top story that was placed in the middle of the page, it's headline was: "Bird Flu Crimps Minnesota Economy by $310 Million." This is something that I think a lot of people will click on because of the catchy headline, so that's why it's a featured story.

News matters because people need to know what's happening around them so they can be prepared for how it might affect them later on or just to be aware. Without news we might not know news like the bird flu still exists, or just to inform people the importance of what is going on. The government might say something, but nobody actually takes the time to listen to their speeches, so they hear the highlights of the conference through news sites. Typically news is scary. Most of the featured stories are depressing. There is a lot about people dying and economic world problems we have. There are very few stories about something good that happened. I very rarely notice a story that inspires me. I think the reason is because people love the exciting, dramatic story and it is hard to make an exciting story out of something happy.  When people get bored they usually look at news, whether that's through Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, or and actual news source such as, Star Tribune. So I think news is mostly entertainment. We like to watch news and read articles because it creates something to do with our time and we gain knowledge about it.

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Good Story

"Me and my brother are avid bow hunters and we went up to Camp Ripley for a weekend of hunting. I got out of my stand and went back to the truck in the evening and it was getting kind of dark and I was waiting for my brother to come back. I look at him as he's coming out of the woods and he's just sweating and he reached for his bottle of water and he tried to drink it. He all of a sudden started gagging and started spitting it out. Come to realize it was his water bottle that he peed in and he drank it. We didn't get a deer, but that made the weekend."

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


In many ways I am a designer. With the project on InDesign I had to consider the many elements of design to make my project look as neat as possible. I had to make sure the people who view my project will know what the most important part of it is, in other words I needed a focal point. Breaking the pattern of something you create is also important in keeping something interesting. Making sure your pattern flows nicely within columns is also important, you don't want things scattered all over the place. So this influenced my way of looking at other designs and recognizing what a good design looks like and what a bad one looks like. 

With this project I had to problem solve a lot. On my design I wanted a circle that I made to look transparent, but I didn't know how to do that using InDesign. So I used a strategy many people use, trial and error. I had to figure it out on my own, and after many tries I was finally able to create what I wanted to.

I learned a lot throughout the process of this project. One of the most important things is how to organize the information I am trying to put out and making it look neat. The eye dropper tool was the most helpful tool during this project because I could easily match colors, which helped with the neatness of my project. The column guides made it easier to sort information and pictures. 

The way you design something can change the whole outcome of the project. It can either turn out to be a complete success or a complete failure. Planning something out before you begin can be important but also you need to remember to be flexible and allow yourself to change your mind. You want to surprise your reader, google says "Focus on the user and all else will follow." I think this is important because you need to remember that the design is for other people not just what you like.With that in mind, you also need to remember that not everybody will like what you do, just make sure that it meet the requirements to organize it.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Is life better when you are able to make choices? This is a complicated question. What exactly is choice? It is an act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities. If you had a choice whether to go to school or not how many people would show up on a regular basis? Probably very little. People beg to have more and more choices In their daily life, but this may not always be a good thing, in fact it could potentially be a terrible thing in the long run. Having guidelines is very crucial, having choices is great but an unlimited amount is too much. Where do you even start to choose things when you have little to no guidelines?

We make choices every day; what to eat for breakfast, what to watch on TV, what clothes to buy when you're shopping. This is all great. But at that store you're at you only have a certain amount of things to pick form, or the limited amount of food in your fridge in the morning.

When the subject of news comes up choosing what you listen to and watch can create a big impact of your view of the world. You can either listen or watch it or choose not to, but either way you are making a choice. Personally I choose to know what is going on around the world or even locally, I don't take time out of my day to choose to go on cnn or fox news, but I see things through social media. This changes my view because I am more aware than those who choose not to listen.

Barry Schwartz argued that too many choices can make someone uncomfortable and even paralyzed with their decision because you have infinite things to choose from. People are usually uncertain when they are given full responsibility in their choices. I do think this applies to news coverage. Having an infinite number of things to choose from, can be difficult at times. How are you supposed to know where to start? What to look at? To stay up-to-date on news coverage getting a variety of subjects can be helpful and important to avoid falling victim to confirmation bias. Looking at weather one day and local news the next is a great way of making sure you are getting a variety of things covered.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Future Of Journalism

For our group project we made a smart car app where you can pull up different news articles, apps, gps systems, music, and basically whatever you want. You can control what you do on the front panel and what you are doing will show up on the dashboard. For safety reasons we made a voice control, so you aren't looking down at your panel the whole time. You can favorite and organize certain things and the car will give you suggestions based on what you said you like or dislike, kind of like Pandora.

I think the future of news agencies will change a lot. News is being spread easier and easier every year through social media, gossip, and many other things. In the near future I think there will also be more opinion in stories rather than only facts because of how news is being spread. There will be more one sided stories that are bias. This is why our news app will only be true facts from actual trustworthy sources. But you can also pull up opinion as well incase that is something you like to read (or listen to.)

The job of a reporter is becoming a lot easier in my opinion. With the technology we have today all they really have to do is look up a news website and write what they are reading. I think with news evolving so will the job of the reporter; it will keep getting easier. But saying that, I don't think finding credible sources will be easier. So many people can say what they want online and you never really know what you can trust and what you can't.

The future of journalism could either crash or get easier. With different apps, games, and social media websites, I believe it will be extremely easy for people to find exactly what they're looking for. I think we will see news everywhere we go and it will be just a way of life at that time.

Monday, February 9, 2015

What's Journalism?

Journalism is story telling. From facebook posts to news websites to gossip pretty much all telling of stories is journalism. It's getting the news out in some sort of way. It can be international or just local news. Journalism is supposed to be all the truth but like we talked about in our last blog; everybody has their own truth.

With that being said a journalist can really be anybody. You have probably even been a journalist yourself posting or talking about something you saw or heard online or somewhere else. Not all journalists tell the truth though. As much as we want to trust the people who inform us of the world events that go on sometimes journalists twist the truth and can bring in their own opinion on things even though they shouldn't.

Journalism is very important to America. It is a right given to us in the first amendment; the freedom of speech. so that the US government can't hide things from the people. Without this amendment we would be forced to believe anything that the government feels like telling us.

There are two sides to every story and good journalists should cover both ends of it to get the full story. They also shouldn't be biased with what they say. Keeping your opinion out of things as a journalist is very important because then you're really only showing your opinion not the actual story.  Also it is a way of spreading the news of something important and also something not so important. It can be entertainment along with important events to warn or inform the public. Both are technically considered journalism because they are both informing the public.

One of the top forms of journalism today is probably your cellphone. This generation is so involved with technology that we don't even realize we are spreading news in our daily conversations with our friends and family.

There are many different type of journalism. You can tell a story through pictures , video, writing, talking, etc. Journalism is taking notes, sorting through them, editing them, and finally telling a story on it for everyone to read or watch.

Journalism can hurt people and help people. Celeberties are a big example of people hurt by journalism. if a celeberty is caught doing something it is so easy to write about that and get people really curious about what is going on.