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Politics

The Language of World News: The Changing Face of Trump-era Journalism

In the era of “fake news,” it seems the entire journalism industry has come under fire. Regardless of which side a source supports, it is apparent that world news dialect has been completely altered since the politics of yesteryear — or  pre-2016, for that matter. After gracing the pages of ancient Greek literature, this powerful rhetorical device has become a large facet of political vocabulary, though many lack an understanding of its foundation. It is

International

Press Freedom is Going Downhill

On April 24, Reporters Without Borders published the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, an annual ranking that the NGO releases of different country’s relationships with media outlets. While this index is incredibly interesting, reading through it gets more and more sour as the years pass due to the amount of countries that fall under harsh censorship and abuse of journalists. The main issue with this year’s report, according to RSF’s analysis, is that leaders in many democratic countries

Real Life

Why Are Yahoo’s Comment Sections Always Filled With Hatred and Bigotry?

It comes as no surprise that the internet is full of hateful individuals. Somewhat surprising, however, is the platform that many of them have can be found on is the popular search engine, Yahoo. Yahoo’s home page is known for its extensive news coverage, with an open comment section on almost every article. The comment sections on these articles have made a name for themselves as pseudo-Ku Klux Klan meetings and hotbeds of all sorts

Katie Hopkins appearing on This Morning
Europe/UK

Katie Hopkins: Britain’s Most Dangerous Joke

You can hardly go a day on the internet without hearing about Katie Hopkins. For those who don’t recognise her, particularly those outside of the UK, she is described as a TV “personality” and columnist for The Sun and Daily Mail. Hopkins gradually made her way to UK household name status through appearances on several television shows, most notably The Apprentice where she was offered, and rejected, an investment from famous businessman Sir Alan Sugar. But her

Real Life

Megyn Kelly’s Interview With Alex Jones Sparks Controversy

Megyn Kelly, who recently joined NBC, announced on Sunday that she would air an interview with Infowars host, Alex Jones. The teaser clip attempts to portray that Kelly takes a hard stance against Jones, as she accuses him of dodging a question about Sandy Hook. But even if she approaches Jones with skepticism, many are concerned that she gives the conspiracy theorist and alternative-facts-enthusiast a legitimate platform. Next Sunday, I sit down with conservative radio

International

How One News Network In Venezuela Is Combating Censorship

Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, has been filled with protests, fights, violence and death. The people of Venezuela are protesting government censorship. It has been a long fight. Marking ten years since Hugo Chavez shut down RCTV, a popular news network in Venezuela, the people are out protesting the violation of speaking one’s mind and having unpopular opinions. The network was shut down because Chavez could not take the criticism given to him or his government. Many

Politics

How the Trump Administration Has Created “The Era of the Unknown” In Journalism

With all the talk of fake news and name calling of officials, Donald Trump has become the most controversial, obscene and upfront president in American history. The fact that he has isolated certain news networks and completely ignored advice from his aides shows how abrasive he is. He doesn’t seem to listen anyone else but himself, which is quite unheard of for a president. Trump’s split-second decision making has changed the way journalism works and

International

Another Reporter in Mexico Found Dead — Javier Valdez

The death toll of journalists in the “deadliest country for journalists in the Americas” since March of 2017 alone has now hit five with the death of award-winning journalist Javier Valdez. He was killed in the northern state of Mexico, Sinaloa.  A state government official has stated that Valdez was killed within the city capital, Culiacan. However, besides confirmation that gunmen were seen at Valdez’s office, government officials have not been authorized to speak any more on the issue.

Real Life

An Open Letter To Writers: Don’t Lose Your Fire

I know all of you are busy typing away the latest scandalous tweets of President Trump or pursuing the next big scoop of your entire career but I would like all of you to pause for a moment and ask this simple question: Why am I doing this? I’m sure at least once in your life you have asked this question to yourself and more often than not you’ll brush it off with “I need

LGBT+

AP Stylebook Allows Usage of “They” as a Gender-Neutral Pronoun: A Step Forward for LGBTQ+ Journalists and People

The Associated Press (AP) announced Friday that journalists are now permitted to use “they” as a singular pronoun in gender-neutral cases. The announcement was made at the annual national conference of the American Copy Editors Society in St. Petersburg, Florida. The new entry into the AP stylebook concerning “they” states “They/them/their is acceptable in limited cases as a singular and-or gender-neutral pronoun, when alternative wording is overly awkward or clumsy.” Clarity is a priority with the

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