NewsActivist- Winter 2014

About this class

Each week, each student will post two news summaries and make several comments across classes in the network.

Each student will be doing personalized readings to encourage their potential volunteer work or academic research around the news they choose to write about during the semester.

We will be learning about people and organizations that have positively affected the news, be consdering how reading the news involves one's own background and location, and considering ways each individual can change the aspects of the world that she thinks need changing.

There are at least four other classes my students will be collaborating with during the semester, by giving and receiving feebdack on assignments shared at newsactivist:

SUNY Brockport- Intro to Sociology in Month 1

College of Westchester- Professional Communications and Career Development

SUNY Old Westbury- Entrepeneurship

SUNY Brockport- Social Theory

Course collaborations with SUNY Brockport students in Intro to Sociology will encourage awareness of locale influence on reading the news in the first month of the course. As students choose particular fields to focus on, collaboration with Professional Communications and Career Development courses at College of Westchester will enhance objective formal writing. Collaboration with Marianopolis College Print Journalism class will lead to better editorial writing and interview writing processes. Collaborative feedback with a SUNY Brockport Social Theory class in the third month of the course will enable productive project development for students. By the end of the semester, each student will have become engaged and knowledgable about an issue, and developed a way to write and act to improve it.

Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Kiss on April 13, 2015
Hi, as a former student I might not have any relevance in the context of this website anymore. However if any teachers are interested I stumbled upon this interesting project. Since it's a newsactivism class I believe that this setup is more user friendly, simple to apply and  most importantly interesting to read.    Hope you can make something out of this,   Sergey  

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Lou.D. on May 24, 2014
The book I shall be using is called Cycling and Society. It was published by Dr Peter Cox, Dr Dave Horton, and Dr Paul Rosen and was published in 2007. The book attempts to bring a social scientists perspective to cycling, which is largely unexplored. It attempts to to show the significance of cycling when it comes to social and political debates in the United Kingdom.       

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by SO on May 22, 2014
Over the course of this semester, I have written, commented, and submitted a collection of posts to Newsactivist. In this project, our final Newsactivism post, I will reflect on my news summaries, my volunteering opportunity, and the overall connection between all the work I have completed during this semester.  

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Lou.D. on May 15, 2014
Abstract: After a rise in use of bicycles, some countries in the world have noticed how safety for cyclist can be improved. This paper looks at one of these countries, Netherlands, and how the public reacted to it and the safety it brought with it. It then looks at Australia, where they made a similar system and analysed how it impacted health. Finally, this paper will look at how a similar system would impact Montreal and if it would work out.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by charlesvbm on May 15, 2014
Abstract : The issue with Rights  

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by sophiaroseglt on May 15, 2014
On a sunny afternoon sitting in a Starbucks drinking the darkest coffee I asked myself why did I chose to get mobilized for the Aboriginals? The answer is as simple as the question: because if I don’t care then we have to assume nobody will!

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by SO on May 15, 2014
Over the course of this semester, I have written, commented, and submitted a collection of posts to Newsactivist. In this project, our final Newsactivism post, I will reflect on my news summaries, my volunteering opportunity, and the overall connection between all the work I have completed during this semester.    

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by JordanL on May 15, 2014
Achieving independence is the goal of many nations across the world. Being a Quebecker myself, I was very interested to learn more about the issue and to see whether or not independence is an effective way of protecting the culture of a nation. For that purpose, I studied three scholarly articles focusing on cultural, nationalism and Canadian studies. Ultimately, I learned that independence is indeed effective in protecting the culture of a nation, but only if the nation clearly defines itself and if it understands the importance of its works of art.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by S.Abate on May 15, 2014
I care about the topic of drug-free treatment for mental illness because I strongly believe that it should be encouraged around the world. I’ve seen people in my life that are close to me suffer from mental disorders and the horrible side effects they had to go through while taking pharmaceuticals and visiting doctors every week. I care about it even more than I did before because I know a lot more about it now. In order to get my results, I read and analyzed specific chapters from 3 different novels that I found the most relevant to my topic.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by TarikA on May 15, 2014
The issue of objectivity in news is one that has been brought up a myriad number of times during the past decades not only here in Canada, but in much of the western world as well. Though there are differing opinions on whether or not journalists should strive to be ‘objective’ in their reporting, there has never been a clear connection established between the logistics that go into producing a news story and how this may affect the purported notion that an ‘objective’ frame of reality is being crafted.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by LP on May 15, 2014
Some children might have what we consider the perfect childhood, while others need to fight just to live one more minute. Some children need to fight against a disease that has no cure and others need to work, when they would be suppose to be at school,  just to get one meal a day. Children are never suppose to go through such things, I always believed that childhood is a moment where children are suppose to learn, play, be happy and not to worry about tomorrow.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by emilycao on May 15, 2014
LGBT individuals, such as transgender people, face discrimination every day because of the societal belief of heteronormativity and cysnormativity. Transgender individuals have mental and physical health needs that make them dependent on the medical system in order to be at ease with their identity. However, they can also face discrimination and improper care when seeking help from health professionals.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by tasiags on May 15, 2014
While following what’s been going on in the news for the past semester, I realized that as a society, we still face multiple contemporary issues regarding different “categories”, such as human rights, youth, the environment, education, and health. While all the news summaries and research I did greatly developed my knowledge and broadened my perceptions with respect to regional, national, and international news, the issue regarding elderly abuse caught my interest.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by kevingemme on May 15, 2014
  For about two months now, I have been writing a lot about homelessness in Canada. In fact, this particular social issue caught my attention at first as it affects hundred of thousands of Canadians every year, and a lot more around the world. Moreover, I felt homelessness was an important issue as it can affect anybody. In fact, anybody can become homeless at one point in his or her life, which I believe makes it a social issue that needs addressing.  

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LP

3 years 8 months ago

The title of your post has really captured my attention, it is a point of view that I completely agree with. The “manbox” is something that was socially constructed and has imposed certain attitudes towards men. This concept or idea of an “ideal” man is affecting both genders. Females are loosing a sense of power since those men feel like they need to be inferior. Man have something that we call “men privilege”, they have certain benefits that women do not have. I believe that if we put an end to the concept of “men privilege” and the “manbox” we will be able to achieve equality between genders.

LP

3 years 9 months ago

I would like to start off by saying that the title you have chosen has actually caught my attention and is the reason that I decided to read it. The article you have written has a lot of interesting information and point of views.

While summarizing the article by Craig and Marc Kielburger, a point about the importance of recognizing the issue in Canada was brought up and I completely agree with it. I believe that we must recognize the problem in our society in order to bring changes in relation to racism and discrimination. Like we discussed in class, since this social issue does not touch the majority of the Canadian population they believe that it is not happening in their society because they are not affected by it.

I sometimes wonder though if more Canadian were aware of the racism found within their own society would they be able to accept this and actually come together to create a change.

Reply to: Kozmoz
4 years 1 month ago

Great work! To be honest, I really enjoyed reading your post. It was nicely written and very well explained. I can relate to this because I, myself, I recently volunteered at an organization and their mission is to help the poor people by offering food, shelter and personal development services. I agree it is very important to volunteer and help the ones who are in need. Good job, continue with the great work! I like your involvement!

Reply to: Kozmoz
4 years 1 month ago

Great work! To be honest, I really enjoyed reading your post. It was nicely written and very well explained. I can relate to this because I, myself, I recently volunteered at an organization and their mission is to help the poor people by offering food, shelter and personal development services. I agree it is very important to volunteer and help the ones who are in need. Good job, continue with the great work! I like your involvement!

Reply to: HUNGER PEOPLE
4 years 1 month ago

Nice work! I really like the topic you chose to discuss about. In fact, it is a very important issue. We all need food and water to survive. It is unfortunate that there are some countries where there is lack of proper food which leads to a number of deaths in this world. I believe it is essential to raise awareness and to help in some way or another to reduce this problem. In the last couple of months, I've been reading a lot about homeless people, and it deals with similar problems. They do not have a shelter, food or any proper clothing. I've been writing about this issue hoping to raise awareness as well. Anyways, great work! Keep it up!

Reply to: Low-Income
4 years 1 month ago

Although the data you show is very interesting, I do not agree with the way you analysed it. Somebody on welfare may not be able to have job opportunities in his or her area, which is often the case. Taking away the little amount of money that they have will only create more problems, such as an augmentation of crime and possibly drug use. What I do agree with is that the government should get involved, but not in the way you wrote about. Instead of placing more laws on welfare like you talked about, the government should offer more public transport poor areas. Since most cannot afford a vehicule and reach job opportunities, an effective public transport system would give them the chance of going to places were there are more jobs. This would raise their income and eventally get off welfare.

4 years 1 month ago

I found your post very interesting and important since I am a college student. Although I agree with you that getting a job after college is a myth, but it does help. Since university has become accessible to almost everybody, jobs that come out of it are harder to get considering the number of people competing to get them, while other jobs such as plumbing have become easier to get into because of the lack of competition. In Quebec, there is a different level of school before entering university, which is almost the same thing but more general. I believe that this system can be very effective since it can give college students a better idea about whether or not they wish to go to university.

4 years 2 months ago

I have to say I’ve never had an experience in which a close one consumed so many pills. I have the privilege of having quite a healthy family. I do know however how bad treatments can be on the long term. Taking a cocktail of pills every day, although it can help treating the disease, can be very dangerous as it can weaken the immune system or create an addiction. I personally try to stay away from drugs as much as possible so as to make sure I stay as healthy as possible. It is known that, in Quebec, we have a tendency to consume pills at an excessive rate and this can only lead to more problems. Our body was made to resist many diseases and, as long as we’re not talking about a lethal disease, we need to let it do its job.

4 years 2 months ago

I think it is a very nice action you did there. Homelessness is probably one of the biggest issues of today’s society and you certainly helped tackle it. When we walk in the streets of Montreal, it is quite sad to think that so many people can hardly eat and do not even have a place to stay. I do a bit of volunteering myself every year for the Club des petits-déjeuners du Québec and I love doing it because I feel like I do something nice for people in need. It feels rewarding. Keep going. Society needs people like you.

4 years 2 months ago

Depression is quite an important problem with teenagers. We always hear those statistics saying how teenager’s suicide rate is so high and so on. But it seems we never do anything about it. Teenage years are probably the hardest period in the life of a human being and people tend to forget how emotionally exhausting it can be. School, relationships and family are things a teenager have to think about and he can hardly achieve a good balance if nobody helps him. It is at those moments of misbalance that a teenager can fall into depression and possibly kill himself. We should keep an eye on teenagers instead of simply letting them do what they want. They are not yet adults after all.

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About the author

I'm a Humanities Teacher at Champlain College, Saint-Lambert and the designer and founder of Newsactivist. Between 2007 and the present, I've developed a course, Newsactivist, which asked students to blog about the news that they felt showed parts of the world in need of improvement.