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 Scimson on May 15, 2014
The Potential of Bitcoin to Become the New Standard Transaction System Author: Simon Cochrane (Student in Newsactivism at Champlain College St-Lambert)

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by DanielaSpinelli on May 14, 2014
If you’re reading this, I am assuming you’re interested in mental health. If so, I have posted many news articles about individuals whose mental health was at risk. I began researching and posting mainly on children who are victims of sexual abuse. For example, click here for a link to my post about a child that was sexually victimized by her middle school teacher.

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by Kindsey on May 14, 2014
Foster care children are more likely to get mental illnesses, mental diseases and behavioral problems. This is no longer an interrogation but an actual fact. The children’s age when they are placed into foster care does affect them, either positively or negatively, as in one case the chances of mental sequels are increased, and in the other decreased. The results show that a child remaining too long in an abusive home with the biological parents has more chances of having behavioral problems, mental illnesses or mental diseases.

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by adallaire on May 14, 2014
The situation of veiled women is an important issue because the reaction of the government to this problem is representative of the Quebecers mentality, since these people were elected by the population. Quebec's mentality is questioned and this is why people need to settle this problem intelligently. This research is filling theoretical gap by proposing several ways of thinking about veiled women issue.

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by Sarah B. on May 14, 2014
Children are sometimes neglected or not treated well. Child abuse must be taken seriously. At their age, children do not have the resources to do something about it or to talk about it. The role of children is not to protect themselves. On the opposite, this is the duty of the parents' child and of the government. It is a real problem when the people who are suppose to protect the children are hurting them and neglecting them. These situations are present in all communities but they should not be.

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by jasonethier25 on May 14, 2014
The organisation that I volunteered for is called Centre St-Vincent-de-Paul.  For nearly forty years, this organisation has been selling second hand furniture to families and people who do not have the financial luxury to pay for top price merchandise. With the help of kind-hearted and devoted volunteers, the organisation’s goal is to collect donations from people, and sell it at affordable prices.

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by Raphaelle.C on May 14, 2014
Among the modern issues that we are now facing, one that is less talked about is the addiction of prescribed drug. The importance of this issue is underestimated because it is less discussed and mediated than non prescribed drug abuse. However, this is a huge mistake because it is a very common type of addiction knowing that more and more people are under medication. This essay discusses about this problem and raises the awareness of it. In order to get information about it, I consulted three different academic journals from three different disciplines.

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by gregpdesrosiers on May 14, 2014
Climate change is becoming more of a serious concern; not only as a way of threatening our capitalist and economic development system, but also our own health, philosophy, freedom, and rights. However, even with activism today, there is a lack of contribution that environmentalists are heavily seeking from the general public.

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by VanessaPace on May 12, 2014
On April 30th, 2014 I volunteered at the organization called “Moisson Montreal” from 12:30am to 3:30pm.  When I had first arrived at this organization they showed a short clip of 5 minutes and talked to us volunteers about their goals and objectives , which were to provide food  to organizations in need.They supply food to over 50 organizations around the Montreal area.

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by Olaberge on May 11, 2014
The problem of concussions in sports relates to me since I used to play hockey and soccer at a high level and I’ve witnessed some players who suffered a concussion after a big hit to the head. The essay entitled "Concussions in Sports: A Serious Issue in Mental Health Research" will be using scientific research to present the importance of this issue. The articles I used in this essay were all found using academic search premier which is a database where you can find peer-reviewed articles coming from academic journals.

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by gabriel_heuvelink on April 24, 2014
In the article “Teen Depression – Boys” by Ellen Mcgrath published on July 01, 2002 - last reviewed on May 21, 2007, the author discusses the mental health issue of depression in teen boys.

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by JordanL on April 24, 2014
Today, April 24th, 2014, is the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, which saw the death of 1.5 million people. There as been a mass killings anniversary in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. The Turkish governement has offered his condoleance to the Armenian people but refused to use the word "genocide". To many people, he merely acknowledged the killings but only spoke in concilient terms. The Armenian are asking for a recognition and a compensation for the massacre.

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by kevingemme on April 24, 2014
It seemed like a “housing first” approach was the solution to end homelessness once and for all. However, the city of Montreal seems to disagree. In fact, according to an article that appeared in the Gazette last month written by Charlie Fidelman, the Montreal Health and Social Services Agency have decided to not go on with a “housing first” model, stating that it is “not their mandate”.

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by catherinefournier on April 24, 2014
The use of Internet and cellphone without restrictions could be bad for children as explained in the article "Ban Cellphones, Internet Use in Children's and teenagers' bedrooms, U.S Doctors Urge Parents" from the National Post, written by Lindsey Tanner.

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by Sarah B. on April 24, 2014
In his article " Child Protection Officials to Push for Custody of Lev Tahor Children" in The Gazette, Jason Magder explained the problem of child abuse and neglect in the Lev Tahor community. This Jewish and ultra-orthodox sect is composed of 250 members including 127 children. The "Quebec and Ontario's child protection services" are working to remove all of them in the next few months. However, the authorities think that the community will shortly move. Already, nine of them including six children were arrested while they were trying to buy ticket in direction of Guatemala.

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by gabriel_heuvelink on April 24, 2014
 In the first chapter of “Handbook of Depression in Children and Adolescents” by John R.Z Abela and Benjamin L. Hankin, entitled Causes, Treatment and Prevention, the authors explore the issue of depression in our modern society, indeed claiming that depression rates in children and adolescents have been going only up, and that at age 14, 9% of adolescents have reported a severe episode of depression (Lewinsohn, Hops, Roberts, Seeley & Andrews, 93).

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by Scimson on April 24, 2014
This recent article even though it is quite short has a major importance for the integration of virtual currency in the Quebec province. It is not the first time someone attempts to create a cryptocurrency for a specific country, but it is the first time someone does it for Quebec.

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by Scimson on April 24, 2014
I have been reading The Code Book over the last week, which is a pretty interesting publication exploring the problems and opportunities of cryptography. The objective of the author, Simon Singh, is to inform as many people as possible over the concerns of computer security and privacy. The book was published in March 2002 and, today, we can see some of Singh’s concerns as reality.

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6 years 8 months ago

Your essay seems really interesting. I was personally attracted to your abstract because I have been doing my research on youth and how cyberbullying can result in depression so I was interested to see that you are working on a somewhat similar subject. I believe you chose interesting academic discipline that can be well related to the subject. Finally, since you make it more accessible to the subject, maybe it will have good repercussions on the population and will raise awareness.

6 years 8 months ago

I find it great that you are volunteering at the Children's hospital because it is a great place for children who need help. I have often worked very close to children with various jobs such as a camp councelor, so I know that it is very important or children to have a positive figure in their lives in their time of need. I don't know if you know this, but there is a Montreal Children's hospital Foundation to which you can donate to. I have done so many times with different organisations, and it brings joy to know that the money that you have accumulated is going to kids who need it. I hope you enjoy your volunteering experience and I look forward to reading your next post.

6 years 8 months ago

I strongly agree with what you are trying to say in your abstract. I believe that fighting a mental disorder with drugs only covers, or hides, the disorder and that no real help is given. Also, I believe that drugs for these disorders are over-prescribed, for example there has been a significant rise in treating ADD and ADHD children who are often not the case; they are simply doing what children do and giving them drugs that mess with their head is not the best solution in my opinion.

6 years 8 months ago

Your essay will be a very interesting read, your topic is unique and your style and flow is consistent throughout your abstract. I believe that your research was done with a genuine care to find out more about the LGBT community. Over the course of the semester I spent my time studying civil rights so I see just how important this issue is!

6 years 8 months ago

Nice piece! It was smooth and easy to understand! I thought your choice of topic was interesting because I'm from Quebec also and we're bombarded with this issue often. I think that your research was well done at it is evident you care about the topic. I spent the semester writing about civil rights so I can understand the importance of independence; if that is in fact what the people want.

6 years 8 months ago

After reading your abstract and looking through the articles you provided, it made me realise that there is in fact a problem with consumer rights. The government or companies should make us aware of these rights and placing more laws preventing people of getting hurt. The issue with your abstract though is that it is very vague and does not show any signs of your arguments.

6 years 8 months ago

Nicely done! You’re post is very well written. I like the way you introduced your volunteering with a brief introduction. I myself volunteered at a non profit organization as well as my final assignment too. I’m glad you had a good experience. It is great how you decided to help out the Aboriginals, we hear a lot about their problems on the news today!

6 years 8 months ago

Very clear and concise abstract! While not too lengthy, you managed to capture my interest, as I too am a daily user of the Internet. I definitely agree with the fact that cyberbullying is a prominent issue in today’s society, which we should all be aware of and try to find possible solutions in order to decrease its occurrence. I enjoyed how easy it was to see the interconnection between your three academic disciplines and three academic peer-reviewed journal articles. Although they are all interconnected, they are also somewhat different, which adds to the pertinence and accuracy of your work! Well done, it looks very interesting.

6 years 8 months ago

You have great writing style; everything was well defined! Being a Quebecer as well, I found your abstract tackling the cultural aspect of independence very interesting. The three articles you chose to summarize contribute to the completeness and clarity of your work! I found it fascinating to learn that through your research, independence seems to be an effective way to protect nations’, such as Quebec’s, culture, although I’d be curious to know if independence would have any political or economic consequences on Quebec. Overall, I enjoyed reading your abstract. Great work!

6 years 8 months ago

Wow! I really enjoyed reading your volunteering experience at the Old Mission Brewery. I like that you’ve integrated the links to your news articles and I find that your prezi is a great multimedia element, as it sums up your experience. I commend you on your proactiveness and you definitely incited me to look into this organization, as I do believe that homelessness is a complex societal issue that we have to address.

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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.