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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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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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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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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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  Business Model Canvas: SMART HELMET   Key Partners:   Sleep Number INC - Memory Foam - Montior system(s)   Baver - Plastic for outer layer   Mexia Tech - Spider silk  

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The Breakfast Club is possibly one of the most well-known movies of the 80s. Although a classic, The Breakfast Club we all know and love has not changed lives like the one Canada has come to appreciate. The Breakfast Club of Canada is a non-profit organization committed to providing a free nutritious breakfast to all of the young growing minds across Canada. The organization was founded in 1994 by Daniel Germain. Germain’s main objective was to “change the world for children.” He believed he could attain this goal by breaking the cycle of poverty that plagues so many children.

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An organization called “Kids Help Phone”, allows individuals to contact professional counselors, day or night, 365 days a year. These counselors provide support and advice for all sorts of problems, no matter how big or how small the problem is.

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Recently, I’ve expressed an interest in trying to examine more closely the issue of how the news media and journalists communicate ideas and perceptions to the general public. As I’ve written a great deal of news summaries and sought out a great deal of different sources (mostly on the web) during my time in this class, I felt it would be appropriate if I tried to understand, more thoroughly, the underlying rules that go into producing news and how practices within this field impact the information that we, as the viewer or reader, consume.

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On April 10, Hubert Lacroix, CEO and President of CBC/Radio-Canada, announced a massive $130 million slash of the public broadcaster’s budget, due to poor ad revenue and the loss of the rights to their flagship hockey program last December.

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This article is about the effect playing video games can have on a student’s grades.

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Obesity has been a growing concern in the United States for several years now. And in today’s society, virtually every aspect of this condition is brought under the microscope by social media and the media in general. In the article Obesity In The Media: Social Science Weighs In by Natalie Boero , Boero weighs in on the media’s influence in the sensationalism of the condition.

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Though I’ve concerned myself mostly with writing about civil rights issues or international matters, it’s become apparent that I had done so with the interest of also trying to understand, more clearly, the issue of fair representation and of objectivity in distributed news media. Of course, this issue seemed primarily non-existent in most of the posts that I’ve put up on NewsActivist, but by writing news summaries and delving more deeply into the world of both news and activism, I felt that it would be interesting to explore the similarities exhibited by both vocational pathways.

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In an Op-Ed piece published on October 27, 2013 by Bill Keller of The New York Times – titled “Is Glenn Greenwald the Future of News?” – a conversation takes place between the mentioned author and former Guardian reporter, Glenn Greenwald. The exchange between the two men, which is spurred by Greenwald’s outspoken criticism of newspapers like The New York Times and his announced departure from the Guardian, focuses primarily (through its seven page length) on the issue of objectivity and impartiality in journalism.

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In an article written for the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media titled “U.S. TV News and Communicative Architecture: Between Manufacturing Consent and Mediating Democracy” (2013), authors Simon Cottle and Julian Matthews attempt to dig in to the world of television news and analyze the principles, values and underlying rules present within the profession. By doing so, Cottle and Matthews focus their attention on what they describe as “communicative structures”, which are universally found in the production of TV news.

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In 1977, a new era in American politics had begun. Jimmy Carter was still the incumbent president in Washington and an openly gay man from New York, named Harvey Milk, had won a seat on the San Francisco City-County Board. Though the power between both of these men was very far from equal, the latter figure still managed to provide an entire ostracized community of gay and lesbian men and women an incredibly empowering message – that they could actually have hope for the future that awaited them.  

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Mix together hormonal youth with alcohol and close living conditions with the opposite sex and what do you expect would happen?

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Corruption and numerous other problems have existed in the policing community for as long as the modern policing era has existed. In theory the corruption could be wiped out completely using three different aspects to create the 'Good Cop.' Creating a 'Good Cop' could improve relations within the community and therefore improve crime rates within communities.

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The issue of gay rights in our society has become a pressing matter in the past several years as the LGBT community fights to gain ground in the world. However, opponents of gay marriage continue to strike back, finding new ways to oppose the rights of this minority group of people. This article addresses arguments against gay marriage and provides discussion on why these hold little power in the fight for equality.

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Core Goals & Values: Chez Doris is a non-profit organization, which has the goal of offering educational and recreational activities, social services and professional services to women in need.   Major Projects in 2014: On May 26, Chez Doris will be organizing a fundraiser “tea time” from 2 to 5 pm. Each entry will cost $50 and the money will be raised to support the efforts of the volunteers and professionals at Chez Doris.  

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Core Goals & Values: Habitat for Humanity is an organization whose principal goal is to “eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.” The organization prizes values such as leadership and community in order to foster and help bring out social sustainability within our society.  

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Core Values & Goals: Kids Help Phone is an organization whose main goal is “to improve the well being of children and youth in Canada by providing them anonymous and confidential professional counseling, referrals and information in English and French.” The organization sees importance in creating a safe, non-judgmental environment in which children and teens are able to vent their emotions and thoughts openly and freely.  

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The very first post that I submitted to the NewsActivism website was concerned with the imprisonment of journalists from Al-Jazeera, in Cairo. Though it was indeed my first piece, I invested some effort into writing it as the issue of civil rights, and how they are flatly ignored in certain regions of the world, has always been something of utmost importance and frustration to me.

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Whether we choose to ignore it or not, it can still be said that violence is a ubiquitous characteristic of our society. Though we usually see it as being manifested through regional armed conflicts or local crime, violence is something that can also be found, quite commonly, at home. Across the world, millions of households are gripped with the horror of domestic violence, which can lead to many victims suffering from physical and psychological pain, or worse. The issue of domestic violence is explored in two articles – one from The Gazette and another from the Guardian.

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Though support for the LGBT community seems to be gaining traction in certain parts of the world, there are still many countries where the concept of gay sex still promotes violence and disdain.

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On Thursday, it was announced that, just like in other Canadian cities, the LGBT ‘rainbow’ flag would be raised above Montreal’s city hall.

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Nuclear weapons have been the source of many conflicts over the past 50 years. Recently, there has been reports that Iran is trying to create their own atomic bombs despite the fact that they do not have the right to do so. Other countries are desperately trying to negotiate with the government and convince them to abandon their program. John Kerry, the United States Secretary of State, is currently discussing with the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in hope of finding a middle ground. Meanwhile, the United States and the European Union are imposing sanctions on the country.

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The plight for democracy in Ukraine took an ugly turn Friday when it was reported that Ukrainian activist, Dmytro Bulatov, was found “bruised” and violently beaten just outside of Kiev, more than a week after having been reported missing, according to an article published on the Guardian’s website by Oksana Grytsenko and Shaun Walker titled “ Ukrainian protestor says he was kidnapped and tortured.”

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The Qatari government has received sharp criticism from a United Nations investigator concerning the state of the justice system in the country, at a press conference on January 26. According to an article written in the New York Times by Rick Gladstone, titled “U.N.

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Although the new year has only yet begun, the bad news has already started coming. The aftermath of activity in Syria has begun taking it’s toll on refugees. According to an online article on The Huffington Post, 63 refugees have been found dead in a besieged Palestinian refugee camp so far.

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Original article: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/25/peter-greste-al-jazeera-prison

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Original article: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/11/russia-law-banning-gay-prop...

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Original article from The Gazette: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Military+confirms+another+suicide/9370333/story.html  

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Homelessness upon youth is a growing problem especially in the United States. Homelessness itself is a problem on its own however; homelessness causes a variety of more serious problems, which the authors of my article specifically address.

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