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.

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LP

6 années 1 semaine 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

6 années 1 mois 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
6 années 6 mois 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
6 années 6 mois 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
6 années 6 mois 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
6 années 6 mois 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.

6 années 6 mois 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.

6 années 6 mois 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.

6 années 6 mois 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.

6 années 6 mois 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.