Audio story questions

The audio story “Resettled Refugees Help to ‘Bring Buffalo Back” is about the difference refugees can make in a community. Buffalo’s population has decreased, but refugees may be helping to increase it. The use of natural sound helps enhance the story. While talking about the West Side Bazaar, there was natural sound from the store. The background noise made it seem like I was there. There was also natural sound from a family at a doctor’s office. This enhanced the fact that the refugees can live the same lives that others in Buffalo do, such as going to the doctors.


Blog post #5

Thousands of jellyfish have become beached in Deception Bay in Queensland, Australia. These blue blubber jellyfish have amazed and concerned residents of Queensland. This phenomenon is thought to be caused by a lack of predators and winds from the north.




Blog Post #4: Microblogging

The use of microblogging is a great way to get information out quickly. It gives the reporter a fast and easy way to report information and opinions of topics. Below are Tweets of responses from interviewees who were asked about their opinions on animals in zoos and aquariums.

Niagara University students were interviewed on this subject. The majority of the opinions about zoos and aquariums were positive, mainly pointing out the educational purposes. Out of four interviewees, only one had a very negative opinion on zoos and aquariums.

@amanda_garry immediately responded saying that these animals should be set free. Nick and Palak had very positive opinions and @madgab06 had a positive opinion but thinks that the habitats should be more natural.

Blog Post #3

Vice President Pence called in to break tied vote

Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence          Eastern Daily News

WASHINGTON – Betsy DeVos was elected as America’s 11th Education Secretary on Tuesday. For the first time in history, the Vice President was called in to break a 50-50 tie.

“She led the most effective public school reform movement over the last few years,” says Mr. Alexander, chairman of the committee which approved DeVos’ nomination.

According to WGRZ News, DeVos also needed the vote of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R – Ala., as attorney general. There were split opinions on DeVos, as all Democrats and two Republicans from Maine and Alaska did not think she was qualified.

President Trump says “Betsy DeVos is a reformer, and she is going to be a great Education Sec. for all our kids!”

CBS New York reports that DeVos is a wealthy Republican donor who does not have much support from many groups. It is feared by labor unions that she will destroy public education. She will do this by promoting charter and private schools funded by voucher programs. This fear is supported by teacher unions, who have protested the election of DeVos.

DeVos and her family did not go to public schools. The New York Times states that she does not have any experience or knowledge on public schools or laws pertaining to them. Her previous work has been done for charter, private, religious, and for-profit schools. She had vouchers which allowed students to pay tuition for these schools with tax money.

NBC Newsreports that the Democratic party spent all of Monday night emphasizing that DeVos has no experience with the public school system, including volunteer work. The two Republicans against the election of DeVos did not believe that she has the experience to understand the issues and other challenges currently facing public schools.

During the hearing on DeVos last month, Sen. Al Franklin, D – Minnesota asked DeVos a question in which she didn’t understand pertaining to her education philosophy. DeVos was asked if she was partial towards children receiving a proficiency grade level or if she thought that children should be measured on how much they grow during the academic year.

“She had no idea what I was talking about,” said Franklin. “I can’t overstate how central this issue is to education.”


Blog Post #1: Analyzing News Sites

One local news site is The Buffalo News. It mainly covers news is the Buffalo-

                               Sara Vogel The Buffalo News home page

Niagara region, but also includes national and occasional global news. The website has a modern approach where the news story headlines are on top of colorful pictures for each story. The top story is the first thing seen, and the only one with the headline above the picture. To the right of the top story is a “Know It Now” list of headlines. This is a list of easily accessible information which would catch the attention of citizens of the Buffalo area. The Buffalo News also provides quick information by use of Twitter and Facebook.



Art Voice is a local patch site in the Buffalo area. This news site covers information about local news while at the same time covering stories about art related topics such as “On the boards: What’s on stage at area theaters.” A new edit

Sara Vogel Art Voice home page

ion of Art Voice comes out once a week. This news site is different from The Buffalo News in its set up. There are tabs at the top of the page for navigating real estate, classifieds, events, blogs, and more. Art Voice is also accessible on Facebook and Twitter.



                           Sara Vogel Niagara Gazette “What’s Happening” stories and beginning of lists for the local news and sports sections



The Niagara Gazette covers information mainly from the Niagara Falls region. When first going on the site, an offer pops up offering “total access” to the site once becoming a subscriber. Without a subscription, a limited number of articles can be viewed for 30 days. Like Art Voice, there are tabs at the top of the page. These tabs can be used to navigate the news, classifieds, celebrations, and more. The current weather conditions are listed in the middle of the top of the page above these tabs. The right side of the site contains links to coupon deals and newspaper ads, which districts the reader from the important information. Below the featured stories is a “What’s Happening” box containing stories on current issues. Below this are lists of stories under the topics such as opinions, lifestyles, and police reports. Most of these can be found at the tabs at the top of the page. This site also moves without the reader scrolling. This site has a page on Twitter and two pages on Facebook, yet none are marked as being official.


CNN is a national news site that covers not only generic national news stories and from
around the world including sports, health, and entertainment, but also focuses on and has tabs for money and politics (unlike many other sites). This site has a large headline at the top of the page which when clicked directs the reader to the top story. The text of this story is under the video for it. There are also “Story highlights,” which are the

                                                                               Sara Vogel CNN home page, showing the top story headline

main points covered. The other stories on this site are organized by category, yet the page appears cluttered. There is also the option to share articles by e-mail and share on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr directly from the site.





                                               Sara Vogel The Washington Post home page

The Washington Post is visually unappealing. The page is mostly black and white text. There are colorful images, but most are small until the reader scrolls down the page. The most important stories are at the top of the page with their headlines and one or two major points from each article. There are tabs at the top of the page above the title of the news site and underneath it. The tabs at the top direct to stories based on a topic and the tabs underneath direct the reader to specific stories, such as “Mosque fire.” On the main page, there are opinion stories, most read, additional top stories, etc. The Washington Post uses social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

                                                                                          Sara Vogel AP News home page


AP News is even more visually unappealing by not using any pictures or videos. There are mainly summaries of each news story with the headline above which the reader can click on to read the entire story. There is a section to the right with the latest news stories. There are tabs at the top of the page including one to read the Spanish news. AP also has AP Radio so those who are interested in listening to the news can. AP is also on Twitter and has multiple pages on Facebook. Their Facebook pages are designated for specific topics such as business.