Final “On the Media”: Battlefield Journalism

I really enjoyed the segment on “On the Media” this week regarding the lack of training for freelance journalists covering war. I am really conflicted as to where I stand on the issue for two reasons. While the obvious consideration is that journalists need training to protect their lives during war, my devil’s advocate feels that war correspondents are surpassing their duty as a journalist to only gather and report a story rather than also being equipped with the added duty to have to possibly help others in danger. There are just so many ethical implications to this story. At the end of the day, a journalist has a job and I personally feel it is crossing the line when a reporter may also be required to apply pressure to battle wounds or wrap hurt soldiers. I understand that ethically it is wrong to watch someone die but is it fair to the reporter to have the pressure of having to save another? I remember discussing this conflict during a Media Ethics course I took at Manhattanville, and we too had to make this ethical decision regarding the level of contact a journalist should really have during war correspondence. Ultimately I believe it is smart that both on staff and freelance journalists do receive basic training, I just don’t feel it fair for journalists to feel obligated to use that knowledge under pressure on the battlefield.


Final Semester Project Update!!!

Hey Everyone!

WOW! Tomorrow marks our last class together. Sarah and I want to say it’s been an awesome semester chatting with all of you and we’re definitely going to miss the fun we’ve had. To conclude this semester, the two of us have polished the finishing touches on our project and are psyched to share and show you our final media video that we created celebrating the diversity at Manhattanville. Based on the interviews with the 10 students polled, we have found many commonalities with answers that we’d like to share.

  • 10:10 students described diversity with the following adjectives: differences, race, culture, language, experiences, coming together, learning
  • 9:10 students agreed that Manhattanville is diverse. They said that based on the number of students from different countries and states in the US we’re like a melting pot. The student who said we weren’t did not base his/her answer in culture or heritage but instead how well Mville students are accepted by one another.
  • When asked if the students has ever had a tough time “being themeless” at Manhattanville 10:10 students said no. All students explained that Mville is the one place where being different is accepted. That being involved in many activities is what makes you well-rounded and able to be yourself
  • 8:10 students explained that cliques exist at Manhattanville because they are defense mechanisms that feel safe. The students explained that cliques are not to be mean or push people away– they are comfortable and that why people fall into them so easily. 2:10 students said cliques are inevitable. Cliques define the individual and without them a person is lost
  • When asking students what’ll take to make Mville more diverse and pull students from a “clique” mentality, 10:10 ALL answered the the coming together as a community is the best builder possible. 10:10 students explained that community events of fun like Fall Fest and Quad Jam or remembrance like Marisa Pagli day or 9/11 memorial is when it feels best being a valiant.

Sarah and I are stoked to have had the opportunity to participate in this project. Having the ability to interview students and utilize the Diversity Pledge of Manhattanville that was created by the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Committee was really rewarding. We can’t wait to show you the final video compilation!

Semester Project Update

This weekend, Sarah and I wrapped up the bulk of our project that included the interviewing of 10 randomly chosen students on campus, the gathering of photographs taken, and videos recorded of them sharing their experiences of diversity at Manhattanville. We have now moved onto mashing our footage into a video presentation that collaborates and celebrates the uniqueness and true diversified community of Manhattanville College. While students thoughts and reactions to what diversity means to them differed, the glue to this project was that every student agreed that for Manhattanville to continue to grow as a community, a unit, the college must continue to offer the institution the ability to do so.  Through seminars, workshops, music festivals, programming opportunities, and seminar classes– students believe Manhattanville has the tools to continue growing as a singular unit.

Semester Project Update!

Today Sarah Camarata and I continued our progress in interviewing various student subjects for our final semester project on diversity. We interviewed four people, with an additional three people to be interviewed on Saturday. That will bring us to our final total of 10 different Manhattanville Students to be interviewed for the project.

Based on our interviews today many conclusions were drawn from the students who discussed diversity at Manhattanville. While all students seem to agree that manhattanville is in fact a diverse institution, it is students willingness to rbanch out of their “comfort” zones and interact with othrs from different backgrounds, clubs, athletic tems, interests, etc that is the tricky part. Based on a question asked to the students who interviewed with Sarah and I, they said that it seems as though students are afriad to branch out because of the factor of not being accepted by others from different “cliques”. Futhermore, students shared that if Manhattanville worked harder to offer more community/school wide programming then the opportunity for students to meet new people would improve.

All in all, the conclusion we’ve drawn from today is that regardless the colorof your skin, your ethnicity, your hobbies, or academic interests the problem with diversity at manhattanville is not that people dont understnad it, or don’t want to accept others, the problem is that studetsn lack the courage, the motivation, and the opportunities to branch out and meet new people different from who they know.

Semester Project Update

Sarah C and I (Francesca), are sending out just a quick update to our semester project. We are finishing interviews with various students this week (by Sunday 4/29) and will then spend the time remaining before the semester project showing digitalizing our interviews and photos taken and then incorporate them into a “vlog-esq” presentation that mashes up the various answers and interpretations of students whom were interviewed.

In terms of the types of answers we received from students thus far, we’ve found that many students are hesitant to discuss their points of view on diversity off the back. What I’m beginning to believe is that for such a globally diverse institution like Mville, students are very intimidated by the subject of diversity in general. As we conclude our last interviews, we hope to break the silence and discomfort of students and gather honest perceptions of diversity at Manhattanville.

Revenge Porn and Social Media

This was quite a story. was a sight created by a twenth-something year old entrupeanuer who made about $13,000 dollars a month posting submitted “nudies” of girls and guys as a method of revenge aganist ex boyfriends and ex girlfriends. Below each photo posted is a link to his or her facebook/twitter. This second part is revenge. With he link of their page posted strangers can then send comments, “pokes”, messages, or tweet the scorned individual. Okay. I feel like after listening to this, I’ve actually heard it all. What kind of person woke up one morning and decided that plastering his ex’s naked pictures online as a final “F*** you” would be a brilliant idea? Listening in to the “On The Media” special, NPR commentator asked the creator why he taught this up and what purpose this really serves. The creator essentially admitted it to “being funny” and since it rakes in a nice pay check for him her figured he mind as well keep the website going. I guess what I’m most taken aback by is the overall insensativity by the individual. Sending a nude photo (if that’s your thing) is YOUR business, not the worlds! Furthermore, this guy who created it could dare less about the lives of girls and guys who are humiliated, because as they admitted, they’re only really in it for the money anyway. This is definitely a situation where the internet and more so new media, like social networking is used for the worst!!

Chapter 6: The Wisdom of Crowds

Cooperation & The Crowd

  • A good solution to cooperation requires people to take into account what everyone is collectively doing & you must in turn create a broader definition of self-interest
  •  Perspective: class discussions: if we don’t collectively cooperate with each other during class discussions, one of two things usually happen.
  • Everyone is talking at once and you get nothing from the conversation because you can’t hear what’s being said
  • Everyone is talking at once, you get nothing from the conversation because you’ve zoned out, and are resistant

If the mechanism of cooperation is right, coordination problems can be solved by the crowd even is each individual of that crowd is pursuing his or her own self-interest.

  • Example: Soccer: Italy v. South Korea (World Cup)
  • Italian fans did not blame the referee Byron Moreno for his incompetency (which they should have considering he made multiple poor decisions that in turn would have must likely given Italy the win) but instead Italian fans blamed Moreno for being criminal.
  • In Italy, defeat is never the outcome of a fair contest and in this country during soccer season, corruption is regularly assumed by the natural state of affairs.
  • SO, HOW does this relate to cooperation? “Making sure that games are both entertaining and compelling for the fans. The MORE interesting the game, the more likely it is people will come, the greater ticket sales are, and TV ratings will be…” (110)
  • In theory, the competing teams and referees are working together to produce entertainment. 

Cooperation & Reward

  • Put simply, people want there to be a relationship between accomplishment and reward. They want the result to be FAIR!
  • Example: in American society, we are more likely to believe that walth is the result of initiative and skill, while Europeans are far more likely to attribute it to luck. (115). WHY IS THAT? (Ask Class)
  • America- country of immigrant whose mentality was you have to work for what you have. Americans believe you can work your butt off and achieve such riches. Europe was already in a wealthy state and mentality is out of the culture of wealth: either you have it or you don’t, and if you “good for you.”
  • Story in book: Richard Grasso, was first CEO in American history to get fired for making too much money.
  • Worked for NYSE
  • NYSE planned on giving him lump sum of $139.5 mil of retirement benefits, differed pay, and bonuses- public freaked out, Grasso fired!

Why do we cooperate? (116)

  • Cooperation is the result of repeated interactions with the same people. “The foundation of cooperation is not really trust, but the durability of a relationship”.
  • stability in place to work from, confidence in commitment, and knowledge in how to produce (120)
  • Societies and organizations only can work if people cooperate.
  • What is most interesting is that we don’t regularly cooperate with those we know, instead we cooperate with strangers.

Cooperation is a game of trust- while all we can really trust is that the other person will recognize his or her self-intrest, over time, that reliance on his or her own attention to their self-interest becomes something more. It becomes a state of reliability and a willingness to cooperate

Semester Project Update: 3.4.12

Last Friday,  March 30th, Sarah and I began to incorporate our interviewing questions as well as creating our photographic video montage. We were lucky enough to interview three different students, and gained perspective on all interviewed. Sarah and I interviewed basic info on students as well as there take on diversity Below are the students’ interviews:

Student: Easton Morris, From: Ivory Coast, Ethnicity: Black, African-American, Major: Human Resource Management, Activities: Manhattanville men’s Soccer, Member of Ping-Pong Club, Ametuer Video Produce, Future Aspirations: Sole proprietor, Entrapauner, Talent Agency, Interesting Fact: Writer (Published works found in Graffiti Magazine), Acrobat

Interview on Diversity: What does diversity mean to you? “I believe diversity is cultural and racial. It’s about being from different places around the world and having your own traditions.” Is manhattanville diverse? “yes, i would say so.” Have you found that it’s hard to be you at Manhattanville? “No. I think because I meet people right away who enjoyed the things I did like soccer, I found friends easily.” Do you know anyone who has had trouble fitting in at manhattanville? If so, why? “Yes, definitely. I think because people are maybe shy, or have a hard time getting to know others with similar interests makes it difficult to fit in and belong here. You need to find a group early here, otherwise you get left out.” What steps should Mville take to be a more accepting community? “I think during orientation, there needs to be seminars and workshops for people to get to know each other, we’re afraid of meeting different people.” Why? “Because it’s not comfortable, its intimidating.”

Student: Armani Blackmon, From: Plano, Texas, Ethnicity: Black, Major: Management & History, Activities: Manhattanville men’s basketball, Office Assistant Office of Campus Life, History Club President, S.I. American Sports History, Aspirations: Success in everything accomplished, Interesting Fact: Shy

Interview on Diversity: What does diversity mean to you? “It’s different cultural and ethnic groups coming together as one community. Socially, academically, environmentally, one.” Is Manhattanville diverse? “Manhattanville is definitely diverse. There are people from many countries, nationalities, ethnic groups, cultures all together.” Have you found it’s hard to be you at manhattanville? “No, I believe I fit in perfectly here.” Do you know anyone who has had a hard time fitting in at Manhattanville? “Yea, I do… and they’re not here anymore.” Why are people on this campus hesitant of accepting others at this college? “Because students are used to experiencing new things; people, places, classes, etc. It’s hard to get used to change…” What steps does manhattanville need to take to be more diverse and aware? “I think people arleady do here. I guess people just need to overall broaden their horizons, and open up more.”

Student: Kelli Hyjek, Location: Tolland, Connecticut, Ethnicity: White (Irish, German, Polish), Major: Communication Studies, Activities: Manhattanville Women’s Basketball, Percussion Ensemble, Touchstone, WMVL Radio, Assistant in Athletics Office, Aspirations: Sportscaster at ESPN, Interesting Fact: “Recycling Queen”, Percussion musician (mainly drummer)

Interview on Diversity: What does diversity mean to you? “A bunch of different cultures all in the same area. Different types of people with there own ways of doing things.” Is Manhattanville diverse? “I guess so. we have a lot of international students here, which helps bring multiple cultures together.” Do you think it’s hard to be you at Manhattanville? “My Freshman year, kind of. I struggled to fit in, but then realized that I didn’t have to try to fit in. I realized I could have “outside” friends who weren’t athletes. I think [realizing that] is why I’ve enjoyed Mville so much.” Was it hard coming to that realization? “Well obviously when you first get here you want to be with and hang out with your teammates, but then i realizing that being a jock wasn’t all that i wanted to be, and then i was ready to make friends with other people who understood me.” What are people’s hesitations at Mville towards accepting each other? “Uh because people suck. That’s like the question why don’t athletes hang out with non-athletes here, and I think it’s stupid. I guess they’re scared. I don’t really know, because that’s not me. A friend is a friend.”

Someone Tell Me This Man Is Kidding…

Someone Tell Me This Man Is Kidding...

Lately Facebook has been a stomping ground for controversial photos. My last post ignited a fire regarding citizen journalism carrying the word of the Trayvon Martin killing and this latest Facebook photo is of Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum mustering up some more bull**it about how he plans to ban pornography, especially gay porn which apparently promotes what Santorum calls the “deathstyle”.

I don’t have anything too academic to add to this post other then, this guy has GOT TO BE KIDDING ME… where the heck did he come up with the definition “deathstyle”?! It’s people like Santorum, who is more preoccupied with banning being gay (an individual decision) than tackaling problems that are actually plaguing the US that makes politics in this country just plain stink. This photo and quote gives me a headache.

Again, this is another example of citizen journalism; the people sharing ideas through the eyes and personal perceptions of others. While m feelings towards Santorum are sour, it is up to the collective crowd to offer their own perception to an issue.

Trayvon Martin v Kim Kardashian: Social Media & The Citizen

Trayvon Martin v Kim Kardashian: Social Media & The Citizen

Trayvon Martin was a 15 year old black teenager shot and killed in Florida without any reason or rhyme. Killed by a 28 year old man, who was a “neighborhood watch” patrol man has not yet been sentenced for shooting the boy and currently remains free. For any of us who just read that statement, our immediate inclination is to say “why”? Well you and America would like to know why as well. From what it’s been described as, Florida law is far more complicated than we’d think, and with the actions of George Zimmerman, the shooter FL legislation has yet to pinpoint a sentence for what he had done.

I was already planning on blogging about Martin’s death, and it just so happened to also be featured on “On the Media” this weekend. Guests on the radio show questioned why media coverage has been dull even though an innocent child was killed. The guests also questioned the level of discrimination regarding the pursuit of the story. In New York City, riots and protests were made by the citizen, the average Joe and Jane who wanted someone, anyone to speak out for justice for Martin and just listen.

What I wanted to add to this conversation is a photo I saw taken off of celebrity Will Smith’s twitter account, and it totally struck a chord with me. It is in fact the citizen who has the power to spread the word, and if citizen journalism was every a priority, it is now. The tweet by Smith comparing not only the level of coverage BUT the immediacy of action between Trayvon Martin’s death as compared to an incident where cooking flour was thrown on celebrity Kim Kardashian is absolutely right, and a message that is read by volumes of people. Martin, an innocent bystanger shot and killed has his killer still on the loose whereas the girl who tossed flour at Kim Kardashian was arrested immediately. Where is justice these days and why is it up to the citizen to amplify messages to others before action is taken. When Martin was killed hype was certainly to a minimum until social networking and the citizen journalists of today decided what was actual news to be shared. While I am proud of the citizen journalist, Will Smith for this example, I once again question justice and just where it lies and more importantly question what we as a society perceive as “tragedy” anymore. Is tragedy the flour-ing of a famed Kardashian barbie, or a child who was shot dead at fifteen?