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A LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF FAKE NEWS

Fake news can have many definitions and isn’t necessarily a concrete concept. At the heart, fake news is a story or report that is made to look real, but in reality holds no truth to it. An early example of fake news was Bernardino da Feltre, a Franciscan priest in the 1400s, giving sermons that labeled Jews as evil “bloodsucking” demons.1Bernardino wasn’t a reporter, nor did he use multimedia to get his anti-Semitism ideals across. Instead he preached and used religion as his basis for credibility. With that, people revolted against local Jews within Italy and started burning them at the stake.

But sometimes fake news isn’t a complete fabrication or product of someone’s imagination. Fake news can be grounded in reality using statistics and interviews with people that may or may not exist. The ambiguity…Read More


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Donald Trump speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

COMMENTARY ON THE CRISIS IN JOURNALISM: RISE OF FAKE NEWS IN TODAY’S MEDIA

Fake news and alternative facts have begun to raise in power as the field of journalism continues to be tested to its limits.

Newly elected President Donald Trump and his administration are at the heart of a crackdown on journalism, by calling out a multitude of news organizations on their credibility. The same news organizations that millions of Americans had previously seen as trustworthy. Organizations such as the New York Times, CNN, and the Washington Post are getting scrutinized by President Trump as being outlets that…Read More


THE RISE AND FALL OF THE TOBACCO CULTURE IN AMERICA

In 2014, the Center of Disease Control (CDC) reported that 16.8% of all Americans above the age of 18 years old classified themselves as a smoker; a person who has smoked at least 100 cigarettes within their lifetime.

The radical shift in the way cigarettes are viewed by Americans occurred about four decades ago, labeling these “cancer sticks” as the leading cause of 1 out of 5 deaths among U.S. citizens each year. Countless amounts of  research has been done to show tobacco’s harmful… Read More


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POLITICO REPORTER KESHIA CLUKEY ON BUILDING UP YOUR BRAND

Readers have many options to find news on a daily basis. Some usually gravitate towards their favorite news outlets and blogs, others will search for specific topics of interest to them, and many people love a recognizable face or reporter to deliver them their daily stories. Keshia Clukey is an established education beat reporter at POLITICO and has continued building her journalistic brand through…Read More


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Americans around the country were shocked by the outcome of this presidential election. Donald Trump, the republican candidate, won the presidency despite not having the popular vote majority. This lead people to take another look at the electoral college system here in the United States.

DOES OUR VOTE MATTER? ELECTORAL COLLEGE VERSUS THE POPULAR VOTE

In light of the presidential election on Tuesday, many have been up in arms about Donald Trump winning the presidency while Hillary Clinton received the majority popular vote.

This reminded Americans all around the country that it is not about winning each individual citizen’s ballot, but rather it’s a game to win 270 votes from the 538 members of the Electoral College, a group of mystical beings who represent each state that the average American only hears about once every four years… Read More


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Who is Doctor Strange?

What evil motive can a practicing surgeon at New York Presbyterian Hospital with extraordinary powers have when his primary job is to save lives? Maybe he could charge extraordinary prices for his services. Being the youngest doctor to graduate from Colombia University and the only doctor in the world that can guarantee that any operation he performs will be a success should come with a hefty price, right? Seems cruel? Maybe even a little bit strange huh?

Doctor Stephan Strange, or better known as Doctor Strange, is a fictional Marvel superhero created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditiko in the early 1960’s. Strange made his official debut in Strange Tales #110: The Human Torch Vs. The Wizard And Paste-Pot Pete! and has since appeared in… Read More

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