Monthly Archives: May 2016

Poynter’s News University

What’s completed:


Apr 6, 2016 4:38 pm

Solutions Journalism in Every Newsroom SELF-DIRECTED COURSE

Apr 6, 2016 4:38 pm

Telling Stories with Sound SELF-DIRECTED COURSE

Apr 6, 2016 4:29 pm


Critique of Social Media

Critique of social media policy


Adidas is one of the leaders in the market of sports apparel manufacturing industry, and is a world-famous brand with offices and employees situated all around the globe. Adidas takes a very encouraging but strict approach when it comes to their Social Media Guidelines. Here are some highlights from Adidas’ Social Media Policy:

  1. Employees are allowed to associate themselves with the company when posting but they must clearly brand their online posts as personal and purely their own. The company should not be held liable for any repercussions the employees’ content may generate.
  2. Content pertaining to sensitive company information (particularly those found within Adidas internal networks) should not be shared to the outside online community. Divulging information like the company’s design plans, internal operations and legal matters are prohibited.
  3. Proper copyright and reference laws should be observed by employees when posting online.

For a more in depth analysis, visit their website.


Multimedia Journalist Assignment

Joe Rogan
Joe Rogan

The multimedia journalist under review is not a known, or professional, journalist in any sense of the word. But that is the day we live in, the terms of words are now locked into a battlefield of gray area, vying for a place and position in all of our hearts and minds.

Joseph James “Joe” Rogan was born August 11, 1967, and is considered a multimedia journalist because of his efforts as an American podcaster, sports commentator, and stand up comedian. This triad demonstrates he is well versed in multimedia newscasting, even moreso than the citizen journalist.

Rogan is the host of his own podcast titled The Joe Rogan Experience, a weekly talk show where he converses with people from various backgrounds. Also a comedian, he began performing stand up comedy in 1989 and still performs regular tours to this day. Rogan has worked for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) since 1997, and is now a play by play commentator for the franchise. In addition, Rogan has had roles on the television sitcoms Hardball and NewsRadio and was the host of reality shows Fear Factor and Joe Rogan Questions Everything.


Stand-up comedy

Rogan began performing stand-up comedy in 1989 and has since recorded several comic albums and specials, including Shiny Happy Jihad, Joe Rogan: Talking Monkeys in Space, and Joe Rogan Live from the Tabernacle.


In 1994, Rogan co-starred on the Fox comedy Hardball as Frank Valente, the young, ego-centric star player on a fictional professional baseball team. From 1995 to 1999, he co-starred on the comedy NewsRadio. He portrayed Joe Garrelli, the electrician at WNYX, a news radio station in New York City. In 2002, he appeared on the episode “A Beautiful Mind” of Just Shoot Me as Chris, Maya Gallo’s boyfriend. In 2011, Rogan played his first major character in a movie in the Kevin James movie Zookeeper. He played himself in Here Comes the Boom, a MMA action-comedy starring Kevin James. Rogan strongly supports the legalized use of cannabis and believes it holds numerous benefits. He hosted the documentary film The Union: The Business Behind Getting High, and was featured in Marijuana: A Chronic History and The Culture High. He also supports the use of LSD, psilocybin mushrooms and DMT toward the exploration and enhancement of consciousness, as well as introspection. He was the presenter in the 2010 documentary DMT: The Spirit Molecule.


He has won the Wrestling Observer Newsletter award for Best Television Announcer on two occasions. He was also named “MMA Personality of the Year” four times by the World MMA Awards.

Joe Rogan
Joe Rogan


Rogan worked on the TV series Fear Factor, as a host of the United States version of the show, from June 11, 2001 through September 12, 2006. In 2003, Rogan and Doug Stanhope replaced Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla as co-hosts of The Man Show. His last hosting job was in 2013, titled Joe Rogan Questions Everything and aired six episodes.


In December 2009, Rogan began hosting a podcast with live Ustream and YouTube availability. The podcast features an array of guests who discuss current events, political views, philosophy, comedy, hobbies and numerous other topics. Now titled The Joe Rogan Experience, there are over 11 million listeners.

Filmography: Comedy recordings:

I’m Gonna Be Dead Someday (CD) (August 22, 2000)

Live from the Belly of the Beast (DVD) (May 4–5, 2001)

Joe Rogan: Live (DVD) (September 1, 2006)

Shiny Happy Jihad (CD) (April 10, 2007)

Talking Monkeys in Space (CD & DVD) (2010) Comedy Central Records

Live from the Tabernacle (Digital Download) (December 18, 2012)

Rocky Mountain High (Comedy Central Direct) (2014)

Without Media Assignment

Time spent without media was not that troublesome. During this duration of no media for twelve hours, a trip to Ohio on Saturday, April 31st, 2016, to move one of my buddies was conducted. It was relatively easy to put away all media, since I was driving and the only media that I could focus in on was the radio, which was not turned on; or my buddy, whose brain I picked insistently.

Conversations were conducted that ranged from human pre-cognition, space as information, the dragon-origin mythos, the militarization of the police force, language as a symbol for Reality, and of course media itself in the forms of movies, books, a monuments transition to propaganda, and Hallucinogenic experiences. While this was commencing the thought occurred whether this assignment could be accomplished with another person around, since they could be considered media as well. This experience was not difficult and did continue for twelve hours before we ran out of things to talk about and put the music back on, proud and smug in our accomplishments.

This process also revealed that nothing was missed the most or the least, but just focusing on the moment was the equivalent of finding immense joy through the camaraderie that was being formed. Based on this experience it is apparent that media plays multiple roles in someone’s life: the first being a discussion topic, followed by a filler topic to continue the discussion or make a point, third is even using what you see or hear in media to enact a real situation in life because you already know the outcome and is therefore familiar and perhaps comical/dramatic/etc., and finally media played the basic role of entertaining when nothing could be discussed and Reality did not want to be fully involved.

Data Visualization Assignment

President George W. Bush' speech after 9/11 terrorist attacks
President George W. Bush’ speech after 9/11 terrorist attacks


Tuesday, September 11th, 2001

The worst terrorist attack in United States history occurred as four large passenger jets were hijacked then crashed, killing nearly 3,000 persons. The attack was carried out by four separate teams of terrorists from the Middle East, all operating from inside the U.S. Each team had boarded an early-morning flight, posing as passengers, then forcibly commandeered the aircraft.

Two fully-fueled jumbo jets, American Airlines Flight 11 carrying 92 persons and United Airlines Flight 175 carrying 65 persons, had departed Boston for Los Angeles. Both jets were diverted by the hijackers to New York City where they were piloted by the terrorists themselves into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. The impact and subsequent fire caused both 110-story towers to collapse, killing 2,752 persons, including hundreds of fire-rescue workers and persons employed in the towers.

United Airlines Flight 93, which had departed from Newark for San Francisco, and American Airlines Flight 77, which had departed from Dulles (Virginia) for Los Angeles, were also hijacked. Flight 77, with 64 persons on board, was diverted to Washington, D.C., then piloted by the terrorists into the Pentagon building, killing everyone on board and 125 military personnel inside the building. Flight 93, with 44 persons on board, was also diverted toward Washington but crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after passengers attempted to overpower the terrorists on board.

On Thursday, September 20th, President George W. Bush gave a  much-anticipated speech before a Joint Session of Congress, outlining America’s reaction to the attack.