There is hope for Newspapers after all

There is hope for Newspapers after all

Once upon a time, in the pre-digital world, I was an ardent subscriber of whatever newspaper in the city I lived in. Opelika-Auburn News during my school days, or The Charlotte Observer. Both papers have paywalls now, and in the case of the “O”, have made many changes to staff, content, and even paper size that doesn’t add up to the $1 daily {Observer is $1.50} and $2 Sunday prices charged. The O-A News is a small town paper and is only semi-politically oriented {lean right}, but does tend to have hands off coverage of the largest entity in its area, Auburn University (Disclosure: 1989 graduate of said U). Here is a story in the Huffington Post, one of the news websites generated in the digital, web age, which is attempting to provide broad destination content with a bit of an edge. The story that is linked below is an example of such content. As for the Observer, editorial and sales are now in the NASCAR building and production is elsewhere in the county. A major city news cycle brings political coverage and slants into play; they become evident. Unfortunately, for them, if you want real information on what is happening in this city, they are not the go-to place to find it. Similarly, this can be said for the six TV news operations locally and two radio news operations. There is a way to get back there, and the linked content is a primer for this.

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Brian Stelter has been training for this moment his entire life

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Jesse Dittmar/For The Washington Post 

Despite the fact that I do not subscribe to CNN, or cable for that matter, I am one of his many Twitter followers and newsletter subscribers. He has even written a response that I had sent to him on a guest recommendation, which is amazing since he is a reasonably well-known media figure. He is the voice of calm in a troubled media landscape; this voice is so evident on a tragic day at post time. In the criminal world, convey the impression of an emphasis on historical events being replayed for current times. He cites the Virginia Tech mass shooting and the WDBJ-TV incident of years prior as examples. The social media aspect did not come into play for the former incident.

 

h/t Brian Stelter has been training for this moment his entire life – The Washington Post

Have liberals found their combative new leader in … Keith Olbermann?

 

I have always been a fan of Keith, especially during his Sports reporting career. Now he has an opportunity to be unleashed since he doesn’t work for the typical corporate media.

The ex-MSNBC host recasts his fire-breathing punditry for the Web, to bring the fight to Trump.

Source: Have liberals found their combative new leader in … Keith Olbermann? – The Washington Post

The Beyhive rules

This is the name of part of her most ardent fanbase (“Urban Dictionary,” n.d.). Just like fans of other entertainers, she can do little wrong in their eyes. I live her as well, but do not obsess with her or her every move.

Grammys 2017: Adele Beyonce Speech | Time.com

 

 

Urban Dictionary: Beyhive. (n.d.). Retrieved April 12, 2017, from http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Beyhive

Judge says IP Address doesn’t prove anything in piracy case


This story is personal to me because I was accused of something I didn’t do or authorize. It turned out that someone had hacked into the router I had at that time and changed the password so I couldn’t stop them or see where they came from. The setup I have now is TWC modem/router and have no problems, but there is a fee to use it, cost of doing high speed (for Charlotte anyway) Internet. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and their ilk are trying to put the genie back in the bottle as far as digital media and distribution. Besides, I am not much of a movie person.

What do you do lesson of a recently dismissed federal case, which raises the burden of proof that copyright owner must meet in order to hold you accountable for infringement.

Source: Judge Says IP Address Doesn’t Prove Anything in Piracy Case

When billionaires control the media

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My only hope here is that I am not influential enough to warrant their attention, or at least have enough to defend myself. This should not be a situation in 2016 America, but it is.

The New York Times wrote about the control of the mass media by billionaires, an issue that should concern us all. Not only do they own the media, some use it to promote their financial self-inter…

Source: When Billionaires Control the Media | Diane Ravitch’s blog

PS I have always listened to people who have forgotten more about a subject than I will ever know. Ms Ravitch fits that description.

Childhood Obesity

About 3 years ago, this was a large deal with the First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS) responding to an article I wrote for a local fitness magazine, since shuttered.


CHILDHOOD OBESITY
E X A M I N E D
 
by Steve Johnson
Health, Fitness, Diet, Nutrition, Sports, Family, and Community are the seven core concepts of this magazine. Childhood obesity is a national problem that has roots in every facet of our lives. The issue has reached the highest levels of government and led by our President Barack Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama. What follows is some of what the President had to say on the matter recently.

“Across our country, childhood obesity has reached epidemic rates and, as a result, our children may live shorter lives than their parents. Obesity has been recognized as a problem for decades, but efforts to address this crisis to date have been insufficient. Nearly one third of children in America are overweight or obese — a rate that has tripled in adolescents and more than doubled in younger children since 1980. One third of all individuals born in the year 2000 or later will eventually suffer from diabetes over the course of their lifetime, while too many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma. Without effective intervention, many more children will endure serious illnesses that will put a strain on our health-care system. We must act now to improve the health of our Nation’s children and avoid spending billions of dollars treating preventable disease.”

The healthcare debate has raged in Washington and the nation for the past year in earnest, and in some form for the past 60 years. While there is not much agreement on how to proceed, there is broader agreement to reverse the cycle of disease that affects children. The First Lady has been in front of this issue, making speeches and personal visits to spread the word of a fit lifestyle and to make better choices for everyone, especially children. The new federal website, www.letsmove.gov designed to empower parents to make better choices with the knowledge and encouragement necessary to succeed. www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/ assessing/bmi/” Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person’s weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems. For example, a girl, 14 years, 11 months who is 5 foot 3 ½ inches tall and 145 lbs would be considered overweight, and as such, needs to be monitored closely so the girl does not become obese. Increased physical activity and less FaceBook activity create win- win events for everyone.

MyPyramid.gov is a tool for parents and kids to encourage nutritious options as part of a healthy family unit. My Foodapedia, which is a search tool for food information, is quite helpful to distill calories and the Mypyramid food groups. For example, I put in Baby Back Ribs, (because that’s what I like), it relates to BBQ short ribs with sauce. 4 medium ribs provided ½ ounce of the Grain group out of 6 oz. and 3 ½ ounces of the Meat & Beans group out of 5 ½ oz. Mypyramid plan give a general food guide based on age, sex, physical activity, even height and weight. The Mypyramid menu plan gives specificity to a menu plan (not to replace a healthcare professional or registered dietician). Mypyramid tracker provides information on your diet quality, physical activity status, and related nutrition messages as a method of documenting progress towards set goals. More from the President:

“I have set a goal to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight. The First Lady will lead a national public awareness effort to tackle the epidemic of childhood obesity. She will encourage involvement by actors from every sector to help support and amplify our work in improving the health of our children. Strategies include updating child nutrition policies in a way that addresses the best available scientific information, ensuring access to healthy, affordable food in schools and communities, as well as increasing physical activity and empowering parents and caregivers with the information and tools they need to make good choices for themselves and their families. They will help our children develop lifelong healthy habits, ensuring they reach their greatest potential toward building a healthier and more prosperous America.”

The National Football League has taken the White House’s vision of more active America’s children by putting the weight of the brand and league behind physical activity at NFLrush.com. NFL PLAY 60 is the league’s movement for an active and healthy generation, encouraging kids to play for 60 minutes every day in order to tackle childhood obesity. Throughout the 2009 NFL Season, each game had a minimum of one advertising spot promoting the program that included some of the 1,696 best football players in the world including Steve Smith #89, Jordan Gross #69, and John Beason #52 of the Carolina Panthers and Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Carolina Panthers is one of the league teams that embraced the concept of active youths to include Elementary and Middle School children. An active kid is generally a healthy one, and as parents, is this not what we want for them?

Steve Johnson was an obese kid who turned out to be an obese adult.

This was from the MARCH 2010 issue of the now defunct CHFMONTHLY.COM pages 14–15.

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