Category Archives: Journalism

Virtual Course form FLVS Journalism

02.04 Broadcast—Television


The News program that I selected for the assignment is the show called “60 Minutes” show on CBS.  60 Minutes is an American TV news-magazine that was ‘to set it apart from other news programs” by using a unique style of reporter-centered investigation. The Show’s creator was Don Hewitt and then passed on to Jeff Fager after the first produce died in 2004. The topic in one of the videos (episode) from the show was on March 22 2015. The Topics range from hard news coverage to politics to lifestyle and pop culture. The story was about the ISIS (The Islamic State) taking full control of Mosul and were forcing Christians out of the country or to have the convert into their religion but overall was to drive the Christian religion out of Mosul; the second largest city in Iraq.

In this article there was no real opinions from the reporters. The reports came from the people who are Christians in the country when the the city was then fallen under ISIS control. The reporter; Lara Logan interviewed the Archbishop Nicodemus Sharaf of the Syriac Orthodox Church in the Mosul city were he had to flee along with about 10,000 Christians from the city by ISIS. The Archbishop includes in a quote “They take everything from us, but they cannot take the God from our hearts” witch is a powerful statement showing his faith stands fully but is also was devastated by these events. The Archbishop was forced out of the their homes and was only able to save a few relics and presume that ISIS destroyed the rest left behind and their were many and the buildings either destroyed or taken over by ISIS.

This show was quite effective in informing you about the topic on the ISIS take over on Mosul. What did right is that they did not mix any of the facts and kept it focused on the interviewer. The reports was well detailed and had supporting evidence. What could have been better; well their wasn’t anything in particular that I saw but their may have been something. The report to me seems to meet then “Code of Honor” in Journalism.

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This is a YouTube Video of the Episode of “60 Minutes” used in the Project


02.03 Broadcast – Radio

The Unknown Brain

“The brain can seem as mysterious as a distant galaxy, but scientists are starting to map and manipulate its many regions. In this hour, TED speakers take us on a trip through the human brain. When neuroanatomist Jill Bolte-Taylor felt her brain shut down during a stroke, she was more fascinated than panicked. Even though she spent eight years recovering, she’s grateful for the stroke. Neuroscience Suzana Herculano-Houzel turns brains into soup, so she can meticulously count the neurons, and determine why human brains are unique. Nancy Kanwisher studies the brain partly by staring at her own. She’s spent countless hours in an f MRI scanner, mapping her own brain to gain insight into what makes us human. Neuroscience Rebecca Saxe explains how one region in  the brain focuses on other people’s thoughts. Philosopher David Chalmers asks why humans have a sense of self, a constantly-running movie full of sensation and internal chatter. He offers two ideas about the nature of consciousness.”


The Radio Broadcast is about the the story of Jill Bolte-Taylor story on how an incident when she got a stock causing her brain to shut down parts of her brain. However her experience was differently and instead took it as a chance to learn more on the brain. She used her own brain to help her to gain an insight on how the brain functions as it dose. This leads to wonder to how it make us human; the people thoughts. and the sense of self. The two basic ideas on how the nature of the conscious works.

What I always learn every-time I listen to this radio stations is a lot of the nature of people in general and how it connects with everything we do. I actually started listening to the podcast when I first listen to the NPR radio station. The reporters is always excited to hear about this stories of people experience in their lives and how society much is like their experiences. The report source just comes from the stories from that person and they just like to share their story with others. I always do find it interesting to listen to their weekend podcast and what story that aired on the radio each Saturday.

The broadcast I could be considered to be a credible news source because it may not be actual news reports but it dose however your get to hear the different stories life experiences and it coming from them and not the reporter themselves; so the stories have credibility for that very reason.

2.00 Introduction: What is News?

So “What is news” anyway in a general statement? What news is the announcement of important information on events to the public to know? The important of news-reports is to inform the people on what is important or what they need to know! Can it come from anywhere or does it have to be a pacific source to make it news. Well it now different as it seems because the media is now mixed from what they were originally in the old days in my opinion. Their more focused on ratings rather than actual reporting on the “real” topics.

The news can actually come from any place and the information goes out into the public. The news can come from something that read like the newspapers with today’s articles. The News can be herd form the radio announcing it daily reports on traffic and weather forecast. The News can be watch on television like the news channels such as “FOX News”, “Good Morning America”, “Channel 9” etc. So pretty much news can come from anywhere; even from other people like a friend who shares what he has heard to others; but thing is that it could possibly be bias.

The News main difference from other types of communications that it informs more on events in motion in today society and what is happening in the world today. The news is supposed to be a place where the people can get the information on situations developing every day and what is need to be announced to the public. But lately it seems that the news is more interested to increase ranks rather than the news reporting. Some would even make stuff and it can really hurt or even to worse. What makes it news is that the truth is being announced and it what the public needs to know to be aware on what happening in the world today. That is it main purpose of existence and what would make it “News”!