Facts! They’re real! They exist!
When your crazy uncle starts spouting off on his latest political rant, you can thoughtfully engage him with Politifact’s guide to Thanksgiving dinner. Or you can do what I do and practice your best poker face and your noncommittal “hmms.” Or you can gather the rest of your weird family and start an all-out brawl.
“The girl who feels no pain was in the kitchen, stirring ramen noodles, when the spoon slipped from her hand and dropped into the pot of boiling water.”
What I’m reading today: The Hazards of Growing Up Painlessly, a New York Times Magazine piece on a girl with a genetic mutation that renders her unable to feel pain. A UF physician, Dr. Roland Staud, makes a cameo.
Here’s the story behind the story: an interview with the writer.
What I’m reading today: For young grads, it’s long leap from college to career
This is the first of a three-part series by Lane DeGregory. She focuses on three recent graduates of New College of Florida, a public liberal arts honors college in Sarasota, Fla., to tell the story of something that’s on a lot of our minds lately — finding good jobs after graduation.
“She packed quickly that week, clearing out her childhood room: boots and jackets, a family photo, a new camera her parents bought so they could see her new life.
She didn’t pack her diploma.”
This is another gem we studied in my visual journalism class today.
Watch this three-minute slideshow and listen as photographer Paul Fusco describes his famous series shot from the train carrying Robert F. Kenney’s body from New York City to Washington, D.C. He was shocked to find so many Americans, about a million by some estimates, saluting Kennedy’s procession. The journey usually lasts four hours, but because of the mourners lining the tracks it took twice that long.
“It was eight hours of just constant flood of emotion,” Fusco said.
His photos captured the way people felt about RFK, and his photos document that history in a way words cannot. I always wonder what might have been if RFK hadn’t been shot in ’68…
“Although our national parks belong to all Americans, it’s a sad fact that very few people of color ever set foot in some of our country’s most beautiful places.”
We watched this multimedia piece by the National Parks Conservation Association in my visual journalism class today. Not only is it an example of a well done video, it’s also about so many things I love — history, social justice, nature, healing. And it’s illuminating for me as a TRiP leader, because our outdoor adventure organization struggles to attract people of color and other people historically marginalized for various reasons.
Learn more about efforts to bring more diverse visitors to the parks.
“Storytelling is joke telling. It’s knowing your punchline, your ending, knowing that everything you’re saying, from the first sentence to the last, is leading to a singular goal, and ideally confirming some truth that deepens our understandings of who we are as human beings.”
My first story in the Gainesville Sun this semester landed on the front page! It’s about a community that needs help and a resource center that just opened to serve it called SWAG.
Looking back, I would’ve loved to spend more time at the center getting to know the people there, so I could tell the story through their eyes as a series of four of five vignettes. That didn’t fly with the Sun’s editors, and I ran out of time. But it’s ok. I still got a byline on a front-page centerpiece, and it looks wonderful with the photos and graphics.
As the reporter I’m shadowing, Morgan Watkins, told me, “You gave the front page of the Sun some much-needed SWAG today.”