Discussion Question Week 5

What is news, how does it affect you, and would you pay any attention to this news if you were not enrolled in CJ105 right now? Be specific in providing a recent example in the news in the past month.

By Austin Merritt

News is any story of nonfiction portrayed to the masses. Often the news we see is relevant to our lives, our lifestyle, interests, or politics. News has the possibility of affecting me or just entertaining me. I read news on sports teams and players all the time. I see this kind of news as mere entertainment and not of significance to me. That is not to say it is not significant to others. Some people have their personal economy enveloped within the sports realm. Just because news may not be important to me, it could mean the world to someone else. I often look at Yahoo News to look for interesting stories. I love to read about the presidential election this fall. This news is very important or relevant to my life because it has the possibility to sway how I vote. Though I haven’t been swayed, the possibility remains. The possibility remains in the information. News can be very informational! For example, with the unrest in the Middle East and the revolts at the U.S. embassies, America was warned that we have a pending issue knocking at our door. Some soldiers could possibly be watching the news to see where they might be deployed next. I would say that for me I have not really changed how I retain the news since beginning our CJ105 class. I have been interested in the news and just reading news often. I do not read newspapers, or watch the news on television but I do read stories on the Internet. Granted the news may not always be relevant but I do it out of mere entertainment, information or curiosity. I believe the news can be very beneficial to an individual. It helps an individual stay informed and current with things in society. I find it funny when I come back from a trip, where I am not by a news source, and find out what happened since I left. It is like a game of catch up. It is kind of fun to me.

Discussion Question Week 5

Question: What is news, how does it affect you, and would you pay any attention to this news if you were not enrolled in CJ105 right now?

Answer in Jack (John) Junker’s mind: Well according to dictionary. com news is newly received or noteworthy information, esp. about recent or important. No I myself think that is a pretty snazzy definition but I am going to dumb it down for my own knowledge. You see the way I see news is that anything that seems to spark an interest and is worth sharing can be considered news. Now the message within a a news report can come in many different areas. Prime example could be information on the debate between Romney and Obama. Also if I was not in CJ105 right now would I pay any attention to this thing called “news”? Of course I would! It is abruptly impossible to overlook  issues within the world that involves one person such as my self and my fellow class mates. News is everywhere it is just a matter of reading and looking for something that sparks ones interest.

Discussion Question #5

By: Shelby Schroeder

What is news, how does it affect you, and would you pay any attention to this news if you were not enrolled in CJ105 right now? Be specific in providing a recent example in the news in the past month.

To me, news is a report of something that has occurred in the world. It can be anywhere from a major earthquake that occurred in another country to something as simple as a lady’s cat from down the street is sadly stuck in a tree.  When I think of news in general though it’s something that I see when I watch a local news station or read something in the paper.  I think sometimes news has a great effect on me and other times little or no effect.  Sometimes I completely ignore news and am shocked to find when something has occurred in the world. I don’t generally watch the news, I hear about events from other people normally.  I think the most important thing to remember about news is that the closer an event is to you, the more it means to you.  For example, I feel bad for people who experience an earthquake in China, but I would feel worse about a tornado that occurred in my town or a town over from me.  It’s all about what news is relative to you.  If I was not in CJ105 I would probably not pay as much attention to the news as I do, but I think it’s impossible to fully escape the news.

This is an example from YouTube of a local news anchor near my hometown who stood up against bullying.  She had been bullied by a man who sent her an email calling her obese.  Because I know this news anchor, I look up to her and am really happy that she stood up for herself.  I couldn’t ignore this news, because all my friends were posting on Facebook about this hometown hero! She will soon appear on Ellen!


DQ #5

By: Marina Eggen

What is news, how does it affect you, and would you pay any attention to this news if you were not enrolled in CJ105 right now? Be specific in providing a recent example in the news in the past month.

Personally I think news is newly received, noteworthy information.  It doesn’t have to be new or important to someone else, it’s your own personal preference.  News affects me by trying to generate emotions form me.  News about a car crash is sad; news about tuition rising is frustrating; news about an adoption is happy.  All these news stories try to make me feel.  My mood could be affected and most of the time is affected by the news I hear.  News is all around us in everything we do.  If I was not in CJ 105 right now I would still be surrounded by news beckoning me to listen to it, and I would listen to what is important to me.  CJ 105 just helps me have a better understanding of the news I am hearing and the purpose of it.  A specific example of news I heard in the last week was that my good friend was homecoming king back at my high school.  This news was newly received and it was very noteworthy for me (probably not to anyone else here except me).  It affected my emotions and made the rest of my day happy and exciting.  News has the power to do that.

Discussion Question Week Four

Question: In organizations you have been part of, what communication have you experienced that was particularly effective – be specific. What was the communication and how did it persuade you?

Answer in Jack (John) Junker’s mind: I have been in numerous organizations throughout my life so I am going to pick three organizations in which I shall explain what sorts of communication that I have experienced along with the fact on how that communication has caused me to be persuaded in the past. These organizations would be my high school soccer team, Drum line, and a class in high school called Creative Publishing.

Communication within a team is a must in order for that group to win or just improve. Without communication you could never tell when someone was not covered. You could never call out to someone for a pass or a through ball. You could never ask for help when you need it. You could never give a thumbs up to a teammate that has accomplished a spectacular play or hug a teammate that scored the game winning goal. Needless to say that my soccer team in high school would have gone nowhere if there was no communication held between the players. Needless to say sometimes some communication within a team is unwanted. A prime example would be my former coach. Now I am going to say this plain and simple, he was the picture perfect definition of an asshole. He always criticized everything and never found the good things in a mistake. Everything was about him and not the players. So as a group we became closer because it gave us something to complain about. Those teammates became my brothers on the pitch due to a crazy little Italian man whose communication was both unintelligible and abusive.

Communication within a musical ensemble is more of a motion or physical sense of acknowledgement. You see, when a performance is going on you are unable to say “Up next is Funky Shoes” because it would just be jumbled in all the crashes and bangs from the drums and cymbals. So instead we used hand signals in which a fist would mean “Last time around”, and a certain motion would mean a certain cadence. I guess you can say that the little opening sequence between songs can also be explained as “Hurry up and get ready for the next one.”

Creative Publishing was the class in my high school that was in charge of the school newspaper along with the yearbook, so in general you need communication at it’s finest to make that class a well oiled machine. Such communication would include faceless letters like emails, comments on articles, texts, etc.. along with the occasional face to face conversation. When your putting a book together that the whole school is going to read and criticize you are going to want to make sure all the major errors are out of there along with all of the little mishaps that one could over look. But the main issue in that calss would be “Group Think” because when everyone was in a pickle or that they just did not want to share what they had the editors would persuade the class to go with their ideas and in turn make them the subject of opinion.

Discussion Question Week 5

By Jimmy Lavorato

What is news, how does it affect you, and would you pay any attention to this news if you were not enrolled in CJ105 right now?

The news is the information that is passed through the media or newspaper for our benefit. There are many things we are not involved in that can involve us. There are so many types of important information that we deserve to know such as any criminal activities near out areas, or any important financial issue that involves us. Although in the past I have not kept up to date with the news in any way besides seeing a few minutes of television news, I still heard a lot about current events through word of mouth. To a certain degree I think almost everybody hears about the news in some manner, save for people that live under rocks, because of how we are all connected on the internet and television, etc. Information can travel so quickly and efficiently these days that we are bound to receive at least some small amount of knowledge of the world around us. I think that when someone has a hobby or something that interests them, they will also be interested in the current events and news associated with that topic. We have internet sites where we can easily find current events on any topic we think of. There will always be some people that have no interest in what is happening in their world, but for the majority I feel there is always an itch that only newspaper or news stations can satisfy.

Discussion Question Week 4

In organizations you have been part of, what communication have you experienced that was particularly effective – be specific. What was the communication and how did it persuade you?

By Austin Merritt

Types of communication within organizations vary significantly. One organization I was a part of was being a regular attendee of my church. In our church our pastor was our lead spokesman. He would portray a message to the congregation through different means of communication. He would use verbal and nonverbal communication to present his message to the congregation. For example, if something was being stressed the pastor would raise his voice and deliver his message with use of body language. To me this is effective. Everyone has a different learning style. People may be a confluent learner, technical reasoning learner, etc. For me to stay entertained and focused, my pastor was effective in his portrayal by using hand gestures and changing his tone of voice and grasping my attention. That is not to say that all pastors, priests, and teachers use the same delivery for communication. But by being active in portrayal, they can grasp my attention easier. Again, not to say I don’t get distracted throughout various messages.

On my high school football team I remember playing our biggest rivals. I went into play, as a backup, on the defensive side of the ball. As the play started, I went to a spot on the field that was not mine and left my assigned gap open. The running back ran to my assigned area and scored upon us. As I ran back to the sidelines, my coach was waiting for me. He pointed what I did wrong and showed me the importance of my mistake by raising his voice. At first I did not find it effective because I did not want to be in that situation, but looking back I see how it can be effective. By raising his voice and mixing emotions together, my coach was trying to stress the point and make a quick change about it. Not something where we can brush it under the rug and fix it next week. We need it changed and we need it now. My coach and I got along really well and we joke with each other during class all the time. I think the most effective communication depends on your learning style. For me, I prefer a nice easy-going talk but other people need verbal slaps in the face.