Journalists Are Not The Enemy

You Can’t Call Us 'The Enemy Of The American People,' We Write FOR The People

The first amendment was created to protect us, and we were created to protect the American people through reporting.

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Being a journalist today isn't easy. In countries around the world, we're being physically and verbally assaulted. We're being threatened and imprisoned for our work and the printed newspaper industry is slowly being replaced with digital content that anyone can post.

That being said, journalism is still an important part of my life, maybe even everyone's lives.

I started writing in elementary school, but I started journalism writing in middle school. While the work wasn't that serious and the reporting was sub-par, it felt great to be a part of something that could have meaning.

During my senior year of high school, journalism became a major part of my life. I put in hours and hours of work every week to produce a weekly high school newspaper that felt like it was a part of me. Sometimes I would stay at school until 7 p.m. to finish writing an article or editing an article or laying out a page in the newspaper. It also didn't help that I was in two other writing classes, one was creative writing and the other was English/essay writing. Switching back and forth between all three types of writing felt weird and sometimes I would get them mixed up, but it was all worth it. Journalism was intense and stressful, but it was rewarding. Nothing can really describe the feeling I get when someone says that they enjoyed an article I wrote or when I hear people talking about important issues because of an article that I wrote.

That's the purpose of journalism. It's supposed to get people talking about important issues and having the discussions they don't want to have.

Journalism is important work. It's hard, it's grueling, it's punishing, it's tedious and only certain people are capable of being a journalist. We go to places around the world that other people wouldn't want to go to. We investigate the smallest things and we investigate government officials. We'll report on a new stop sign being put up and we'll report on genocides, wars, and poverty.

Many people have been calling journalism and specific publications "fake news" and "the enemy of the American people." Even though the comments weren't directed at me, they were directed at an industry that I care for deeply. I'll admit, there are a lot of newspapers and magazines and websites that spread made up news stories, but true journalists pride themselves on pristine reputations because we understand how much work goes into writing an article and producing a complete paper.

If we didn't care, we wouldn't go through the trouble of running corrections and double (maybe even triple) checking our facts and our quotes. Being called "fake news" hurts because it reduces all our hard work, blood, sweat and tears to trash. Being called "the enemy of the American people" hurts even more because, as journalists, our whole purpose is to write for the people. The first amendment was created to protect us, and we were created to protect the American people through reporting.

Last year I visited the Newseum in Washington D.C. with the newspaper staff. That visit taught me what it means to be a journalist. Walking through the exhibits and seeing the history of journalism plastered all over the walls was empowering because, for every single major event in history, journalists were there. We were there during the American Revolution, the Civil War, WWI, WWII, the assassination of JFK, the assassination of MLK, the Vietnam War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and 9/11, and I know that we'll continue to be there for all that's to come, no matter what. We'll keep reporting and investigating stories, even if people think that we're "the enemy of the American people" or "fake news."

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20 Fun Facts To Use When Introducing Yourself

As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!
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After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

I will say it a million times: don't be shy when introducing yourself to new people! I'll start by divulging my guilty pleasure: Youtube's family vlogging channel, "OKBaby"!

Check them out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvUCbnwzySKgbKiB_...



14. Some activities on my bucket list are...


This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

How would your best friend describe you? What do you love to do with your best friend?

16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...



What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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Not Having The 'Picture Perfect' Body Shape Doesn't Mean You Can't Wear A Bikini

All shapes and size are acceptable and beautiful.

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Summer has finally come again and it's now the time where everyone regrets not working out to get their "perfect" summer body. I'm here to say that these summer bodies everyone has been talking about are an unhealthy way to look at yourself and can hurt one's body image. If you're a size zero, that's great for you. If you're not a size zero, that is still great for you. There is no defined size that is required to wear a bikini during the summer, and there shouldn't be these unrealistic society norms on who can and can't wear them.

My entire life I was never worried about my size or how I look in a clothing item such as a bathing suit during the summer. I had always maintained a small figure from being active in grade school all the way through high school. Now that I am in college with no daily or weekly (and sometimes even monthly) exercise routine, I have gained weight and started to feel self conscious in what I look like in certain items that show my stomach. I don't look like the swimsuit models that are posted all over Instagram and started to feel that when summer came along I shouldn't be caught dead in a bathing suit or a shirt that showed any part of my stomach. I was beginning to feel bad about my body image because I didn't have the body shape or size that is considered to be a "society norm" and let it get to me. This is when I knew I needed to change my mindset, and not my physical appearance.

Just because someone isn't a certain size doesn't mean they should be shame into not wearing something they like or makes them feel good about themselves. Summertime is all about being in the sun at the beach or at the pool and getting a tan and getting in the water. This things require a swimsuit of some sort. The size and shape of someone's body shouldn't put a restriction on what type of bathing suit they choose to wear, and no one should comment on how they look in it in a negative manner. For some people, it's hard to lose weight just as it is hard for some people to gain weight. Society is always making remarks about girls being "too small" or "too big" or comments that are similar to those and it's putting a negative effect on how women view themselves which makes it harder for them to have a sense of self love.

Let a woman feel good about herself in what she's wearing no matter her size and leave the rude comments to yourself. Whether she is a size 0 or greater, she is still adding beauty into the world. If you want to wear a bikini, then do it. Don't let the negative people in society harshen your summertime fun.

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