The Fight for a Federal Shield Law is Far From Over

Cracking Down on Information

In President Obama’s America – and most certainly in the future under president-elect Donald Trump – journalism is in more danger than ever. Whistleblowers – government insiders that relay highly sensitive information to journalists for publishing – are currently the main target; under Obama, eight whistleblowers have been prosecuted for espionage. That’s more than double the amount of all whistleblowers tried under every past administration combined. Continue reading

Trump Rode the Mainstream Straight to the White House

On Tuesday, November 8th, the world was shocked. CNN, The New York Times and countless other trusted media outlets got it wrong. Watching the numbers roll in as state after state flipped red on Google’s live feed, I was dumbfounded. No one, on either extreme of the political spectrum, could have seen those results coming. Continue reading

Going Corporate: The Desperation of Public Broadcasting

At the dawn of the American Republic, the founding fathers envisioned a system in which the government would continually encourage the free flow of press, in order to ensure the existence of a well-informed electorate. They did so through post office subsidies that allowed any and all newspapers and magazines to travel with little to no monetary impedance; this came to an end in 1970, when Congress passed the Postal Reorganization Act, which placed the postal service under the control of nine presidentially appointed governors and has since resulted in numerous postage rate increases. Continue reading

America’s Lagging Internet and What it Could Mean for Indy Media

A lot of buzz has been going on about the internet lately. As it should be; the internet, amidst the rapid growth of the digital age, makes the world go round. So why, as the nation whose military complex invented the World Wide Web in the 1960s, has America fallen so far behind the rest of the world in terms of internet download speeds? Continue reading

Investigative Reporting Missing from Ithaca College Education

This is an opinion piece I recently did for the Ithacan. I’ve made some augmentations here content-wise. The original commentary can be found here.

Journalism was not a popular career choice for my parents. We all know I’ll be barely scraping by until I manage to freelance my way back to my small-town newspaper, reporting on the county apple festival or the latest bit of juicy controversy at the monthly school board meeting. My parents, encouraging as they are, never failed to remind me of how dismal my future apparently is. Nothing keeps me afloat aside from the passion for news and investigation — the daring idea that my reporting can make a difference in the lives of many. Continue reading

Efforts against American Homelessness

The State of Things

The National Alliance to End Homelessness published a report last year detailing a few developments regarding homelessness in the United States. Among them are:

  • 578,424 individuals were considered homeless across the country in 2014. 84,291 were chronically homeless individuals, while 49,933 were veterans and 45,205 were unaccompanied children and youth.
  • Despite the overall increase in employment (around 8.4 percent) the poverty rate and number of people in poverty stayed relatively steady between 2012 and 2014
  • During that time, 26 states saw an increase in poverty, while 25 saw a decrease

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Thoughts on Mobile and Social Media Journalism

Beginning the class titled “Mobile and Social Media Journalism,” I was afraid the concepts Professor Anthony Adornato delivered would fly right over my head; I don’t necessarily consider myself a digital native, and my twitter and Facebook activities both had to be built up from zero.

However, since the early days when I had the legs knocked out from beneath me and my accounts were forced to swim by their own power, a few things progressed rather nicely. Of course, a few things also continued to struggle. Continue reading

Drones: Assault on Terrorism or Human Rights?

Drones have been the epicenter of an intense ethical dilemma for the United States military since the September 11 attacks in 2001. Since then, drone strikes have become common procedure for western military powers looking to combat violent extremism, particularly in the Middle East.

However, heavy debate sparked following the technology’s very first use, and has since become one of the most contested issues in foreign policy of the modern era. Continue reading

Seeking Refuge: The Debate Behind Syrian Asylum Seekers

A Fully Partisan Issue

If you’ve tuned into the primary debates recently, you may have noticed how fiercely divided our nation’s politicians appear to be on immigration policy. From the ever-eloquent and incredibly lucid Donald Trump insisting that Syrian refugees are a “Trojan Horse” for potential terrorists, to the compassionate and logical cries against fear-mongering by the likes of Bernie Sanders, the issue has made it to the forefront of political partisanship. Continue reading