Sample News Logs for Humanities 1: Reading the News

Fall 2005

 

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Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2004 14:04:52 -0700

From: Gregory Minton <Gregory_Minton@HMC.Edu>

Subject: Re: news log

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Hello,

 

My 3 hours started with 30 minutes of the Daily Show (Comedy Central, Friday evening), the only source of completely objective, unbiased, and unentertaining news out there.  This episode had clips from Arnold's speech at the GOP Convention, and I particularly enjoyed them playing "4 MORE YEARS! 4 MORE YEARS!" over and over again (Dean loses his presidential hopes for a moment of excitement, while Arnold yelling is a positive thing for the Republicans).  I also did just over an hour of NPR (Friday's Morning Edition, streamed off of their website).  They recapped several clips from Bush's acceptance speech for the official nomination, touched on Kerry's response, the school situation in Russia, and the hurricane coming to Florida.  My personal favorite section was "Va.'s response to the Convention" (I believe that was the title, loosely quoted).  They were talking to people in a bar that happens to be about 2 minutes' walk from my house, so that was extraordinarily exciting.  I split the remaining hour and half evenly between the USA Today and the International Herald Tribune.  Since the LA Times is required, I skipped the front section of the USA Today but read the Money section, the sports, the editorials, and the entertainment section.  I also got sucked into their cover story about a possible electoral tie, in which the House elects the president, and the Senate elects the VP (Bush/Edwards administration?)  I liked the IHT a lot so am going to sign up for their email alerts; I read the editorials and main stories linked to from their homepage.  One of them was a "Yes, Europe, Bush might actually win" note, and one of the main stories was about an exhibit from the New York art museum visiting Berlin which received accusations from several local papers of being an "imperialist conspiracy."

 

Gregory Minton (gminton@hmc.edu)

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Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2004 20:14:35 -0700

From: Zach Lupei <Zlupei@HMC.Edu>

Subject: Zach Lupei's Newslog

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The first show I watched this week was The Daily Show. I actually watched three different episodes this week. I watched their coverage of the Republican National Convention. The spin that they put on the New York convention was definitely a negative one. They mocked the party's lack of diversity and extreme WASPishness. The Tuesday coverage focused on the fact that minority delegates were given a great deal of camera time and even undue speaking opportunities. Jon Stewart also pointed out that the highest black, G.O.P., elected official in America is the Lieutenant Governor of Maryland. Wednesday's coverage centered around Arnold's overly passionate keynote address. Because The Daily Show is filmed at 5pm it's coverage is always a day late. Because of this, Bush's speech was never discussed. Thursday night's show was mostly about the outburst of Georgia's Democratic Senator on Hardball. It was one of the funniest moments I have ever seen on TV. The senator told the host that he wished it were "his generation" so that he could challenge the man to a duel. The show had a great time mocking this endlessly.

 

Thursday night I also watched President Bush's address and a little bit of the speech's leading up to culmination of the convention. While I am not sure that it counts strictly as news, there was some commentary interjected so I will count it and hope you do as well….

 

Finally, I listened to the webcast of "All Things Considered" on Sunday. The show talked mostly about the recent hostage situation in Russia that killed more than 330 people, mostly children. I also learned more about Hurricane Frances, which is being called the worst natural disaster in America. My favorite part of the show was a review of a book in which the author told the stories he imagined from the backs of penny postcards. He would collect these postcards at flea markets and then create a story based on the small bit of text. The funniest was about a railroad worker who didn't want to go on a hay-ride with a girl who had a wooden leg, but ended up falling in love with her.