Jets/Avalanche game is front page material

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Avalanche, coming off 5-day break, eager to face Jets

Jets call up Dano from Moose

LINK: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/sports/hockey/jets/jets-call-up-dano-from-moose-399036901.html

This article is about the Winnipeg Jets facing the Colorado Avalanche tonight at 8 p.m. The Avalanche had an unusual five-day break after a tough loss against the Florida Panthers last weekend. Not only are the Colorado Avalanche facing their first game against the Jets tonight, but they’re playing the game in front of their Denver hometown fans. The Jets called Marko Dano from the Manitoba Moose in case Bryan Little and Drew Stafford can’t play due to their injuries.

This story is significant because the Winnipeg Jets will be playing the Colorado Avalanche after their rare five-day break (and because the Avalanche lost the last game they played). Since breaks this long are rare in hockey, we’ll get to see if it has helped or hurt the Avalanche in their playing. After the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Dallas Stars last night 4-1, it will be interesting to see if the Jets can continue to win with the same lineup. This story is also newsworthy because the Winnipeg Jets and the Colorado Avalanche have similar win/loss records (Jets are 3-4-0 and Avalanche are 3-2-0), and with the injuries a few of the Jets players have faced, people will be watching to see if 21-year-old Marko Dano gets to play.

Should Amy Goodman have been arrested?

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On Monday, October 17, 2016, a judge dismissed charges against Amy Goodman. The host of Democracy Now! was charged with trespassing and rioting while covering the Dakota Access Pipeline protest on September 3, 2016.

The Dakota Access Pipeline Project is a pipeline under construction that will transport crude oil throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. The issue is the pipeline threatens burial sites of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Thousands of Native Americans are protesting at the site fearing if the pipeline is built, it will damage the grounds and water surrounding it if it ruptures.

Goodman filmed and posted a seven-minute video showing footage of protesters at the site which went viral attracting over 14 million views. Many big news stations such as CBS and NBC didn’t cover the protest until Goodman did. She helped bring light to the protest, and still isn’t backing down from the fight.

“[We] encourage all of the media to come here,” said Goodman at the Morton County courthouse. “We certainly will continue to cover this struggle.”

Goodman inspires me on so many levels. First of all, maybe she did trespass, but so did many others. She doesn’t deserve to be singled out and arrested just because she brought attention to the story. Secondly, it’s incredibly powerful to see her continue to fight even after experiencing a stressful situation like being arrested. I’m not sure if I could do the same.

I also think it’s a little extreme to arrest someone for simply doing their job. You wouldn’t arrest a firefighter for putting out a fire, so why arrest a journalist covering a story? I applaud Amy Goodman for taking a stand and bringing the protest to light. She inspires me to be strong and fight for the things you believe in.

References:

http://www.daplpipelinefacts.com

https://www.thenation.com/article/amy-goodman-is-facing-prison-for-reporting-on-the-dakota-access-pipeline-that-should-scare-us-all/

 

 

Basics for Beginners

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Well fellow CreCommers, we have officially survived one month of school! * cue happy dance* I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe how much I’ve learned already, and that feels pretty darn good. One thing I’m not so excited about is that I still don’t know the ins and outs of my DSLR camera. For someone who constantly uses my iPhone to take pictures, picking up a camera full of unfamiliar buttons is intimidating to say the least. Aperture, shutter speed, and ISO are all terms that I haven’t quite mastered yet, and with all the assignments coming my way, I wasn’t quite sure I’d find the time to learn about them all – until now.

www.improvephotography.com is a blog started by Jim Harmer dedicated to photography. You can find YouTube videos, tutorials, and even free podcasts to help you take amazing photos. My personal favorite – the photo basics – breaks down those photography terms, and tells you how to use your camera in simple language that makes sense. Read about the basics here:

http://improvephotography.com/photography-basics/

What I really like about Harmer’s blog is that it starts from square one. He begins with a lesson on exposure, and uses two pictures he has taken to show the difference between shooting in automatic or creative exposure. Something I didn’t realize before about cameras, is that they are not as smart as you think they are. I would choose a setting on my camera like portrait or landscape, and just start snapping away. I thought the camera was good to go, and would do all of the hard work for me. Harmer explains that it’s fine to do that in certain settings, but it’s also important to know how to set your aperture, shutter speed, and ISO properly. These are the settings that will affect exposure. He provides a little ‘cheat sheet’ explaining what will happen when you have a small/wide aperture, slow/fast shutter speed, or a low/high ISO.

pictur22222e1Photo from improvephotography.com

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Photo from improvephotography.com

pictur2e1Photo from improvephotography.com

I found the blog incredibly helpful, and wanted to share with everyone else who may be struggling to master the art of photography. Other photography tutorials Harmer has posted include how to shoot with your camera modes, the rule of thirds, and how to focus your camera properly.

If you’re a newbie to the photography world, definitely check out this blog! I found it super helpful, and pretty soon your phone will be blowing up with Instagram likes!