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The California Drought

5 Dec

Drip…drip….drip.

Laying in my bed at night I am listing to my sink facet in my bathroom as it continues to leak.

Drip…Drip…drip

I wonder how much water is being wasted, and if it would make a difference in the drought. And then I remember that every drop counts. Every drop could make a difference in what is considered the largest drought in California’s history.

This week California got a smidgen of water, okay slightly more then a couple drops. However it was close to what we needed to start recovering from drought.

The origin of water spark some conversation on twitter about the rain (and the drought) seemed to be the rain itself, later on news organizations posted articles articulating how far California is from being declared drought free.

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This seemed to be a common post which showed various maps of the drought, the map on the far left is a popular map that is apart of a interactive website.

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I just thought this post was really cool, because I used to live about two hundred feet from this weather station. However, they do provide real time data about the drought and the high temperatures.

Screenshot 2014-12-05 01.12.26This above picture seemed to be the general reaction of twitter universe. Most users where glad that rain had occurred, but they realized that this is only a drop in comparison to the water that California needs.

Have a great weekend everyone! (Stay dry)

-Kristen

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#NewsEngagementDay

10 Oct

Readers only stay on websites pages for 10-20 seconds, and that’s IF they are using a computer.

So the problem is how do we get readers to stay on the page, and absorb the content. The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) came to the conclusion that the answer was interaction.

 AEJMC formed #NewsEngagementDay as a call to arms to encourage both journalists and newsies alike to interact with news

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My classmates and I decided to focus on “unconventional” or “unknown” news sources, together we created a blog which highlighted our perspective beats.

Screenshot 2014-10-09 21.21.48 As you might of guessed I choose agriculture. (*queue the gasps of shock) The news source that was selected for my portion of the Life and Style section was piece on Central California drought by Alan Heathcock and Matt Blac.

Here’s the thing, engage the news, tweet the news, either way its good. It means that you’re reading the news, your absorbing it. You’re becoming more informed, because after all knowledge equals power.