WK17 Editorial Cartoon

What is the cartoon’s title or caption?

The caption says economic crisis


Who drew the cartoon?

Nate Beeler


When and where was it published?

The Washington examiner


What is familiar to you in this cartoon?

The Elephant and the mule, representing republicans and democrats


What questions do you have about this cartoon?

What does it mean that their both roasting marshmallows


Editorial cartoonists combine pictures and words to communicate their opinions.

What tools does the cartoonist use to make his or her point?

_X_ Humor

__ Caricature

_X_ Symbols

__ Stereotypes

__ Speech balloons

_X_ Labels

__ Analogy to another historical or current event

_X_ References to popular culture, art, literature, etc.



List the important people and objects shown in the cartoon:

The fire, marshmallows, Elephant, and donkey


Are symbols used? If so, what are they and what do they mean?

The fire is used to represent the economic crisis and how bad it is


Are stereotypes used? If so, what group is represented?

The republicans and democrats


Is anyone caricatured in the cartoon? If so, who?

Both Republicans and democrats


Briefly explain the message of the cartoon:

The cartoon is saying that even though there is a huge economic crisis, both parties are doing nothing to to help stop it


What groups would agree /disagree with the cartoon’s message? Why?

Anyone from either political party could find it offensive and disagree with it.


Do you think this cartoon is effective in its message?

Only a little


WK17 sports reporters


Name a sports reporter from these organizations – What are there beats?:


Statesman Journal –


Oregonian –


Portland Tribune –


New York Times –


Name a sports columnist for:

Statesman Journal –


Oregonian –


Portland Tribune –


New York Times –


For answers to these questions – Look at 2 Sport writing on the blog

What is a summary story?



What is jargon?



What is a cliché?





Why is the “report em as they play em” strategy for sports writing is a recipe for disaster?




WK16 Student competition

Article title: U.S. Details New Efforts to Support Ailing Bees

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/20/us/us-details-new-efforts-to-support-ailing-bees.html?ref=science&_r=0

I believe that the attempt to rehabilitate the honeybees and Monarch butterflies is a good idea. Bees don’t just make honey; bees as well as butterflies are a large part of the pollinating insect’s population. When they land to drink nectar they gather pollen on their legs and wing and when they land on a different flower they leave some of the other flowers pollen behind, this pollinates all the flowers allowing them to reproduce and grow strong.

But it’s not just flowers, without them a lot of the crops would have trouble reproducing, they could wither and die. This in turn could cause a food shortage affecting everything and everyone.

So the fact that their numbers are quickly decreasing is quite alarming. However growing more of their favorite plants would be a large help n bringing their numbers back up, and freshen up the landscape.

Though the population will take years to increase back to their former numbers they just need a little help getting there.

Trinity Mitchell

South Salem Highschool

Freshman, age 15

Salem, Oregon



Why did they report on this story?

A: There was a local hero, as well as it was a happy story that alot of people had probably heard about. It effected the locals, the man, as well as the lady police officer. It also interrupted traffic
Are there any ethical concerns about the story/footage?

A: I think is okay to show this mans picture because he disturbed the peace by stopping traffic. He didn’t do anything bad but because he affected the public I think they had a right to show his face.
What privacy does this person have?

A: If the man wanted the might have to blur his face in the video but they would still be allowed to show a picture of his face on the news.

WK15 Question

Q: Why did the journalist say that the cell phone would make the biggest impact in today’s journalism?

He probably meant that the cell phone would not only make it easier to get tips/leads on the go but also if someone texts you you have evidence that they said it. That way they can’t deny  saying anything.