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Posted by benjamin | February 4, 2014

In 2000, the United Nations established the Millenium Development Goals to address some of the most pressing challenges the world was facing at the beginning of the 21st century. The...

Posted by benjamin | January 31, 2014

This blog post is based on a speech I gave at Cave Springs ToastMasters Club in St. Charles, Missouri in November of 2013. When I went to high school in...

Posted by benjamin | January 11, 2014

The Russian market in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh is a maze-like bazaar with hundreds of small and almost identical shops that offer everything under the sun. After 25 minutes of...

Posted by benjamin | December 8, 2013

YouTube is currently trying to add a new dimension to its already impressive portfolio as the world's biggest video-sharing website. The company, which was purchased by Google in late 2006,...

Posted by benjamin | November 22, 2013

With only three weeks left and twelve news packages and VO-SOTs under my belt, I feel like I accomplished a lot already this semester. At the same time, however, I...

Posted by benjamin | November 8, 2013

As the semester is entering its final third, I feel as though I developed something that comes close to a routine. Equipped with basic knowledge and skills but also the...

Posted by benjamin | November 4, 2013

As more and more details about the mass surveillance activities surface, various news organizations and journalists express concern about the effect ubiquitous eavesdropping has on journalism. Although research and articles...

Posted by benjamin | October 25, 2013

The past two weeks, especially the second week, were a great learning experience, for I did two packages, one VO-SOT and anchored in only five days. It was all about...

Posted by benjamin | October 11, 2013

Over the past two weeks I was able to refine my reporter, anchor, writer, and producer skills and learn a great deal more about how newsrooms work in general. Now...

Posted by benjamin | October 3, 2013

When Miley Cyrus feeble attempt at twerking went viral after the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in late August, the news media was all over it and contributed massively to it spreading...

Posted by benjamin | September 30, 2013

To overcome a problem, you must first be aware of its existence. With this rule in mind, the mass surveillance disclosures can be regarded as something positive in the sense...

Posted by benjamin | September 29, 2013

Imagine our so-called democracy converts to a police state in which a totalitarian government uses universal surveillance to control us and be able to follow our every step. Imagine a...

Posted by benjamin | September 27, 2013

Now that almost five weeks of the SuperSemester are in the books, I can say that I have a much better idea of what producing newscasts specifically, and working for...

Posted by benjamin | September 20, 2013

When the latest disclosures of former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden were made public on September 5th, the world was able to see that the U.S. and British intelligence agencies are...

Posted by benjamin | September 13, 2013

“The Super Semester will be unlike anything you have ever done.” This sentence, uttered in our first class by instructor and professor of Communications Jill Falk, made me excited and...