Kaitlin Kmetz

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Kaitlin reviewed this story - Nov 6, 2012
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4.0

This article is different that mainstream news stories because it discusses the ineffective and offemsive use of "yellowface" makeup in the movie "Could Atlas," a film that was praised for its ethnic cast. This aspect of the movie probably would not have been explored by mainstream media. The sources were from MANNA, an Asian American media organization. Although these sources are experts on the topic, they not have been the primary sources if this article was written for mainstream media. "Could Atlas' " filmmakers are also quoted, but their opinions are not the primary motivation for the story. They are actually being criticized in this piece. Overall, this story gives an interesting (and perhaps more accurate) alternative to ... More »

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Kaitlin reviewed this story - Oct 18, 2012
Kaitlin's Rating
4.0

This article was very interesting, and it does discuss Silicon Valley's attempts to get healthier, but the main focus is on people of higher SES. I think this article is credible and newsworthy, but stories about health disparities should be reported on as well. For example, there should be coverage of the difficulties that lower income families and workers face difficulties in getting access to healthy foods. This article covers the health of the upper class, yet the real issues may lie in people who are not working for billion dollar tech companies in Silicon Valley. "New in a New America" mentions that sometimes journalists "cover social disparity on a sporadic basis" which leads to readers believing that it is not such a ... More »

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Kaitlin posted and reviewed this story - Oct 18, 2012
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4.0

This story is relevant to many of our readings in that accounts for both biological and social determinants of health. However, this article focuses many on the biological distinctions and genetics of breast cancer. At one point the article states, "basal-like cancers are most prevalent in younger women, in African-Americans and in women with breast cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2. " However, the article does not explain why this is the case. For instances, the reader does not know if high rates of breast cancer are linked to African Americans for biological reasons, or perhaps there are lower rates of screening for example. Because this article does not address the social determinants of breast cancer it does not take in account ... More »

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NT Rating: 3.9 | See All NT Reviews »
Kaitlin reviewed this story - Oct 15, 2012
Kaitlin's Rating
4.0

This news story is a profile of Frank Schubert, a strong advocate against gay marriage. Schubert's role in supporting Prop 8 and his opposition of gay marriage is revealed through this profile. Using Schubert as the character of this story was an interesting way of presenting the information because it gave specific examples of the tactics he (Schubert) uses to sway voters. Another version of this story could be written from the perspective of a supporter of gay marriage.

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NT Rating: 3.8 | See All NT Reviews »
Kaitlin reviewed this story - Oct 15, 2012
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4.0

This story could be developed into a profile by interviewing someone who is an activist for voter registration among minority groups or among poorer citizens. This person would need to oppose stricter voter identification guidelines. The story written about the person that is being profiled could reveal who chooses to vote and why, in addition to sharing who is/ isn't eligible to vote. Supporting interviews could perhaps come from people the "activist subject" has gotten to register. However, the story may then become slightly biased. In order to make the profile story more objective, supporting interviews could come from sources who support stricter voter identification laws.

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NT Rating: 4.1 | See All NT Reviews »
Kaitlin reviewed this story - Sep 26, 2012
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3.9

The first quote mentioned in the article was from a spokeswoman for the South Valley Islamic center, Melinda Bush, "We feel vindicated that our mosque has been approved." I think this quote made it to print because of the strong language and the passion that was portrayed through the woman's words. The source was credible because she is closely linked to the Islamic Center - the group who wishes to build the mosque. The author further established credibility when he quotes a man who has an opposing viewpoint. The man was referring to the attacks of September 11 when he states, "It's just astounding you would consider this project." The source is a man who attended a public hearing to vote on the matter, therefore he represents ... More »

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Kaitlin reviewed this story - Sep 25, 2012
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4.0

The news-worthy qualities of this story are that it is current and relevant to the upcoming November election. Also, it provides both sides of the argument, with opinions from many different sources, on Prop 35, which allows readers to draw their own conclusions about the issue at hand.

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Kaitlin reviewed this story - Sep 25, 2012
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3.0

This article emphasizes the individuals responsibility for health disparities in their community. The article explained that it seems to be the fault of children's parents for their lack of education about health issues. The article also explains that educational institutions contribute to the high rate of health disparities among black and Latino youth because they have a "huge influence" on how children act.

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Kaitlin posted and reviewed this story - Sep 23, 2012
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