Mauricio Villa

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Mauricio reviewed this story - Mar 10, 2011
Mauricio's Rating
3.7

This article about health coverage is missing several upstream determinates when discussing the amount of money the government should spend on Medicare. Firstly, the article argues that the government should consider spending cuts and tax increases. However, there is no reasoning on what would happen if they do this and what could and would change once this would come in to action.

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Mauricio reviewed this story - Mar 10, 2011
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3.3

This article about health coverage does not go upstream with its findings and research. Firstly, this article presents how Mediterranean diet positively impacts the health of many individuals because it lowers the risk of “metabolic syndrome,” which is believed 50 million people in our nation supposedly have. However, this article does not present any solutions on what foods should be eaten in order to lower the amount of Americans that have this so called metabolic syndrome. Furthermore, it does not give us a comparison on what Americans are eating in exchange of this healthy alternative, which is causing a negative impact on their health. Furthermore, another thing this article lacks is reasons on why Americans tend to eat ... More »

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Mauricio reviewed this story - Mar 10, 2011
Mauricio's Rating
4.0

This article about health coverage does go upstream because of many reasons. Firstly, this article reports on “so what” which is why we should prevent abortions in the U.S (specifically Minnesota). Then they bring up reasons on what could be done in order to prevent these abortions on happening. Lastly, they prove reasons on what certain clinics are doing in order to educate people about how bad abortions and the ways that they affect the individual and the people around them. Also, they present solutions on what could prevent abortions in the future. Raising awareness and educating young women are just two of the many reasons that this article goes upstream in order to find solutions for the GOP’s crusade against Planned Parenthood.

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Mauricio reviewed this story - Mar 10, 2011
Mauricio's Rating
4.0

This article about health coverage I believe goes upstream since it informs the reader on why people have mental disorders and bipolar diseases. However, this article does not list solutions on what could be done in order to prevent this disease that 4.4% of Americans have. Furthermore, the author of this piece could have further gone upstream and discovered why people are not getting their bipolar diseases treated. He could have kept going upstream by researching if transportation, lack of education, or the language barrier has a correlation with individuals not seeking out for care.

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Mauricio reviewed this story - Mar 10, 2011
Mauricio's Rating
3.9

This article about health coverage I believe goes upstream, but could have continued going further. This author presents the fact that cancer has killed less people as years go on. He also states that less smoking, healthy eating and early detection are three reasons why hundreds of thousands of people are surviving cancer annually. However, I believe this article could have continued going upstream if they would have reported on how many more people are detecting early signs of cancer and getting treated and what processes is being done to detect this disease.

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Mauricio reviewed this story - Feb 22, 2011
Mauricio's Rating
4.0

This article is very interesting and has been a pleasure to read because this is a problem caused by society. Society plays a major role in this article because If the people do not notice that today's obesity and diabetes rates are so high then it is the fault of the society to let babies grow to be called “obese babies”. However, I also believe technology and science play a major role in this issue since the foods that are being produced are mostly process-foods because of the technology that the society has made which is harming almost everyone's health. I believe the frame of responsibility is 100 percent societal. Having said that, it is up to the people to want to betProxy-Connection: keep-alive Cache-Control: ... More »

There are some clear fault lines in this article about obesity among young babies. Firstly, the generation fault line is evident as the author points out that eating food in today's society is about "grabbing something on the go." Furthermore, our generation is the first generation to reach obesity as what these authors called "the diaper set." Second, class can also be a fault line that negatively impacts a new born health because the lower socioeconomic status of a family the less ... More »

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Mauricio reviewed this story - Feb 21, 2011
Mauricio's Rating
4.0

This mainstream article, which was posted in the New York Times, does a good job incorporating most fault lines of health coverage. To begin with, the sources used are not biased in any way specifically because there are both female and male sources. Secondly, geography is another fault line, which is incorporated throughout the article. South Dakota is the state that the law was passed. There is no evident race fault line throughout the article that in my perspective is good because there are no stereotypical slurs or biased racial profiling. Generation on the other hand is incorporated as well since this law has been in effect since this year (2011).

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Mauricio posted and reviewed this story - Feb 21, 2011
Mauricio's Rating
3.1

I believe this article while informative; lacks several other qualities in a good journal. The experts cited were both males that don’t incorporate the gender fault line which should view the “four lokos” alcoholic beverage from another viewpoint or female perspective. Furthermore, It does not inform the readers what race these two male sources are lacking further information. Lastly, where does this take place? In the article the setting is in a skate park and a mall however, what sate? I am guessing since this is a community-based article it is in San Jose but it never states it. Having said that, there are also some strong points in this article like the impact of the drink on the consumers health.

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Mauricio posted and reviewed this story - Feb 21, 2011
Mauricio's Rating
3.9

This community-based article, which I posted from San Jose Beez, can be useful for any California citizen who has children and wants health insurance for them. However, this act does hold stereotypical fault lines. Children with health problems are not given full coverage through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is effective since January 1st. The problem rises if parents want to purchase health insurance for their child who might already be prone to a specific disease or health disparity. Besides the small yet evident stereotyping against children with worse health, the new reform act has been helping numerous families deal with their children’s health that had not been available till this year.

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Mauricio posted and reviewed this story - Feb 21, 2011
Mauricio posted and reviewed this story - Feb 21, 2011
Mauricio reviewed this story - Feb 2, 2011
Mauricio's Rating
4.0

I believe this article is very insightful and will help Alaskan natives in many ways if they come together and reduce sexual abuse, drug abuse, alcoholism, violence and poverty. Furthermore, I did not think there was any type of stereotyping of any kind in this article. However, I did find some close calls. For example, when chief executive officer of Chugachmiut states that it is up to the Native American community to stop violence and drug abuse, why would it not be any one else’s right to stop these issues as well. Is he stereotyping against Native Americans or is he just stating that because it is an article from Indian Country Today? In addition, Patrick Anderson states that he is not impressed with the governor’s ... More »

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Mauricio reviewed this story - Feb 2, 2011
Mauricio's Rating
3.4

This mainstream article in my opinion employs a couple unconscious stereotypes directed towards the citizens in the state of Wisconsin. The author of this piece speaks for Wisconsin’s people as if he were the voice of reason. I believe this was unintended but apparent as Judge Visnson states “Wisconsin was relived of any obligations or duties that were created under terms of the federal healthcare law” which may be considered a stereotype because he then states that that it has not yet happened and he will have to discuss privately with Governor Walker what he really is going to do about the Health care law being “dead”. All in all, this piece in my opinion was lacking evidence and informative information about the ... More »

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Mauricio reviewed this story - Jan 24, 2011
Mauricio's Rating
3.9

This article has a strong relationship between science, technology and society in all aspects. To begin with, India having such control over the price of unpatented drugs serves the society both positively and negatively. In on way it sill save numerous lives as the price to treat HIV/AIDS went from 4,000,000 dollars for a single person per year to 3,000 single person per year. Thus, saving numerous lives but having the possibility of potentially harming you (since there are no patents on the medicines). Secondly, India’s science can also be said to both positively and negatively affect the society depending on the treatment you get. Having said that, it is obvious that India’s technology is up to par as they are the worlds ... More »

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Mauricio reviewed this story - Jan 10, 2011
Mauricio's Rating
3.8

I believe the Hospital and we the people bear the burden of responsibility for getting good treatment at a hospital. To begin with, it is very unfortunate of what happened to Katie as she does not deserve any of the negative health treatments she got. However, I believe it is both the hospitals and societies fault for this occurrence. If she was told that it would take a week recovery it should be the family’s responsibility to try and get Katie her own room to recover. Having said that, there should never be an instance that the hospital puts two patients in one room when it’s clear that the baby holds infectious diseases. The interplay of science would be that we come to the conclusion that every hospital patient should ... More »

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Mauricio posted and reviewed this story - Jan 10, 2011
Mauricio's Rating
3.4

To begin with, I believe society bears the burden of responsibility for good health in this article because we usually either can not afford better insurance systems (since it proves that 70 percent of Americans wants a single-payer insurance system) or do not want to deal with a more complex system. Thus, David Brooks find himself troubled with how congress and the president tries to protect their pharmaceutical and health-insurance donors. Furthermore, there is not much interplay of science and technology however society is clear. Having 70 percent of all Americans want single-payer insurance brings up several assumptions of why. Especially because it is the least expensive of all plans even though not all 70 percent of ... More »

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Mauricio posted and reviewed this story - Jan 10, 2011
Mauricio posted and reviewed this story - Nov 9, 2010
Mauricio's Rating
4.0

In my perspective I believe this is good journalism. To begin with, it is relevant and up to date, as it just happened today. Furthermore, It is relevant because police have been charged numerous times this month and several times this week with civilian abuse for non armed individuals just like this one of Jones. Plus, their sources are credible and have been chosen wisely as several witnesses as well as police officers and insight professionals were cited. Finally, the news reflects the mission statement because the shooting has various pathways to cover the story (inicent/guilty/murdered).

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Mauricio posted and reviewed this story - Nov 9, 2010
Mauricio posted and reviewed this story - Nov 8, 2010
Mauricio's Rating
3.8

First and foremost, I can judge and say that this is good journalism because it is relevant and up to date. Having this happened just a day ago from today (November 9, 2010) it helps the reader understand what really is going on in Oakland. Furthermore, this article reflects the mission statement directly as the shooting did trigger the crash which lead to the gas leak. However, one flaw of this article is that there were no credible sources cited in the article itself (not in the video).

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Mauricio posted and reviewed this story - Nov 8, 2010
Mauricio posted and reviewed this story - Nov 3, 2010
Mauricio's Rating
3.5

There are several parts of this article that I believe were effective and ineffective. To begin with, it definitely conveyed the news in an easy and understanding manner. On the contrary, the only citation that was used (Erick Brown) did not contribute much to the article and was the only credible source used. The evidence presented in my perspective was the most valuable in the article. Finally, having the money numbers throughout the text made it easy to visualize what was really going on and kept the story together.

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Mauricio posted and reviewed this story - Nov 3, 2010
Mauricio's Rating
3.7

This article was interesting and well written. However, I believe it was not as effective as it could have been, especially when conveying the news. In my perspective I think the article is too wordy. It is hard to understand in the beginning (specially the first paragraph) because of the personal information the journalist added as the grabber/intro. On the other hand, this could be effective to other readers because it shows a lot of perspective that the journalist tried to approach. Plus, there was a lot of background information as he used different artist as his sources. All in all, the journalist did get his point across successfully even thought it could have been more clear.

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Mauricio posted and reviewed this story - Nov 2, 2010
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Mauricio reviewed this story - Oct 26, 2010
Mauricio's Rating
3.9

In my opinion not only do I think this is good journalism but I thought it was very effective in bringing Paul Wellstone’s persona alive. This story is well written because it shows evidence and background information while citing important sources that are relevant and easy to understand. Furthermore, the issues presented were enlightening and suspenseful as the FBI and a political activist (Paul Wellstone) join forces to uncover a mind blowing mystery. Plus, the uses of sources in this article were relevant as the Duluth FBI agents are in direct contact with the issues that are being addressed.

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Mauricio reviewed this story - Oct 26, 2010
Mauricio's Rating
4.0

This particular story was effective in many ways. To begin with, Gen. Hugh Shelton (the central character) is brought to life in this article. It is very easy to understand this profile as the sources were relevant and the topic was looked at through different angles. However, I believe that the story could have brought out more perspective since the focus shifts from the central character to President George Bush very quickly. All in all, this story was effective because the background information helped recognize the central character in a way that was exciting and kept the reader on its toes.

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Mauricio reviewed this story - Oct 18, 2010
Mauricio's Rating
3.9

All in all, I believe this is good journalism. However, I think the reporter may have faced numerous problems when gathering this story. As a category 5 super typhoon with winds up to 155 mph it is obviously difficult to give explicit details on what happened. I believe this reporter overcame the tribulations they were faced with since there is numerous information and relevant factual evidence throughout the article. In my opinion there are no gaps apparent since details are vivid and easy to understand.

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Mauricio reviewed this story - Oct 18, 2010
Mauricio's Rating
3.3

I would say that overall this article is solid. Nevertheless, I believe this reporter faced several problems when writing this piece. To begin with, when reporting on extraterrestrial life it’s always hard to give facts and support what you are trying to prove, since little is known about the subject. Specifically, I believe he does a good job in this piece of writing since he had to stay there for a three day period while learning and reporting at the same time. Plus, he fills in gaps with words from experts making the article more detailed and less opinion based.

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Mauricio reviewed this story - Oct 16, 2010
Mauricio's Rating
3.8

I believe this article overall has a lot of relevant information and is well sourced. However, there are several signs of stereotyping in this article. Firstly, the author of this article makes it seem like the Mexican patrol is not doing as good of a job as the U.S. law enforcement. Furthermore, there is stereotyping when dealing with both border patrol enforcers. Neither the Americans or the Mexicans are letting each other investigate in their side. Why cant they just help each other find Hartley's body.

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Mauricio posted and reviewed this story - Oct 13, 2010
Mauricio's Rating
4.0

This article is very interesting yet questionable.To begin with, I would agree with the immigrant advocates that the United States should stereotype these immigrants less as many of them have not convicted any crimes and have been deported just because they are a certain race. This is not the only time this has happened in our nation. In addition this article reveals how minor misdemeanors are blown up because of the race involved. All in all, i believe that as a citizen and a minority in this nation we should try to decrease the amount of stereotyping in our nation today.

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Mauricio posted and reviewed this story - Oct 12, 2010
Mauricio reviewed this story - Oct 7, 2010
Mauricio's Rating
3.6

This article is well sourced and is very interesting. However, there are gender and ethnicity fault lines throughout the article because the only time a female was interviewed (Rosa Rodriguez) the journalist did not ask her about her opinion on what had happened instead they told her just to state what she knew. In addition, as a minority case (Puerto Rican ethnicity) this article only addresses how corrupt the Puerto Rican officers acted. Only in one sentence were 63 heroes congratulated. In my opinion they should have elaborated on how some Puerto Rican officers were working to stop the drug trafficking and have successfully done so since the FBI states that it’s the biggest corruption case. All in all, I felt like some ... More »

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Mauricio reviewed this story - Oct 4, 2010
Mauricio's Rating
3.9

This article was well written and very detailed. However, I belive it may be a little confusing for some readers that do not know much on the topic because it adresses the topic by the third paragraph. Nevertheless, this informative article can relate to everyone as global warming and our generation clash. Furthermore, numerous issues rise that teach readers like myself several facts that I did not know.

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Mauricio reviewed this story - Oct 4, 2010
Mauricio's Rating
3.8

I belive this is a well written and relevant journalism because of the impact that Lebron James has had on our nation this year as he sighned into the Miami Heat and the descriptions that Zirin points out. Furthermore, i belive this article has more positive aspects than negative because it allows other genders and races to illustrate there perspective since the journalist adresses that Lebron James comes from a minority. In addition, Zirin wrote the article in a way that helps the reader understand the main points clearly,thus he starts by explaining his importance and then listing facts. On the other hand I belive that the journalist who wrote this article (Dave Zirin) comes to conclutions too fast. He states that Charles ... More »

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