Paul Burdette

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Paul reviewed this story - Jun 4, 2012
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4.2

I liked this piece. I have felt that newspapers are like wolves. Wolves are falling in numbers while their cousins the coyote are flourishing. Why because coyotes have been successful in adapting and living within the constraints of human encroachment, while wolves are endangered. Newspapers are like the wolves and need to adapt to the new medium. The piece worked content in with quotes but I feel that unlike our enterprise their job was a bit easier. I had a number of quotes and views from different sources, this work had a natural flow as they put context in with the flow of the speech, and it followed a natural time line. I will look at the style and specifics of attribution as I work on the final draft of my piece.

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Paul reviewed this story - Jun 3, 2012
Paul's Rating
4.5

This article has a nice flow from beginning to end. The opening paragraph gets your attention as well as gives some information on the who, what, when where and why in a classic hook and nut graph style. The piece also uses the pyramid to filter information about the pastor and his background throughout the piece. We learn about Pastor Kevin James (pastor as a proper name with a title should be capitalized was not in the opening of the piece) who he is and his appointment to the position as well as why he is moving on. The quotes given provide a balanced look into who the pastor is. One his bishop and superior tells us of his credibility and quotes from within his congregation give as a look into the actual person. The end of ... More »

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Paul reviewed this story - Jun 3, 2012
Paul's Rating
4.1

The article in the Los Angeles Times on Black unemployment levels is interesting. It brings in hint of structural racism and effects of a community to rise above any one certain stratification of economic condition. What would have been more compelling if the numbers given where compared to other ethnic races in the same geography. This would cement that the problem has possible links to extraneous variables based on race. The article states that median income for Blacks is lower when adjusted for inflation, but does not give specific umbers or comparisons to other ethnicities in the same region. Is this an issue unique to Blacks? Is it an issue unique to Blacks residing in the area mentioned in LA? Or is it a national issue ... More »

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Paul posted and reviewed this story - May 16, 2012
Paul's Rating
3.5

This story highlights many issues with responsible journalism and the ethical choices journalist face. In reporting the news journalist walk a line between what sells and what is in the best interest for the common good. Often it seems only the doom and gloom of our nation and world is reported with interest stories saved for the end of the broadcast cycle or the back page of the morning paper. President Obama’s cry for responsible reporting is valid, but at what point does this turn to propaganda in reporting what he government wants. The best piece of information taken form this piece is the value in reporting both sides of every story in a balanced way that affect the entire spectrum and not choose based on sensationalism. ... More »

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Paul reviewed this story - May 16, 2012
Paul's Rating
4.0

When I read the story on the false reports of Tupac Shakur being alive it stirs concern first as a user of media and content. This story highlights many issues involved with the ease and availability and consumption in our present fast food information environment. The ease of false information being passed off as credible is a great concern especially with the lighting fast realities of content being transmitted from one person to another with social media. I myself saw this article posted through a friend on Facebook, but having remembered the “Elvis is Alive” phenomenon did not give it much thought. What is more frightening is the result that can happen to global economies as word such as the early reports of Steve Jobs ... More »

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Paul posted and reviewed this story - May 14, 2012
Paul posted and reviewed this story - May 8, 2012
Paul's Rating
3.5

I liked how this article opens up. But as it goes through the piece I realized it was more about campaign bashing than the heritage of Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren. She is quoted and rightfully so to give her side of the allegations. The quote from her challenger is vague and does not really take a stand. What I didn’t like was the real meat in her defense was at the very bottom of the piece almost as an after thought. “Charles Fried, the professor who recruited Warren to Harvard, said any suggestion that she got her job in part because of a claim of minority status was “totally stupid, ignorant, uninformed and simply wrong.” – This taken directly from the article it is in the second to last paragraph and directly ... More »

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Paul posted and reviewed this story - May 2, 2012
Paul reviewed this story - Apr 15, 2012
Paul's Rating
5.0

This is a great story. It is very informative on a current issue that affects a large number of people. In an election year the environment and President Obama’s efforts into solar technology will no doubt be highlighted on both sides of the aisle. I fell that this article does a good job of highlighting the issues and difficulties in utilizing alternative energy sources. The author by giving the reader some information and background to the beliefs and attitudes of Native American tribes who’s lands have been affected by solar panel stretching across the desert invokes emotions of irresponsible energy barons not normally associated with alternative energy such as solar. Solar and other forms of renewable energy are often ... More »

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Paul posted and reviewed this story - Apr 13, 2012
Paul's Rating
3.0

I think this story had a good base. The issue that has evolved in the public eye with the unfortunate shooting of Trayvon Martin has largely been racial. I was excited to see the other view, one that does not divide us by racial identity but unites all as citizens. That issue is gun control and self defense laws. Unfortunately as the article developed it delved more into a political commentary on the up coming election, than the much needed social commentary about this issue.

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Paul posted and reviewed this story - Apr 13, 2012
Paul reviewed this story - Apr 9, 2012
Paul's Rating
4.0

I feel that this piece as an opinion article did a good job of bringing home some of the issues associated with being a mother and raising Black men in America today. As the issue is presented it may only effect a small minority of our nation, Black mothers with boys. Yet as a nation of diverse ethnic backgrounds all minorities together make up the overwhelming majority of our citizens. I believe that this article is very timely in light of recent events in the Trayvon Martin case and can bring to the fore front an issue that has been effecting our nation while it is current and on the minds of our citizens.

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Paul reviewed this story - Apr 9, 2012
Paul's Rating
2.1

The article, “Racial tensions simmers on Martha’s Vineyard as Barack Obama arrives” published on the online news source The Telegraph deals with the First Families vacation to the New England coast. A question asked by the author was if this visit would bring any attention to an issue that is affecting the small affluent island off the Massachusetts coast? The issue deals with the Brazilian immigrant population that works many of the lower skilled jobs in the service industry of the affluent community. Many of the island inhabitants see this as a major issue with tensions on the rise. In evaluating this story for its potential news worthy quality the first factor that comes to mind is impact. The main issue is about ... More »

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Paul commented on this group – Apr. 8, 2012

Anybody know which story we are to read?

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