Rebecca Solomon

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Student at Santa Clara University! Double majoring in public health and Spanish.

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Occupation: Santa Clara University
Interests: Global Health, Immigration, Politics
Last Visit: Nov 17, 2010 - 8:03 PM PST
Last Edit: Sep 27, 2010 - 3:43 PM PDT

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Rebecca reviewed this story - Nov 17, 2010
Rebecca's Rating
3.9

Haiti has been plagued with so much tragedy in recent years that I can only imagine the difficulty that journalists encounter when keeping their stories about Haiti fresh and relevant to the public. Still, author Ezra Fieser managed to capture my interest. She writes with a sense of ease and urgency that catches the readers attention.

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Rebecca reviewed this story - Nov 12, 2010
Rebecca's Rating
4.5

As a product of a generation that has grown up saturated in media and online culture, I find myself more comfortable in an open online forum than my parents. They continually ask how I can possibly feel safe or even comfortable posting reasonably private conversation, pictures and thoughts on the internet for the world to see. However, what they fail to understand is that although it may be true that any Tom, Dick or Harry can access my page if they truly wanted to, Facebook and other social networking sights give the illusion of privacy. Yet after reading this article, I am no longer convinced of the safety of my information, or anyone I network with, for that matter.

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Rebecca reviewed this story - Nov 12, 2010
Rebecca's Rating
2.8

While this story is particularly relevant to the bay area as there has been a steady stream of questionable police activity in recent months, I do not feel that this story is in any way original or insightful. Generic statements from OPD and family members does nothing to clarify the situation. Clearly, there is information being kept private, the question is, WHY. Good journalism strives to answer this question, and in this case, I think ABC news missed the mark.

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Rebecca reviewed this story - Nov 8, 2010
Rebecca's Rating
2.7

This story is up to date and very relevant with adequate sources, yet still lacks depth and information. However, the article does seem to reflect the mission statement of 7 live. Focusing on a rally at a local Bay Area high school, 7 live does a good job of presenting current events that are relevant to its viewers, while also allowing them to interact with the news. This gives the public the ability to choose what kind of news they are most interested in and gives them a voice within their community.

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NT Rating: 3.2 | See All NT Reviews »
Rebecca reviewed this story - Nov 7, 2010
Rebecca's Rating
3.1

The article does a good job of portraying a very relevant current event, yet fails to incorporate multiple perspectives. Without any official quotes from the supposed Scientology spokesman, Tommy Davis, this article falls flat and seems highly biased. As someone who is interested in religious ideology and how it relates to modern events, this article is a disappointment. I was expecting an in-depth look at the Church of Scientology's views on homosexuality, and instead I was given a very one-sided view of Haggis' personal grievances with the Church. Disappointing, to say the least.

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Rebecca reviewed this story - Nov 7, 2010
Rebecca's Rating
3.4

Bill Dwyre brings a very personal perspective to the Pat Tillman story. However, I'm not sure as to its relevance or his ability to truly convey the story completely objectively. Instead of discussing the quality of the film or its place in the entertainment industry, Dwyre writes personally about his own dealings as a journalist with Tillman, and seems instead to be writing in his diary instead of reporting the news. While the article is well-written and gives interesting insight into the character of Pat Tillman, it does nothing for the promotion of the film and does not seem related to the arts or culture in any way.

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Rebecca reviewed this story - Nov 2, 2010
Rebecca's Rating
4.1

While countless articles about Proposition 19 have been flooding the news recently, "Why I Support Legal Marijuana" is a concise and well-sourced resource for anyone interested in the positive aspects of the bill. Whether or not the claims the author makes are entirely accurate remains to be seen, but as a citizen who remains somewhat on the fence about this issue, author George Soros makes skilled and articulate arguments to convince me of its benefits. With the inclusion of hard facts as well as hypotheses about the overall effects of the legalization of marijuana, the article left me persuaded and well-informed, which I maintain to be the most important goal of any news story.

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Rebecca reviewed this story - Nov 2, 2010
Rebecca's Rating
3.7

Profiling an illegal immigrant is a bold journalistic choice, but one that can lead to a riveting article if done correctly. In this case, author Stephanie McCrummen does an excellent job of depicting the anxious uncertainty many immigrant are feeling in Arizona. Viridiana's story is just one of thousands, but it is one that is particularly powerful, seeing as she has proven herself to be a model mother and citizen of the United States. Contributing to the economy, marrying a U.S. citizen and raising her two children who are also citizens is the perfect example of the realization of the American dream, something that most of our ancestors sought when making their long journeys to the U.S. Therefore, this article is not only ... More »

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Rebecca posted and reviewed this story - Oct 26, 2010
Rebecca's Rating
3.8

This interview does an excellent job of capturing the spirit and driving force behind Judd Apatow's films. Instead of sugar-coating this profile, Jeffrey Brown states the truth" that much of the films Apatow makes are sophomoric and juvenile. However, instead of being an uncomfortable criticism, Brown spins that side of Apatow's work into a positive, stating that while he may be immature, Apatow's ability to not take himself too seriously has led to unparalelled success in Hollywood. This gives the interview a level of importance due to the fact that only is the audience learning fact about Judd Apatow, but they are also learning about a valuable way of viewing the world.

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Rebecca reviewed this story - Oct 26, 2010
Rebecca's Rating
3.9

Instead of advocating for gay rights, Emma Ruby-Sachs spends her time demonizing President Obama, a creative choice that I think detracts from the piece as a whole. Demonizing our President will not lead to gains for gay rights. Furthermore, the article does not even address the fact that a Republican executive office would not even agree to produce videos for the It Gets Better series. I would suggest that the general public remember to pick their poison when it comes to our ... More »

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Rebecca posted and reviewed this story - Oct 25, 2010
Rebecca reviewed this story - Oct 19, 2010
Rebecca's Rating
3.9

What this article makes up for in factual evidence, it lacks in context. It assumes that the reader understands exactly why a Muslim extremist would seek to bomb a synagogue and why the FBI would be investigating this group in the first place. These gaps in the greater picture of the article make it difficult for those who are not entirely informed to understand the nuances that make this story so relevant. While an entire novel about the United States' National Defense may not be ... More »

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Rebecca reviewed this story - Oct 19, 2010
Rebecca's Rating
3.6

When discussing one single politician's views, especially when their political stance is public knowledge, it can be difficult for journalists to remain unbiased. In Republican Senator Ken Buck's case, author Amanda Terkel chose to title her article in a very slanted way, favoring her own political agenda and essentially blacklisting his. Although I don't necessarily agree with the argument Buck is making, the title takes his quote out of context and does not accurately portray his stance.

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Rebecca reviewed this story - Oct 13, 2010
Rebecca's Rating
4.0

This article accurately and ethically addresses the familiar stereotype that Americans don't care about environmental issues. The fact that our government is taking higher measures to stop the negative effects of deepwater drilling defies that tired notion and efficiently dispels all thought of an unreliable and anti-green nation. While there are still measures to be taken, this article valiantly and effectively seeks to eliminate stereotypes through accurate information and persuasive points.

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Rebecca reviewed this story - Oct 13, 2010
Rebecca's Rating
3.5

When our media is saturated with advertisements and campaigns displaying only the male sex playing video games, it is easy to see why the general public would assume that the digital sport is played predominately by men. However, the hard numbers disagree. Almost half of the top earners are now female, a fact that most people probably do not appreciate. This article attempts to educate the general public and address stereotypes that have been proliferated for so long. With solid factual evidence and a rampant spokesperson in Katherine Gunn, author Michelle Castillo takes a bold step in the right, more politically correct direction.

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

This story, while very pertinent, fails to address the even larger issue of the emotional damage that many veterans struggle with on a day-to-day basis. The percentage of returning veterans with post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is increasing at a skyrocketing rate, causing many vets their jobs, their families, and the lives they had hoped to return to from overseas. So while this article is informative and relevant, it seems to be missing a crucial aspect of its scope.

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Rebecca reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2010
Rebecca's Rating
2.7

This article, while entertaining, seems irrelevant in comparison to many of the larger issues currently being discussed in the media. While I do think minority journalists such as Rick Sanchez face a lot more trials and tribulations on their road to success, this particular comment seems like nothing more than petty and insignificant name-calling.

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Rebecca reviewed this story - Sep 22, 2010
Rebecca's Rating
3.5

This topic, while an incredibly pertinent and vital dsicussion, has been beaten to death by authors such as Michael Pollan and Jeffrey Masson who criticize the government's actions in regards to our nation's food sources. Unless journalists can dig deeper, none of this information should be new to the public. Even watching a documentary film such as Food, Inc. or Fast Food Nation would present the exact same information as was presented in this article. I think the only way to keep the public's interest on this very relevant issue is to spin the story, and instead of presenting the facts over and over again, create a piece that describes the negligence our country has shown this issue that has been beaten like a dead horse.

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Rebecca reviewed this story - Sep 21, 2010
Rebecca's Rating
3.9
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