JRNL 10 – Hofstra 17 Credit Limit (Final Project)

Hofstra University students can take between 12 and 17 class credits per semester to be considered full time students. After the 17th credit, any additional classes have to be paid extra for. The credit limit often creates problems for students who have more than one major or minor. Some students have problems with scheduling while others have problems financially.

“The credit limit affects whether or not I can maintain ahead of my schedule and actually graduate on time,” said sophomore Marisa Russell. “Especially for me since I’m a dual degree.” Russell, who is in the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program as a journalism major, is going to be in college for five years instead of the standard four. “So the credit limit affects how many classes I can take,” Russell said.

Both Russell and junior global studies and economics major La Rainne Pasion have taken winter and summer session classes to avoid the problem during the semester. But scholarship money and financial aid does not cover the cost of those courses. “In January, the scholarship doesn’t account for my classes and neither does it for the summer,” said Pasion. She was able to create a small balance by becoming a resident assistant so that the money that would have gone toward housing could go to her extra classes. “If I were able to take more credits during the fall, then my scholarship would balance it out,” said Russell.

“Not only do I have to pay for a three credit class but I have to pay to add money to my meal plan, I have to pay for transportation here and from home,” Russell said. “And ultimately I’m missing out on being at home for a whole month like most students get to do.”

Business and marketing is a common double major at Hofstra. It is also the most popular major, with 25 percent of students majoring in one or both of the majors. The second most popular combination is communications and journalism. At Hofstra, 16 percent of students major in the department. While being closely related to each other, all of the majors are separate degrees once completed, requiring double the amount of classes.

Even though the 17 credit limit can affect students negatively sometimes, especially those taking extra classes, it is still doable for many. “Most students I think want to graduate in four years,” said Anne Mongillo, dean of the Center for University Advisement. “What we try to do is see if there are classes that can serve two purposes at the same time.”



JRNL 10 – Final Project Photo Gallery

JRNL 10 – Infographics

The population of New York City was 8,008,278 people at the time of the 2000 United States census. Brooklyn was the most populated borough of the city with 2,465,299 residents, and Staten Island was the least populated with 442,588 residents. A decade later, the 2010 census said that the population of New York City was 8,175,133 people, which was a 2.1 percent increase.

The only borough that experienced a population decrease was Queens. In 2000, there were 2,240,510 people there, making up 27.8 percent of New York City’s total. Ten years later, Queens had 2,230,722 residents, only a 0.1 percent decrease. Queens still made up 27.3 percent of New York City’s population.

Staten Island, though the least populated borough, had the biggest increase in population from 2000 to 2010. In 2000, 442,588 people lived on Staten Island compared to the 468,730 who lived there in 2010. There was a 5.6 percent increase in population on Staten Island over the course of the decade.

Brooklyn remained the city’s most populated borough from one census to the next. With 2,465,299 residents in 2000, Brooklyn made up 30.8 percent of New York City’s population. Though Brooklyn only made up 30.6 percent of the whole population in 2010, the borough still experienced a 1.6 percent increase to 2,504,108 people.

Manhattan had the second biggest change in population percentage from 2000 to 2010. 48,678 new people moved to the island during the 2000s decade, bringing the total to 1,585,873 people at the most recent census. The 3.2 percent increase accounted for 19.4 percent of New York City’s total population.

While ranking in the middle for both percent change from 2000 to 2010 and percentage of total population, the Bronx had the most individual people increase in the decade. In 2000, the Bronx had 1,327,454 people living there. In 2010, there was 1,385,108, and addition of 52,458 people.

(Stats from nyc.gov)

JRNL 10 – Guest Speaker: Leah Bush

Leah Bush did not set out to be in the journalism field. In college, she had been a philosophy major, and did not start working in journalism until much later. She was working with the Red Cross when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, and began doing more writing and investigating while with them. From there, she started blogging more and wrote about a lot of social justice issues for free, so she could get her foot in the door.

Bush eventually started writing for the local newspaper in Oyster Bay, where she learned more about the field and how publishing a newspaper actually works. When Patch started, she started freelancing for them, still covering local news. When an editor at the site left she took over temporarily, and learned about how a news website is run, which is totally different than a traditional newspaper. Bush had to format posts and schedule them, and had to know HTML code for the site to keep it organized. “You’re competing in the most oversaturated environment for people,” she said about the area that Patch covered. After becoming the editor of the Northport Patch, she became more aware of how to write for online journalism. “People have a very short attention span so you want to be aware of that,” she said when talking about how visual aids can be helpful. “Visuals are everything today; it’s all images that get your attention.”

When describing how to package a story for online publication, Bush talked about the different elements to include. The story is obviously the most important part, and pictures should be included on the first post. Then everything should be shared on different social media platforms. If it can’t be a part of the first story, audio and video can be made into a follow up later. Bush also said that if the story needs to be published right away, a photo gallery with deeper and more descriptive captions can be posted first.

“The biggest thing you have going for you is being a storyteller, because everyone loves a story,” Bush said. “Never stop learning, stay on top of everything.”

JRNL 10 – Election Day Storify

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo won his reelection bid Tuesday after defeating Republican opponent and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. Though Astorino won 46 of New York’s 62 counties, Cuomo won the election with 54 percent of the vote. Astorino won almost all of upstate New York, only losing in Erie, Onandaga, Tompkins, Broome, Albany, Essex, Clinton, Franklin, Rockland, and Westchester Counties. The votes carried in those counties as well as New York City, Nassau, and Suffolk counties were enough for Governor Cuomo to win.

Cuomo wanted to break his father’s vote percentage from the first time he ran for reelection in New York. Though he will remain governor, Cuomo did not pass former governor Mario Cuomo. Twitter user Robert Embree tweeted, “Andrew Cuomo hoped to beat his father’s 1986 margin of 33 points in the NY Gov’s race, but instead only leads by 14 points, less than he had in 2010.”  There were one million more Cuomo supporters during his first campaign in 2010 than turned out to vote this year, and he did not win in the landslide that his father did in 1986.

Astorino showed his appreciation for all of the New Yorkers who voted for him on Wednesday afternoon, tweeting, “A million thanks for all your support. We won 46 of 62 counties yesterday, but sadly fell short on vote. Please stay in touch!” Astorino’s supporters shared their thoughts on his social media as well. One of many Facebook commenters, Adam Miller said “I hope this isn’t the only time we see your name on the ballot!”

Cuomo supporters celebrated the current governor’s victory, also sharing their thoughts on different social media sites. Instagram user Leonardo Vega posted a picture he had taken a few days prior to the election with Cuomo, and captioned it “Selfie with #governorCuomo.” A comment from Carter McCallister on Governor Cuomo’s thank you message on Facebook said “Congratulations! #TeamCuomo.”

JRNL 10 – Guest Speaker: Adina Genn

Adina Genn has worked for Patch for the last four and a half years, covering 12 different communities on Long Island.  Before starting at Patch, she worked for Long Island Business News, writing about small businesses in the area. Patch is different though, because it covers a wide range of topics in many different communities, and readers can contribute to the content on the site.

Even though she covers 12 different towns, some are more popular than others. The most content comes out of the communities of Port Washington, Huntington, and Northport. To cover those towns, Genn makes sure she has a story from each place every day by 10 AM. For the other nine towns, sometimes one story can affect more than one community, so they don’t always get individual stories on the sites. To put these stories together, Genn almost always uses the aggregating technique. She gathers information from sources like press releases, Facebook pages, and content that citizen submit. An article is rarely written by actually being at the scene of an event anymore.

There are benefits of reporting from the scene, however. “The story is right in front of you,” said Genn. When a reporter writes a story from the scene of an event, there is nothing they have to search for. Officials who are needed for interviews are going to be there, witnesses are there, and victims are there if there are any. It is also much easier to take a photo or shoot a video to post along with the story instead of getting it from a secondhand source.

For reporters who might be a little more sensitive to tougher news, Genn said she has learned to separate herself from the story in order to write it. She said it becomes easier to just watch and report instead of focusing too much on the story itself and putting too much of your own views and personality into it.

JRNL 10 – Video Project

Students at Hofstra University reacted to the recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, and the spreading of the disease to the United States. Sophomore Allie Beswick believes that residents of the US are panicked because a disease like Ebola has not been seen at home before, while freshman Jared Keyes contributed his thoughts on how people are handling the outbreak. “It’s not as widespread as some people are making it out to be,” said freshman Amanda Clouser.

JRNL 10 Photography – STUDENT CENTER

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The Student Center was buzzing with activity on Wednesday night as students were meeting friends for dinner, running off to a meeting, or just taking a break between their classes. The back dining hall was practically full, and weaving through the crowds of people waiting on lines became and art form. A popular choice for dinner was Sbarro’s, where the line wrapped around the stand. The other popular choice was waffles, as students waited on line for the waffle iron to signal that their dessert was ready. Waffle night usually happens on Wednesday, and students can pick what toppings they want on it, including ice cream and different kinds of fruit.

Along the halls of the Student Center, bulletin boards full of announcements lined the halls, letting students know about events that are coming up and clubs that they could potentially join. The armchairs in the front of the building were empty, but moved around and arranged like a group had just left them. The newspaper rack was disheveled and almost all of the copies of the New York Times were gone, a sign that the free copies found on campus are popular.

JRNL 10 Business Plan – STEPPING OFF

  • Company Focus:

Stepping Off will be a marching band focused website that will cover performances and updates of high school marching bands nationally.

  • Target Demographic:

The target audience will be students who are currently in marching band, who have participated in the past, music teachers and instructors who are interested in what other bands are doing, and anyone generally interested in the marching band world. Students currently participating in marching band can follow other bands to be inspired to make theirs better and band members of the past can follow their band after they have graduated and moved on. Directors and instructors will be interested because seeing what other bands are doing will give them ideas to bring to their own ensemble and will allow them to keep up with trends, new music, and new shows. Anyone who is interested in marching band in general will also find this interesting to read.

  • Executing Coverage:

See as many marching band shows at different schools as possible, and highlight as many different types of musicians as possible. Students and directors will be able to contribute to the site, as well as anyone who has photos, videos, or audio of marching bands that they feel should be shared. Content will also be gathered from other sources and shared on the website. For it to be a national site, the country will be broken into regions and readers will be able to narrow content down to their area of interest so they are not searching through every band in the country to find the one they want to read about.

  • Types of Multimedia:

Written stories and updates will be featured. A big part of the site will be photos and videos. Marching band is very visual, so the point is to see what is happening on the field as it is being heard. There will be a section of the website that will focus only on videos, including full performances and practice videos from different bands. Choreography and visual ideas can be found here as well. The same concept will be available for photos. Audio recordings will be included as well, to give website visitors the option to focus on only the musical aspect if they choose to.

  • Staffing the Company:

The country will be broken up into six regions: New England, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Southeast, Mountain West, and West Coast. Employees will be assigned to a region where they will cover bands and events in that area. Three or four people will be working in each region at first, and then as the site grows they will be shifted around to best cover the amount of content coming from a specific region. Contributors to the website (students, teachers, etc.) can work with the regional employees if they want to in creating content and suggesting stories. There will also be national employees, who will basically do the same things, but will cover bigger bands and events. They will also be in charge of running the website, in an editor-like position.

  • Types of Content:
  1. Focus on a band that is doing something new or different, could be a photo and video project.
  2. Profile story on a student or director/teacher who stands out.
  3. Cover a competition: Take photos, videos, and write shorter stories about multiple bands that competed and compare scores and results.
  4. What’s New: find new music to share on the site to give bands new ideas about what they could possibly do in the future – audio could be incorporated.
  5. Compare and Contrast Story: Find two bands that are playing the same music. They most likely have very different shows, so find things that are similar and different about what each of them is bringing to the field
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Bloomfield High School Marching Band – Bloomfield, NJ