Thought Exercise 2 Hayden Bach

  1. The interactive media elements are incredibly helpful in understanding the predatory lending problems in the “Payday Nation” article. As someone who is not the most knowledgeable about loans and their pros and cons, the elements helped expand my understanding more than just words would have done. The step by step process they give to explain how the Native American tribes are being directly affected by the loans not only helped me in understanding the situation more, but also made it more interesting.
  2. I think someone who is thinking of getting an online payday loan would benefit most from this in order to see the dangers of it and how the process of giving a payday loan actually works.
  3. I think the biggest reason there are such differences in the percentage change in childhood homelessness from state to state is that ending childhood homelessness is higher on the priority list in some states compared to others. The map does not help at all with understanding causes or reasons for the different increases. All it gives you in the percentage numbers and total numbers.
  4. California has the highest percentage of homeless students with 21.3% and New York is second at 8.3%.
  5. I think it is really creative that they break down the concussions by positions that way you can see which positions are more susceptible to getting a concussion. You can also see which teams and players have had the most concussions as well.
  6. I do not believe the interactive web app “Concussion Watch” really helps you understand the issue of concussions. All the app is giving you is the total number of concussions and not if the numbers are low, high, or in a good spot. Someone who is not informed on the health risks of concussions would never know if those numbers were good or bad or why they are even watching in the first place.

Thought Exercise 2 Rachel Hubbard

  1. Do the interactive media elements help you to understand the problem of predatory lending? Why or why not?

The interactive media elements of the story help us to form a better understanding of the problem by presenting the reader with a step-by-step interactive slideshow process explaining how predatory lending works, while the photojournalism elements of the article help to enhance the depth of the poverty within these communities.

  1. Who might benefit from reading and engaging with this content?

Reading this article can help those interested in learning more about the issue of the predatory lending process, along with anyone looking to advocate for these tribes and wanting to gain further knowledge about the subject.

  1. Why do you think there are such differences in the percentage change in childhood homelessness from state to state? Does the map help you to understand causes or reasons for the different increases?

There are many different reasons for childhood homelessness that vary from state to state and community. The map does not directly talk about the causes or reasons but presents the viewer with statistics covering population and how much the issue of homelessness is growing within the state, which could lead us to infer reasons based on how rural vs. urban regions of the country differ politically and economically play a role in this issue.

  1. Name the two states with the highest percentage of homeless students as a “share of all students.” (Be careful, not looking for percentage change)

New York and California.

  1. What creative techniques are used to attract your attention?

Setting up the interactive media to included each position and contain the number of concussion related injuries within each, attracts the viewer to read further into the application and form conclusions based on these presented facts that imply the severity of this issue occurring in the NFL every year.

  1. Does the interactive web app “Concussion Watch” help you understand the issue of concussions in the National Football League? Why or why not?

The interactive web app helps to inform the reader on the vastness of the issue by presenting the large numbers and long lists of players that get concussions each year and how many games they missed in result of their injuries, making it easy to follow without excessive text.

Thought exercise 2 IBARRA

Payday Nation

  1. Do the interactive media elements help you to understand the problem of predatory lending? Why or why not?

The visual elements helped me to understand what the article was really talking about in terms of tribal payday lending operations. I have great reading comprehension, but I’m a visual learner.

  1. Who might benefit from reading and engaging with this content?

People who could possibly be victims of the tribal payday lending operations and voters would benefit from reading and engaging with this content. The former because it might help them to understand why they should resist getting loans–even as a last resort; the latter because an educated voter-base could help vote-in regulations on these companies who take advantage of the poor.

Map: Where is Childhood Homelessness Getting Worse?

  1. Why do you think there are such differences in the percentage change in childhood homelessness from state to state? Does the map help you to understand causes or reasons for the different increases?

I guess it depends on the ability of the state to support its poor. The map doesn’t really help me to understand causes or reasons for the different increases, but I imagine that if I were to watch the video I’d have a better understanding of why the percentages changed.

  1. Name the two states with the highest percentage of homeless students as a “share of all students.” (Be careful, not looking for percentage change)

California and Texas… I think. It would be easier if the map was glitch-y on my computer or if the information was accessible on a table.

5. Explore the Frontline web app “Concussion Watch” and answer this question: What creative techniques are used to attract your attention?

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/concussion-watch/

I love how they organized the concussion by position media. I just thought it was aesthetically pleasing. Additionally, on the page with all the players, I thought it was a good choice to include photos of the players to put a face to a name.

  1. Does the interactive web app “Concussion Watch” help you understand the issue of concussions in the National Football League? Why or why not?

I think it would have been helpful to put the link to the documentary in a more obvious place where the user could find the information. On that page, you’re able to find more videos and articles about the concussions in the NFL.

NEWS HABITS SURVEY HAYDEN BACH

1. How do you get most of your news? Television

2. What device do you prefer when interacting with news stories online? My iPhone

3. Do you read any print newspapers regularly? If so, which ones? N/A

4. Do you watch TV News (network or Cable). If so, which programs? CNN and local news

5. Do you listen to news on the radio? If so, what programs? N/A

6. What is your favorite news or entertainment website? ESPN or Yahoo

7. How often do you read, watch or listen to news stories? 2/3 times a week

 

8. Please write the response that applies next to each question:

News organizations play a key role in democracy: _agree____

Politicians are not held accountable by journalists: _unsure_____

The media I consume keeps me informed about my community: __agree__

News organizations hurt democracy: _unsure___

The reporting of facts and events is important for our society: _strongly agree___

I have knowingly shared a fake news story on social media at least once: _disagree____

I have shared a story I later realized was fake news on social media at least once: _disagree___

 

Thought Exercise 2 Jess Arrazolo

1. Do the interactive media elements help you to understand the problem of predatory lending? Why or why not?
The interactive elements help me see the inequity in this particular loan business. It is not lost on me that they chose this specific part of the puzzle to make interactive. Flipping through kept me engaged with the bottom line that the articles stresses; people are being taken advantage of. I think the articles was selected to be this way so that when you are most engaged in the story, the make sure you understand what the article is really about. It is because of that I agree that it did help me somewhat understand the problem of predatory lending. It allowed me to see in a visual way what happens during the lending process.

2. Who might benefit from reading and engaging with this content?
The article talks about a story that, while relevant to this era overall theme of injustice, can be tightened to a smaller portion of people. The people in the tribes and those close to them, who cannot quite get a handle on how to express the problem, may benefit from reading this and sharing it in order to better spread awareness about the problem. In addition, those who are investigating or looking to fight for the cause may also find some foundational information.

3. Why do you think there are such differences in the percentage change in childhood homelessness from state to state? Does the map help you to understand causes or reasons for the different increases?
The film talked a little about the different industries each state had as well as the housing market crash. I think these things have a way in of affecting how each state came about with their homeless populations. The map helps by separating the homeless population in two different year-long times that each followed the recession. This helps dissect each time period better than if it were clumped together.

4. Name the two states with the highest percentage of homeless students as a “share of all students.” (Be careful, not looking for percentage change)
Texas and New York

5. Explore the Frontline web app “Concussion Watch (Links to an external site.)” and answer this question: What creative techniques are used to attract your attention?
The site uses the positions of each player on a football field to initially get the reader to recognize what the article is about and to make them automatically connect with the piece. They then make each position interactive in which you can click and learn more about the injuries associated with that positons. This final feature is connecting it with who was hurt so the audience can find their favorite player and now that emotionally invested in the problem.

6. Does the interactive web app “Concussion Watch” help you understand the issue of concussions in the National Football League? Why or why not?
It definitely helps me understand that magnitude and high risk associated with the sport. The other interesting thing is that it seems to be an injury that increases with time especially in the cornerback position. This makes me think there is an outside factor that could warrant a full blown article with the explanation.

Thought Exercise 2 JOEY HADDEN

  1. Do the interactive media elements help you to understand the problem of predatory lending? Why or why not?  I think it helps a little because an illustration is typically easier to understand than written paragraphs when it comes to somewhat complex information.  However, I also think that a graphic video of the process would be even easier to understand because it would better represent the cycle of predatory lending as well as how it affects the borrower over time.
  2. Who might benefit from reading and engaging with this content?  Current and future potential borrowers would benefit from reading and engaging with this content.
  3. Why do you think there are such differences in the percentage change in childhood homelessness from state to state? Does the map help you to understand causes or reasons for the different increases?  The map doesn’t help me understand the causes of the increases from state to state.  I would imagine that the difference in state funded programs plays a huge part.  I happen to know that Oregon has a great number of social programs in place from a conversation with a family friend living in Portland; so that probably accounts for the decrease in that state.  I also happen to know California has social programs that were able to help my aunt out of homelessness multiple times.  Because California has a 13% increase, I assume population and urbanization has something to do with it.   
  4. Name the two states with the highest percentage of homeless students as a “share of all students.” (Be careful, not looking for percentage change) California and Texas
  5. What creative techniques are used to attract your attention?  Frontline uses circles to represent certain positions, and the bigger the circles are, the more concussions have occurred.  Frontline also uses a simple color scheme of red and black to keep attention on the issue at hand, while using red for the total number on concussions per year to mark its urgency.

Thought Exercise 1

1. How do you get most of your news? – Social Media, NPR

2. What device do you prefer when interacting with news stories online? – Desktop Computer

3. Do you read any print newspapers regularly? If so, which ones? – No

4. Do you watch TV News (network or Cable). If so, which programs? – Yes, NBC Nightly News

5. Do you listen to news on the radio? If so, what programs? – Yes, NPR

6. What is your favorite news or entertainment website? – None in Particular

7. How often do you read, watch or listen to news stories? – Daily

 

8. Please write the response that applies next to each question:

News organizations play a key role in democracy: Strongly Agree

Politicians are not held accountable by journalists: Disagree

The media I consume keeps me informed about my community: Strongly Agree

News organizations hurt democracy: Strongly Disagree

The reporting of facts and events is important for our society: Strongly Agree

I have knowingly shared a fake news story on social media at least once: Strongly Disagree

I have shared a story I later realized was fake news on social media at least once: Disagree

 

Thought Exercise 2- Helena Hild

  1. Do the interactive media elements help you to understand the problem of predatory lending? Why or why not?

The interactive media elements present in this article such as the “Tribal Payday Lending 101” graphic helps to visually present how these Tribal lenders emerge and why they are so successful for the people who control them. The graphic also shows the way in which the non tribal payday lenders prey on tribes by using them to feign legitimacy and skirting around the law while also retaining a majority of the profits earned from tribal lending. The graphic demonstrates the hierarchy of predatory payday lending and how tribes and their customers are being abused by these payday lending operations.

  1. Who might benefit from reading and engaging with this content?

This content would benefit a variety of people involved within the tribal payday lending operation. The customers or potential customers of these tribal payday lenders would benefit from seeing this content and discovering that they are being charged exorbitant interest rates as well as having multiple automatic withdrawals from the lender. This content would also benefit Native American tribes who are thinking about connecting with a payday lender. This content would benefit them because they would see that they are not getting even half of the profits earned by lending their name to the payday lenders. They wold also see that they would only be trapping potential customers in a cycle of perpetual loans.

  1. Why do you think there are such differences in the percentage change in childhood homelessness from state to state? Does the map help you to understand causes or reasons for the different increases?

The differences in the percentages of childhood homelessness from state to state vary because each state has its own local funding for schools and some states are better off which allows them to focus more money and energy towards schooling. The map helps to show the numbers of how many children are homeless and the percentage changes from year to year of homeless children. The map however does not provide information on why certain states have higher or lower percentages of homeless children.

  1. Name the two states with the highest percentage of homeless students as a “share of all students.” (Be careful, not looking for percentage change)

New York and California.

5. Explore the Frontline web app “Concussion Watch” and answer this question: What creative techniques are used to attract your attention?

Within the Concussion Watch web app there are many interactive choices available to choose from. The app allows you to separate the information into many categories such as; year, player position, team, and even into specific players. This web app attracts my attention because it allows you to scroll through lists of players and provides you with a quick description of their position, what team they are on, and how many games they’ve missed because of a concussion diagnosis. Another creative technique that I found interesting was the display of the total number of concussions in the NFL in 2012-2015. This web app puts the total number of concussions in big, red letters directly at the start of the app, showcasing it’s importance.

  1. Does the interactive web app “Concussion Watch” help you understand the issue of concussions in the National Football League? Why or why not?

The interactive web app “Concussion Watch” is incredibly helpful in understanding the issue of concussions in the NFL. Before interacting with this app, I was unaware just how many players were being concussed during NFL games. The part of the app where you can scroll through the list of players who have had concussions is really where you get an idea of how many players are actually getting concussions while on the field. The app also allows you to explore each player further and provides information such as how many concussions they have had previously, what happened during the game which led to the player receiving a concussion, and average playtime before and after the concussion. This interactive web app has a lot of good information that reveals how prevalent concussions are in the NFL.

News Habits Survey Jess Arrazolo

1. How do you get most of your news?
TV and apps
2. What device do you prefer when interacting with news stories online?
Laptop
3. Do you read any print newspapers regularly? If so, which ones?
No.
4. Do you watch TV News (network or Cable). If so, which programs?
CBS sometimes
5. Do you listen to news on the radio? If so, what programs?
No.
6. What is your favorite news or entertainment website?
Buzzfeed
7. How often do you read, watch or listen to news stories?
twice a week
8. Please write the response that applies next to each question:

News organizations play a key role in democracy: Strongly agree
Politicians are not held accountable by journalists: Disagree
The media I consume keeps me informed about my community: Agree
News organizations hurt democracy: Disagree
The reporting of facts and events is important for our society: Strongly Agree
I have knowingly shared a fake news story on social media at least once: Strongly Disagree
I have shared a story I later realized was fake news on social media at least once: Strongly Disagree

New Habits Survey

 

Teddy Ade

 

1. How do you get most of your news?

  • News Apps

2. What device do you prefer when interacting with news stories online?

  • Computer

3. Do you read any print newspapers regularly? If so, which ones?

  • No

4. Do you watch TV News (network or Cable). If so, which programs?

  • CNN

5. Do you listen to news on the radio? If so, what programs?

  • No

6. What is your favorite news or entertainment website?

  • CNN

7. How often do you read, watch or listen to news stories?

 

Never: ____

Less than once/week: ____

Once/month: ____

2-3 times/month: ____

Once/week: ____

2-3 times/week: _x___

Daily: ____

8. Please write the response that applies next to each question:

News organizations play a key role in democracy: __yes___

Politicians are not held accountable by journalists: ___no___

The media I consume keeps me informed about my community: _yes___

News organizations hurt democracy: _yes and no. Depends on well the news got its facts___

The reporting of facts and events is important for our society: ___yes_

I have knowingly shared a fake news story on social media at least once: _no____

I have shared a story I later realized was fake news on social media at least once: _no___

Strongly Disagree x

Disagree

Unsure

Agree

Strongly Agree