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Belfast Twelfth of July: Part 1

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Current Events, Europe, Ireland, Journalism Today, Places to Trek | 0 comments

Background: The annual July 12th parades occur every year in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. The event celebrates the victory of Protestant King William of Orange over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, which marked the beginning of Protestant Loyalist rule in Northern Ireland. Since this date there has been almost constant violence between the Protestant communities, that view themselves as loyal to the British government, and the Catholic communities, that want a united Ireland free of British rule. Northern Ireland, currently, is almost split 50/50 between the percentage of Protestant and Catholics living in the region. In Belfast, many of these neighbourhoods are split by barriers or “peace walls.” Even though Protestant and Catholic residences may live a few yards from one another, they rarely or never interact. Violence and separation has always been a constant reality in these...

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Reflections:with Brendan Kennelly

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Europe, Ireland, Journalism Today, Literature, Media, Places to Trek | 0 comments

Interview with Irish poet Brendan...

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crossfade: Dublin’s underground club scene

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Europe, Ireland, Journalism Today, Media, Music, Places to Trek | 0 comments

A documentary about the underground club scene in Dublin that has emerged from the ashes of the recession in Ireland....

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Reenacting the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in Civil War, Go East USA, Journalism Today, North America, Places to Trek | 0 comments

“There’s so many stars up there.” “What?” I opened my eyes and watched the stars spin before my eyes and then come to a stop. The whiskey was still fresh on my breath.”Yea, its been a while since I’ve seen that many stars”Above me, dressed in blue pants, a checkered shirt, a long beard, and old eyes gazing at the sky, stood a Union Civil War soldier. “Mind if I sit down beside you here.” “Sure, I was about to go to sleep, but I’m awake now.” He hit the ground, like a ton of bricks, and sprawled out on the grass next to the fire. I could tell right away he was hammered off his ass. “I used to live in the mountains.” “Oh? Did you now” “Yea back in the sixties. A bunch of us moved into...

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Violent Ignorance-The obsession with fake violence in the first-world

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 in Current Events, Journalism Today | 0 comments

I believe a large problem, with our culture in the U.S. and others in the western world, is we are obsessed with violence and war. It isn’t  real violence or war, but rather a fake interpretation of war that we pretend to be real. Our video games, movies, etc. give us a fake interpretation of what “violence” is. In the movies, we see Bruce Willis firing the machine gun, things exploding, and people falling down. In video games, we get shot and are allowed start over again. There is no finality to it. Let me first point out that these movies and video games don’t bother me and I am as entertained, as anybody, to watch or play them, but this turns into a problem when, as a whole culture, we make unified and conscious decision to go to...

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The War Photographer

Posted by on Nov 25, 2012 in Current Events, Journalism Today | 0 comments

War is the lowest or at least one of the lowest attributes of the human species. In the 21st century we claim to be more evolved, more intelligent, and more civilized than our early ancestors. But, we are still animals. Every animal in nature has a defense mechanism, that defends them against danger, and humans are no different. We see danger from other human beings and we react with violence. At the same time, our consciousness has evolved and most of us agree that killing another human is taboo or wrong. Religions around the world preach against killing another human and governments punish their citizens for committing it, while at the same time we support an acceptable form of killing in the form of war. It is almost as if humans are so vulnerable to their instincts that we...

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Pepper Spray, Puking, and Occupy D.C.

Posted by on Nov 18, 2012 in Current Events, Journalism Today | 0 comments

One thing I’ve learned from my first protest is to always bring a face-mask or, even more, a gas mask, because frankly pepper spray sucks. I found this out first-hand last year during the peak of the Occupy movement.  College life at West Virginia University began to feel repetitive,  so to break up the monotony I jumped in the car and drove for 3 hours to a subway station outside of Washington D.C. Repping army boots and my canvas camera backpack I use for hiking, I became an anomaly in the middle of the business crowd rushing like cattle towards their box cubicles where they would spend the rest of their day staring at computer screens until they turned into money and could buy them a new television screen that they could go home  and stare at until they fell asleep. Manufactured...

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The Final Revelation- A Young American Conversion to Islam

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Journalism Today, Muslim American | 0 comments

This story was done about Stefni Richards an all American girl who was born in Fairmont, West Virginia.  Her freshman year she began to become interested in Islam from an Arabic exchange student she was friends with.  Last year, she converted to Islam which was a very large change in her life.  I documented the first stages of her transition. I tried to focus not only on her religion, but on other aspects of her life including work, school, and her relationship with her boyfriend who is from Malaysia.  I feel my story contained a lot of juxtaposition, but told the story in a neutral non-judgmental way. The whole experience allowed me to see a culture and view point that I had never seen before and that I most likely would of not seen if it weren’t for journalism....

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Cedar Creek Battle

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Civil War, Journalism Today | 0 comments

Printed in Civil War Courier Magazine What Reenacting Means To Me Imagine it’s an October night time in a Virginian field and the stars fill the sky. You march, from the warmth of the campfire, into the darkness.  No one speaks and the only sound is the soft putter of brogans on rock and grass.  You hold your Springfield rifle in your hand and stare off into the darkness when, suddenly, your captain whispers sharply to “Halt!” Your captain stares off at tree line in the distance, which begins to excite your fellow soldiers.  “Fire!” A voice booms out and a flash of fire, followed by the sound of rifles, erupts from the tree line.  Everyone begins to scramble into line as the officers try to shout orders.  A huge shrill cry comes forth from the tree line, and...

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The Dixieland Duke

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Journalism Today, Music | 0 comments

By Jacqueline Delphin, Paige Carver, and Evan McCaffrey Originally on WVU WordPress Imagine a  warm night on High Street in Morgantown, W. Va., the notorious downtown party center of West Virginia University.  Students dressed for the night’s festivities walk along in packs towards their favorite destinations.  In the distance a commotion breaks the crowd as a street band dressed in full Jazz regalia dances and belts out the old Dixieland Jazz tune “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Some students move aside for the out of the ordinary sight, but many follow along and dance in appreciation. If you didn’t look closely at the group, you’d probably miss the man who seems of a different generation than the mostly twenty-something band members.  But then you would miss Larry Schwab, a young at heart 71-year-old trumpeter for the “High Street Jazz Band.”...

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Missing Joe Paterno Statue On Day of Sanctions

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in Current Events, Journalism Today | 0 comments

[slideshow] News crews and reporters flocked around the entrance to Pennstate’s Beaver Stadium. A fence lined with a blue tarp circled the empty space where the Joe Paterno statue once stood. People from all over the country peeked through the holes in the tarp to see if it was actually true. One individual had even traveled 4 hours to see  what she had only watched on the news. “My whole family are Pennstater’s, I had to drive here and see it for myself.” All around campus the attitude was somewhat somber as they let the NCAA “death penalty” soak in. They began to realize that the loss of money by the University could mean the loss of jobs in their community, which relies strongly on the school . In the normal Pennstate spirit, many in State College wore their...

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The Impact of MMA Legalization in West Virginia

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in Current Events, Journalism Today | 0 comments

On March 24, 2011, West Virginia became the 45th state to pass legislation for the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Passing the law came about after strong opposition by some of the state’s House of Delegates members, who thought the sport was too violent. Mixed Martial Arts is an organized fighting event that takes place in a ring surrounded by a cage. Fighters use a mixture of martial arts fighting styles such as Jiu Jitzu and Kickboxing, giving the sport the its name, Mixed Martial Arts. Since MMA fights were legalized, the sport has grown quite quickly in the region. Gyms that teach martial arts across the state have begun to train fighters and have seen the number of members steadily rise. One Morgantown gym, Anu Academy, trains people in many different types of fighting, including MMA. Gym owner, Neale...

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