“Hurricanes could get more severe more quickly than before, according to the scientists who study storm trends and ocean temperatures.”

This newsy video talks about the rapid intensification of hurricanes that have been occurring more frequently in 2017 and 2018. Rapid intensification is when a hurricane increases speeds by 35 mps in a 24-hour period. This rapid intensification is happening because of the increase in water temperatures over the years and scientist predict that more and more hurricanes in the future or going to act this way. Scientist also say that Hurricane Michael, the strongest hurricane to hit the Florida panhandle, was intensifying in places that they are not able to predict to. There is still a lot scientist do not know that cause hurricanes to speed up but learning as quickly as possible can help with evacuations and preparedness for future storms like these. A link to the video is provided below.


Thoughts on Newsy

Over all I think NEWSY is a great source for frequently updated news.  This sites provides short, easy to follow videos about current events that might not be covered by mainstream media outlets. With each story you watch, the site also leave a script to follow along with that includes links to the sources used in the video. The site is broken down into four categories, along with a featured story that is more in dept on a specific event. The four categories are headlines, policies, culture and science/technology. As you scroll down the home page the stories are also categorized from US news, world news, technology news, science/health news, sports news, entertainment news and business news. The categories are helpful for finding specific topics to follow and the links provided in the script are helpful when finding credible sources on the topic. NEWSY also has a free app to download that can be customized to only show stories on topics you wish to see and filters out any news you don’t wish to see.

Hyperlocal news

When we were first given this assignment to look up hyperlocal news sites, honestly I had no idea what hyperlocal news meant. After a little bit of google searching I learned that hyperlocal news is generally super specific news for a town, county or even a certain neighborhood that wouldn’t really be covered in a local news paper. Since this kind of information cant be covered in a local news paper, the only way to access this information is online. Once I found a could hyperlocal sites, I realized that many of them are actually really different depending on how specific the area you want your news to come from. One site helps you search stories by zip code and state so you can see what’s going on from anywhere in the country. Some sites broke down their news by different categories going on in their town, such as food, jobs, financial, etc.

Photo Journalism Ideas

I’m not entirely sure what I want to do for my photo journalism Project, but I have some ideas to get started. I was thinking about maybe doing it on one of the many museums all over the Tampa Bay area. Tampa is home to some of the worlds most amazing museums like the Tampa Bay Art Museum, downtown, or even the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Pete. These museums provide many beautiful works of art I can express to different people by using them in my photo journalism project. I shouldn’t have to stress about getting good and well focused shots since most of the works at these museums are still and are allowed to be photographed. This would be a fun learning experience for me since I’ve never really dabbled in photography, but I’ve attended several of the museums in Tampa and know a little bit about what to expect from them.

Service Journalism Project

There are two job fairs happening on the HCCs Plant City, and Brandon Campuses. Plant City’s job fair is happpening on October 10th from 9:30 in the morning to 12 in the afternoon, however Brandon’s job fair is on the 17th of October from 10 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon. I was thinking about doing the Service project on these fairs, since not many HCC students would know about these events if they do not attend these campuses. I want to talk about the importance of schools taking advantage of these opportunities to hold job fairs on campus, and what that might mean for students while earning a degree, or even after graduating from HCC. I’ll try to find the head organizer of these job fairs and interview them about what they want to achieve by holding job fairs on campus every year, and what it means to them for holding these events.

Writing a Narrative

There is an importance for future students to gain mass communication and journalism degrees. This story focuses on the the ever-evolving times and how the advancing technology are causing a rapid change in media, so many students need to gain degrees in these fields. With the increasing amount of students all over the country, coming into Colleges like Hillsborough Community College straight out of high school, they come seeking guidance. Many students, unsure of what career choice to follow in, could find themselves gaining a degree in Mass Communications or journalism. Nancy Lorenzen is a Mass Communication professor that has many years of experience in this field and has taught students at HCC for just over five years. with the number of journalism jobs increasing or decreasing over the past decade along with the trend of student graduates gaining degrees in these fields shows just how relevant and importance this media is to everyone.

Interview Prep

The person I decided on interviewing was my Mass Communications professor, Nancy Lorenzen. I prepared for this interview by making sure my audio recording device (aka my phone) was working correctly and had efficient storage incase the interview was longer than expected. I made sure to write down any important information about the topic that I could use as segways into other questions, as well as writing the questions down just in case I forget them. After writing the questions down, I then made sure to arrange my questions accordingly in the best order I feel they should be read in. Once I was ready and at the meeting place for the interview I made sure she was comfortable with where she was sitting and ready to begin being questioned. The interview went smoothly and I believe I gained a lot of good information about the topic to use for my article.