I chose this article because it is an important issue that we humans need to take into account. Climate change, and how it’s gradually or some may say rapidly occurring. Earth experienced its hottest year ever recorded. We need to know about our climate and how it’s changing by the day. We are seeing storm systems grow bigger and bigger, unusual weather occurring in different parts of the world. Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz does a great job analyzing what we are going through and what we could possibly expect in the future. This is a global issue. The headline of the article grabs your attention. Research was done, in addition graphs illustrated the data and numbers that are being presented. Any weather, news, or climatology website could be used to support this article.


I once again went with a weather related article, considering I’m a weather nerd.  More specifically I love snow, blizzards and winter weather, which made me choose this article even more.  It’s that time of year! It’s like waiting for Christmas morning, us weather nerds await for local and national meteorologist to issue their annual “winter forecasts”.  With a record setting El Nino how will that influence our winter weather? Will we get buried in snow? Or barely see any snow?  This article does a good job, explaining everything that goes into our winter weather here in the Delaware Valley.  I like Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz and he does a real good job of explaining it, using many statistics, numbers, pictures and graphs.  I of course am hoping for a snowy winter or at the least one mega storm (24”+).  I will probably go with a sports article on my last article assignment unless some crazy weather event occurs.

“‘Hurricane’ Schwartz’s 19th Annual Winter Forecast.” N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2015.


Chris Mastrobuono

Journalism Research 2101


November 5, 2015


It’s 100 percent true; the mother is the glue that holds the family together. I can vouch for that first hand after losing my Nanny Marlene in the fall of 2007. We all have lost someone dear and close to us, we go through the grieving process differently, losing her devastated me. I with drew from Penn State and had to reassess my life. My Nanny Marlene was an important woman in my life and for my family. But after she passed away my family went through many changes.

Every time I hear about someone passing away or attended a funeral I can’t help but think of how devastated I would be to lose my mom. I am a mamas boy, I will flat-out admit that. There is nothing I wouldn’t do to help out my mom and she does the same for family and myself. Those values and traditions trickled down from my Nanny Marlene. She instilled those traditions into my mom and rose her to the woman she is today.

“All that I am or have today I owe to my angel mother.” – Abe Lincoln

The many changes my family endured after the passing of my Nanny Marlene were big. I come from a big close-knit Italian family. One thing I definitely miss is my Nanny’s cooking, watching and going to Flyers games with her, going out for lunch together or just simply playing a game. Holiday’s are not the same anymore, as the years passed the family got further apart, no more weekly Sunday dinners with everyone. They are now far a few between. My nanny’s two daughters and son each had a divorce; my mom is the only one that didn’t have a divorce. My Nanny’s passing was shocking and took the family by surprise. You may ask why I don’t call her “nonna”? Well I call my other grandmom, Nonna, on my dad’s side and always grew up calling my Nanny Marlene, Nanny.

Ann R. Swanson of The Post-Journal states, “Often it is the woman in the family that holds a family together. Women are by nature the nurturers. When a family loses its mother things are just not the same.”

So make sure you don’t go a day without telling your mother how much you love and appreciate her. Don’t just wait for her birthday, a holiday or Mother’s Day. Hug her or give her call at night if you’re not physically able to hug her. Tell her how much you love her. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of my Nanny Marlene.


Mothers Are Glue That Holds Families Together. (n.d.). Retrieved November 5, 2015.


Chris Mastrobuono

Journalism Research

November 5, 2015




I chose this article from The Washington Post section “Capital Weather Gang” because I am a weather enthusiast. In addition this year has been a record setting year for tropical cyclones in the Northern Hemisphere.   The headline of this article will definitely catch your attention. The article puts this hurricane/cyclone season into perspective, with vivid images, graphs and statistics. The graphs in this article do a great job showing you the intensity of this record-breaking hurricane season. Furthermore the statistics are compared with years of information. To support this article the databases that could have been used are NOAA, National Hurricane Center, National Weather Service, and AccuWeather.


Service , F. (n.d.). The Northern Hemisphere’s record-shattering tropical cyclone season, by the numbers. Retrieved November 5, 2015.


The article I chose was from the Washington Post, “Capital Weather Gang” column, “How Patricia, the strongest hurricane on record, killed so few people.”  I chose this article because I am a weather enthusiast and used to major in meteorology, so this type of news excites me.  Also, I read Capital Weather Gang, every day.  Their articles are very informative and powerful in the meteorological community.  This article caught my eye because of the headline.  How could the strongest hurricane ever recorded by the National Hurricane Center NOT kill anyone or cause catastrophic damage.  Research was done for this article, meteorologists were quoted and used for this article.  Research had to be done on the population of Mexico were Hurricane Patricia made landfall.  In addition with local hospitals and municipalities.  The article also provided meteorological data and statistics, giving readers an idea of the magnitude of the storm and how it didn’t kill anyone based on where it hit and how it hit.  The article was very descriptive and informative.  You could go to other weather data bases such as NOAA, NWS, AccuWeather or The Weather Channel to support this article.


Service , Forecast National Weather. “How Patricia, the Strongest Hurricane on Record, Killed so Few People.” Washington Post. The Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2015. Web. 29 Oct. 2015.