This week I found an interesting article on National Geographic titled, “Is Trophy Hunting Helping Save African Elephants? This headline grabbed my attention mainly because of my interest in this subject and love for this type of research. I am an avid reader of National Geographic and would love to conduct this type of research and write about these studies for my career someday. I have a strong interest in international, cultural and environmental studies in journalism and would love to work for a news outlet like Discovery or National Geographic. This article is very important and relates to what we discussed in class regarding false information with no credibility that circulates to readers and is passed along on social media and places like that. I remember reading many controversial comments and arguments on social media about this topic. Many people’s views seemed to be misinformed or based off of non-credible sources. This article from National Geographic disproves people’s theories and false information and provides the facts. It’s a great read about very important wildlife information and provides interesting stats and facts.



Cruise, Adam. “Is Trophy Hunting Helping Save African Elephants?” National Geographic. National Geographic Society. 17 November 2015. Web. 19 November 2015. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/11/151715-conservation-trophy-hunting-elephants-tusks-poaching-zimbabwe-namibia/


Totally didn’t even realize I missed a week, so for what it’s worth, here is for the week I missed. Made sure to find an article from that week.

I chose an article titled “Sixers will sign PG Phil Pressey” from the Philadelphia Daily News by Bob Cooney, a popular journalist that I have read work from in the past. As a (admittedly) Sixers fan, this caught my attention because as a basketball guy and a fan I have realized how point guard-deprived the Sixers have been ever since they traded Michael Carter-Williams last year. Carter-Williams was a good player, but not a guy that Sam Hinkie and Brett Brown wanted to build their franchise around for years to come. Phil Pressey happens to join the carousel of Sixers point guards that has been going around since Carter-Williams’s departure. If you can’t tell by now, I am big on sports articles, especially Phily stuff. I’ve always been a Sixers fan and always will be, even with them in their current awful state. Cooney does a nice job of telling us a little bit about Pressey, who is not very well known. He shares a quote from Aaron Mintz, Pressey’s agent, who says the Sixers are getting a “really good young player and a good man.” Pressey isn’t the savior the Sixers are looking for obviously, but he should end up being a pretty good role player on a pretty bad team and a stopgap for whenever the Sixers find their point guard of the future.


Cooney, Bob. “Sixers Will Sign PG Phil Pressey.” Philly.com. Philadelphia Media Network, 4 Nov. 2015. Web. 19 Nov. 2015. <http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sports/sixers/110415-Sixers-will-sign-PG-Phil-Pressey.html>.


I chose an article from Rolling Stone titled “Paper Wheels” by Will Hermes. It is under the reviews section, and it is a review of Trey Anastasio’s latest solo album, Paper Wheels. Trey is the lead singer and guitarist for the jam band Phish. Trey had the opportunity to play alongside some of the remaining members of the Grateful Dead at their Fare Thee Well 50th anniversary shows in Chicago on July 3rd, 4th, and 5th 2015. This new album is a reflection of his experiences with the Dead, and according to Hermes you can hear it in these songs. I chose this article after getting the idea of checking out a music review, thinking of what would spark my interest, and Rolling Stone was the first place that came to mind. On the home page of their review section was a list of the most recent reviews of the most recent releases, and as I scrolled down the review of Trey’s album was the first to catch my eye. I have recently become a big fan of his and Phish over the last year or so due to a reference from a Dead-head friend. I have always been a fan of the Grateful Dead, even attending the Dead & Company concert a few weeks ago (Sorry, professor :D…). I was interested to see what kind of music Trey would come up with after his time with the Dead, and I as well as Will Hermes in this article can tell you that Trey did not disappoint. Harmes does a nice job in this short but sweet review of touching on the Dead comparisons to the songs on Paper Wheels, including hearing a little bit of “Shakedown Street” in Trey’s songs “Flying Machines” and “Sometime After Sunset.”


Hermes, Will. “Trey Anastasio’s New Album: Paper Wheels.” Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone, 29 Oct. 2015. Web. 19 Nov. 2015. <http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/trey-anastasio-paper-wheels-20151029>.


I chose this story because it fits perfectly with what we talked about in urban legends. After the Paris attacks, a rumor came out that a security guard Zouheir, also a Muslim man, stopped the suicide bombers at the France-Germany soccer game from coming into the stadium and killing what could’ve been hundreds of more people. I saw this story on Facebook and I immediately shared it. Apparently, I didn’t learn my lesson after our fact checking of stories last class.

This article proves that Zouheir was not only at a different part of the stadium when the explosion happened, but his religion was also never identified at all. After the Wall Street Journal posted the incorrect story, it was shared by thousands of others on social media (including me). Fortunately, the Wall Street Journal corrected its mistake, but people are still sharing the false heroic story that they believe to be true.

Wendling, Mike. “The myth of Zouheir, a ‘hero Muslim security guard’ in Paris.” BBC. November 17, 2015. www.bbc.com. http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-34845882



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.” Philly.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2015.



For this week, I chose an article in the New York Times Business section that discusses current effects of unemployment in the economy. The article titled “Strong Growth in Jobs May Encourage Fed to Raise Rates” addresses important information regarding the 271,000 jump in payrolls reported by the Labor Department, suggesting that this economic growth allows the central bank to move away from the “crisis-level interest-rate policy” it’s been following for years. It further discusses how this change in labor market’s policy-making is expected to shift the political debate in the 2016 presidential campaign, which is a huge topic of discussion lately. I liked the article because it provided charts and statistics illustrating changes in the labor force including information regarding demographics, share of population, unemployment by education level, type of work, average weekly earnings and more. This articles use of statistical tools and charts connects with what we discussed in class regarding source accessibility, and it also helps for the reader to understand and better analyze the importance in these issues.



Schwartz, Nelson D. “Strong Growth in Jobs May Encourage Fed to Raise Rates.” NY Times. The New York Times. 6 November 2015. Web. 11 November 2015.


Alexa Zizzi

October 29, 2015

Journalism Research 2101




Death is something everyone deals with and mourning is a common emotional response among human beings but all people and personal situations are different, so the effects can significantly vary. Depending on the situation, emotional reactions and coping mechanisms are inevitable amongst all people, but can significantly change depending on how the loss of a loved one unfolded. The family of a person battling cancer for many years will react differently than the family a person who was suddenly diagnosed with only a month to live. Different types of mourning can be explored by examining the similarities and differences within the death of a loved one and mental preparation leading up to it.


Last week, my aunt’s father passed away after being diagnosed with cancer only a month ago. This type of death affects all members of my family differently than it would if they had known about his sickness for years. My aunt and cousins only had a month to spend time with him and this tragedy will drastically affect their psychological well-being forever. It also affects other members of our family in different ways due to varying circumstances and personal connections including myself because my dad is the same age as hers. Studies show this has different effects on psychological behavior from impending vs. sudden loss of a loved one.


According to The National Caregivers Library, there are two major psychological responses when dealing with loss and they vary between different situations of death. In the “Caregivers Resources” section of the website, the article “Psychological Responses to Loss” explains the two categories of responses: coping mechanisms and emotional reactions. Depending on a sudden death or an impending one, effects of emotional reaction and psychological well-being can vary. The Caregivers Library explains coping mechanisms connection to different ways of dealing with anxiety and adjusting during the healing process. Some people’s responses result in denial or disbelief because the sudden impact of death on their mind results in a mental block unable to tolerate the truth. This is a very common reaction among those receiving information of a sudden unpredicted death. Others people’s coping responses can vary from disorganization and dependence to enlightenment and intellectualization. More common among premeditated deaths, a grieving method can result in the person seeking for knowledge, analyzing details adding up to the loss and accepting the outcome.


The other category of emotional reactions includes anger, depression, fear, anxiety, shame and many other questioning emotions that vary from person to person regarding different situations. A person who faces sudden death of a loved one may feel a mixture of these emotions resulting in confusion whereas impending death has already allowed for a stretched out span of dealing with these emotions and the final result of an emotional response can change over time. Along with the ideas of impending vs. sudden death, many other factors play a role within psychological responses to losing a loved one including time, place, emotional stability, support systems and much more. Human psychological behavior will continue to vary though the many different obstacles in everyone’s lives.



Works Cited:


“Psychological Responses to Loss.” The National Caregivers Library. FamilyCare America, Inc. Web. 29 October 2015. http://www.caregiverslibrary.org/caregivers-resources/grp-end-of-life-issues/hsgrp-grief-and-loss/psychological-responses-to-loss-article.aspx


“Coping With Impending Death.” Mental Health Center. WebMD. WebMD, LLC. 2005. Web. 29 October 2015.  http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/features/coping-with-impending-death?page=2   



I found an interesting source called the “Daily Dose” on the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Healthcare section on philly.com. The post provided a weekly roundup of the top health headlines and included article links with a brief description. I haven’t come across this helpful post before so I find it to be very interesting and helpful in finding current news stories with important issues. This blog post works as a directory for important headlining news in the Healthcare section, which appeals to many readers. I assume this tool is used in other sections of philly.com but this “Daily Dose” blog post focuses on important health issues that are a significant source of providing readers with easily accessible, newsworthy information. This is a very helpful tool for providing options and directing readers where to go.



D’Ancona, Justin. “Daily Dose; Oct. 26 Health Headlines.” Philly.com. The Philadelphia Inquirer. 26 October 2015. Web. 29 October 2015. http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/healthcare/Daily-dose-Oct-26-health-headlines.html?c=r


I found an article in The Washington Post about the recent college football stats after the Saturday Oct. 24 game results went into effect and drastically changed the numbers. The article includes an extensive list of updated football stats since the Saturday swing shift in the standings and also discusses the current news in the college football world. The article addresses the deadly car accident tragedy at Oklahoma State’s homecoming parade earlier in the season that resulted in a moment of silence before Saturday’s game. It also talks about many current events at certain schools including Temple’s record-breaking winning streak which ranked them for the first time since 1979. Along with these bits of information throughout the listed stats, it includes links connecting certain ideas to further information that backs it up including other articles about these topics on The Washington Post. This article is a good source to learn about current college football news and also examine the stats and standings in the entire league.



Bieler, Des and Yates, Clinton. “Tragedy at Oklahoma State, Stunning Finish at Georgie Tech and More College Football Scores and News.” Washington Post. The Washington Post. 24 October 2015. Web. 29 October 2015. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2015/10/23/college-football-tv-schedule-and-preview-for-oct-22-24/