I chose John Smallwood’s article on the University of Missouri events that was written for the Philadelphia Daily News. The article reminded me of our talk about why history is a very important thing for everyone, especially journalists, to know and learn about. Missouri’s president, Timothy Wolfe, was getting a lot of heat for not fixing what many students, including football players, thought was a racist system at the school. Just this past week, the football players took a stand and demanded Wolfe to resign or they wouldn’t play their next football game. Their head coach backed them in the decision. Ultimately, that led to Wolfe’s resignation.

Smallwood relates the events in Montgomery, Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement. The Civil Rights Movement, one of the most historic times in the U.S., had a much larger but similar goal in mind as the Missouri football players. The actions of the athletes shows how much of an influence they have over a university. When they stepped up, more students and faculty stepped up. This is just one reason why knowing your history can help the country in the long run.

Smallwood, John. “Missouri football protest: swift, nonviolent, effective.” Philadelphia Daily News. November 10, 2015. Philly.com. http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20151111_Missouri_football_protest__swift__non-violent__effective.html?hgfkhgf



I chose an article on USA Today titled “”Former major league pitcher Tommy Hanson, 29, dies.” I chose this article for two reasons. One reason is that it goes along with the theme of a couple classes ago with our milestone assignment. Death is a part of life and people are going to have to write about it. The way in which they choose to write about it is up to them, whether that be a celebration of someone’s life or anything along those lines. The second reason is because this really got to me when I first heard the news. I am an avid not just Phillies fan, but baseball fan as a whole. I am the type of fan who follows along with the game as much as possible, keeping up with thing such as top prospects who are not yet in the major leagues. Tommy Hanson was a former top prospect for the Atlanta Braves, one of the Phillies’ big division rivals. Therefore, I would follow the career of Tommy Hanson, who when he first was coming into the league was one of the highest regarded pitching prospects in baseball. He became a big part of the Braves rotation at one point and carved up the Phillies’ bats more than a few times. It was very unusual and startling to hear this news just a few years after he had  all of this success in the MLB. Hanson had bounced around between free agency and the waiver wire the last couple years, ending up with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for a short period of time. Anytime that anyone dies so suddenly at such a young age, famous athlete or not, is just very sad and startling to me and it is something that is, unfortunately, easy to write about. A big part of writing and journalism is expressing emotions, and things such as this make it easy to express those emotions and feelings.



Sports, USA TODAY. “Former Major League Pitcher Tommy Hanson, 29, Dies.” USA Today. Gannett, 10 Nov. 2015. Web. 10 Nov. 2015. <http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2015/11/10/former-major-league-pitcher-tommy-hanson-dies/75499486/>.


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.



Death is a part of life. It is going to happen to everyone no matter what. It is just a matter of how and when. No one knows when it is going to happen, but a family member could have a say in the matter.

Every day, people are on their hospital beds being too ill, too old, or injured to a point where it could affect their entire livelihood. In these extreme cases, many of them would have to struggle mightily to get back to normalcy. Doctors could give these patients’ loved ones the choice in whether or not life support should be shut off allowing the patient to stop having to suffer.

It is a big debate in the medical world today. Some people believe that no one should be able to choose for the patient and others believe it might be necessary in some cases.

In one of the most infamous cases of this, actress Natasha Richardson was severely injured in a skiing incident in 2009. According to Fox News’ Jessica Doyle, it was decided that life support should be taken off after a few days. When asked about when one should be taken off of life support, Dr. Eric Braverman, an assistant professor at Cornell said, “You pull the plug when the person has no brain waves, and no hope of quality of life.” Although the details of Richardson’s injury was never publically explained, there didn’t seem to be any issue with the decision.

But what about any disagreements that arise?

Terri Schiavo spent a much longer time in a vegetative state than Richardson. Eight years to be exact. Her husband wanted the feeding tube removed not too long after Schiavo’s incident, but her parents thought she could eventually make it through and live her life again. After the seven year battle, it was finally decided that the feeding tube would be taken away and Schiavo died about two weeks later.

Disagreements like this one eventually find themselves in court where the final decision is made. There even have been cases in which the doctor and family disagree.

There is nothing easy about these kind of decisions and there is no way around it if it ever finds your family. Personally, I think life support should be taken away if the victim reaches the point of braindead. Hopefully though, we can all avoid having deal with the situation like the Schiavo and Richardson families had to go through.

Doyle, Jessica. “When is the Right Time to Turn Off Life Support?” Fox News. March 19, 2009. www.foxnews.com. http://www.foxnews.com/story/2009/03/19/when-is-right-time-to-turn-off-life-support.html


Since Election Day was just here, I thought the article “Big day for Kenney, bad for turnout” would be a good one to talk about this week. Jim Kenney beat out Michael Nutter to be elected as the new mayor for Philadelphia, but the voter turnout was an all-time low. Only a quarter of the city’s population went to the polls on Tuesday and only 23.5% of the city actually participated in the mayoral election.  We talked about in class last week about how few people go out and vote anymore in local elections and this just proves it. Both Kenney and Nutter said that people used to fight for the right to vote and now it seems like people take it for granted. The Republican Party blamed the low turnout on the media because they are known to make the city look much more liberal. That can discourage others from voting. Democrats are said to have made up 78.5% of the vote. The lack of voter turnout is becoming a huge issue in America and this article really highlights it.


Brennan, Chris and Claudia Vargas. “Big day for Kenney, bad for turnout.” The Philadelphia Inquirer. November 4, 2015. www.philly.com. http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20151105_Big_day_for_Kenney__bad_for_turnout.html


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I chose this article because I knew there would be a considerable amount of information about this topic. MTV is a very well-known brand that has been around for over 30 years. To get an accurate rating on a television show, you would have to do some research. In this article, they backed up their evidence of the declining television show ratings by using Neilson’s C3 rating scale. Also, the article implements their research sources in their story.

This relates to journalism research because this article is gathering information and comparing MTV to other brands. In order to do that, you will have to make a comparison with logical and accurate information. Furthermore, this article talks about MTV’s target audience and demographics. Compiling an accurate target audience and demographics, surveys and census could be used to correctly obtain this information.




MTV Ratings Decline Raises Relevance Questions As Young People Cut Cable Cord For Devices.” International Business Times. N.p., 14 Apr. 2015. Web. 27 Oct. 2015.



The article I chose is titled “Early Birds: Checking in on former Eagles” by Zach Berman, Inquired Staff Writer for philly.com. The article is about how former Philadelphia Eagles players are faring so far this year with their new teams. The players include QB Nick Foles, RB LeSean McCoy, WR Jeremy Maclin, OL Evan Mathis and more. Berman fills us in on each player’s statistics and how their teams are doing so far on the season as well. He starts the article by mentioning the Eagles’ bye week being a “good time to look around the league and see how departed Eagles are doing this season.” I chose this article because I am an aspiring sports broadcaster, so articles such as this, especially about my home team, always catch my eye. Philly.com is one of the most reliable sources when it comes to anything Philadelphia related, so that is why I chose this site when searching for an article to use. Zach Berman does a good job here of fulfilling what he set out to do, which is give fans a small summary of how these former Eagles are doing after leaving town.




Berman, Zach. “Early Birds: Checking in on Former Eagles.” Philly.com. Philly.com, 29 Oct. 2015. Web. 29 Oct. 2015.             <http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sports/eagles/Early-Birds-Checking-in-on-former-Eagles.html>.


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.



I found an article on nytimes.com about the republican presidential polls. It shows that out of a very competitive field, Ben Carson is just ahead of everyone else. It has a lot of interesting polls that ask about and are answered from republicans. 75% of the party members believe that they are divided while only 22% think they are united. At least 70% believe that their party is at least somewhat responsible for the gridlock in congress, but 64% are still hopeful that the future of the party is bright. Based on everyone who participated in the poll, 48% enthusiastically support Ben Carson. That’s 18% higher than the next candidate, Marco Rubio. I found this article interesting because it gave a lot of information for just one poll. You can get a sense of how the majority of republicans feel about their party based on all of their answers.


Martin, Jonathan and Thee-Brenan, Megan. “Deeply Divided Republican Electorate Drifts Toward Ben Carson, Poll Shows.” New York Times. October 27, 2015. www.nytimes.com. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/28/us/politics/deeply-divided-republican-electorate-drifts-toward-ben-carson-poll-shows.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0