Week 12

April 18th, 2015

The FCC Needs 200 Broadcasters to Auction Airwaves

Now being in the radio/broadcast field, this headline immediately caught my eye.

Basically, this post is talking about how there is only so much airwaves available, and how they need to be weeded out in order to make room for wireless carriers. The way they will do this, according to The New York Times, is that the government will bid on certain airwaves, and then sell those airwaves and forward them to wireless phone carriers.


This, to me, is crazy. I mean, I guess you don’t really think of the air as being a limited amount of space?? It makes sense when you look at it from a science perspective, but in general, it’s not something you think about. Air is supposed to be unlimited, but in reality, it really isn’t. I wonder why it took so long for this to finally happen; that is, for the air space to become literally so full that the government has to buy airwaves to sell. This also says something about our generation, and how important it is for cell phone carriers to own and use these airwaves.

The article goes on to explain two other topics related, but I thought this airwaves thing was the most important thing to think about.

What do you guys think?? Is this as weird of a concept to you as it is to me, or am I just ignorant?




Week 10 (3/30-4/5)

April 2nd, 2015

Religious Freedom Restoration Act

The question this article poses is: “Should journalists use the phrase “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” in their reporting?”

The law has been passed in Indiana, and now Alabama. Although Alabama has elected to refer to it as HB1228 instead, in order to avoid any propaganda. In other words, the original title infers that the state thinks that religious freedom needs restoration, saying that it was in jeopardy in the first place. The debate has been going on ever since Indiana passed the law a little while ago.

There are then a few videos posted in the article, explaining that this isn’t the first time that journalists have had to make this decision. One video that explained it the best was this one.


The way I see it, this debate is all about what connotation this title is supposed to give off.

From a personal standpoint…



But that’s besides the point.

As for a journalistic standpoint, I would use the official name of HB1228, but then explain that it is more widely known as the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act”, just to cover both bases. If I thought that the average reader would know what law HB1228 was referring to, I would definitely say to just use that name in order to avoid any propaganda bias.