Archive forOctober, 2016

Banged-up Packers Fall to Falcons in a Shootout 33-32

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Trump Bashes Social Media Sites

As I scrolled through my feedly log I came across an article on Donald Trump bashing twitter, facebook and google for burying negative news about running mate Hillary Clinton.  Ironically Trump did the bashing with a tweet that read, “Wow, Twitter, Facebook and Google are burying the FBI criminal investigation of Clinton.  Very dishonest media!”  Trump doesn’t give much evidence to back it up, but FBI director James Comey pointed out that the FBI investigation was the top news result Sunday Morning.


Psycho Updated Homemade Remake

If you are a fan of Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller, ‘Psycho’ and looking for a good scare as holloween is approaching, you might enjoy this homemade updated remake.  Cinefix keeps the artistic black and white theme and does a great job building up suspense as Ms. Bates is turned around and reveals that she is a skeleton.  Cinefix doesn’t put much money into the production, so some of the special effects may look a little cheap.


Whitewater Common Council Meeting

The Whitewater Common Council held an open public meeting at the city’s Municipal building in downtown Whitewater Oct. 4, 2016.  The main topics of the meeting included a revised proposal for the lock box ordinance, the 2017 proposed annual city budget and possible change of hours for the municipal building.

The lock box ordinance as approved in 2015 and has been in use since the late 1980’s, would require owners of commercial buildings, multi-family residential buildings and schools to install a lock box on the exterior of the buildings.  This would ultimately allow firefighters to enter buildings in an emergency situation when the owner is not available.

The lock box ordinance committee met the night before on Oct. 3 to recommend some significant changes.  These changes included:

  1. Reduce to 3 types of property- schools, multi-family residential and commercial buildings.
  2. Lower risk of vandalism- allow lock box as high as 9 feet high.
  3. Make essential for property owners- contact information with key to property
  4. If dispatch places call for building to have lock box- building must have one within 45 days.

Common Council member Stephanie Goettl voiced her frustration how the meeting was held without anyone else knowing and only one night before the meeting.

“I have frustration with the way this was handled.  I appreciate it getting done, but I don’t appreciate how it was handled,” Goettl said.

These decisions were based on a concern over life safety more than property protection according to common council member Lynn Binnie.  Other business owners are upset with the privacy of their building and the fee that they will be charged in order to install a lock box.

“We are opening a can of worms for intruders to get inside some of these buildings,” business owner Blake Scharine said.  “The firefighters have done their jobs for decades without lock boxes.”

Firefighters have been pushing for the installed lock boxes because they believe it will provide safety for the building in emergency situations for fires or gas leaks that can’t be reached because the door is locked.

An issue lately for firefighters has been getting calls to buildings in the middle of the night and they have been standing around for literally hours because they can’t get in according to Fire Chief Don Gregoire.

“We can do a lot to save these buildings if we can get in.  We have to find the cause,” Gregoire said.  “Besides fire safety, it is for life safety.”

The council is looking to revise the ordinance even further at its Nov. 1 meeting, but it came to the boards attention that if it doesn’t get passed the Fire Chief can pass the ordinance.

In other news, City Manager Cameron Clapper released a presentation on the city budget proposal for 2017.

Budget changes highlighted in the presentation included:

  • Sinking Fund Reductions
  • Expenditure Restraint Program
  • Fire &Rescue Fund 850
  • Elections Fund 214
  • Aquatic Center Fund 247
  • Water Utility Staffing
  • Wage Increases

A Whitewater facilities referendum for the unified school district, which would include upgrades in all three schools (elementary, middle, high) was also proposed and presented.  The renovations included the gym would be bigger to accommodate all sports, district wide security upgrades and instructional space renovations.   Clapper urged that these upgrades need to happen now.

“We have aging buildings that need replacement,” Clapper said.  “Our community has told us that we need to move forward with these facilities now.”

The final proposal of the night was to switch the municipal building hours from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.-4 p.m.  According to Clapper this switch would make the hours for the employees more attractable.






3 Changes

1) Next to my posts on the side where it shows the last five posts I have written, I chose to add the date next to them so readers easily know that it is a frequently updated blog.

2) I also put in my RSS reader because it’s a site that I feature in most of my posts. It gives readers easier access to manage their site as well.

3) I updated my about me blog to give readers a more understanding of who I am and what you may find in my blog.


How to Win the Social Media Game
Advancing the Story is a blog that focuses on journalism in multimedia.  The article linked above gives great tips for journalists trying to expand their social media profile from Chip Mahaney, a recruiter for E.W. Scripps.  This article stays relevant because social media is here to stay in the journalistic world and there is so much more to learn about.
The thing most beneficial from this article is the quotes given by Mahaney.  He says by starting to win the social media game, you have to start posting through the eyes of your user.  You want to think about what the audience wants at the very moment you are about to hit publish.  You win by getting users to do something with your post:  like, comment or share.  For example, I follow a lot of NFL insiders because I play fantasy football.  I give them follows because I know they will tweet live player news and updates every day.  He also gives a good phrase called ‘thumbstoppers’ which relates to when you are scrolling through your  feed and a headline or a post catches your eye.