Thursday, June 2, 2016


          Since 2000, eSports organizations have been signing pro gamers, known as cyberathletes, all across the world. Places like South Korea, North America, China, and Europe have all spent lots of time organizing teams and events for gamers not only in their country or region but all around the world.
          The earliest recorded video game competition took place on October 19, 1972 at Stanford University for the game Spacewar. Only Stanford students were invited to play and the grand prize was only a year's subscription to Rolling Stone. 8 years later competitive gaming became a mainstream hobby with the Space Invaders Championship held by Atari. This tournament brought in 10,000 participants from across the United States.
          With the widespread use of the internet during the 1990's gaming greatly benefited from it especially PC (Personal Computer) gaming. More people started to play thus larger tournaments were held across the United States. The 1990's created more interests in eSports and grabbed a larger audience who were all interested in being a part of the eSports community.
          Starting in the 2000's came the rise of eSports worldwide. Regions like Korea, Europe, and Asia saw an increase in interest to play and be a part of competitive gaming. In 2006 the first 7 teams were created in the Counter Strike community, a community based around the game Counter Strike (a FPS). These teams set up ways to trade players and work with other leagues and organizations. Soon many games set up teams like this including games like League of Legends and Dota 2. More and more, along with larger, tournaments were being held all across the world.
          Television coverage of eSports started in South Korea in 2000 and spread to many different countries. From 2005 to 2008, ESPN covered Madden tournaments in the United States. Many platforms started to support competitive gaming as well. Twitch, an online streaming platform, was launched in 2011 with its sole purpose to stream video games. According to Twitch Stats, in 2013, viewers watched 12 billion minutes of video with the two most popular games being League of Legends and Dota 2. In 2015, Twitch Stats states that League of Legends and CS:GO (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive) are the two most popular. League of Legends has an estimated 123,154 viewers at any given time on the site with CS:GO having around 77,116 viewers.
          Just within the last 2 years popularity of eSports has risen. In 2016, the MLG Columbus tournament for Counter-Strike had nearly 2 million people watching making it the largest Counter-Strike tournament ever. The 2014 League of Legends Championship in Seoul, South Korea had over 40,000 fans in attendance with over 32 million people watching from other platforms like Twitch. This can be compared to, the only, 18 million fans who watched the NBA Championship in 2015.
     According to an article written by BBC, many people think that "sport" is a relative term and that competitive gaming should be a sport. They argue that competitive gaming's popularity is on the rise and should be considered a sport. Others argue against it being a sport because a sport is one that involved physical activity. A sport is all about getting outside and getting dirty. Both sides argue but the future looks like eSports are becoming a sport. In the near future four games are being added to the Olympics; League of Legends, Dota 2, Call of Duty, and Super Smash Bros, Melee.
          This brings up some questions:

          - Should competitive gaming be considered a sport?
          - What is the future of eSports being viewed, not only on platforms like Twitch, but on live national television?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Digital News vs. Printed News

          News is being broadcasted today more than ever before. People can get their news from almost anywhere, this includes Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, CNN, and so many more places. In reality all of this news is pampered and filtered towards a person's opinions and views no matter where you get it. As each year passes more and more people are getting their news from digital sources off their computer or phone. People are less likely to use print media but there may still be a use for it.
          With technology becoming more and more advanced people are getting more used to using it and actually prefer to use it over traditional ways. This is also true for how people get their news. As of May 2013, according to the Pew Research Center, over 90% of adults own a cell phone. Out of the 90% who owns cell phones 56% of adults own smartphones. This means that 56% of adults have access to online news and this number is growing. Facebook has realized that the digital age has arrived. They have taken over online news. Another survey done by Pew Research Center found that Millennials are using Facebook more to get their news than the Baby Boomer generation ever did. Facebook and many other sources are known to funnel you news that is similar to what you are interested in. Facebook has not only taken over online news but they have designed a way to get users to trust the news the first time they see it and come back for more and more.

Millennials and Baby Boomers: A Generational Divide in Sources Relied on for Political News

          Even with the digital age upon us I still believe that there are uses for print news. Print news is rock solid evidence that can't be erased. I think that print news is going to be useful in the future for that exact reason. It can't be erased. Digital news stories can be deleted and erased from the web but how do you erase printed words on a page? They are there to stay and the truth can be told through those words without fear of it getting lost in the worldwide web or erased by someone. I also think that print news is more reliable and accurate. I think this because printed news takes longer to get to the public. This gives more time for collection of important data that could have been missed in the first gathering of the stories details. Digital news is often rushed out so people can get the information quicker. Digital news sites are working at a fast pace and this adds the increased risk of inaccuracy in the stories they write. Both printed news and digital news have their pros and cons and most people bypass these and choose digital news just because of the one big advantage; speed. Association Media & Publishing lists out all of the pros and cons of both digital and printed news. Many of their points are the exact same as how I see it. They explain how printed news is "Yours Forever" and how digital news has the advantage of speed. 
         Digital and printed media will always be around. There are no plans in the near future to get rid of either of them. Both have their pros and cons but also both have their filter systems. Depending on where you get your news, that news is being filtered by large companies like Facebook or the New York Times. No matter what, news will always be a part of our society and continue to change in how it gets to the reader.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


          Satire has always been a way to get someone's point across. Satire is the use of irony, humor, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices. By using satire many people have been very successful in getting their point across. Satire is an effective way at poking fun at someone with a higher power without getting punished for it. It can capture large audiences while still targeting a topic of interest.
          I have had some practice with satire. I first learned about satire in my 8th grade English class. I continued studying it in my 10th grade journalism. I recently wrote Students report that Bison Time is actually worth their time. While writing this I found it to be very fun and effective. I was able to target how Bison Time is useless and how kids don't want to be at school using a form of sarcasm. I enjoyed writing it and have found that writing satire is one of my favorite genres of literature to write with. I also enjoy reading satire. The Onion and Clickhole use satire extremely well. You can learn from these sites in a weird way. You may not seem like the article is teaching you anything by reading it but the overall target of the story is teaching you everything that you need to know. Not only does it inform you but it is useful in keeping someone entertained while learning as well. This can be useful in targeting teens who don't enjoy reading news.
          Satire is extremely useful and has been ever since stories were first being told. Satire is very similar to the old, crazy, wise man in stories. The man is crazy enough to get away with saying stuff that normal people couldn't just because he is old, wise, and crazy. Satire uses the same guide lines. You are able to get away with saying stuff because people perceive it as "joking" even though you are really just covering up a valid argument or point by being funny.
          Jon Stewart, former host of the Daily Show, did this all the time. Jon Stewart went onto Crossfire, a talk show, and he was one of the main reasons the show was cancelled ten years later in 2014. He made fun of the show and picked apart the bad things about it. The owner of the show understood what Jon Stewart was saying even though the audience didn't realize it. The audience just thought Stewart was trying to be funny but in reality he was sending a message. The owner took Jon Stewart's attack on the show into serious consideration and decided to close the show.
         Satire can be very effective in getting your point across. It can also be quite risky. When it comes to satire not everyone understands it. Some even take it offensive and misunderstand the whole story. You have to be very careful not to offend anyone. No matter what, someone is going to misunderstand your satire, but you may be able to avoid offending people by choosing the right target. Your target shouldn't be towards people but towards something you want changed or something that you want to bring attention to. If you successfully do this and people are interested in reading your story, then you have successfully written satire. Satire is extremely powerful and, if used correctly, can create changed.

Sunday, April 17, 2016


          Every day you are exposed to news. There is no way you can avoid this in the real world. You can get it from so many sources and everyone has a different way of getting it. People can get their news from non-traditional sources like Instagram and Snapchat, or they could get their news from more credible and authentic sources like New York Times and CNN. Even if someone doesn't watch television or go online they can receive news "through the grapevine." 
          Interestingly enough, news can tell you a lot about a person. People have a natural tendency to want to fit in and this applies to every aspect of life even when selecting where they get their news from. For example, Fox news is on the conservative side. According to Business Insider, conservatives use Fox News more because they trust the source and liberals don't use the source as much for news because they trust it less. This means that if someone is getting their news from Fox News then most likely they are conservative. Any news source can tell you something about a person.
          Here's another example... I recently spent 10 days getting my news only from Reuters. Reuters covers world news and mainly focuses on politics and business type stories. After my 10 days of getting my news I analyzed the site and figured that their target audience is working adults who are looking for news. Most likely someone using this source is going to be at least old enough to vote and have a job. A very unique thing I found on Reuters was that they had a whole section dedicated to opinion articles wrote by their journalists. Even though not all the articles were heavily opinionated some of them were. The opinions are from all over the political scale, from liberal writers to conservative writers, and most of them give supporting evidence that helps the reader form their own opinion on the event. 
          No matter where you get your news from it is all filled with stories. Not all news is informative. In fact, most news produced by news companies is full of entertaining news that has nothing to do with tragedies or politics or business. TMZ has made a huge news company solely based off this entertaining news. They cover news about celebrity babies, cute cats, and anything else related to celebrities that would get them views. According to Quora, people really like to be involved in other people's business because people like gossip. It's entertaining to them and that's exactly why they like to get involved. They like to know what's going on and talk about it because it is fun to them. TMZ has realized this and used it to their advantage to get tons of views and flourish as a news source. 
          All news companies will cover news, but all of the companies do it in different ways. Reuters covers business and political world news, TMZ covers gossip news, and ESPN covers sports news. No matter what you are looking at you are getting news. People have so much choice to when it comes to selecting where they get their news and it all comes down to wait your preferences are. You will be gravitated to news sources that share the same interests as you. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Life's Opportunities - A story told by Jeff Drews

"I relocated out to Southern California for a career in medical device at Edward's Life Science in 2011. The opportunity was amazing due to the fact that a new product was being launch, trans catheter heart valve. This new product would allow minimal invasion in surgery to replace a heart valve. This was a turning point in the heart valve industry that allowed high risk, elderly patients to replace a heart valve without going through major surgery."

"As a result of the new opportunity I commuted back and forth from Minnesota to Southern California for several years. Days were long and travel was extensive but, it was an opportunity that I could not have passed up on. It was hard on my family that I was gone at times but we always managed to work through it."

"My family would come out to California on holidays and summer vacation. We as a family had a great time enjoying the beaches, parks, and most importantly the sunshine. Every weekend we would explore a new area of California, from Big Bear Lake, a secluded town in the mountains, to Holy Jim Trail, to driving up the mountains. Not only did we go to the secluded areas, we also went to more popular places like Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and Disney Land. We spent a lot of time exploring many beaches as well. We got to San Diego beach, Laguna beach, Huntington beach, Long beach, and Santa Monica beach to name a few. Sunsets were amazing sitting on the beach. We spent a lot of our free time playing tennis, swimming, and having barbecues outside in the sun. The best part about it was that we got to spend a lot of family time together, just enjoying life, without many worries."

"At the same time, I was building a real estate company in Minnesota, which was demanding more of my time to be spent back home. It was tough but we made a decision to move back home to run the company. We miss the sunshine, the warm weather, and the beaches. It's an opportunity that we will never forget and it has changed our lives forever."

Thursday, March 24, 2016


          News selection is all about choice. Journalists find stories and then write about those stories. Once the story is ready for the public it can be presented in very many different ways. Everyone has a choice from the very beginning of when news is presented to the public. People's first choice is what medium they get their news from. You could get your news from a variety of sources including; online, from newspapers, television, radio, or even in magazines. 
          Surprisingly there is an increase in the number of people getting their news from television. According to the American Press, most Americans use television to get their news over using their smartphones or any other device to get it. This is surprising because today everyone carries a phone with them that can access the internet. People could easily reach into their pocket and get the news anytime they wanted. This means people could get their news instantly and also have the advantage of getting that news whenever and wherever they are but for some reason they are turning to television. I think that people either don't have time during the day to read news or that they don't trust news agencies online. They would much rather be at home relaxing and watching the news than on the go trying to search for news. This is another questionable decision. People who watch the news are presented with certain stories in an order. The news agency picks what stories they think people should see and present those. This eliminates the need for people to search online for stories and sort them out themselves on which ones are the most important and which ones aren't. 
         Not only do people get to chose where they get their news but they also get to chose how long they want to see it for. Ever since technology became prominent to mankind people have gained shorter attention spans. Just in the past 15 years human's attention spans have decreased by 4 seconds according to The Telegraph. This means that journalists had to adjust. They started creating shorter stories and only including the most important information. News agencies that are using television know what the people want and they are using that to their advantage. Not only do they chose what the reader/watcher gets to see but they also choose for how long (usually making the story short and to the point). News agencies also get to show video of the event or pictures. This allows agencies to program a little longer stories because people's attention spans become longer if they are more involved in the story. Television can also target many people and gather a conversation piece as talked about in the Preserve Articles.
          It may seem that there are an infinite number of options when it comes to gathering your news. People have the option to pick where they get their news, who they get it from, which stories they read, and how long they read it for. In reality there aren't as many options as you think. People actually have limited choice. News is just as limited as the number of choices you have. No specific agency is limiting news, but the people are limiting news to themselves. Even without knowing it, people control what news is reported on. Journalists can't write about everything especially stories where they get no views so they have to focus on top stories no matter how irrelevant they are to the world. This limits the whole spectrum of possible news to be reported on to just the news people want to see.
          News seems like there is infinite choice but in reality there isn't. People are limiting themselves and depriving themselves of news even without realizing it. Television news agencies are a perfect example of how people are limiting themselves. People are choosing to have their news presented to them from a certain agency for a certain amount of time. Even with the increase in phones around the world, people are still opting to go to television because it's easier. No matter what happens, journalism will continue to evolve and grow. Choice will be forever limited because someone is always filtering news, whether its the government or an agency, to the public. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Future of Journalism

           When I was thinking of an idea that would be the future of journalism I thought of things that are trending in journalism right now and what people like/want. I knew people used the internet constantly and I also knew people always have their phones on them. I wanted to use this knowledge to my advantage and I did that by creating the World News App. This app allows people to easily access journalism from many sources, from all over the world,  all in one place. The app is for all handheld devices and anything that can access the internet. Another important part of the app is that we keep users interacting with news and they can comment and create discussion on news as well as share news with friends.

          Journalism will be forever changing. It all started with people telling stories or relaying news by mouth. It has only advanced from there. Next came newspapers and the radio. After that came television and the internet and then apps like Instagram and Snapchat came out that incorporates journalism. Technology has only advanced journalism and made it more available to people and more abundant.
          With abundance comes the concern of quality though. Journalism has become bad journalism. A good journalist no longer gets views and without views he/she isn't getting paid so he/she is forced to quit and find a new profession. Bad journalists make money. They write about stuff that the people want to read, even if it's some garbage story about celebrities. People love that kind of stuff and that's why journalism has gone down the drain. It's no longer writing on the important things and this can be a major concern. This whole article talks about where journalism is headed and why it isn't heading in the right direction. It talks about what the people want and how journalists accommodate to that need.
          In the future journalism could potentially go in many directions. We could see more advances in technology and journalism could possibly be a virtual reality event where you put on goggles and experience the story for yourself. Joggles could possibly be made. Joggles would open up so many possibilities for mankind but it could also affect mankind in a very negative way. People could become obsessed with joggles and never want to leave the virtual world. They could get consumed by the product and this could be very dangerous.

         I know for sure that journalism will be apart of our future no matter what course it takes. No matter what, people are designed to tell stories and create/share news, and as long as mankind exists we will find a way to produce journalism.