Podcast Critique

The podcast that I listened to for extra credit was an interview from 2008 presented by Paranormal Underground featuring the investigators from the Travel Channel show Ghost Adventures, Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin. They were interviewed by Karen Frazier and Cheryl Knight, they questioned the Ghost Adventures Crew (GAC) about what was upcoming on the show for investigations and what to expect in the next season which at that time was season 3. They also asked about the Halloween special that was coming up at the time, their experiences with possession during different lockdowns, ending the Podcast they answered questions that were submitted.

Overall, I really enjoyed the Podcast being a big fan of the show and long time believer of the paranormal, the interviewers did a good job with the questions and keeping it interesting. What I really loved about the Podcast is that they actually talked about being a jouranlist is part of being a paranormal investigator because that is exactly what I want to do when I graduate SCSU. Even though the Podcast was long at 51 minutes it was very interesting and kept a good system with answering and asking questions and all the guys were able to answer questions and tell their experiences.


Trend Story

The holidays are coming, and we’ve all got those lists a mile long of presents that we want and people that we have to buy for, but in the tough economic times retail sales could easily take hits that the companies don’t really need.

Locally it seems like the trend is that people are spending less money on items that are not as important and they are not shopping in stores as much. Typically it seems like more people are shopping online because they are given incentives like free shipping or other discounts.

Using the Google data visualize chart it’s easy to see that by looking at trends that retail sales which include food dipped around certain months in 2008 where numbers were around 350 billion dollars. Looking at just retail sales, during the years of the recessions the numbers dipped in 2008, but they have risen slightly in the years after that. It seems that every year there is a trend that sales is following by dipping slightly in the fall and then going up in the winter months because of the holiday shopping.

Susan Kurty, a frequent retail shopper believes that the recession and economy problems have clearly affected retail sales.

“Yes, it has,” she said. “For example stores are offering more discounts and coupons.”

As holidays sneak up on us, many people will be following the common and easy trend of buying simple items and trying to shop smarter Kurty believes.

“More people will be purchasing gift cards online instead of going into stores.”

Well known stores like Target and Macy’s are starting to announce that they will be opening on Thanksgiving night at midnight to allow shoppers to get a jump start on  deals, Kurty believes that other stores will be following the trend.

“With very limited budgets for families people will try to get the best bargain for the limited amount of money that they have to spend.”

Although many people would easily be swayed the Black Friday sales on televisions, computers and other miscellaneous items, Kurty will not be awake when others are fighting for these deals

“The specials they offer will be in limited quantities and it’s not worth me getting up early to take advantage of an item I don’t want or need.

With the infamous shopping days upon us time will only tell what really will happen with retail sales and if companies will be will able make their numbers and if these numbers will stay on trend.


Forbes Article Response

The Forbes article about infographics was an interesting look at the future of the journalism field because nowadays it’s a lot more
than words on a piece of paper.

I think that the article told a good story with a lot of different types of information and you got to read about a real person in the field and what they did and how they bring data to life. By placing the information that he had gathered into the article was a nice touch because I was able to see what he was talking about and look at the numbers myself.

Overall, I found the article interesting because it talked about something that we all can relate to and we will all have to learn about eventually especially going into the journalism field.

Occupy Wall Street Movement Continues as Money Pours In

The Occupy Wall Street Movement is starting to make more and more money as the days drag on, as of October 18, 2011 has made $435,000.

At Zuccotti Park in Manhattan where the protest is location, lock boxes are set up where donations have totaled $8,000 a day while an in-person donation was $85,000.

The person in change of the money plays an important role

The man in charge of the money is Darrell Prince, 31 who is and activist with a business background.

“Its way more support than we ever thought would come in,” he said.

Getting back the money

Protesters are being reimbursed by the donations according to Prince who says that protesters are spending money in many different places and for their basic necessities.

  • $1,500 a day on food
  • $2,000 laundry bill for sleeping bags, jackets, and sweaters
  • $20,000 on equipment like laptops, cameras, and streaming video of the protest online.

Many donations besides money have been coming in:

1)    Blankets

2)    Cans of Food

3)    Camping Equipment

4)    Swim Goggles

The Lock Boxes

The boxes are used for most of the donations and the movement follows a simple routine, people walking by are able to drop their coins and bills in.

Then volunteers gather the boxes and bring them to a central point, and then they are taken to a office space that was also a gift from a New York union. There are no plans as of yet on how to spend the money but $100 a day are given to working groups such as sanitation, medical, finance, and media.

“The volunteers we recruit for the wok generally have experience running their own businesses or haves worked in the industry,” Prince said.

Winterizing the Movement

With no end in site to the movement, the immediate plan is to figure out how to survive the upcoming winter in New York. Daniel Levine, 26, a musician from Brooklyn knows the importance of and the immediacy of getting ready to winter.

“The movement needs to winterize. The fund could be used to help buy frost-proof clothing and other equipment to keep protesters warm,” he said. I’m flabbergasted there’s this much money, but in a way, I’m not surprised, considering the sentiments that we all share now of being disenfranchised.”


Even Prince has to agree with the significance of acquiring winter equipment before the snow comes.

“A lot people say we need to get an indoor space in addition to the outdoor encampment,” he said.

Donations can be given online using the following link: