Journalistic Writings, News & Politics

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Saint John Telegraph Journal (August 15th, 2002)

Bilingual signs are great teaching tools

Although it will cost some money, the new Official Languages Act although will be beneficial to all New Brunswickers.

The best part of this is the part where all signs will have to be bilingual. The reason I say this is that it will greatly help the general public to learn more French in majority English communities and English in majority French communities. When someone passes these new signs everyday, after time they will have both the English and the French names memorized.

I personally have learned more French from reading government building signs and food containers than 12 years in the New Brunswick school system. I think it will be very beneficial as long as they don’t take it too far and try to translate things like the Saint John sign on Fort Howe.

Journalistic Writings, University Writings

Subject: Critique on Article

The article I have chosen to comment on is about the life of the late Ernie Coombs. Although it is not specified who the author of the article is, it is a Canadian Press story which I found on canoe.ca. This article explains the what of how Ernie Coombs a children’s television legend was an influence on at least two generations of Canadians as the legendary Mr. Dressup. The where, when, and why is because Mr. Coombs kicked the bucket on Thursday at the Toronto Western Hospital after taking a stroke on 11 September. The reason we care is that the man was well-loved by all and things like this bring people together. This story is only one-sided since usually on a legend dies under respect for the family only the good side and positive accomplishments are written about. Much of the research was done by interviewing people who were there first hand.

Journalistic Writings

Jour 1013- Intro. to Journalism

Charles E. Frees-Melvin (920722)

Thursday 13 September 2001

Subject: Commentary on TV Coverage of the “Attack on America”

I woke up to a beautiful summer day as usual, went to class and came back for a noon rest. I left my dorm room and went to see my neighbours in the next room, who watch movies all the time, I saw the WTC and Pentagon on fire and ask, “What movie is this?” They responded with a, “Dude, the is real!” At that moment I returned to my room and turned my T.V. on to watch a day of coverage. Switching back and forth from: NBC/CBC/Global/ABC/CTV/CBS/FOX/CNN/&TBS. I found that most of the footage was from CNN but I was hooked to the commentary by Peter Mansbridge (CBC).

Peter made me feel more secure in really knowing what was going on. It was also very helpful to have it from a Canadian perspective. I found that Lloyd Robertson (CTV) did not really have as of a heart touching production as Peter Jennings (ABC News).

Some of the most questionable stuff I saw was the broadcast from Global National News where most questionably the showed the man in freefall from the north tower. Also Global National News had a very inconsistent format where the show was from Toronto than to Vancouver and Dartmouth and had so many hosts that about 2pm they were contradicting each other and you lost the continuity of what was going on.

Also details of the Pentagon looked liked like the were given less importance to the events at the World Trade Centre on all the broadcasts except WTBS from Atlanta. GA.

Now it is the evening of Thursday 13 September 2001, a full 60 hours after the “Attack on America.” Airports are slowly reviving. Survivors are slowly one by one being pulled out of debris. The reminints of fires still exest in both buildings. “They are just spotfires, and we would not like to pour water into the building since it could pour down into open spaces where there are most likely still survivors,” a rescue worker stated on CBS News he went on to say that , “It is likely that people could survive in the sub floors for days or weeks.”