Lori Loughlin Scandal

The NEWSY video I will be using for my story #4 assignment will be “Lori Loughlin Pleads Not Guilty To New Bribery Charges”. “Prosecutors allege Lori Loughlin and her husband paid $500,000 to get their daughters fraudulently accepted to the University of Southern California.” Imagine not getting into the college of your dreams because someone bribed their way into that school. I feel like not matter how much money you have you should only be able to get into a university if you have the brains for it. Lori Loughlin bribed the University of Southern California to accept her daughter. Her daughter only wanted to go to the university because all of her friends got accepted and to have the “college experience”. Now if that doesn’t scream unfair to you then what does? Lori should’ve also known that this was illegal to bribe a university. The least she could’ve done is to hire a tutor to help her daughter get into the school of her dreams. (https://www.newsy.com/stories/lori-loughlin-pleads-not-guilty-to-new-bribery-charges/)

Exploration of NEWSY.com!

NEWSY.com is basically a website that gives you news on what’s happening today in the world. They have tons of categories that you can pick from; documentaries, politics, entertainment, investigations, etc. You name it, they’ve got it all! I went on the “shows” category and saw that they have small TV shows that keep you updated on the news every hour, but it is more of a live video. I also went to the entertainment category and saw the less serious videos. I watched the video “Why is ‘The Office’ still so popular? We asked the ‘Office Ladies’ ”.This videos was definitely entertaining. It talked about how two of The Office actors have a podcast and they even interviewed them a bit. On the more serious side I went to the politics category, where everything was…well..very political. But these videos can help people who don’t really know about politics. The videos are interesting to watch so it is easy to learn from them. I never knew about this website until now. But I actually really found it interesting. NEWSY doesn’t give you the same news as everywhere else and if it does they make it interesting enough to catch your eye!

Hyperlocal News Blog

A hyperlocal new sites are news sites that cover events or topics that happen locally. I looked at Columbia Journalism Review a clicked on a couple websites. One thing I noticed was that a few hyperlocal new sites use wordpress, for example acestoohigh.com is a wordpress website. But in this website I did notices that a lot of their articles weren’t very local. Their articles had to do with some problems in Iowa, Florida, and California.. so I am not quite sure why they are labeled a hyperlocal new site. Also when I clicked through some sites I noticed that a few of them said that they are no longer active. So I am guessing that has something to do with the views or the lack of interest people had with this site. In my opinion I kind of do like hyperlocal news, it gives me more insight of what is happening in my community. 

Photo Journalism Project

I’ve never been the girl that’s into sports. I never cared to turn the channel on to watch a football, baseball, basketball, nor any other games. But that all changed last year when I went to my first hockey game. Before I moved to Tampa I never even knew we had a hockey team. The only reason I went was because I got some free tickets and I heard watching the game in person is fun. That night was the night that I became in love with the Tampa Bay Lightning. For my photo journalism project I would love to cover a lightning game. The whole vibe watching the game in person is different than watching the game on Tv. This will be great for me to capture the whole vibe for that night. And it’ll also give me a reason to go to the game without feeling guilty about how much I spend on tickets a year. The only thing I can’t control about this project is if I cover this topic then I really hope I go to a game the Lightning’s win and not lose.

Blog 6

My biggest hope as a communications major is to be able to cover case studies. I would love to cover stories about serial killers or anything in the crime scene. I know that as I am still in school I obviously won’t be able to write about that type of stuff. But my closest bet on getting somewhere near writing about crazy cases is to interview a directive or even shadow a detective. I am always watching crime investigation shows and it interests me so much how these people can make something out of nothing. How some cases haunt them or how some cases go unsolved. I want to know what goes on in the minds of the people that commit these crimes, what are their backgrounds. I could also try to get a file that is solved and just read what kinds of evidence the police got and write a story about it (if I have permission, of course).

What’s Really Happening In The World?

There has been a lot of talk about climate change, global warming, and about the plastic hurting our beautiful earth. Days have been hotter, seasons don’t really change, and there’s a huge plastic waste problem in the world today. But thankfully there are ways to help the planet! But I feel like some people are don’t really understand how to help out or that these are big issues.

Global warming is “is the long-term heating of Earth’s climate system observed since the pre-industrial period (between 1850 and 1900) due to human activities, primarily fossil fuel burning, which increases heat-trapping greenhouse gas levels in Earth’s atmosphere.” And I am quoting this from NASA; the people who are out here studying climate and the weather and all sorts of other outer space/earth stuff. We can help by driving less (take a bike if you have to go somewhere that’s less that 10-15mins away), change your light bulb to a compact fluorescent light bulb, check your tires (if your tires are inflated properly it can improve your gas mileage by 3%), and the list can go on. 

Climate change is the change in the average weather patterns. Small things we can do to help climate change are washing your clothes in cold or warm water (not hot!), hang dry your clothes, get renewable energy (it’s great for the environment and economy), and start spreading the word and tips to your friends and family! 

The amount of waste we have every year is horrible, especially our plastics waste. A lot of our plastic waste ends up in the beach or near grassy areas (I’m referring to littering). Animals tend to think that these items are food. Some tips to help reduce the amount of plastic you use is to use reusable bags/straws, if you want to buy small peanuts or snacks go to a bulk store and bring your own jars to put it in, support brands that are using biodegradable items or brand that use recycled materials to make their products, and the most important of all is to recycle!!! 

A lot of these problems can be solved by making small everyday changes. Spread the word! Research more information on how you can help the planet. You might think that your contribution will not change anything but in reality it does! If you’d like to go on some of the websites that I read information from I’ll put some links down below! 





Interview Preparation

I selected Arturo Bailon, a personal trainer for my interview. I have always been interested in fitness ever since I was little. I would always be in sports from first grade until 12thgrade. I’ve always had a fear in gaining weight so when I stopped doing sports, I started to get into the gym. Arturo Bailon has been helping me by giving me meal tips and workout plans. I chose to interview him because I’ve always (lowkey) wanted to be a personal trainer while being in school. I was interested in knowing what really goes on and how much work you have to put in to being a personal trainer. I didn’t have any challenged other than when was a good time to interview Bailon, but I just used one of his breaks to interview him. All I had to do was come up with some questions and everything else fell into place.

Inside a personal trainers life

Working 12 hours a day, listening to weights drop, people huffing and puffing, and people counting numbers. This is the daily life of a personal trainer. Arturo Bailon is 21 years old and has dedicated the past 5 years to physical fitness. Bailon says, “I was always called fat boy when I was younger, I made a decision to better myself and get the confidence I’ve always wanted to have”. His passion for physical fitness came from his younger times, he says he want people to feel the way he felt whenever he reached his goal. Bailon say that his transformation was pretty big. “I started off weighing at 200lbs of fat and now I weigh 180lbs of muscle. It took me about two years to actually get to where I want to be.”

Interview questions:

  1. Where did your passion come from?
  2. What motivates you?
  3. Why did you want to be a personal trainer?
  4. Whats your daily life like?
  5. When do you find time to workout?
  6. How long do you workout for?
  7. Was your transformation big?
  8. How long do you work for?
  9. What are the things you hear inside of the gym?
  10. What are some stereotypical things people think about personal trainers?

Who would I like to interview….

I have been trying to answer this question for a while. I know I would not like to interview a celebrity, because we know so much about them already. Now-a-days celebrities post everything on social media or they do so many other interviews that go viral that nothing about them really interest me. One person that really interests me is Tim Burton. Burton is a filmmaker that is known for his gothic films. He’s a well-known artist but he’s not really someone that people follow. He does not really come up in magazines and he does not have social media, which makes me think that his life is a mystery. I am sure you’ve heard or seen of some movies he has made, for example: Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and a Nightmare Before Christmas. I would love to ask him what first interested him into making films, how does he come up with these iconic movies, and why did he choose to make these films so dark and gothic? 

A Little Bit About Myself

Hey Guys! My name is Alexandra Rodriguez, but I go by Alex. I’m a full time student and a full time dog mom! On my free time I’m usually binge watching or reading stories about animal rescues. I am very passionate about helping animals and saving the planet. I am also all about spreading positivity, so if you love to read about things that make you happy then this is the blog site for you! I will have three different types of blogs. I will have a travel blog, where I will be talking about my trips and experiences and also giving traveling tips. I will have a fashion blog, where I will be talking about the latest fashion trends and the fashion industry. And I will have a lifestyle blog, where I will talk about my life, fitness, and things that might be happening in the world today! I would love to connect with you guys so please reach out to me on my email (alexandrarmoreau@yahoo.com) if you have any questions or any topics that you would like for me to talk about.

May Peace Be Upon you,


P.S. This is a picture of my dog and I!