A Landslide at a Landfill in Ethiopia kills 35

(This article is meant for March 12th, 2017)

By J.Weston Phippen, The Atlantic

Article:

Summary: The article concerns an occurrence in Ethiopia during which the amount of garbage in a landfill located on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital caused a landslide, resulting in the death of thirty-five individuals.

Evaluation: The article is extremely brief, and can be considered a news article due to its apparent lack of opinion and/or “weighing-in” on the subject. It does not have an extreme amount of substance, but is still quite informative.

Photograph: This photograph is appropriate due to its detailing of the event (using a single photograph) and relevancy to the topic.

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Trying to find love as a transgender man

By Tiara Chiaramonte, C.N.N.,

Article:

Summary: 

The article details the love life of a straight transgender man – a man to whom many self-identifying straight women seem to not be attracted due to his apparent “lack of something,” as he says when interviewed. As per his experience, many straight women do not wish to date a trans man who has not yet had bottom surgery.

Evaluation: 

The article is what seems to be a very heart-warming article (not a news article, per se) that belongs in the Health&Relationships section (which I believe it is). It contains quite a few opinions, and draws readers using emotional appeal.

Photograph:

The photograph is appropriate, as it is relevant to the individual in question’s gender identity (a topic which the article seems to be centered upon).

 

White House blocks CNN, other news organizations from press briefing

By Dylan Byers, Sara Murray, and Kevin Liptak, CNN

Article: 

Summary:

The article primarily discusses Trump’s recent decision to block CNN and other ‘liberal’ news organizations (essentially, news organizations with a tendency to criticize Trump’s ridiculous behavior). Quote: “The meeting, known as a gaggle, was held in lieu of the daily televised Q-and-A session in the White House briefing room.”

(*NOTE: Among those excluded were: The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, BuzzFeed, BBC, and the Guardian)

Evaluation:

 

This article is most certainly a news article, as it does not expressly state blatant opinions, but simply conveys them through quotes from CNN reporters. This article is not opinionated enough to be considered an opinion piece.

Photograph:

The photograph reflects the appearance the press briefing that would occur (normally), and is quite appropriate to use upon speaking of this topic.

Former NSA Contractor Indicted For Allegedly Stealing Classified Information

By Matt Vasilogambros, The Atlantic

(edit: This article was posted on The Atlantic on February 8, 2017. Apparently, this had failed to post on February 8th.)

Article:

Summary: 

The article mainly concerns a federal grand jury’s indictment of a former National Security Agency contractor on Wednesday with charges of stealing classified defense information (name: Harold Thomas Martin III).

Evaluation: The article is very short, likely a flash article – it is clearly meant to inform a reader of an occurrence, but briefly. It does not have enough material to be correctly classified as a news article, but can be considered one.

Photograph:

The photograph appears to be a National Security Agency/US Cyber Command/Central Security Service sign, which can be spoken of in relation to this topic (due to the individual’s former position as a National Security Agency contractor).

George Takei: On this Remembrance Day, I hear terrible echoes of the past

By George Takei, CNN

Article:

Summary: 

Appropriately categorized within the Opinion section of CNN’s website, this article concerns Takei’s personal experience with WWII prison camps and the manner in which it had affected his views concerning deportation and imprisonment of certain minorities. This article also, in a deeply personal way, explains the connection between what had happened in 1942 by order of Ronald Reagan and what is happening now (in 2017) by order of Donald Trump.

Evaluation:

The article is extremely personal (the opinions stated on it being almost entirely based upon individual experience of the author), and appears to have the purpose of opening a reader’s eyes to the injustice that exists within Trump’s presidency.

Photograph:

The photograph is one of George Takei, which is appropriate, as the article is essentially a memoir and argument (put into one) based upon his life and experiences. Photos of Japanese prison camp inhabitants in 1942 are also featured in this article.

Timeline: What we know about the Trump campaign, his White House and Russia

Article:

Summary: The article is a clear run-through of a series of incidents that can be correlated with Trump’s presidency and the occurrences that have followed Trump’s inauguration (including occurrences prior to Trump’s presidency) that can be placed in relation with Russia.

Evaluation: The article is categorized as a timeline, and portrays accurate information through a concise telling of a series of events.

Photograph: This is the photograph that the article had displayed on the page of the article. The photograph is one of a black-and-white Donald Trump standing against a backdrop of the American flag and the Russian flag.

Sexual, political, radical: How women photographers see themselves — and each other

By Emily Butler, CNN

Article: 

Summary:  The article discusses women’s experimentation with photography, and the representation of feminist/egalitarian topics embedded within the messages of these simple photos.

Evaluation: The article is not entirely an article based upon cold, hard facts – rather, it is a celebration or a remembrance of the diversity and boldness of female photographers, and the way that these revolutionary photographers “[offer] visionary images of themselves and their peers.”

Photograph: This photograph is appropriate (due to relevancy), as it is an example of a visionary photo taken by a female photographer about women (“exploring how women have presented themselves in photography and video art”).