Does An Opinion Make You a Writer?

“Should audience response shape what content newsrooms produce?”

–Dena Silver

No, I don’t believe audience response should shape the content newsrooms produce despite the fact that their input can help boost readership and alert advertisers to their involvement. Realistically, however, the audience/reader is reacting to information with an opinion from their own experiences which might be impacted by their age, cultural backgrounds, lifestyles, education and economic status.

For example, in the article Clothing and the Communication of Culture: The Sociology of  Fashion (http://www.articlemyriad.com/clothing-communication-culture-sociology-fashion/posted by Nicole Smith, on January 12, 2012, the author states, “By negotiating who’s the three levels of identity- (1) personal; (2) cultural; and (3) historical we can either bring ourselves closer to others or distance ourselves from them.” If a person “identifies as part of a particular group through a uniform as a late adopter of fashion trends” they’re going to respond differently than an “early adopter” who’s more innovative.

So, if you’re part of the former, who favors “dressing down” out of comfort, peer pressure, and budgetary restrictions, you might respond that it’s much easier to do so because it’s less expensive and stressful. If you’re more concerned with expressing your individuality, through your attire, however, you might respond that you prefer to “dress up” because it reflects pride and excellent manners. Either way, the responses of the respondents should be noted and possibly utilized for follow-up content, once their answers have been examined and researched further.

L.A. Women and Their Style

“I drew these fashion illustrations of various women I saw at, on and around the bus stop, because I liked their looks, and felt they represented very different and unique styles. They are: (1) an Hispanic woman wearing a mid-length skirt and brown suede boots; (2) an African-American woman in a white ribbed turtleneck and red plaid pants; (3) an older Caucasian woman in 1970s platforms; (4) a Korean woman in a pair of checked pants and a striped shirt; (5) a young African-American woman in a t-shirt and short-shorts; and (6) an African-American woman with a chic short hair do and oversized shades.

Ethics Challenge: Should Journalists Be More Responsible Today Because of the Internet?

After reading How Tragedy Strikes When Journalism and Social Media Lack Ethics and Humanity (https://ethicaljournalismnetwork.org/how-tragedy-strikes-when-journalism-and-social-media-lack-ethics-and-humanity) for my FSH 628: Mobile & Social Media class at Academy of Art University on April 8, 2018, I wasn’t shocked by the irresponsibility of the “social media organizations” I was shocked by the “Reddit user” who started the whole scenario. The fact that they were merely an internet visitor who lacked empathy and common sense is apparent, and in my opinion, should’ve ended there. Unfortunately, in the haste to ride in on a hot story while it was still trending, the journalists working for these organizations didn’t verify the source by doing the proper research.

They never seemed to question why Sunil Tripathi was in the news or why someone would “post” his photo beside Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokar Tsarnaev. It was just assumed they both looked Middle Eastern and a bias ensued causing Tripathi’s tragic demise. Due to their negligence, and inability to do the background research required for stories with an internet source, I definitely believe these journalists contributed to Tripathi’s death. By putting information, on the internet, that wasn’t responsibly written they endangered his life by alerting users whose personal prejudices, and lack of an intellectual filter put him in harm’s way.

If I were their editor, I would tell them to first give the public background information on the “clinical depression” Tripathi suffered from, then explain that he’s missing and his family is looking for him. I would simultaneously also advise the journalists to talk about the prejudice that might now exist because of the Boston Marathon bombing and how crucial it is to separate these feelings from the real crisis of Tripathi’s disappearance. Finally, I would ask them to provide the public with resources that could help him if they did locate him safely.

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You’ve Got to Be Clucking With Me, KFC Ran Out of Chicken in the UK?: A Fast Food Reality Story

“No matter how perfect the setup, if it can go wrong it will.”

–Richard Quest of  “Quest’s Profitable Moment” in “How does KFC run out of chicken?” (February 23, 2018)

What do you do if you have your mouth set for a piece of KFC chicken and your local restaurant is closed because they don’t have any? Do you try to wake up from your nightmare and realize it’s really happening in the UK, and your fast food comrades are suffering? Sadly it was a proven fact earlier this year.

When the company was questioned about the “cluck up” of course they passed the blame and told Ruth Brown in What the cluck? KFC runs out of chicken (February 18, 2018, New York Post), “We’ve brought a new delivery partner on board, but they’ve had a couple of teething problems-getting fresh chicken out to 900 restaurants across the country is pretty complex!” But was it really fair to throw DHL under the bus for their failure to deliver the addictive meat?

In Making It In America by John Bassett and Ellis Henican, they write, “When a leader of a company makes a mistake they must do five things: (1) Admit it; (2) Take responsibility; (3) Correct the problem; (4) Compensate the people who were hurt; and (5) Rebuild public confidence and ensure that it won’ t happen again.”

While some restaurants chose to see the glass as half empty and closed entirely, others tried to see it as half full and stayed open. Side dishes of mashed spuds with gorgeous brown gravy, flaky biscuits awaiting honey, refreshing coleslaw, sweet corn, cookies and soft drinks could make a satisfying meal if you don’t mind doing without the chicken. If you do it’s a sad occasion.

Comments on social media were both helpful and hilarious, making this crisis direr. One that was both was @livekindlyco’s Twitter, on February 20, 2018, “Quorn offers its #vegan chicken nuggets to KFC. That’s one way to solve the chicken shortage.”

Despite this solution, the question remains, “How did it happen?”. Richard Quest of Quest’s Profitable Moment in How does KFC run out of chicken (February 23, 2018) sums it up by saying, “No matter how perfect the setup, if it can go wrong it will.”

As this tasty obstacle passed into UK history, and quick food aficionados were able to resume their fix, British gravy fans will also have plenty of chicken and gravy to complete their Christmas dinners.

In case another chicken crisis arises, I’ve included below one of the best fried chicken recipes available from Joy of Cooking Cookbook, by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker.

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Pan-Fried Or Sauteed Chicken (p.577)

(Allow 3/4 Pound per Person)

Clean and cut into pieces:

Young chickens

Dredge them lightly with:

(Seasoned flour or corn meal)

Melt in a skillet:

A mixture of butter and oil

allowing for each half chicken 2 or more tablespoons of fat. When the fat has reached the point of fragrance, add the chicken. Cook and turn it in the hot fat until brown. Reduce the heat and continue cooking the chicken, turning frequently until done, from 20 to 30 minutes, according to size. Cook only until tender, as further cooking will dry and toughen the meat.

Works Cited:

Brown, Ruth. “What the cluck? KFC runs out of chicken”, February 19, 2018, https://www.nypost.com/2018/02/19/what-the-cluck-kfc-runs-out-of-chicken/

Allen, Felix. “Clucking Hell Why has KFC run out of chicken, which Kentucky Fried Chicken stores are open and what’s the DHL deal?”, February 22, 2018, https://www.thesun.co.uk/money/5611251/kfc-chicken-shortage-crossed-the-road-branches-open-dhl/

Quest, Richard. “How does KFC run out of chicken?”, February 23, 2018, https://www.money.cnn.com/2018/02/23/investigating/richard-quest-kfc/index.html

Bassett, John and Henican, Ellis. “Making It In America”, Hachette Book Group, 2016

Rombauer, Irma S., and Becker, Marion Rombauer. “Joy of Cooking Cookbook”, Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., 1931