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Campus sophomores Richie Cortez, left to right, Avery Jones and Rebekah Micu participate in the 4th annual News Engagement Day, Oct. 4. The event is sponsored by Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Student body shares views on news

Last week, students across the nation recognized News Engagement Day, Tuesday, Oct. 3. The Feather covered the event by writing news engagement columns and by helping students interact with the news during the day. For more information on student involvement of NED, read News Engagement Day emphasizes student involvement

Each person reacts or engages to the news in a different way. Some receive all the information they need from social media, while others prefer to watch the news on their favorite channel, apps. or online. For more information on the nonprofit organization that helped organize News Engagement Day, visit the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

Additionally, The Feather Online editors published three columns during the week of Oct. 2-6: COLUMN: News engagement for the ‘entitled voice’, COLUMN: Engage in the news, avoid apathy and COLUMN: Listen to those whose voice is silent. The Feather editors encourage readers to post their comments and opinions on the articles listed above.

Feather staff members wanted to know what news and the media meant to campus students and how they believed The Feather affected them. For the 2016 Join the Discussion, read Join the Discussion: News Engagement Day.

The Feather staff interviewed numerous students, Oct. 10-12, wanting to know where students get their news and how/if news was important to them. The following is a compilation of those interviews. Readers of this article are encouraged to leave their opinion in the comment section below.

News gives out knowledge
Max Muñoz, Sophomore
Oct. 12, 2017

“I go to CNN and I read all the true and factual news from their website. Because it gives out knowledge, it gives out factual info to us and what’s going on around the world so we can be informed. Well sometimes, I just scroll past it in my Instagram feed because they post a lot, but to keep up with my school I guess it really is. Probably at least everyday on my social media but I never go to the actual website.”

The Feather informs about campus events
Brennen Tozlian, Freshman
Oct. 11, 2017

“I get a lot of my news from Snapchat because there are news notifications on the app. I also get my news from news channels on tv because it is always on and there is always something new. I get my news everyday from the tv and also from social media like Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook. I think news is important because it lets you know what is going on. When I am gone on a trip and I come back, the news fills me in on everything that I missed. I think that the Feather is a great source of news because it informs you about everything that is happening on campus. The Feather’s Instagram also is a great place to get informed because they are posting all the time.”

News raises awareness
Nap Hang (Nathan) Wong – Hong Kong SAR, China
Oct. 11, 2017

“News is surely important to every one of us, that is the way of getting information on what is happening in our world. I check news through social media, Instagram, Facebook, and Chinese social media like Tencent and Weibo. Actually I don’t find a lot of difference on news media between USA and Hong Kong SAR. Normally, I do not go to The Feather website but I follow The Feather on Instagram and Facebook. For me, The Feather is not a source to get world’s informations but school’s, because The Feather basically focuses on school and community information. The Feather Instagram is definitely the best way to get school’s news.”

Everyone is affected in some way
Cohl Obwald, Freshman
Oct. 11, 2017

“I think that news is important because people should know what is going on in the world. Everyone is affected in some way by almost everything that goes on in the world. News tells you if you need to do something on a certain day and stuff like that.”

Should be informed
Austin Duffy, Junior
Oct. 10, 2017

“News is important to follow because you should be informed on the current events of your country and in the world. The more informed you are the less vulnerable you are to being lied to and manipulated.”

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Juniors Griffin Schmidt (far back), John Monke (left) and Brandon Brogan read national news outlets and local outlets to learn more about the world around them.

Feather not trustworthy
Tali Hill, Senior
Oct. 10, 2017

“I get news updates on my phone from the news app and I watch the news on TV when I’m not busy.  I watch CNN and Fox and I get news updates from many different sources because I try to get unbiased news. I don’t read The Feather because I can get my news more efficient from other news sources and I feel that all The Feather writers don’t care what they’re writing about.

“If I’m going to read something, I want to trust it and I don’t trust The Feather writers because I feel (Greg) Stobbe sends them out and tells them to write and they feel disconnected from the subject and I feel that they’re only doing it for credit. If students could choose what they wanted to write about and they were passionate about it, I’d probably read it.”

Neighborhood news is important
James White, Junior
Oct. 10, 2017

“I get my news from Fox News and also the local news, also I listen to the radio and I get most of my news from there. I get news almost everyday. I why think it is important is because you need to know what is going on in the world and also what is going on in your neighborhood. I don’t truly know if The Feather is a good news source because I don’t read it. The reason that I don’t read it is because I don’t really think to check The Feather at all during the day. I am on social media, but I don’t follow The Feather.”

Feather great source for school news
Stephen Walters, Senior
Oct. 10, 2017

“I get my news from the radio and for more local news the student gossip because is easy and I don’t want to spend more time getting news that I need to. The news is important because it allows people of different areas to be informed about the world or local issues so they can help or be made aware, as the name says Notable Events, Weathers and Sports. The Feather is a great source for news after the event or sports game has taken place. I read The Feather as often as necessary for the information I am looking for. Recently my traffic on The Feather has been increased due to homecoming. I am an active follower of social media, but I don’t post often.”

News is a valuable part of society
Amanda Grimmius, Junior
Oct. 10, 2017

“I think news is a valuable part of our society. We need to be more involved and aware of what is going around us and in our country. It’s always helpful to be in the know about the news. I get my news from either Twitter or various different apps on my phone. I get alerts from such sources like ABC or NBC. With apps, everything can be right at your fingertips. Yes I do. Whenever I am bored or just hanging out I have to check my social media at least once. It’s nice to see various posts throughout your feed that can change someone’s day and or impact your own day.”

Informs about huge events
Richie Cortez, Sophomore
Oct. 10, 2017

“I think news is important because if you wanna know something as soon as possible, the news is there. It’s frustrating to have to wait to hear something once it comes around. With news I can just check what’s going on. If I’m looking for school news I check the Feather, but if I wanna see what’s happening around the world I check ABC and NBC. Especially when we have these huge events, I can check The Feather to clarify what is going on. Especially during homecoming week. I didn’t know what to dress up as for dress up days, but luckily, it was all on The Feather.”

Connects us to the outside world
Matthew Oliver, Senior
Oct. 10, 2017

“Everyday we seem to find ourselves stuck in our own lives; so having the news available to us allows us to stay connected with the world around us. The Feather offers a great source of constant updates on school events and news. As the staff works around the clock to bring new stories to the students. Plus they explore new ideas to try and bring new and exciting news to students.”

Social media allows efficient news
McKensy Neal, Senior
Oct. 10, 2017

“I usually get my news from social media everyday because it is the easiest and fastest way for me to get it. I believe the news is important. It lets people know what is going on in the world.”

Morning news is easy to watch
Connor Jens, Junior
Oct. 10, 2017

“News to me is important because it lets you know what’s going on around the world. I get the news from channels like Fox News because it’s easy to watch it in the morning before coming to school. I am on social media a lot. I follow The Feather Online on some of my social media accounts.”

News is important
Bryce Barker, Sophomore
Oct. 10, 2017

“I believe news is important. It helps people around the world get information. I personally get my news online from places like Bing.”

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Often students connect through new stories at lunch.

Various ways to view news
Megan Grimmius, Freshman
Oct. 10, 2017

“I get my news from The Feather. I check the website and the social media accounts. News is important because it tells you what is going on in certain areas.”

Creates a way to voice opinion
Arundeep (Arun) Singh, Freshman
Oct. 10, 2017

“News lets us know what is going on in the community and the world. People should have news to be able to have their own opinion on what’s going on and have their say on what goes on. People should be engaged to see how their being affected by what is going on.”

Connects friends and family
Adalyn Richardson, Freshman
Oct. 10, 2017

“I get my news from my friends and family. They keep me updated daily on what’s happening in the world. My phone also updates me daily. News is important because if we didn’t have it, we would never know what events are going on in the world today. The Feather is a good source of news because it keeps me updated and in the know about stuff happening at school.”

News by word of mouth
Claire Palsgaard, Sophomore
Oct. 10, 2017

“News is important to me because it keeps me well informed on different issues that are going on around me and in the entire world. I think it keeps me connected to my country and community and even school. I don’t have cable TV so I get my news from most of my news from social media, the internet and by word of mouth. I don’t check the feather as often as I should because I get busy and forget, but I think it’s a great news source. The first place I look to find out information is probably social media which I check multiple times a day.”

The Feather great campus news
Erin Wilson, Senior, ASB chaplin
Oct. 10, 2017

“I mostly get my news from the internet and different social media apps,” Wilson said. “I think it is important for people to stay engaged in news because we should know is going on in the world around us. The news is important in our community because it is important to stay connected and be aware of the needs of our community. The Feather is a great source of campus news. They always have all the updates about sports game, events, and nice pictures. I read The Feather whenever I need to know something that is going on or I’m just looking for something to do. I follow all The Feather social media accounts.”

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Some students read local newspapers for news about their community.

The internet provides important news
Samantha Portale, Freshman
Oct. 10, 2017

“I get my news from the internet, online and from social media. It is important because it tells you things that are new and what is going on in the world. Whenever I don’t know something, I check The Feather. I read it every day when they post something.”

News keeps me updated on major issues
Albert Ramirez, Freshman
Oct. 10, 2017

“I get my news from google news because it is convenient and has articles from many different sources and opinions. News is important because it helps keep me updated on the issues of the moment. I use all the social media’s  It helps me to have a presence everywhere. No, I don’t read The Feather very often. I go to Google news for my news. No, I usually get my information from somewhere else first, before I see it on The Feather.”

The Feather includes the latest news
Natalie Arndt, Freshman
Oct. 10, 2017

“I get my news from social media, mainly Instagram, or from friends who inform me of the goods. I think The Feather is a great source. It includes information from the latest news to way back when. I don’t read The Feather website, but I do follow Instagram.”

I get news from social media
Ryan Stark, Freshman
Oct. 10, 2017

“I get my news from social media like Twitter and Instagram. If I’m being honest, I don’t get my news from reliable sources. Most of the time it is from memes that people make to make fun of the incident. Friends and parents also tell me when major things happen if I already don’t know about it.”

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