According to Common Sense Media, 78 percent of teens aged 13-17 believe it is important to keep up with the news. While this percentage reassures teenage awareness on national and global levels, where they acquire this news is just as important as consuming it. Whether through social media, local newspaper reports, or television, it is crucial that teens develop the skills of deciphering the fake from factual when tackling topical issues. With the expansion of modern day technology, nearly everyone has the capability to access news with the press of a button. The ideas of influencers, and celebrities on social media have impacted the way that young people conceptualize current issues. While many influencers seek to use their platform to promote positive ideals, viewers must also take into consideration the reliability of these personalities.
Expert journalists gathered to discuss the impact of digitalization on local journalism at the 12th Roger Tatarian Symposium, 'The Power Of Online Journalism' at Fresno State, Feb. 26. The panel, consisting of four professional journalists ranging from podcasters to city-centered writers. Denise Zapata, John Chase, Larry Phillips, and Devin Katayama shared the ways each work through online news.
From the moment two Boeing 767 planes headed into the World Trade Centers on 9/11 to the wildfires that raged across California in 2019, the topic of local and nationwide emergencies continue to stimulate conversations surrounding emergency preparedness. The fires, shootings and viruses impacting America prompt communities to assemble emergency kits in order to defend against potential crises. According to Ready, a national public service campaign promoting preparedness through public involvement, the most important steps in proactivity include staying informed, building an emergency supplies kit and engaging with the community.
A professional panel of journalists will gather at Fresno State to discuss the power of online journalism in the 12th Roger Tatarian Symposium, Feb. 26.
Varsity and junior high cheer teams take the mat at Azusa Pacific competing in the FCC West Coast National Championships, Feb. 1. Overcoming illnesses, injuries, and late nights of cheering at basketball games, the FC varsity cheer team ended the week by taking home the title of Grand Champions for the second year in a row. Along with this accomplishment, the squad also placed first in their intermediate division.
Through summer practices, teamwork building and attending open gyms, the FC boys basketball varsity and junior varsity teams strive to begin the season with a bang. Coaches and teammates anticipate the season, participating in fundraisers and informational meetings. The donation of two tickets to a 49ers football game by a basketball parent for Nov. 17, combined with other prizes will be gathered in a gift to raffle off. The gift goes towards basketball funds and the drawing will be held at 5 p.m., Nov. 14.
The FC chamber choir awaits to depart to the Westmont Invitational Choral Festival, Nov. 1. For the past five years, choral director Susan Ainley participated in the event with her women’s ensemble. This year she presents her newly assembled chamber choir. The non-competitive festival includes performances from twelve choirs along with a clinic run by the Westmont music faculty to offer advice and compliments to the groups. FC is placed in a clinic run by Dr. Michael Shasberger, choral and orchestral director at Westmont College.
Families and friends from all over the Valley flooded the streets of Old Town Clovis for the 45th annual Table Mountain Casino ClovisFest, Oct. 26-27. Beginning with the sunrise hot air balloon launch and continuing throughout the day with rides, local treats and vendors, this street party atmosphere draws thousands every year to participate in the festivities. Around 250 arts and crafts vendors lined 12 blocks of Old Town Clovis, advertising handmade jewelry, local honey, household items and more. Organizations and companies also promoted themselves to visitors by handing out information or offering interactive experiences for people passing by.
Over the past year, the world has watched as young activists take charge and address nationwide issues such as climate change, gun control and free speech. Teens go viral in the media, holding rallies, participating in strikes and using their impact in writing pieces. Student Press Law Center (SPLC) named 2019 Year of the Student Journalist. The action raises awareness about the struggles teenage writers face, the need for protection of First Amendment rights and validation for the importance of journalism education.
Students around the valley are invited to explore various California colleges through meeting representatives and visiting college planning workshops at the Fresno Area College Night, Sept. 11. The yearly college fair is located in the Fresno Convention Center Exhibit Hall and advertises college options to students deciding their futures. The event is hosted by the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools, admission is free and all ages are welcome.