The electrical grid powers cities, factories, transportation, houses, communications; nearly everything people rely on in daily life. Keeping this vital machine running is a delicate balancing act, which goes almost entirely unnoticed by the public.
According to Common Sense Media, 78% 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.
With the 2020 presidential election drawing closer, Nov. 3, many citizens sense the divide between the Republican and Democratic parties. From superintendents to local political leaders, multiple views on the origins of the divide, and how to fix it, exist.
Since new technological upgrades began, a new term emerged - media literacy: the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and act using all forms of communication. Busy as schedules may seem, 30-40 percent of media literacy takes up part of most people’s day. Examples can be seen by scrolling through social media, watching television commercials, movies, billboards and the like.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 186,101 and counting total COVID-19 cases in the US and currently 3,603 total deaths. The disease was named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), defined as the pandemic of respiratory disease by the World Health Organization, March 11. The CDC defines a pandemic disease as a global outbreak. According to the CDC website, “Pandemics happen when a new virus emerges to infect people and can spread between people sustainably. Because there is little to no pre-existing immunity against the new virus, it spreads worldwide.”
With media ranging from Tweets online, to scholarly reports in research journals, students are interacting with media regularly. Students must also learn how to compose media for them to be literate in media literacy and interpreting its significance.
With the spread of the COVID-19 across the United States, lives are put at risk on a daily basis. Grocery stores are packed, shelves are emptied and cleaning necessities are out of stock. The virus has caused a nationwide shift as people decipher between hoarding products and stocking up for their family's needs. Grandparents and elderly individuals remain at high risk of catching the coronavirus and are encouraged to socially distance and isolate themselves to prevent infection. The inability to attend to those who rely on the daily care of family members causes worry, especially for caretakers.
Get to know your class of 2020 "lifers"! A "lifer" is a student who has consecutively attended Fresno Christian from kindergarten to 12th grade. Out of 57 seniors, nine of the students have attended school together for the past 13 years. These seniors share their memories and experiences at FCS below.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) runs rampant across the globe, cancelling, postponing or altering most aspects of civilian life. Amidst toilet paper missing from grocery store shelves and the transition to online school, verbal, auditory and visual providers of entertainment attempt to engage with the public through media platforms. Due to the social distancing and shelter in place mandates, film making, sports events and concerts have been delayed or called off to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Digital and radio news increase in value as updates spread through screens rather than word of mouth, especially during the quarantine.
Amongst the COVID-19 pandemic, a vast number of states and counties across the world are ordering it's residents to social distance and isolate themselves to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.