Guest Blogger: Dan Swoboda

Dan Swoboda is a Senior at the University of Central Missouri studying Digital Media Production trying to get into broadcasting. He has worked a few events on sports broadcasting, using it as practice towards his main goal of going to the music side of things. He currently produces and is an on-air talent for a radio show dedicated to alternative, punk, classic rock, and heavy metal type music on the schools online campus radio station.

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I grew up in a small town. Extremely close-knit neighborhood where everybody knows everybody and everybody calls you friend. It was a small town about 45 minutes away from St. Louis. I’d go into St. Louis a few times a year as kid to go to Cardinal’s baseball games all the time. I’ve been starting to go more and more to Blues games as well now that I have a schedule to balance around them school wise.

One of the biggest challenges now with St. Louis is the recent outbreak of protests. People marching up and down the streets protesting about the case between Jason Stockley and the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith. I watched these news stories with great concern, because St. Louis really doesn’t get featured in the news besides sports. Watching protestors march on streets I used to be able to watch cars drive down on a busy summer afternoon before first pitch, seeing crowds of people where I’m used to seeing a lone hot dog vendor, seeing a line of policemen where before stood a line of people tailgating.

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To be proud of a city is an image. To love a city is inspiration. To fill a city with disarray is tragic. To destroy a city is madness. As crowds fill the streets it becomes a threat to the people that make up the city, the inhabitants that make this city so great. For fear of safety, entertainment groups had to cancel performances for fear of security concerns.

Compare these to actions that happened in Ferguson however. This has been a more tame display of public protesting compared to Ferguson. There hasn’t been anyone jumping on police cars, no buildings have been looted, no property destroyed. In St. Louis, actions have been civil, with protestors gathered to march and shout their feelings to the skies, rather than use aggression to get their point across.

St. Louis Immigration Rally 2/4/2017

However looking at the tensions, people blame police brutality for not only the cause of protests, but for turning the simple marching protests into acts of supposed aggression.

People blame the police for militarizing a simple protest, coming with riot gear and spraying tear gas into the crowd of marching civilians. Stories on both sides see as each side is in the wrong. Police believe they are calming down a mass gathering of people to keep the peace, while protestors see the police as establishing force on a peaceful right to protest.

Actions of violence is established from both viewpoints as well. The media has exploited film of cops cracking down on “violent” protestors, as well as protestors getting “attacked” by police in “brutal displays of law enforcement”.

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Guest Blogger: Tyler Jones

Tyler Jones is a senior at the University of Central Missouri that is studying Digital Media Production and Sports Broadcasting. He works for a class practicum called Sports Page where they broadcast a live 30 minute show every two weeks about the latest happenings with sports around campus as well as Warrensburg High School Football games. He is a former football player for the Mules and loves to edit and create video’s to promote some sort of client sports related.

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After Hurricane Maria destroyed the bridge that connects it to everything and ripped the roof and walls off his house here in the central mountains of Puerto Rico, Ramón Sostre raised a weathered American flag above the wreckage.

His message to the world: “I’m alive, and I’m American.
It worked, if temporarily. Helicopters came. So did a tarp, food and bottled water.
Yet little else has changed. His roof is still missing, as are some walls. He and his cat, Tipo, sleep in the kitchen. When the wind blows at night, rain soaks them. The power is out, as it is for roughly 3 million Puerto Ricans, or more than 80% of the island’s residents. More than a third of households in the US territory, including much of Sostre’s community, are without reliable drinking water at home. That’s roughly 1 million American citizens.
One month after Hurricane Maria, these realities are starting to feel less like an emergency and more like the new way of life — a nightmarish loop that resets each day the sun rises.”

A resident sorts through debris Sunday in San Isidro, Puerto Rico.

The US government says it is committed to helping Puerto Rico but is confronted with challenging circumstances, including some roads that are narrow, muddied and impassable for large aid-delivery vehicles. There also are pre-existing problems with power and water systems. Puerto Rico is “an island sitting in the middle of an ocean … a very big ocean,” as President Donald Trump said on September 26, making Hurricane Maria more distant than two other recent storms that hit the US mainland, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Trump is basically stating that since Puerto Rico is surrounded by an ocean that they should have expected to be hit by a hurricane at some point in time, which true they should be prepared for the worst since there is a ton of water around them, but at the same time I believe there is always something that can be done to help Puerto Rico. Roads being blocked off or narrow shouldn’t mean we cant get help to them over there. Get planes or any other flying vehicles that can get there from the U.S. and make it happen. I feel like the president should be able to get done anything he wishes especially something to this nature. Thoughts?

Guest Blogger: Tyler Jones

Tyler Jones is a senior at the University of Central Missouri that is studying Digital Media Production and Sports Broadcasting. He works for a class practicum called Sports Page where they broadcast a live 30 minute show every two weeks about the latest happenings with sports around campus as well as Warrensburg High School Football games. He is a former football player for the Mules and loves to edit and create video’s to promote some sort of client sports related.

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The NFL will continue allowing players to kneel during the national anthem at games, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Tuesday.

“We spent today talking about the issues that our players have been trying to bring attention to. About issues in our communities to make our communities better,” Goodell said at a news conference following a meeting between officials and team owners in New York. The meeting included officials from the NFL and the NFL Player’s Association, as well as 11 team owners and 13 NFL players who have protested during the national anthem. “Today’s discussion with our players was very productive and very important. It reflected our commitment to work together with our players on issues of social justice,” Goodell stated.

According to Reuters, the NFL representatives did not press upon players not to kneel, but instead talked about ways to help them in their activism. Goodell had previously said that “everyone should stand” for the national anthem, amid growing pressure for the NFL to take an official stance on the controversial protests. Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles said after the meeting that there was no talk of penalties against players who protested, according to the New York Times.

President Trump has repeatedly slammed the protests as unpatriotic and disrespectful, calling on NFL owners to fire or suspend players who take part in the protests and for fans to boycott games if players continue to kneel. The president’s ire only sparked more protests, as entire teams began to kneel in protest of racial discrimination and disproportional police violence toward racial minorities.

“Our players are men of great character,” Goodell said at the conference. “They have a very deep understanding and tremendous knowledge of the issues that are going on in all of our communities, and their commitment to addressing these issues is really admirable.” Goodell said the officials, players, and owners would likely meet again within the next two weeks.

Really and truely being a former/current football player I can completely understand where they are coming from with kneeling during the national anthem, but I also think its wrong in so many ways. I feel like Trump handled it the wrong way as well. The only people handling the situation the proper way in my opinion are the soldiers by writing letters to the NFL that are making it viral everywhere. What are your thoughts on the situation?

Guest Blogger: Brock Masters

Brock Masters is a senior at the University of Central Missouri that is studying Digital Media Proudction and Marketing. He works for KMOS-TV and the University of Central Missouri Alumni Foundation. He has made a number of short films throughout his career. He also maintains his own blog that covers the reality TV shows Survivor and Big Brother.

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For many years, women’s sports have never gained as much as sports that are dominated by males. They were shunned and cast off. One of the few sports that they have been able to gain some traction in is mixed martial arts. In February 2013, now household name Ronda Rousey competed in the first ever UFC (the biggest company in MMA) women’s title fight where she put away Liz Carmouche via arm bar. Rousey went on an incredible run where she continued to dominate the Octagon until she hit a brick wall in Holly Holm in November of 2015. During this time however another dominate champion was emerging at the 115lb weight class, Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

Rousey’s Fall

When Ronda Rousey lost to Holly Holm, Joanna had already defended her belt 3 times with one these being on the actual fight card that Rousey lost on. Rousey disappeared and it looked like Holm was going to take the mantle as the face of women’s MMA. That was until she lost to Meisha Tate during her first title defense and continued to lose afterwards. Rousey was nowhere to be seen, Holm was losing, and women’s MMA has looked bleak ever since. However, Jedrzejczyk is still defending her belt two or three times a year and is dominating every single fight she is in. However, she is not getting the same attention that Rousey or Holm ever got. Why is that?

She is a small, Polish, woman

The UFC has always had a tough time marketing smaller fighters and for their business model, it doesn’t help that she is both that and a woman. For years, she was the “other” women’s champion behind Rousey. Now that Rousey is gone, the UFC needs to be marketing her in every way possible. She can talk trash with the best of them even though she is Polish. The way she picks apart her opponents is very similar to the way Floyd Mayweather picks people apart in the boxing ring. In fact, many MMA experts have even said that she is the best striker in the entire UFC. She also isn’t a bad looking woman either.

She is the clear choice to be the face of Women’s MMA, yet it hasn’t happened and it will probably continue to happen unless one of two things happen. The UFC just established a 125lb weight class and Jonna has expressed interest in moving up to that weight class to attempt to become the first woman ever to hold two UFC titles at the same time; something only one male has ever accomplished in the sports history. If she can accomplish that, then that might propel her to stardom. The other thing that needs to happen is Rousey needs to retire. She came back and got embarrassed by Amanda Nunes. All signs point to her now being done with the sport, yet she hasn’t made anything official. As long as she doesn’t, her shadow will loom large over the UFC and she will always be the topic of conversation.

The UFC needs to make the move now though and put all their eggs in the “Joanna Champion” bucket. It is time for there to be a new face of Women’s MMA and it just isn’t fair that she is getting pushed to the side while Rousey and all of the male fighters continue to be in headlines.  She is the best female fighter in the world and she will continue to be as long as she keeps winning. She has done great things for women in MMA and it is time for that to be recognized.

What other women aren’t recognized enough in sports?

Guest Blogger: Tyler Jones

Tyler Jones is a senior at the University of Central Missouri that is studying Digital Media Production and Sports Broadcasting. He works for a class practicum called Sports Page where they broadcast a live 30 minute show every two weeks about the latest happenings with sports around campus as well as Warrensburg High School Football games. He is a former football player for the Mules and loves to edit and create video’s to promote some sort of client sports related.

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Recently I’ve been working really hard to pursue my football dream of playing professional football at any level. With that being said I’ve been training for all kind of testing stuff related to NFL combines that pro teams look for. That includes Route Running, Footwork Drills, etc. So what I did was made a video of me doing that stuff with a cool intro with my background in Digital Media I have the upper hand over most people trying to pursue their football careers because I know how to film and edit my own stuff. Below it some of the stuff I’ve made.

Footwork & Route Running Drills

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With all the classes I’ve taken in my field I’ve learn tons about every aspect of video making and honestly could get into any type of editing due to the passion I have for it. I enjoy making documentaries, promotional videos, PSA’s, etc. Its really just one of those things that I love to do.

Being a Former College Athlete I’ve learned a lot of how to never give up on something you want in life and the two things that I’ve always wanted was to play professional football and graduate college, which at the moment is looking really good and with the degree in the Digital Media area helps with so many things that are used a lot in this generation. Technology is huge in this era and this Media program at Central is really good with teaching us how to use this new technology that is coming out in different ways.

Working for Sports Page and Warrensburg High School Football gets you soooooo much hands on experience with the equipment and production itself that you’ll NEED in order to get a job after graduating that its almost an opportunity that you can’t pass up if you want to succeed in this field. Its crucial to do an internship or practicum of some sort to get hands on experience with equipment because its really all you’ll be doing. I never thought I would get as good with working with an actual production crew of tri-caster or any of that good stuff until I started doing hands on productions for sports around the area. Its definitely something I would recommend to anyone looking to pursue some sort of degree in this field or work for any type of studio production team.

Guest Blogger: Brock Masters

Brock Masters is a senior at the University of Central Missouri that is studying Digital Media Proudction and Marketing. He works for KMOS-TV and the University of Central Missouri Alumni Foundation. He has made a number of short films throughout his career. He also maintains his own blog that covers the reality TV shows Survivor and Big Brother.

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Recently, I made a trip up to Kansas City to do some shooting on a documentary that I am making. The documentary is about two twelve year old boxers that are also twin brothers. I went up to the gym they train at to get some footage of them and there were definitely some challenges that I faced when shooting. Some problems were easily fixed. Others, not so much.

First off, the gym they train in was very small. It is kept in the basement of a community center that is very old. To get an idea of how old this place was, one of the rings there had been there since 1917. Anyways, the rings were just barely able to fit in the rooms they were held. This really limited what I could do as far as camera movement goes. To actually move the camera around the ring, I had to take it into the ring first, put it on the other side of the ring and then do the same with the tripod. It was hard to get some shots, but the way I worked around this was by recruiting a crew.

A crew is a very important part of the film making process. Whenever you can, I highly recommend getting a few extra hands to help out. My crew was able to help making moving all the gear pretty easily and it didn’t take as long as it would’ve if I would’ve been by myself.  I also had one of my crew members man a second camera on a handheld rig. This gave them the freedom to get shots that I couldn’t because it just would’ve been a process to move everything around.

The other big thing that probably will create problems in post production was the lighting in the gym. There were many different types of lights in the gym so it was hard to really nail down a color temperature. I ended up setting the White Balance at around 5000K and the footage looks alright right now. Because the cameras we used shoot so desaturated though, there is going to be heavy color correction going on. The challenge is going to be getting it to match the handheld cameras colors. The camera I shot on was the Black Magic Production Camera and the other was a DSLR camera. DSLR’s shoot color pretty much to a T so that is what I am going to try to match up.

Keeping the brothers in focus when they were sparring was also a little difficult just because they were moving so fast. I constantly had to ride the focus to try and keep them from being blurry. If I could’ve done it again, I would’ve changed some of my camera settings such as the aperture to give me room to work with.

All and all the footage turned out really well and I am excited to get to editing on it. What problems have you encountered on shoots?

Guest Blogger – Ayesha Meriwether

Ayesha Meriwether a senior at the University of Central Missouri who study’s Digital Media Production. Ayesha’s hobbit consist of: working sports broadcast for her University’s football, volleyball and soccer games. She enjoys helping others as well as experiences a positive attitude. After college Ayesha plans on landing a job in sports broadcasting or working for a marketing company.

 

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Heterosexual privilege is when something takes for granted the privilege they have US. What is heterosexual? A person who is heterosexual is emotional, physically and sexual attracted to the opposite sex. Have you ever consider what privilege heterosexual have over lesbians, bisexual, gay and transgender. An example of a heterosexual privilege is they can show their sexual attraction without being judged or being ashamed. This blog will point key privilege heterosexual, show why they should appreciate it, and help heterosexual gain a better understand of LGBT challenges.

In the article 30+ Examples of Heterosexual Privilege in the US by Sam Killermann (DATE) 5 key examples of the privileges heterosexual have are:

  1. Immediate access to your loved one in case of accident or emergency.
  2. Expressing affection in most social situations and not expecting hostile or violent reactions from others.
  3. The ability to teach about lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals without being seen as having a bias because of your sexuality or forcing a “homosexual agenda” on students.
  4. The ability to play a professional sport and not worry that your athletic ability will be overshadowed by your sexuality and the fact that you share a locker room with the same gender.
  5. Not risking a chance of being fired from job.

These five privileges are just a few out of many more. There obstacle homosexuals have go through in order to see loved ones if an emergency. They are asked question to prove they are here for the loved one. This could become annoying to a homosexual because they are stressed wondering if there lover one is okay.  In today’s society we don’t see people who identify LGBT community express their affection for their partner. Most times they are afraid of consequences they could face and what others will think. Heterosexual have the free will to express their affection for their partner. People rarely see lesbian’s bisexual gay and transgender kissing in public.   

Sometime heterosexuals are focus on their own life they fail to realized what advantages they have .It important heterosexuals are aware of the privilege have so they can appreciate them. The goal is to give those same privileges to homosexuals. Why should homosexuals be hinder, judge and not treated unequally.  

Teaching about LGBT topics or even talking about them can make people ASSUME that you are providing the way it should be or an agenda, when the LGBT person may simply be explaining something.

What about being a gay man who is an athlete, how often are they thought to be “looking” at all of the guys in the shower?  Why can’t the heterosexual person simply think that the gay athlete is showering and not ogling the other mens bodies.

Can LGBT people put pictures of their loved ones on their desk without worry that they will be harassed, just as the straight people can?

 

 

Read more at:

http://itspronouncedmetrosexual.com/2012/01/29-examples-of-heterosexual-privilege/#sthash.0TPw2ulP.dpbs

Guest Blogger – Ayesha Meriwether

Ayesha Meriwether a senior at the University of Central Missouri who study’s Digital Media Production. Ayesha’s hobbit consist of: working sports broadcast for her University’s football, volleyball and soccer games. She enjoys helping others as well as experiences a positive attitude. After college Ayesha plans on landing a job in sports broadcasting or working for a marketing company.

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In 1963 congressed passed the Equal Pay Act. This act acknowledged woman and the discrimination they were faced in jobs.according to The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC),The Equal Pay Act requires that men and women be given equal pay for equal work in the same establishment. It is sad to say, 6 decades last woman still are underpaid in America. Did you know, on average a woman earn 79 cent for every dollar a men earns.
When typed into google, Top 10 jobs to pay women less than men there was thousands of article about this topic. In the article 5 charts show how much more men make than women Sonam Sheth and Skye Gould it was stated “ According to data taken from the US Census Bureau, the average gender pay gap in the United States is around 21%, meaning that, on average, a woman earns 21% less than her male counterpart. That gap can be larger or smaller depending on the state someone lives in. In Louisiana, for instance, the gender pay gap is 34.7%, the biggest wage gap in the nation. 21 states in the country currently have gender pay gaps that are larger than the national average.” These percentages are ridiculously high. Most young women and in some cases older women have no clue of these issues. Women who are Hispanic and African American face a bigger wage gap compared to Asian and Caucasian women. Caucasian straighten men are the highest paid indivuals in amerce.

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In Charlie Nash article, Bank Behind ‘Fearless Girl’ Statue Pays $5M for Over 300 Gender Discrimination Allegations quotes Bloomberg, “The custody bank will pay $5 million to more than 300 women, following a U.S. Department of Labor audit that uncovered the alleged discrepancies.” “The Labor Department alleged that women in senior leadership positions at Boston-based State Street received lower base salaries, bonus pay and total compensation since at least December 2010,” they continued, adding, “The company said it has cooperated fully with the agency and that it disagreed with the findings of the audit, which was done in 2012.” Nash shines light out this issues to being awarressen to the people. The company acknowledges women has experience discrimination and they are eager to fix the issue.
So how do we try to fix this issues? First we been awareness , one that has knowleged about the different wages between a woman can help educated others. Next, is taking the proper action in fixing the issue protecting, talking with state representative or even forming a group that is dedicated to fix the problem and all steps both men and women can take against the issue. These types of social justice issues will be fix if the people of America stands together as one. Ultimately, the primary goal is to promote equality for all.

 

 

Resources :

http://www.businessinsider.com/gender-wage-pay-gap-charts-2017-3/#the-gender-wage-gap-varies-widely-depending-on-the-state-1

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/10/06/bank-behind-fearless-girl-statue-pays-5m-for-over-300-gender-discrimination-allegations/