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Summer 2016
Zoe Phillpotts
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  • River Forest, IL
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There is no such thing as a truth.

Zoe Phillpotts

"News is not new unless it is news," says a journalism professor at Roosevelt University telling his 16 blooming journalists, Billy Montgomery. What the quote actually means is that it has to be up-to-date and current.

He previously worked as a director at a program called Columbia Links, a program for teenagers to use journalism as a tool to express issues around their everyday lives. He came in today to give a lecture to his students, teaching the credentials of being a budding journalist. 

"A news story focuses on the who and the what. A feature story focuses on the why," he says to his students. What this means is that a journalism piece isn't considered to be a news story because we don't place emphasis on what us really going on and who did it. It's mainly emphasizing on why this person did it and what his perspective is. 

Perspectives is what makes a journalism piece great because there is no such thing as a truth. 

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A fun day at field musem

Alaka Walli, Peter Van Bol, John Bates

When walking through the cold museum we meet our tour guide, Peter Van Bol. He was really kind and showed really cool things. The first thing we saw were sculptures of people that are of different races and people from across the globe. That is where we met Alaka Walli an anthropologist who is a curator of the North American collection. She talked about how racism still stands today and she also talked that there are different races other…

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Posted on August 10, 2016 at 3:30pm

My Week at Camp Pals

First thing that came out of my parents mouths as they introduced my camp to me was "down syndrome" camp. At first I thought it would be horrible because it wouldn't be as fun and I thought it wouldn't embrace both my sides.  I have mosaicism which means I am half typical and my other half is where I have a mentality of someone who is much younger than I really am. That is a brief summary about me. 

The camp overall was a blast. We had a mini dance party at camp arrival day and it was…

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Posted on August 3, 2016 at 2:02pm

Create your own world

Zoe Phillpotts 

Navy pier is one of the greatest hotspots of all time because there are different restaurants, game centers, and even the local CBS2 News Station where we as a class visited. As we went inside there was a comfortable blue couch where we sat and pictures of newscasters on one of the walls. When going on the elevator I felt like I was squashed with swarms of bodies.

In the building it wasn’t that cold, but it wasn’t…

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Posted on July 21, 2016 at 3:55pm

We all aren't as perfect as we seem

Zoe Phillpotts

We were on a walking on a tour in the NPR headquarters when Sarah Karp, an award winning reporter on a radio news station called WBEZ, takes us into a icy cold conference room. You could see the outside where tables were placed and the skyline was a perfect blue.

As we sat down in the conference chairs she started talking about her first time being a radio reporter. She went to college at University of Missouri where…

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Posted on July 19, 2016 at 6:48pm

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