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Written By Daniel Miller: Community College of Denver Journalism Student
Although I was only able to catch the second half of the movie Spotlight, it is clear to see why it won the Golden Globe for best picture this year. The story was about journalists who worked for the Boston Globe that were trying to uncover the fact that priests throughout New England, and the rest of the Catholic world were molesting children and covering up the evidence. In the end, the journalists end up going through a lot of trouble, work and interviews but eventually they uncover the facts and are able to make the information public. This film was based on a true story in the late 90’s, or early 2000’s and it truly leaves you feeling absolutely disgusted, meaning it did its job.
This movie was nothing like anything I had ever seen before, and did a great job of portraying the life of a journalist trying to uncover or write a huge story. Movie critic for ReelTalk.com’s, Betty Jo Tucker writes, “After seeing this movie, I have greater admiration for journalists who work diligently to find the truth behind serious problems, even when it involves a powerful institution that most of the public looks up to”. I agree with Betty Jo, as Spotlight really shows just how much work and trouble one can go through, just for one single article.
In some ways, the journalistic scenes reminded me of the 1981 film Absence of Malice, but the article Sally Fields (main character in Absence of Malice) was writing in that film was far different than the one being written in Spotlight. Both films really touch on the ethics of journalism and how far one will go to get a story. The journalists at the Boston Globe did a much better job of abiding by journalism ethics than Sally Fields did, but it was quite interesting to see the different approaches amongst different journalists.
The acting in the movie was superb, as the entire cast did a great job of portraying journalists. Director of Spotlight, Tom McCarthy also did a fantastic job by making the movie feel real and authentic. Sheila O’Malley, a movie reviewer for RogerEbert.com says, “McCarthy and his entire team, from production designers to location scouts to extras casting directors, get Boston right”.
All in all, Spotlight was a great movie, with great acting, that told a great; but sad story. It is a story that more people need to learn about (especially Catholics), as it was a dark chapter in the church’s history, and because the events that transpired are still issues in today’s church. Rotten Tomatoes.com describes Spotlight best by writing, “Spotlight gracefully handles the lurid details of its fact-based story while resisting the temptation to lionize its hero’s, resulting in a drama that honors the audience as well as its real life subjects”. I would recommend this film to anyone interested in a good story, and to anyone interested in journalism or Catholicism.
The evolution of the comments section has given the opportunity to everyone and anyone to voice their opinion. However, many publishers and bloggers are removing their comments sections for a multitude of reasons. First, publishers are concerned that the comments section is taking away from the story, or many times has nothing to do with the story. Ricardo Biltin, writer for digiday.com highlights these concerns saying, “More often than not, publishers have seen their comment sections devolve into a free-for-all in which decorum and even social norms are tossed aside in the name of some grievance, real or perceived”. Another blog called Motherboard (which is a science and technology blog) dropped its comment section in October of 2015 because the comments they were receiving had nothing to do with the articles being written. CNN.com also disabled their comments section on most of their stories, some time during the Ferguson protests.
The biggest problem for many of these sites however, is just how much some of these comments can sway opinion on the topic. Popular Science.com is another website who removed their comment section, and even wrote an article on why they did it. They said that their main reason was because uncivil or fake comments can change a reader’s view negatively.
Although there is some concern over comments sections being bad and taking away from the original article, many others and I feel that the comments section is a great way for everyone to voice their opinion, and contribute to the discussion/story. EngagingNewsProject.org describes some of the top benefits to comments sections including, adding new information to the discussion, as well as giving the opportunity for the publisher to survey the readers.
An article by Diana Walls who writes for bloggersideas.com, suggests that a blog who closes its comments section, is comparable to a business that says it’s not open for customer suggestions or complaints. This is very true, because if you can’t get input and feedback from the readers, how will you expand and make it better?
Comments sections are extremely important parts of new media because it allows everyone to feel engaged and to get involved. It is also beneficial to the blogger because it allows them to receive feedback from the readers on how to make their site better!
Written By: Daniel Miller, CCD Journalism Student
Our world is filled with difficult jobs, brain surgeons, chemical engineers, politicians, and so much more. However, ask any one of these people with one of these jobs and they’ll tell you; no job is more difficult than that of parenting. Moms and Dads have so much responsibility, and after they get home from work, their second job starts as a parent. This cycle goes on for 18 years, every day, which to many may seem very difficult. One man I know however makes parenting look like a walk in the park on a sunny day; my Dad, Dave Miller, and he is the best dad a guy could ask for.
My Father is a 52-year-old lawyer from Ossining, New York, who has lived in Colorado for 30 years now. Throughout my childhood, and even now, he has always demonstrated qualities, which in my opinion (and I’m sure many others) make him a “good dad”. He tucked me in at night, he coached all of my sports teams, he helped me with my schoolwork, and he has always been there for both my brother and I, if we’ve ever needed anything, no matter what. Seeing the fact that he is such a great dad, I figured there was no better person to ask about some of the challenges and rewards of parenting.
Here is what he said:
Q: What is the hardest part of preparing to become a parent?
A: “I think it’s just trying to get over that fear of the unexpected, you know? You’ve never been a dad before, so while it’s really exciting, it’s equally as scary.”
Q: How do you overcome that fear?
A: “It just takes time I guess. A lot of that fear went away as soon as you were born, for me, but there are always scary times when raising kids. You just have to learn from them, so the next time you encounter that situation, you know what to do.”
Q: What is the hardest part in general about being a parent?
A: “Oh wow. That’s a tough one (Pauses). I guess just trying to find a balance between being fun, and knowing when it’s time to be a father. You know, like yelling at you and grounding you was no fun, but as a dad, sometimes you have to make tough decisions.
Q: How did you manage to deal with being a full time lawyer, then coming home to your second job raising us?
A: “Well I didn’t always do the best job of that, but I always tried my best; but it’s a very tiring and challenging thing to do. You have to kind of switch yourself to dad mode when you walk in the door. At first it’s easier, but as you guys started growing up, it got harder because there was more crap to deal with.”
Q: What is the biggest reward of parenting?
A: “Just getting to watch you guys grow up into adults. It’s like watching something you’ve planted grow a little every day, until one day it’s a big tree. The rewards are never ending because you get something out of every day as a dad.
For my final and seventh night of my “seven days of takeout” experiment, I had Chinese food, more specifically the P.F. Changs location on 7210 West Alameda Avenue in Belmar. P.F Changs is a major chain of Chinese restaurants, and they have a huge meuu. This particular is the closest P.F. Changs to my house and I have eaten here before, but I have never had takeout from here. I’m not much of a Chinese takeout or delivery kind of guy so I am curious to see if I’ll enjoy this as much as I have enjoyed some of the other places I’ve tried takeout from.
We ordered our takeout at roughly 7:15 PM and it was ready at 7:45 which is really good considering we ordered four meals, and it is a Friday night, meaning it is likely very busy. My brother and I ordered Mongolian beef, my Mom ordered Beef a la Sichuan, and my Dad ordered Kung Pao Scallops. The order total came out to about 85.00 dollars so I really hope it is good.
When I arrived at approximately 7:45, the restaurant was very busy, as I had expected. My order was not quite ready but they told me they were going to get it fresh off the skillet. I walked out with my food about five minutes later and was on my way. The meals came in plastic containers, which were decent as my food was a bit cold, but still good (for 85 dollars it should be hot!). The rice came in typical little Chinese food cardboard boxes, and the soup came in a handy little plastic container as well. Everything was absolutely delicious and the only thing I’d nit pick, as I said earlier was mine was a little cold. Not sure takeout is ever worth 85 dollars but this P.F. Changs gets a four out of five star in my book.
For the sixth night of my, “Seven Days of Takeout” adventure, I went Italian! More specifically, I tried Café Jordano located at 11068 West Jewell Avenue in Lakewood. Café Jordano is a small underground family run Italian restaurant located in the shopping center of a Safeway parking lot. Outside it doesn’t look like much, but when you walk in it gives the impression of a very authentic and classy Italian restaurant. Not only that, but it also kind of makes you feel at home with the atmosphere and service. I have been to Jordano’s before but I ordered on the recommendation of my parents who are frequent diners here.
I ordered my takeout (spaghetti and meatballs) around 6:30 and they said it would be ready around 7:00. I thought this was very impressive considering the fact that we ordered three meals which all came with soup. For anyone who hasn’t ever dined at Café Jordano, they should know that it is about the farthest thing from cheap or bad food (45 dollar bill), so 30 minutes in my opinion is exceptional.
When I arrived at the restaurant at almost exactly 7:00, it was very, very busy. Not an open table in the house, and people at the bar waiting to be seated. I was assisted right away and the food was instantly ready. The meals came packaged in foil containers with plastic lids covering them, which definitely worked because they were piping hot as my family and I ate them. The soup nightly soup (not sure what it was) came in Styrofoam containers, which were also pretty good at keeping the food warm. As expected, the food was excellent and there was not anything negative I could say about it. My Dad said that the soup could have been a little warmer but in my opinion, that is just nit picking. Café Jordano gets a five out of five stars for takeout!
For the fifth day of my “seven days of takeout” experiment, I tried something that I thought was unique, and something that people likely wouldn’t think of when ordering takeout, The Summit House Tap and Grill. Also known just as “The Summit house”; for those who don’t know, is a new restaurant in the Colorado Mills shopping center, whose menu features a wide variety. The particular location I chose was the one in Golden, located at 14285 West Colfax Avenue. I have been to this location once to dine in, but have never tried carryout from this location (or any other location), and I am very excited to see how it is.
I placed my takeout order of the club sandwich and fries at roughly 7:15 PM, and they said it would be ready for pickup at 8:00, which is a bit long in my opinion, considering it doesn’t take that long to make a club. Either they must be busy, or they are still getting used to the takeout thing.
When I arrived at 8:00 to pick up my order it was ready, and as expected the restaurant was pretty busy for a Wednesday night. The sandwich and fries came in a tin foil tray with a plastic cover, which was efficient in keeping the fries warm. The club was very good and came in a huge portion size, as it was almost hard to finish it all. I would give The Summit House Tap and Grill a three out of five stars for takeout, and while it was good, I would recommend this as more of a sit down restaurant.