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Importance of Photography


Photography is a visual art form that creates images by recording light electronically through the means of the image sensor or through the means of a light-sensitive material, such as photographic film. Photography is important because it is a spark for change, tells a story, and is history through images.

Protests vs. Riots



In this article I plan to not only state my thoughts on riots vs protests, but explain what they mean legally and why it is important that when reporting news, we properly characterize each as what they are. 


By definition, a protest is ‘a statement or action expressing disapproval or objection to something’. What transpired during the months where BLM was expressed greatly in 2020 were largely protests. 


Regardless of whether or not they remained peaceful, they (the vast majority) were quite literally not riots until an act of violence itself was committed. People described breaking and destroying businesses as a protest, and people holding up a sign on the side of the road as a riot or incitement.

In Person vs. Virtual Learning


The quick switch from in person learning every day to virtual learning was a difficult transition for everyone, but it was for everyone’s safety. When September came, students were excited to hear that they would be returning to school on a hybrid model: two or three days in person a week, with alternating virtual days. Although this promised students and teachers alike the opportunity to have some normalcy in education, the question remains: is this model really sufficient? 

COVID-19 Vaccine: Is it Safe?


With the virus still lurking, we are about to enter the one year mark of the Covid 19 pandemic. It has been a hard year for everyone, and lots has happened. Most people probably thought by now everything would be back to normal; unfortunately, that's not the case. Although there is promise in the future, everyone still questions when the world will begin to rotate normally.


After months and months of having little progression, there has finally been a discovery for the Covid 19 vaccine. Many are skeptical about this vaccine and wonder if it is really the answer to end this pandemic. 

COVID-19 Vaccine News


The world is on its way back to normalcy with the approved COVID-19 vaccines. Three companies have worked hard to get high effective rates for these vaccines. The companies that have their vaccine approved are Pfizer, Moderna and BioNTech. 


The government and the vaccine companies have and are continuing to distribute the vaccines to the states in the United States of America. All essential workers, which includes all hospital staff, are the first people to get vaccinated without being part of a trial.

The Endangerment of Sea Otters Burdened the Environment, Now They’re Back


During the 18th and 19th century, and even into the 20th century, sea otters were nearly hunted to extinction for their luxuriant pelts. Other threats to the species include entrapment or entanglement in fishing gear, oil spills, and climate change, dwindling populations on the coasts of California and Mexico. As a result, southern sea otters have been recognized as depleted under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, until now, as conservation efforts attempt to reintroduce them to their coastal homes, according to Carswell.

Google Meet vs. Screencastify


With the Coronavirus pandemic still among us, there have been many changes in the education system and the way in which we are educating the young people in our society, from kindergarten through college.


Obviously, there is the classic solution: Google Meet. The schools that are not fully back in person, which is many schools throughout America, have a hybrid system in place. This system employs the use of Google Classroom and Google Meets to educate and teach the curriculum when the students are not in school.

How to stay positive during quarantine


2020 has been a difficult year for many. Quarantine and the coronavirus are topics we are new to, and had to adjust to in a short amount of time. As a result, many people are dissuaded and upset due to the sudden change in lifestyle. In this article, I hope to recommend information/techniques I found helpful to remain positive during quarantine.



As the country experiences another rise in cases and prepares for a potential shut down or lockdown again, many citizens start to question what impacts such an extensive lockdown could have on the population in both the short and long term. 

Black Lives Matter

June 16, 2020


On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was held down and arrested by a white cop for using a fake $20 bill. 

He was held down by a Minneapolis police officer’s knee and was choked to death. Without listening to his justification, the aggressive cop murdered Floyd maybe because of his skin color.

Essential Workers are the Backbone of the Country

June 16, 2020


It’s an extremely strange time for everyone in the nation, as the Coronavirus pandemic sweeps through the world. People have been asked to self-quarantine and to stay home as much as possible. 

However, there are some people still leaving their houses and braving being in the general public, all for the sake of helping others. 

New Free Time

June 16, 2020


In many households across the country and around the world, ovens and stoves are getting fired up now more than ever. The reason this is happening is simple: quarantine. 

Quarantine has made us realize that time is one of the most, if not the most, important things we are given, and now with all this free time on our hands, people are deciding to use their time to make new skills and enhance their previous ones.

Face-to-face school or digital learning?

June 16, 2020


Since the start of quarantine, schools all over the world have moved from face-to-face learning to at home online learning. The massive change of education has greatly affected many students, some for better and for worse. Every student works differently and students are finding ways that work best for them.

Coronavirus vs. The 2020 Election

June 01, 2020


The coronavirus pandemic is all that seems to be on the news lately.  When people turn on their TV or open up their phone, they are bombarded with new information coming out about the virus.  This can be very overwhelming for many people.  However, just a few months ago, all the news outlets were focused on the 2020 election and the Democratic primaries.  As the elections are talked about less due to the coronavirus, they are drastically impacted.