Porn and Hakka projects available

29 04 2009

As promised:

1. Part two of the porn series I worked on is now available at Part two is also split into three stories, addressing Internet filters: individual’s constitutional limits at private institutions, the filter implemented at Whitworth and it’s effectiveness.

2. The multimedia on “Hakka: the art of intimidation” post I made earlier is also available below. Click here for portraits of the Hakka men via Flickr.


The Whitworthian sweeps the SPJ awards in the region

28 04 2009

Below is the list of awards The Whitworthian and our staff have received from the Society of Professional Journalists 2008 Mark of Excellence Awards in Region 10. First place winners get to participate in nationals. SPJ awards are equivalent to college versions of Pulitzer Prizes.

SPJ Mark of Excellence Region 10 Winners

Best Affiliated Web site
• First Place: Staff, The Whitworthian (online), Whitworth University

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper (published less than 4 times per week)
• Second Place: Staff, The Whitworthian, Whitworth University

Feature Photography
•First Place: Thomas Robinson, Whitworth University, “Dreamscape”

Sports Column Writing
• First Place: Dave Gerig, Whitworth University

General Column Writing
• First Place: Tim Takechi, Whitworth University

Editorial Cartooning
• First Place: Aileen Benson, Whitworth University
• Third Place: Annette Farrell, Hannah Kinnier & Aileen Benson, Whitworth University

Feature Writing
• First Place: Joy Bacon, Whitworth University, “What’s the big deal about sex”

Here is the link to SPJ’s Web site of the full list of  awards.

Week in review

27 04 2009

1. USA Today did a pretty good job earlier this week splitting up where the stimulus spending is going by federal agencies.

2. More information on how CIA agents implemented harsh interrogation techniques during the Bush administration (extraordinary rendition) is coming to light.

3. Want to know what Oprah is doing right now? Follow her on Twitter.

4.  New Hope Church in Florida is under fire for advertising a sermon called “Great sex for you.” Pastor Bruce Cadle said  the Christian church has been “shamefully silent” on the taboo topic. You know what else is a taboo topic? Pornography (part two of series coming out this Tuesday).

5. Meet the men who participated in Hakka at my school’s annual Luau – a series of portraits. Visit my blog Tuesday to see a multimedia of the Hakka. Don’t know what Hakka is? See the video below.

Hakka: the art of intimidation

26 04 2009

My school recently put on the 39th annual Lu’au. This year, it was titled “Mana: Spirit of the Islands.”

One of the entertainments was the Haka. They did a war-style Hakka chant for the show and let me just say that when these guys have the full face paint, they can look pretty intimidating. Here is one portrait I did with some of the guys (the rest can be found on my Flickr).

Also, I’m planning to do a multimedia of the Hakka performance piece for The Whitworthian so a heads up on that.

Travis Niles Hakka

The controversy over porn

21 04 2009

Pornography flag

For the past week I’ve been working on part one of a three-part series about porn for my newspaper. The following is the introduction of that series:

The auto-industry isn’t the only business that is hurting in the economic recession – the porn industry is too. Two adult-entertainment moguls asked the federal government for $5 billion in bailout funds back in January, according to the LA Daily News.

Despite the impact the economy has had on the industry, pornography is still being consumed.

Web pages with adult content online are estimated in the hundreds of millions and the porn business generates $12 billion annually – more than Hollywood, MLB, NBA and NFL combined, according to CNN in 2006. And a BBC news story in 2000 reported at least 200,000 people in the U.S. are considered “porn addicts.”

With pornography becoming more readily available, and a lot of the time free of charge, the topic of “porn addiction” has increasingly gained prominence.

Click here to read part one of the porn series.

Week in review

20 04 2009

1. North Korea continues to distance itself from the international community.

2. Details on the accounts of cruel and unusual punishment in Guantanamo Bay revealed.

3. Internet companies explore the idea of charging clients the more bandwidth they use.

4. Ashton Kutcher and CNN shamelessly promote their Twitter profiles in an effort to give charity (does that even count?)

5. TIME assesses the U.S. national education system.


17 04 2009

Imagine you were stranded on a faraway island with nine other people that survived a plane crash. You and the other survivors try to set up camp and hope someone comes to save all of you. While looking for food, you realize there are none. However, what you do find is one refrigerator that happens to be fully stocked with water and food. As the others gather around, all of you soon realize that with effective rationing, there would be only enough to sustain four bodies.

If you have taken any courses involving biology, economics or history, you know that left to human’s own devices, they will most likely:

A. War over the limited resources

B. War over the limited resources

It happens in real life too: oil, land, gold and other resources. And now – the internet too.

It’s a no brainer that internet usage is increasing by each passing click of the button. The average U.S. Internet usage alone this month equals 2,554 Web pages viewed per person, according to Nielsen.

All those videos and shows you’re watching on YouTube and Hulu? And all those time you go on Facebook or Twitter when you should really be working? It might come to haunt you in the form of your internet bill.

Comcast has already put a 250-gigabyte cap on users (God knows what anyone does with that much). And Time Warner Cable planned to implement a metered billing plan until it received substantial backlash from consumers and lawmakers.

But U.S. consumers don’t seem to be so keen on this idea. Other countries like Australia, Canada and the UK already have some form of capping of their consumer’s internet use.

So What does this mean? That most likely in the future, the more you play, the more you pay.

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