Multimedia: The New Story

BRISTOL, R.I.__ As long as people have existed so have stories. Anybody can tell a story but not everyone can be a journalist. Journalism is the first account of history, every time a major event occurs there is a news story to cover the event. Today, these accounts are full of multimedia.

Multimedia allows the viewer to interact with the story. Whether that be a poll, a video, a sound clip or a photograph, the viewer has more than just text. A journalist as myself, has the training to find the story and to make the multimedia for the post. Personally, I think one of my major strengths is being a people person. I love to talk to people and I like to think people like to talk to me as well. I love to hear people’s stories and to produce something that can be shared with the public.

This semester I learned how much I love to produce videos. I know there are endless possibilities in my future because of the skills I have learned as a digital journalist. Graduation is a daunting event but somewhere close on the other side is a story that’s untold and I can’t wait to tell it. I never thought I could be so excited to work, but I have found something that allows me to feel that passion. The things I have learned over the past four years set me apart from citizen and print journalist across the country. The story must be told, and I can’t wait to tell it with multimedia inclusion.

Boston Logan Airport Sets Goals to Reduce Impacts on Climate Change

BRISTOL, R.I.__ Officials at Boston Logan Airport announced a plan that will cut carbon emissions and curb energy consumption to combat the fight against climate change. The city and especially the airport, which is surrounded by water, will likely see the sea level rise a foot in the next 20 years.

The plan which will cost nearly $9 billion will include flood gates and the relocating of the airport’s generators, so that in the evident of a storm surge the airport can function normally.

The following are the goals set forth by the airport to be more climate conscious, they plan to:

  • Cut carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2020
  • Cut energy consumption by 25 percent by 2020
  • Decrease the amount of waste produced by passengers by two percent every year by 2030
  • Reduce water use by one percent ever year over the next 10 years
  • Increase recycling by 60 percent by the end of the decade

While the airport aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by a reduction in flights they still see an increase in passengers. Since 2000 the airport has roughly 400 less flights a day, however these flights have 30 percent more passengers. Last year, Logan received a record 31.6 million passengers, officials say.

Video courtesy of Muddy Ravine via YouTube

Fair Oaks Farms: ‘Poo Power’ To Help The Planet

BRISTOL, R.I.__ Fair Oaks Farms is a dairy farm in Indiana that has molded their business around more sustainable means. The 15,000 dairy farm, restaurant and gift shops are powered off of cow manure.

The farm places all of their cow manure into a giant bin which is sealed off from oxygen. Methane gas is then released in a process called anaerobic digestion. The methane can then be used to fuel the farm’s tractor trailers across the state, for example. In 2011 the farmed saved 2 million gallons of diesel using ‘poo power.’

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Photo courtesy of mhall209 via Flickr

Sue McCloskey the Creative Director and Co-Creator of the farm spoke at the Planet Forward Feeding the Planet Summit to illustrate how their innovations have recognized climate change. McCloskey knows that her large farm has the ability to reshape farming in America.

“We hope there are thousands of eyes who see what we are doing,” McCloskey said.

Half of Fair Oaks Farms is certified organic. During the panel, McCloskey and other farmers discussed myths regarding organic milk. She felt her farm was best run with both types of cows on sight.

“We could never have an organic farm without a conventional farm next door,” McCloskey said. “If an organic cow gets sick with pneumonia we will treat her with medication and then move her to the conventional farm.”

SLAMM Maps Illustrate Climate Change Impacts in Rhode Island

BRISTOL, R.I.__ In January of this year the Coastal Resources Center (CRC) adopted the Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) that maps the effects of sea level rise in all 21 Rhode Island coastal communities. Over the past 200 years Rhode Island has lost 50 percent of its salt marshes due to man made alterations. Today, the remaining 4,000 acres are threatened by sea level rise.

Salt marshes provide commercial and recreational fishing as well as shoreline protection to the Ocean State. The SLAMM maps illustrate how the salt marshes will be affected by one foot, three feet and five feet of sea level rise in the decades to come. Rhode Island residents can view the public maps to find out how their neighborhood could be affected by climate change and sea level rise.

Jim Tobey and Pam Rubinoff, both Senior Coastal Managers for CRC, worked to develop the maps. The maps target areas of the state that require heavier restoration and protection.

Additionally, the maps will help state decision makers plan for future wetland conditions.

RWU Students Attend Planet Forward Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C.__ On Thursday April 23, the annual Planet Forward Summit took place at George Washington University. Since 2009, Planet Forward has aimed to bring awareness to sustainability issues through the work and innovation of students. This year the topic of discussion was sustainable food.

Five Roger Williams journalism students and their Professor, Michael Scully, traveled to Washington to be apart of the conversation. The students created video this semester that illustrated sustainable food in Rhode Island.

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Krysta Harden, Deputy Secretary USDA

Frank Sesno, Emmy Award-winning journalist and creator of Planet Forward Hosted the summit. Panelist and speakers included Krysta Harden, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Michael J. Frank the Vice President of Monsanto. Additionally, farmers and students spoke about how climate change and the growing population threaten their work.

The summit asked the question, how will we feed the projected 9 billion people on the planet come 2050? From food production to food waste many topics where discussed that change the way we think about food. Everybody eats but very few are involved in food production.

Obama Outlines Climate Change on Earth Day

BRISTOL, R.I.__ President Obama spoke in the Florida Everglades today to celebrate Earth Day and to pitch his climate change message to the public. The President delivered his message at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center in Homestead, a town that will likely be consumed by sea level rise in the next 50 years.

Most of the Everglades are only a few feet above current sea levels. The expected rise in waters will threaten the $9 billion a year tourism industry in Southern Florida. Obama spoke about how climate change can affect national security, personal health, and public safety.

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Photo courtesy of Eric Salard via Flickr

Last week during his radio address, Obama stated climate change is, “an issue that’s bigger and longer-lasting than my presidency. It’s about protecting our God-given natural wonders, and the good jobs that rely on them.”

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is well known for not being convinced that man made climate change exists. Earlier this year environmental officials in Florida were ordered not to use the terms climate change or global warming in any official records or public talks.

Forty-five years after the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, climate change is the topic of discussion. The first Earth Day prompted the passing of both the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act, will this year’s Earth Day inspire any new laws?

RWU Students Create Happy Home For Clownfish

BRISTOL, R.I.__ Roger Williams University students in the marine biology department create successful fish habitats when they monitor the temperature of the water. Clownfish can sustain temperature change in their habits of a couple degrees in captivity. However, temperatures in the ocean can fluctuate 10 or more degrees which threatens the survival of the fish.

As climate change increases the temperature in the ocean, many species could be in danger. At the Marine and Natural Sciences building on campus students work toward to create homes for fish with regulated temperatures.

Like lobsters, clownfish suffer as so many other fish do as a result of climate change.