An appetizer on technology and a link pack for Sesame Street

An appetizer on technology

How to stay on top of Breaking News


Sesame Street updates


Sesame Street News


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War and its Costs

An extra credit opportunity!


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World population


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Sesame Street Around the World

Here’s what the Sesame Street Workshop has been up to in late 2017:

Oct 17, 2017 Sesame Street, World Vision partnership expands to 11 countries, now reaching Syrian refugee children with lifesaving health and hygiene lessons
Oct 10, 2017 Sesame Street Debuts 48th Season on HBO November 11th, 2017 with Primetime Special and New Cookie Monster Food Segment
Oct 6, 2017 Sesame Workshop Launches Groundbreaking Initiative to Help Children Cope with Traumatic Experiences
Sep 19, 2017 Sesame Workshop and The International Rescue Committee Named as Finalist in Global Competition for $100 Million Grant
Sep 19, 2017 P&G and Sesame Workshop Partner to Promote Gender Equality
Sep 14, 2017 Sesame Workshop and the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Announce Free Storybook and Resources Developed through Expanded Early Literacy Initiative for Young Children
Sep 12, 2017 Sesame Street Holiday Special Wins Primetime Emmy
Sep 11, 2017 Sesame Workshop Names Ed Wells Head of International Media and Education
Aug 30, 2017 Sesame Street Ebooks Now Available from ODILO
Aug 16, 2017 Sesame Workshop Spreads Kindness with Elmo’s #ShareTheLaughter Challenge, Launching on National Tell-a-Joke Day

You can find more about Sesame Street and its activities at

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Facebook and its problems abroad

What do you think about this New York Times article on Facebook and its problems aboard?



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Shoot Like A Girl

o   Combat search and rescue helicopter pilot in Afghanistan
o   One of only two women to receive Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor
o   Reversed the Department of Defense combat exclusion policy for women
o   Book being developed as a movie by TriStar Pictures


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As we talk about covering war…

Two interesting takes (one very hard to read) on aspects of covering conflict.

First, read this New York Times article, “My Interview With a Rohingya Refugee: What Do You Say to a Woman Whose Baby Was Thrown Into a Fire?”


On technology and covering news, read “Why the World’s Leading Photojournalists Are Ditching Their DSLRs to Shoot on Instagram.” The journalist mentioned is one of the photographers profiled in “Dying to Tell the Story.”


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In the news

An interesting read on bias in reporting on the shooting in Las Vegas

CNN on the mass shooting

More on Puerto Rico.  How do you think our national media are doing? International media?

And on a completely different topic as we discuss authoritarian governments.

We haven’t talked about Equatorial Guinea, a small African country, so this
story of the arrest of a cartoonist is a really interesting read of art in the service of social justice.






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In the news (and a sidebar on culture)

You will be well aware of the march of natural disasters occurring this year. Take a look at these stories:

El Nuevo Dia is covering Hurricane Maria’s approach and landing from its headquarters on the island.

And two stories from very different media outlets cover social media’s posts on the massive earthquake in Mexico City.

TelesurTV shares posts on the earthquake as does Business Insider.


And a sidebar:

With the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, today, here is PRI’s look at a Jewish folk song and hybridity in a Japanese video game.

Andto answer a question in class about Dubai’s government.

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Some stories in the news

A Quartz story puts what happened in natural disasters in August into perspective as
floods in Africa in August killed 25 times more people than Hurricane Harvey did.

Public Radio International story reports on the dangers faced by journalists who speak out– in this case, in India.

And check out, an interesting site with many good longer reads…and read about a newspaper done by refugees for refugees in six different languages.


An addition on Sept. 13

The Poynter Institute is located in Florida and posted this collection of front pages following Hurricane Irma.



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