Category Archives: J410 Spring 2014

The beginning class of multimedia for the great students at the great University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana with Professor Collins!

CU-CitizenAccess Coverage Reflection

Once our group decided we wanted our CU-CitizenAccess coverage to feature the benefits and challenges of senior citizens owning pets, we knew our coverage would highlight great emotional depth within an issue that senior citizens would be interested in.

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A dog trains with his owner at the Dog Training Club of Champaign-Urbana on Tuesday.

The opportunity not only gave us the chance to understand how much a four-legged companion could benefit the elderly, but it also gave us a feel on how it is to work together as a group and create a project that we each could be proud of. We focused our reporting on answering this key question: What are the advantages and disadvantages to senior citizens owning and caring for a pet?

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Elderly Access to Organic Food

Obtaining Organic, Fresh Food on a Budget

Joanna Nowak, Natalie Leoni, Carissa Townsend, Gino DiVittorio
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Peppers are a good thing to buy organic, because they do not have peels. Here you can see red peppers at Strawberry Fields!

University of Illinois research shows that “one in 12 seniors do not have access to adequate food due to lack of money or other financial resources.” This unfortunate phenomenon is called food insecurity. Seniors with food insecurity have a higher likelihood of certain health issues, including diabetes, high cholesterol, gum disease and high blood pressure.

Supermarkets are often a go-to when shopping on a budget, however, some of these conventional markets lack in organic options. It is entirely possible for senior citizens to shop organic, get the necessary nutrients and not break the bank.

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Unconditional Love: Teaching an old dog new tricks

According to the Human Society, 62 percent of American households owned at least one pet 2012. While a majority of families keep pets as valuable family members, seniors citizens specifically can benefit from the companionship with these animals.

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Bob and Emily Lewis own two four-year-old Golden Retrievers.

There are numerous reasons why people find comfort and significance in their relationships with pets. But what are the specific advantages and disadvantages to senior citizens owning and caring for a pet?

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Training the trusting generation: Scams on the elderly and how to prevent them

With 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 each day, the size of the elderly population is getting larger. Unfortunately, so is the number of elderly citizens who fall victim to scams targeting their age group.

Photo retrieved from the FBI website.

Elderly are scammed about $2.6 billion per year.|Photo retrieved from the FBI website.

Scammers often target the elderly because of their trusting nature. According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, as of 2012, Baby Boomers were the most trusting age group in America. This was decided based on their answer to the question, “Generally speaking, would you say that most people can be trusted or that you can’t be too careful in dealing with people?” Forty percent of Baby Boomers expressed beliefs of the former, while the same was only true for 19 percent of Millennials. Continue reading

Preparing for the unpredictable: Urbana assisted living home regularly practices fire safety


According to the National Fire Protection Association, the very young and the very old are at highest risk of death from home fires.

The U.S. Fire Administration said that in 2010, adults 65 years or older represented only 13 percent of the U.S. population, but made up 35 percent of all fire deaths.

They also said individuals 65 years or over are 2.7 times more likely to die in a fire than the rest of the general population.

The staff at Meadowbrook Health Center in Urbana, Illinois, emphasized the importance in educating and preparing their residents in case of a fire when we talked to them in this video. Continue reading

Take a picture, it will last longer: Reflections

I almost can’t believe that it is time for my final blog post. The journey to this point, has been a crazy, but extremely beneficial one.

Taylor Rooks - Multimedia Journalist!

Taylor Rooks – Multimedia Journalist!

I came into this class with the goal of expanding my multimedia skills and storytelling beyond the scope of sports, and with the help of Dr. Collins, I feel like I accomplished that. I tried to push myself to do pieces of human interest, and if I do a sports story, I never tried to make it a gamer. At first it was hard to break out of my exclusive mold as a sports journalist. This semester was all about pushing my boundaries, and it was important not to let myself be my own boundary.

But now with the arrival of April, and the end of eight assignments, I have come such a long way in Journalism 410.

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If I Can Make It… So Can You!!

 The Journey To Becoming a Great Journalist

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First, let me start out by giving you guys a little confidence booster. Its not the end of the world! I know that some of you may or may not have some experience with multimedia journalism. If you do thats great this class will be a breeze. If you don’t on the other hand, this class will still be a breeze!

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Multimedia and all I learned from it

So here we are, getting towards the end. It came pretty fast and I can say after a semester of multimedia as well as TV 1 I feel alot more confident using alot of the tools I was confused by at the beginning of the semester. The progress over the long semester has been somewhat of a mental journey for me, and it goes deeper than just how our projects may have turned out.

I want to first say that I started out pretty cocky in this class.  The picture above probably was the face I was making.  I also want to include that slice on the top is one of the most delicious I have ever had.  But anyway I had come in feeling ahead of the game because we would be using alot of tools I was already familiar with.  Going into it I wasn’t too nervous about completing anything. Looking back, I never felt overcome by any of our projects, because I actually like doing these things, but instead I seemed to make sure every week was some sort of epic rush to get the project in on time.  This was always accompanied by some freaking out and running around the hallways frantically.  Im not sure if I secretly like doing things close to deadline, but it sure is stressful and not a good idea when technology can go wrong. So lets begin.

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