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Day Eight: Reflection of Journalistic Medium

Blogs are a way to express your feelings or opinions on situations and topics that are relevant to a certain audience or the blogger themselves. Overall, I feel as if blogging gave me a way to get my point across and to inform the audience on what I was interested in at the time. In my opinion, picking my own topic to write about was easier because I would tend to pick a topic I was well informed about. While when someone else picked the topic I would have to first get familiar with that subject to start writing. I would definitely do this again in the future and I feel like it helped me with my writing skills in that field of blog writing and reporting.

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Day Seven: Chosen vs. Given Topic

Blog writing is a very special skill that takes a lot of time and practice. When you are given a topic to write about, the writer tends to take a longer time to write the blog because they must become familiar with that topic first. When picking your own topic to write about, you take into consideration what you know and don’t know and you must decide based off of that. The Blogger is more likely to chose an interest rather than something they know nothing about. When I was given a random topic by a reader I had to look into that topic and gain knowledge on it before I started to write about it. I definitely prefer to write about my own interests and what I’m into rather than what others are interested in.

Day Six: Canada Sees Increase In Newborn Addictions

Irritable babies seem typical, but Canada has seen an increase in irritable babies. This is in conjunction with shakes, vomiting, and more. These are all signs that a child has been “born addicted” to opioids. This occurs when expecting mothers abuse opioids while pregnant. Once the baby is born, and is not ingesting the painkillers through the mother, the baby goes through withdrawal. The Canada recently released that there was a 30% increase in common occurrence in this issue. As of couple months ago, the NICU was half filled with children suffering from the opioid withdrawals known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

Day Five: Being Given A Topic

I am not someone who is very aware of, or involved in politics, so when assigned a blog on the latest political race in the South, my first step was research. It was pretty interesting, because as someone who typically falls under the Republican viewpoints, I was not rooting for the Republican. I know you can’t be biased in blogging these articles, so I aimed away from my political opinions and only kept the facts of the shocking scenerio.

Day Four: Democrat lands Senatorial Position in Alabama

Just a couple days ago in the deep south, a special election was held in Alabama. This election was held because the former senator was appointed attorney general of the United States of America. The election itself was a rare occasion, but then even stranger, the winner of this election was a democrat. The south is heavily republican, therefore, a democrat winning the election is controversial. Although, his opponent may be even more controversial, as he had multiple sexual misconduct allegations against him during his time running.

Day Three: T-Mobile Joining Layer3 Tv

T-Mobile right now is America’s fastest growing carrier and network. Within the past year they have invested billions of dollars into making sure that their network is up to par with the competition. Gaining about 5 million new customers a month, T-Mobile is rapidly approaching other carriers and is on track to be the best network by 2018. What makes T-Mobile special is how much they value their customers. They are always coming up with new ways and ideas to make their customers not feel like regular customers. Uncarrier which is an event where they launch a new feature T-Mobile has every year, have including JUMP, T-Mobile One, T-Mobile Tuesday’s, No taxes and fees and many more! Now, T-Mobile has acquired a TV service company called Layer3 Tv. This is a company that specializes in cable which streams only in HD and they have unlimited channels. This purchase is meant to compete against AT&T after their most recent purchase of DirectTV. T-Mobile’s plans after they join together are to create their own streaming service off of this cable provider. This is a very big deal for T-Mobile and will be good for their customers.

Day Two: Apple has Purchased Shazam

Following with yesterday’s post, Apple has now finally purchased the music recognition company. This process was very long but it was worth it for both companies. Shazam’s patented machine learning algorithms are one of a kind and their augmented reality features within the app will be very beneficial for Apple in the long run. Both Shazam and Apple have commented that they are both very excited to be joining together to bring innovation and creativity to their customers. Apple has yet to release these details but they are said to have bought Shazam for 400 million dollars.