Exploring My City Even More

What a fun week and a half it’s been exploring Boston for my #jo304 scavenger hunt. I grew up outside of Boston and I go to school in Boston, but I am still learning and exploring new parts of the city every day. Boston has so much to offer and I’m proud to call this place my home. There’s a never a dull moment in “Beantown” and that statement was true throughout the past 11 days while I adventured around my favorite place… I hope you enjoy what I found!

  1. City Snapshot – I was visiting my dad, who works in the South End, and I walked past a bridge with this view of the city. I put my camera through the fence and captured this image of the two most iconic buildings in Boston.  Taken on Tremont Street. 

2Food/Drink – I wandered around Chinatown in search of some good Chinese food. It took me a while but I finally found Peach Farm Chinese Food. It was a hole-in-the-wall. Large portions, fast service, and reasonable prices. Taken at 4 Tyler Street. 

3. Person on the street – I talked to Eric Getzoff, 25, of New York City about what he enjoys about Boston. Unlike NYC, he likes how Boston is easily accessible. Taken on Bay State Road. 

4. Student on the street – Jack VanSchoick loves how Boston is a melting pot. He loves the diversity. Taken on the COM Lawn. 

5. Academic Excellence – In the lobby of the Boston University School of Theology Building, they had their mission statements hung up on the wall – Engaging the world, redefining theological education, working in the community, and learning in context. Taken at 745 Commonwealth Ave. 

6. Weather – Last Thursday was one of the nicest days we’ve had all winter here in New England and people took advantage of it. The bike/running trail near the Esplanade was filled with bikers and runners. I only caught two at a time but I swear there were more! Taken on Snapchat near the Esplanade. 

7. Scenic Spot – The walk from East Campus to West Campus along the Charles River during sunset is one my favorite parts of Boston. Here’s a picture from my walk the other night. A colorful sunset with the city skyline in the background. Taken on Snapchat near Bay State Road.

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8. Sports Talk – I had the chance to talk to former Red Sox player and current sports radio host Lou Merloni of WEEI. We talked ALL Boston sports. Lou is not only excited for the Red Sox season, but he says the Patriots dynasty doesn’t take a hit despite the loss to the Eagles in the Super Bowl. Taken on Snapchat at the Stockyard Restaurant.

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9. Fashion Shot – I saw the stylish Tyler Blint-Welsh, 20, of Northeastern University and I had to ask him about his fashion choice. He’s from New York City and credits his hometown for how he dresses. Taken on Snapchat at 1 Exchange Place. 

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10. Olympic Moment – Liam O’Brien (COM ’20) discussed his favorite events at the Olympics (spoiler alert: curling and snowboarding) and where he watches those events (hint: it’s not on television). Taken at 1 Exchange Place. 

11. Off the Beaten Path – I have been here so many times before but I HAD to make a stop at Regina Pizzeria in the North End. It’s not on Hanover Street or Salem Street (the two main streets in the North End). Instead, it involves walking down the narrow cobbled streets of the neighborhood. Unfortunately, it doesn’t make the lines shorter. The lines and the walk are worth it though. Taken on Snapchat at Thacher Street. 

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12. Freestyle – Boston is known for its sports. In the Government Center Plaza, just a couple of blocks away from where he played at the Boston Garden (now TD Garden) is a statue of Celtics legend Bill Russell. He is a pure-winner… and that’s putting it lightly. Taken on Instagram at Government Center. 

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Favorites – It looked like my classmates had a great time on their scavenger hunts as well. It was hard to narrow down my favorites, but here are three tweets that stood out to me.

  1. Really cool use of the time lapse by Morgan Cheung. And an awesome view!

2. As a Red Sox fan myself I love what Bertha and Issac are saying about the team. Thanks to Kyler Sumter for the photo.

3. El Pelon does Mexican food right and I’m jealous Yasmine Ghanem went there.

Replies 

  1. I replied to Rickie Houston’s tweet about T Anthony’s Pizza because that’s one of my favorite slices.

2. I also replied to Pamela Fourtounis’ tweet about Patriot haters because I can’t stand them…

3. Finally, I had to give Laura Guerriero a shout out because late night pics of Boston are so cool.

Boston is the best… Thanks for stopping by!

 

Super Bowl LII

Although my Patriots lost, my experience at the Super Bowl was still incredible. It was something I will never forget. Here are some photos from my trip to the frozen tundra of Minneapolis.

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Justin Timberlake Halftime Show

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Pre-game festivites

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98.5 the Sports Hub Party

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U.S. Bank Stadium

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Radio Row in the Mall of America

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My seats at the big game!

 

 

 

How do you use Twitter to get people to read your story? Here’s how

In my two weeks of tracking Politico. com, I have noticed that the website produces real, important news stories. But on Wednesday, while I was scrolling their Twitter feed, I found a comical story that caught my attention.

The headline was catchy and the picture was captivating. It definitely made me want to click the link and find out if Politico actually thought it was drool.

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The article probably was just another example of “click bait” because it didn’t have much substance, but it worked. I think the way they set up the Tweet was clever because they asked a question that corresponded perfectly with the picture and then placed the link in a position so the person reading the Tweet would be tempted to click i.t
I’m taking a Sports Seminar class this semester and one of our guests last week told our class that in this day in age it’s not as much about what you write but how to get people to read what you write.
Politco does a good job of using different platforms of social media to engage their audience.

 

This Tweet was just another example of how to push out content and how to do it in the correct way in terms of a catchy headline and image. It caught my eye and I’m sure it caught many others as well.
Here’s the full story:

Politico actually lives up to its mission statement… for the most part

Politico.com created a mission statement when the website launched in 2008. They said their goals are “simple”. The first sentence says, “we set out to assemble the most talented and interesting collection of journalists — established names as well as promising young people — that we could find. Now, we will turn these reporters loose on the subject we love: national politics.”

The site said they will focus on three main ideas: Congress, the president, and lobbying/advocacy.

Now that was back in 2008, but to this day those main focuses and ideas are still true.

However, there are other parts of their mission statement that aren’t true.

In the statement, they say, “We won’t usually be chasing the story of the day. We’ll put our emphasis on the “backstories” — those that illuminate the personalities, relationships, clashes, ideas and political strategies playing out in the shadows of official Washington.”

While Politico does focus on those backstories still, they also rely heavily on reporting the story of the day. But, I think is necessary in today’s society.

Politico wanted to be a site that focused on analysis along with reporting and I think they do that today. That is one of the reasons how Politico separates themselves from other news sources.

And finally, the most important mission statement from a political website is to be impartial. That is in Politico’s statement and although it is tough today to be impartial, Politico for the most part does not affiliate with a party.

In fact, after doing some research, critics of Politico have varying responses. Some say they are left wing and others say the opposite, so if the public doesn’t clearly know then I think you are doing a good job of being impartial.

Here is a full link to the mission statement!

https://www.politico.com/aboutus/missionstatement.html

Trump’s Connection to the Russia probe

I usually find articles I want to read by scrolling through Twitter or surfing a specific website. However on Monday, I wanted to interact with a story in a different way, so instead of following my traditional news track method, I went to Politco.com Instagram page. On Politco’s Instagram story they engaged and captivated me to read an important article about Russian probe.

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On the story, Politico posted a blurb that read, “3 Politico sorties you should read today.” The second story was a picture of a graph detailing the Trump connections to the Russian probes. The post said, “The 270 people conne
cted to the Russia probes” and “swipe up for the story”.
The title of the story and the way Politico portrayed the article definitely entertained me as a reader. The article was also very interesting because it was interactive, easy to follow, and used the Trump card to gain an audience.
The story used a diagram that highlighted specific groups of people who were connected to the Russian probes while you were reading about them.

 

 

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The way the journalists compiled the information was something I hadn’t seen a lot from news outlets and it pulled me in from the start.
At the end of the page, they had a graph that listed all 270 people connected to the probe with a bio on each of them.
This Politico piece was an interesting example of investigative journalism and portrayed important information in a counterintuitive way.