Until recently, the vast majority of my knowledge about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came from my school teachers. Since first grade, I’ve learned about Dr. King through many lenses: as a great speaker, as a Baptist minister, as a nonviolent civil rights advocate. But with all due respect to my teachers, they left something big out of the picture.
Nobody even knows what they want to change about the school, they just vote for their friends…and I think that’s what’s happening for the presidential candidates.
Do teens today identify with political parties, or are they redefining political action? What does being politically active mean to you? #DoNowPolitics
I wonder, and worry, how these presidential candidates are doing so well, and it brings me back to high school. In our elections at school, the flashiest candidates win.
Some people are calling 2016 the ‘most important election of our lifetimes’, and it’s easy to see why. Technology is providing venues for new voices to have their say on issues that will have a global impact; the emotions of both the right and the left run high as the country prepares to decide what direction its leadership will take; all while more and more social-media-savvy millennials are reaching voting age.
Growing up, my understanding of politics could be summed up in two words: Republican and Democrat.
Growing up, my understanding of politics can be summed up in two words: Republican and Democrat. But now that I’m 18, I don’t identify with any political party. My own political involvement mostly happens in front of a computer screen.
Youth Radio Newsroom interns gathered around to watch President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address. As they listened to…
ProPublica is still the cool new kid in investigative journalism— less than five years in the game, and they’ve got the best toys, plenty of talent, and everyone wants to be their friend. And that doesn’t just apply to journalists. The investigative journalism outfit’s big data projects draw interest from programmers too. That’s why the Engineering and Computer Science departments at UC Berkeley asked Jeff Larson from ProPublica’s News Applications team, to talk about the new ways that coding is helping tell stories.