My Experience Covering the G8 and NATO Summits

I have to admit when I was assigned to cover the German perspective of the G8 and NATO summits I was not at all thrilled about it. I love the Lincoln Square neighborhood and have been there many times, but never to talk to people about their heritage or politics.

I felt unprepared and nervous to discuss a topic with strangers that I myself was not completely familiar with. After researching Germany’s position on a lot of the key issues that would be discussed during the summits, my opinion started to change about the nation.

I held a similar opinion as Erin Suss, the woman I interviewed for the story, in that I really only associated Germany with one thing, the Holocaust, and that’s pretty much it.

After learning that Germany is strongly opposed to nuclear weapons, war and is earnest about a smart and financially sound way to return troops home from Afghanistan. My thoughts began to turn from resentment and more towards understanding for the German nation.

Going to Lincoln Square and talking to a lot of the local residents turned out to be a lot more fun than I expected, but this part turned out to be the hardest of all. It seemed that most people, all except Erin Suss, had absolutely no idea what was going on in the G8 and NATO Summits.

Everyone I talked too, felt immense pride for their German heritage and were a little embarrassed when I asked them a question about Germany and they had no idea what I was talking about. It was hard to find a person to interview, but eventually I found Suss.

As far as my expectations go for covering the NATO summit in Chicago are, I’m not going to expect people to be fully aware of what is going on.

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What Local Cubs Fans Have to Say About This Year’s Team

The Chicago Cubs have had the stigma of being cursed, poorly managed and just flat out terrible for over 100 years.

This year the Ricketts, the owners of the Cubs, made some surprising changes in a chance to rebuild the organization. Including hiring a new manager Dale Sveum, trading Aramis Ramirez to the Milwaukee Brewers and getting rid of Carlos Zambrano, opening up some serious cash for the upcoming season.

They still have some amazing talent this year, but Cubs fans might just be a little too jaded to give them another chance. Here are what some fans, residents and workers of the Wrigleyville neighborhood had to say:

Check out what people are saying about this year’s Chicago Cubs

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Local News and The World Today

                It’s no secret that today’s news outlets are evolving and changing on a daily basis, and I’m not talking about the actual news, I’m talking about the way in which audiences are receiving their news.

                What used to be a no brainer, you go out and get the morning paper, has turned into, you roll over check your smart phone for any facebook updates, check your email, and then check your favorite news outlet for the day’s top stories.

                You can do all this without ever leaving your bed. It would not surprise me in the least if one asked a first grader to draw how their mom’s and dad’s get the news, out of 30 or so students, not one would draw a newspaper. In fact I bet if asked to draw a newspaper the blank stares would be vast among them.

                In Ken Doctor’s book, Newsonomics, he talks greatly about the ever changing world of journalism. A world that once seemed so grounded and sturdy in the past is now in an endangered new frontier. 

                News rooms that used to buzz with excitement are now full of crickets and cobwebs. That’s not to say that people are not still getting their news daily, in fact people now a days are receiving more news than ever. Universal news it available and ready for the taking at any given moment.

                Local news however is much, much harder to find.  Doctor’s states, “Over the years, the ravages of Internet competition had damaged the local press more than the national, and then the recession came along, just as a fierce storm whacks off the limbs of weakened trees ” (45).

Since the Internet is forever changing so is way people are choosing to get their news. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today are still the heavy hitters when it comes to print, but when it come to online media they don’t even compare to Facebook or Twitter. Word of mouth is becoming the most reliable news source.

                I think that this trend has a direct effect on today’s media market. It’s exciting and nerve racking at the same time. The Internet is literally forcing people to be innovative and to create outlets that have never been created before.  People need to evolve with the internet in order to create a stable business, that allows journalist to do their jobs.

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