‘Lede’ing by example

first_img“I became a journalist to come as close as possible to the heart of the world.”— Henry Luce, founder of Fortune, Time, Life, and Sports Illustrated magazinesWhen seventh-grader Beatriz Ferreira saw the first issue of her school newspaper, The Tiger Universe, she remembers thinking, “Oh my God, there’s pictures of me and my friends!”The Tiger Universe also included an article Ferreira had written, a fact that impressed her family and friends. “My mom was proud, my grandma was happy, everybody that’s at school said ‘congratulations,’” said Ferreira.The students named their newspaper The Tiger Universe because the tiger is their school’s mascot, and the word “universe” implies that the newspaper will serve the entire school community.This past fall, more than a dozen Boston sixth- and seventh-graders got a taste of life as journalists. Participating in a program called Project Lede, the students learned just how much hard work goes into creating and publishing a newspaper.Founded in 2013 by Harvard student Jackie Schechter ’15 and her high school classmate, Elizabeth Quartararo, now a senior at the University of Delaware, Project Lede works with middle school students, teaching them how to conduct interviews, think like a reporter, come up with creative story ideas, and ask a lot of questions — finely honing that sense of curiosity that makes for a good journalist.Schechter and Quartararo developed the idea for Project Lede after working on their high school newspaper. “I learned a lot more than basic journalism skills from that experience,” said Schechter. “I became more engaged with the school community. I learned how to think creatively and be curious. I learned how to work with a large team of students.”The friends wanted to design a program that would bring a similar experience to middle school, which can be a formative time for students academically and socially.Quartararo and Schechter named their program Project Lede, a play on words with “leadership” and “lede,” a newspaper term for the first — or lead — paragraph in a news story. They received seed funding from the 2013 Harvard College Innovation Challenge. But it was in their hometown of Stamford, Conn., that the young women launched Project Lede as a pilot program based on a summer camp model.“The idea was to spend the summer having students learn the skills and perfect their trade. Then, when school began again in the fall, the students would form a newspaper club that continued to produce a regular school paper,” Quartararo said.Schechter and Quartararo designed the curriculum, found a faculty adviser from the middle school, and recruited and trained local high school mentors who would help keep the newspaper club up and running when the two women returned to college.That summer, they had 28 eager students ready to be journalists. “They wrote news articles, opinion pieces, profiles, and more,” said Quartararo. “To teach sports reporting, we hosted a Project Lede Olympics where the students rotated participating in the games and reporting on them. When it was time to write reviews, a local cover band performed and the students wrote about the concert.Students Gio Tammick (left) and Leonardo Da Silva look over the newspaper they helped create with Project Lede for the first time. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer“We also covered photography, layout, and journalism ethics,” said Quartararo. “The students said they had a great time and learned a lot, too.”Project Lede expanded this past summer to another Stamford middle school. In the fall, Schechter, with the help of classmate Hannah Borowsky ‘15, brought the model to Massachusetts and partnered with the Jackson/Mann K-8 School in Allston.“Harvard helped us get connected to the Jackson/Mann, and we’ve really loved working there,” said Schechter. “We were interested to see how we might use our same curriculum to run an after-school program instead of a summer camp. From September through December we [through Project Lede] are teaching the students journalism skills twice a week after school.“Starting in January, our faculty adviser at the Jackson/Mann — sixth-grade ELA [English language arts] teacher Aaron Cohen — is going to take charge, and the students will make the newspaper club their own,” Schechter added.Schechter said they have learned a lot about what does and doesn’t work in an after-school program as opposed to a summer camp. ????During the school year, students have a different set of responsibilities that aren’t an issue during the summer. They always have homework to do, for example, and are often tired after a full day of classes. We’ve been modifying parts of our curriculum to make it more engaging for them, and we’re learning as we go,” she said.Borowsky explained, “When we plan out activities for Project Lede, we’re trying to hit that sweet spot where students are gaining really important academic and interpersonal skills, while also having fun. For example, to teach about writing review articles, students got to taste-test and critique chocolate doughnuts from two different stores. Students have also gotten excited about the business aspect of producing a newspaper, becoming pros at contacting local businesses to sell advertising space in the paper.”“My favorite part was calling the businesses,” said sixth-grader Najeeb Noor.“My favorite thing is that it actually helped me get better at my ELA work,” sixth-grader Arthur Pauleus said.Jorge Lluberes, a seventh-grader in the program, agreed. “I think Project Lede is a good after-school program that helps you with your writing. It’s really fun [to do] after school — you learn how to make your own newspaper.”And because Cohen will continue the newspaper club after the Project Lede program ends, making this first newspaper was only the start.“I’ll be very glad to do it again,” Ferreira added.last_img read more

PREMIUMJiwasraya scandal sends ripples through financial industry

first_imgState-owned insurer PT Asuransi Jiwasraya’s investment mismanagement case has had a ripple effect on other companies in the financial industry.Insurance companies, investment management businesses and even cooperatives have been reportedly having liquidity problems after the Jiwasraya revelations.Read also: WanaArtha Life’s securities accounts blocked by AGO in Jiwasraya trickle down effectOn Feb. 12, privately-owned life insurer PT Asuransi Jiwa Adisarana Wanaartha (WanaArtha Life) issued a letter to its policyholders acknowledging that its securities accounts had been frozen by the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) in connection with the office’s investigation of a corruption case pertaining to Jiwasraya’s fund management.On Jan. 24, the Attorney General&rsqu… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Forgot Password ? Linkedin Topics : Log in with your social account Facebook Jiwasraya financial-industry stock-market Kresna-Asset-Management WanaArtha-Life OJK IDX insurancelast_img read more

Aymeric Laporte backs Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to ‘achieve great things’

first_imgAymeric Laporte backs Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to ‘achieve great things’ Arteta has had a promising start to his career as Arsenal coach (Picture: Getty Images)Manchester City centre-back Aymeric Laporte is confident his former coach Mikel Arteta will achieve great success as Arsenal manager. The Spaniard spent three years as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at City before making the switch to London to manage his former club. Arteta has enjoyed a solid start as Gunners boss, remaining the only side in the Premier League yet to lose a game in 2020. Laporte told Sky Sports: ‘Mikel is a great coach and, for me, he has been one of the best people I have met in Manchester.ADVERTISEMENT‘He tries to help players all the time, he had a really good relationship with everyone and with me especially.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I think he’s a great manager and he will make great things in his coaching career.’ Comment Arteta was Guardiola’s understudy at Manchester City (Picture: Getty Images)City boss Guardiola admits Arteta has already shown promising signs as a manager, he said: ‘His positional game is getting better day by day. Doing that in a short time is not easy. ‘And I’m pretty sure Arsenal will have success in the future with him on the bench.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalMan City’s Premier League clash with Arsenal due to take place on Wednesday has been postponed, due to fears over coronavirus. Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis confirmed he had contracted the virus, just 13 days after the Greek side’s trip to the Emirates Stadium. The Arsenal players and staff involved will follow government guidelines on self-isolation, but Saturday’s clash against Brighton is still expected to go ahead. Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Mikel Arteta reveals Gabriel Martinelli’s best position at ArsenalMORE: Pep Guardiola highlights the major improvement Mikel Arteta has made at Arsenal Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 11 Mar 2020 10:47 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.3kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

ATP plots more direct investments as returns stall

first_imgATP’s chief executive Christian Hyldahl, said of the Q1 result: “In a difficult market, a negative return of 1% for the first quarter of the year was satisfactory in light of the very high returns realised in 2017.“The result indicates that returns are about to be normalised as central banks place a tighter hold on liquidity and ramp up interest rates.” Christian Hyldahl, CEO, ATPATP’s allocations to credit, inflation-related instruments, state and mortgage bonds, and listed international equities all made a loss in the three-month period. Holdings in unlisted equities, infrastructure, real estate and listed Danish equities all made gains.Listed international equities lost DKK2bn, while state and mortgage bonds lost DKK1.4bn.In contrast, unlisted equities banked a DKK1.2bn profit, while infrastructure and real estate returned DKK932m and DKK787m respectively.Hyldahl told IPE that the Q1 result was a reflection of ATP’s diversified investment portfolio.“The core of our investment process is to construct a portfolio that is robust, built on risk factors and diversified into both illiquid and liquid markets,” he said.However, the CEO warned that market volatility was now coming back to a more “normal” state.“I think that with this type of volatility and this adjustment we will see for the rest of the year, we may have some negative quarters but hopefully our performance will be robust,” Hyldahl said.The latest quarterly results were confirmation that unlisted equities, real estate and infrastructure were strategically important asset classes, he added.“We see a lot of value in real estate,” Hyldahl said. “I’m not saying its cheap, but as a building block in the portfolio we see real estate as extremely important. In Q1 it is not the market value of properties that has been written up, but it’s the cashflow that has produced the positive return.”Direct investmentsIn February, ATP announced it was cutting its venture capital exposure and closing its office in New York, which was a base for its private equity subsidiary, ATP PEP.However, Hyldahl said the pension fund’s global direct investments would increase.Asset allocation via the ATP PEP fund of funds arm would be kept at current levels, he said, with the business to open a sixth fund to offset the run-offs from the older fund. Europe’s fourth largest pension fund, ATP, reported a loss on its investment portfolio in the first three months of this year as listed equity markets dived.The fund said it planned to increase its direct investments, which made solid profits in the quarter.The investment portfolio – which makes up less than a sixth of the Danish statutory pension fund’s total assets – lost DKK1bn (€134m) in the first quarter to stand at DKK116bn at the end of March.The loss followed a stellar 2017, in which ATP’s investment portfolio gained 29.5%, helped in particular by public and private equity allocations.center_img ATP wants to make more direct investments, such as its involvement in the takeover of TDCCredit: Uffe WengNew direct investments “could also be in the form of deals such as the transaction we entered into with TDC”, the chief executive added.Earlier this month, ATP – in a Macquarie-led consortium including fellow Danish pension funds PFA and PKA – won shareholder approval to buy TDC, the country’s former national telecommunications operator.ATP’s total assets across its guaranteed portfolio and its investment portfolio came to DKK768.5bn at the end of March, despite a total loss of DKK1.8bn loss across both segments.last_img read more

USC Residential Education holds first college cup

first_imgAs the University continues to change, USC has taken an active role in forging new concepts and traditions for students. On Friday, the University’s incoming fall class attended the first annual Residential College Cup Ceremony and Rally at Hahn Plaza and the Galen Center.Freshmen gathered at Hahn Plaza for a traditional Trojan welcome that included a performance by the USC marching band, the Spirit of Troy. Following the hour-long welcome, flag-bearers for each residential college led students from the Plaza to the Galen Center.The ceremony opened with a message from Vice President for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry, who encouraged students to take advantage of the Residential College Cup by participating in various campus activities throughout the year with their peers.Afterwards, students engaged in various games and spirit competitions to earn points for their respective residential colleges. New North ended the night with a victory, as announced at the event, while West Residential College won the most points for spirit.After launching the residential college model in 2012, USC Residential Education has taken major steps toward improving the social and cultural atmosphere of on-campus housing communities. To prepare for the opening of five additional colleges at USC Village, the department has worked to reintroduce the model among the six current residential colleges.The Cup competition was conceived as a year-long endeavor for victory among students at New North, Birnkrant, South, West, Parkside Arts & Humanities and Parkside International Residential Colleges.For some students, the establishment of the Cup represents strong efforts by the University to create a sense of community and belonging for new students in residential life.“[The Residential College Cup] gives students something to be a part of right from the start. When preparing for college, one of my biggest worries was figuring out ways to get involved with my fellow students,” said Cameron Greely, a freshman majoring in film and television production. “With the cup, I already have a team and a goal to shoot for.”Others were not as receptive to the idea of the competition and were disappointed by the logistical planning of the ceremony. Jenna Lin, a freshman studying arts, technology and the business of innovation, expressed her dissatisfaction with the event.“The length of the event was slightly longer than I had anticipated,” Lin said. “It was very overwhelming for freshmen who had just recently moved in. There weren’t many breaks in between events, and despite the fact that there were a lot of different competitions, only a number of students were able to participate while the majority simply sat on the bleachers and observed.”The Cup competition included a variety of events hosted throughout the year. Intramural leagues for residential colleges have been established for the academic year in a partnership with USC Recreational Sports, according to ResEd. In addition, the competition will also feature a variety of events such as quiz bowls, community service events and exclusive programming. Points will be kept and maintained by USC Residential Education, and the winner of the Residential College Cup will be announced by the end of the academic year.last_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau Podcast Directory

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau produces regular audio content that is available for download on iTunes and Google Play.Town Hall Ohio is a weekly public affairs radio program. The hour-long broadcast elevates important issues such as private property rights, food safety, wildlife, education, science and technology, business challenges, government and politics. High profile guests from government, industry, academia and other arenas are regular guests on the program.  Policy Counsel Leah Curtis discusses topics impacting farmers and landowners such as property rights, taxes and other legal and regulatory issues. Director of Water Quality and Research Jordan Hoewischer hosts conversations with experts and leaders who are helping to shape and secure the future of Ohio’s ag industry for generations to come. Hear from Ohio Farm Bureau staff experts on a range of topics impacting Ohio farmers and landowners.last_img read more

Songs for Christmas 2016

first_imgDonald Trump’s SongOh, the weather outside is frightful,But the new AC is delightful,I’ll tell you what I’ve always felt:Let it melt! Let it melt! Let it melt!Polar bears these days are thinkingThat the ice cap seems to be shrinking,I’ll tell you what I’ve always felt:Let it melt! Let it melt! Let it melt!The heat shows no signs of stopping,And the corn in the fields is popping,I’ll tell you what I’ve always felt:Let it melt! Let it melt! Let it melt!We expect a most wild ride,Because it’s so hot outside,I’ll tell you what I’ve always felt:Let it melt! Let it melt! Let it melt! I’m Dreaming of a Cold ChristmasI’m dreaming of a cold ChristmasJust like the ones we used to know,With pies on the tableAnd a climate that’s stableAnd snowmen made of real snow.I’m dreaming of a cold ChristmasJust like the ones in years gone by,With fewer forest fires,And leaders who weren’t liars,When warm weather didn’t make us cry.I’m dreaming of a cold ChristmasWith every Christmas card I writeWith temps (please!) in a normal range —And no threat of rapid climate change. Donald Trump Is Coming To TownYou better watch outYou folks at DOE,You better not pout,Because, you’ll see:Donald Trump is coming to town.He’s making a listAnd checking it twice;He’s gonna find outWho’s naughty or nice:Donald Trump is coming to town.You’re thinking of retiring?And how you want to time it?Well, Trump will soon be… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

2017 Youth Trans Tasman Referee Appointments

first_imgRelated LinksYTT Referee Appointments Congratulations to the following referees who received appointments at the 2017 Youth Trans Tasman.Game 1: Friday 20 January 201718 Mixed: John Wright, Luke Saldern and Dai Tui Taylor18 Women’s: Chris Schwerdt, Henri Labuschagne and Brian Blechynden18 Men’s: Luke Heckendorf, John Dustow and Anthony Smith20 Mixed: Rob Bowen, George Haswell and Tony Calabria20 Women’s: Alisha Ruaiti, Logan Forrester and Amanda Sheeky20 Men’s: Luke McKenzie, Cameron MacDonald and Richie HeapGame 2: Saturday 21 January 201718 Mixed: Logan Forrester, Brian Blechynden and Luke Saldern18 Women’s: Dali Tui Taylor, Henri Labuschange and John Wright18 Men’s: Luke Heckendorf, John Dustow and Chris Schwerdt 20 Mixed: Rob Bowen, George Haswell and Anthony Smith20 Women’s: Tony Calabria, Alisha Ruaiti and Amanada Sheeky20 Men’s: Luke McKenzie, Cameron MacDonald and Richie Heap Game 3: Sunday 22 January 201718 Mixed: Logan Forrester, Brian Blechynden and Luke Saldern18 Women’s: Dali Tui Taylor, Henri Labuschange and John Wright18 Men’s: Luke Heckendorf, John Dustow and Chris Schwerdt 20 Mixed: Rob Bowen, George Haswell and Anthony Smith20 Women’s: Tony Calabria, Alisha Ruaiti and Amanada Sheeky20 Men’s: Luke McKenzie, Cameron MacDonald and Richie Heap last_img read more

Reliable Water Supply for 200,000 Residents in Corporate Area

first_imgThe quality and reliability of water supply to over 200,000 residents in the Corporate Area should be significantly improved, as the Mona and Hope water treatment plants have been rehabilitated at a cost of $1.6 billion. The two facilities have a combined output of more than 40 per cent of the National Water Commission’s (NWC) water production capacity in Kingston and St. Andrew. Speaking at the official commissioning ceremony at the Mona Reservoir complex on June 27, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, noted that the newly rehabilitated plants will provide savings for the NWC in terms of operating efficiencies and will also benefit customers in terms of service quality. He pointed out thatin a world that is increasingly being impacted by climate change, it is important that the island’s infrastructure be built and maintained to withstand increasing and unpredictable demands. “In other words, water supply systems have to be able to reasonably cope with drought one moment, flooding and turbidity the next and the attendant howling winds and pelting rains of a hurricane the next,” the Minister said. Mr. Pickersgill further noted that the rehabilitation project represents recognition by the NWC of the importance of building a culture of maintenance, so that the country’s existing infrastructure can serve better, longer and be far more efficient. “This is very important if we, as a country, are to get the very best out of our existing infrastructure and to contain the costs that would otherwise be involved if we were to be constantly constructing new facilities,” he said. The Mona Water treatment plant is the second largest such facility in Jamaica and is connected to the country’s largest raw water storage reservoir. The rehabilitation effort has restored the facility to its original designed capacity of 16 million gallons per day, up from the previous average daily production of 13.5 million gallons per day. The work involved the repair of the rapid gravity filters, and the replacement of filter media; installation of automation and regulation controls and equipment, meters and valves; rehabilitation of chemical dosing equipment, including new chlorination facilities; repairs to existing buildings, walkways and other structures; replacement of backwash pumps; upgrading of the storm water drainage system protecting the plant during flood rains, storms and hurricanes, and rehabilitation of the raw water pumping station located at Mona, which serves the Hope filter plant. In the meantime, the Hope Water Treatment Plant was rehabilitated to restore it to its earlier design capacity of 6.5 million gallons per day. Mr. Pickersgill outlined that the works included the rehabilitation of intake structure on the Hope River; rehabilitation of more than two miles of raw water channel, aqueduct, gravel and silt traps; replacement of chemical dosing equipment; repairs to buildings and other structures; repairs and modifications to the settlement tank; and repairs and improvements to slow sand filters, including re-sanding. The Minister pointed out that the project was completed within budget and on time.Contact: Andrea Brahamlast_img read more

Halle Berry To Host Revlon RunWalk For Women In Los Angeles

first_imgOn Saturday, May 10, 2014, the 21st Annual EIF Revlon Run/Walk For Women will take place in Los Angeles.Created by the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), Revlon, and Lilly Tartikoff, the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women has become one of the largest single-day fundraisers for women’s cancers in the United States. More than 25,000 participants are expected to join and to help raise critical funds to support women’s cancer research, counseling and outreach programs.The event will be hosted by Revlon Global Brand Ambassador Halle Berry, Golden Globe and double Emmy-winning actor Bruce Willis, and Emmy Award-winning actress Christina Applegate with special guest Entertainment Tonight’s Brooke Anderson.There will be special performances by Grammy Award-winning artist Brandy, who will sing the National Anthem during the opening ceremony, and British crooner and recording artist Matt Goss will perform for participants after crossing the finish line. Additional guests to be announced soon.Launched in 1994 through the combined efforts of Lilly Tartikoff, Ronald O. Perelman (Chairman of Revlon, Inc.) and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), the EIF REVLON Run/Walk for Women has distributed more than $70 million to date for cancer research, counseling and outreach programs. The events have raised much needed funds that have helped to deliver a novel, non-toxic treatment for breast cancer called Herceptin with another promising non-toxic treatment on the way.Find out more about the event here.last_img read more