Archive | February, 2011

German celebrity opossum misses one Oscar pick

28 Feb

A opossum in Germany was right about every Oscar prediction, except one. The opossum picked 127 hours to win as “best picture”, the award ended up going to The Kings Speech.
“Everything went to plan,” said zoo spokeswoman Maria Saegebarth. “She took as long as she needed to predict the winners, sometimes taking naps.”
The opossum has also correctly predicted sports wins, and other award ceremonies.


Jerry Jones defends Super Bowl vision

25 Feb

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones met with Dallas/Fort Worth media Friday at the NFL Scouting combine for the first time since the Super Bowl XLV seating at Cowboys Stadium.
Jones declined to go into detail regarding the problems but, he expressed regret and disappointment about the seating issues and weather that prevented North Texas from hosting the best Super Bowl ever.
“I think that our opportunities for a Super Bowl in the future are very outstanding, very good, because of the venue that we have and because of the way the Super Bowl was supported, and, if you will, worked,” Jones said.

Gay sensity training to be given to troops

25 Feb

Combat troops will be subject to training for new policy on gays before returning to home base in the US according to  the senior enlisted man in Afghanistan. An extensive program is being launched by the Pentagon to aid the introduction of openly gay troops to the ranks. Training sessions will occur on the battlefield said Sgt. Maj. Marvin Hill. President Obama signed the bill to repeal the  “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban in December. The ban stated that gay soldiers were required to hide their sexual preferences.

Midterm for MCO 2316

25 Feb

Hello class members!

Take a look at this to review for your midterm.

You probably also want to look here for updates, notes and handouts: This is your class wiki. Think of it as a repository of information and a living, breathing source of information that you can add to. I’d love to see you add your wonderful videos/audios about interviewing here (the wiki). Just follow the Interviewing tab on the left and add. Sign up so you can sign in and everyone will know it was you.

And here’s a link to the complete review/pretest:

Also, we’ll begin beat reporting the week after Spring Break…time is short, so let’s get to work so you’re better prepared when you begin reporting.

AP Style

 News Values


Inverted Pyramid



Interviewing Situations

Oil prices still on the rise

25 Feb

Increasing oil prices continue to be one of the major concerns as the rebellion crisis in the Middle East has now spread into Northern Africa as well.  The latest uprising in Libya has some calling this the greatest threat to our global oil supply since the Persian Gulf War.  There are spare supplies of oil that could be tapped into if necessary.  However, these supplies might not last very long if more protests continue to disrupt other countries as well.  Currently, the national average for a gallon of gasoline is $3.28 and here in North Texas the average is $3.09 per gallon.

Amish children swept away in flood

25 Feb

Three Amish children were traveling on a horse and carriage in middle of a Kentucky storm. Three bodies were discovered in a creek in Graves County, but one child’s body is still missing.

London shop to make breast milk ice cream

25 Feb

A London ice cream shop started selling a new flavor of ice cream today, “Baby Gaga”. The recipe includes Madagascan vanilla pods, lemon zest and get this, breast milk.

“What could be more natural than fresh, free-range mother’s milk in an ice cream? And for me it’s a recession beater too — what’s the harm in using my assets for a bit of extra cash,” said Victoria Hiley, one of 15 mothers to donate breast milk.

The idea is that once adults see how “yummy” breast milk is, mothers will be more willing to breast-feed their newborns.