Swisher’s influence will continue to be felt by community

first_img Book Nook to reopen Swisher’s influence will continue to be felt by community Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson “Bobbie had such a spark, such a passion that she passed on to her students that it’s like she is still with us in some small way,” Jinright said. “Her influence will be felt in many ways for years to come. She was a wonderful person and a great teacher. There was just something about “Mrs. Swisher” that made you want to work hard and be the best you could be.”Swisher was a longtime and dedicated member of the Troy Arts Council. She called Elaine Blair, chair of the TAC’s Patrons’ Drive on Thursday and asked her to come by and pick up a check for the arts council’s upcoming season of events.“Bobbie wanted to make sure the arts council had her support,” Blair said. “That was so typical of her. She was always thinking of others and never of herself. By The Penny Hoarder Print Article “Bobbie Swisher was one of the finest people I have ever known. She meant everything to me and to our community. She was the epitome of everything good.”Blair knew Swisher as a personal friend, as a patron of the arts and as a fellow church member.“Bobbie and Rhae were such a fun couple,” she said. “We went on many TAC trips together and they were a joy be around.”Swisher was active in her church, First United Methodist Church of Troy. She was a Sunday school teacher, a member of the Annie B. Green Sunday school class, the United Methodist Women and the chancel choir. She served on various church committees and participated in all church activities. Sunday was a sad day in Troy as people learned of the death of Bobbie Swisher, a beloved teacher and community member.“To live in the hearts of those you love is to never die” and no more fitting words could be said of Swisher.She will live on in the hearts of the many whose lives she touched as she journeyed through this world, said John Jinright, a former student and friend. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Published 6:32 pm Monday, July 28, 2014 “She had a strong and abiding faith,” Blair said. “I don’t know of a finer woman anywhere.”Betty Wagoner taught at Charles Henderson High School where Swisher taught English, journalism and debate.“Bobbie was one of the finest teachers Charles Henderson has ever had,” Wagoner said. “She had the debate team and they went everywhere and won all kinds of trophies. Bobbie was a fantastic teacher and the students loved her and respected her. She was always doing something for the good of the school, for others and to make our community a better place.”Wagoner said Swisher touched so many lives in so many different ways – as a teacher and as a community servant.She was also a member for the 19th Century Club, the Woman’s Club, the Troy Music Study Club and the Garden Club.Betty Spann said there was not a better club member than Swisher.“Bobbie held every office in the 19th Century Club and the Troy Music Study Club,” she said. “We taught school together at the middle school before she moved to the high school. She was an outstanding teacher and so dedicated.”Spann said Swisher was honored one year as the Woman of the Year in Troy and nobody was more deserving.“Bobbie was not originally from the South but nobody could represent Troy any better,” she said. “I never heard her say an unkind word about anybody. She always had a smile. She was a marvelous Christian lady. She is in the heavenly choir now.”center_img Sponsored Content Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Email the author You Might Like Aster Ave. shooting leaves one in critical condition The Troy Police Department has arrested one person in connection with a Saturday night shooting. Troy Police Chief Jimmy Ennis… read more Latest Stories By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Lyon respond to rumours Arsenal have agreed transfer deal with Houssem Aouar

first_imgArsenal are eyeing a move for Chelsea midfielder Jorginho (Picture: Getty)Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey remains firmly on Arsenal’s radar and Chelsea midfielder Jorginho emerged as a possible target this week. Asked about Jorginho’s links with Arsenal on Friday, Arteta responded: ‘We are still open to improve our team. ‘We are looking for different options depending on what happens with our players here.‘We are getting prepared just in case we need to do something.’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 ArsenalPressed further on Jorginho, Arteta added: ‘I cannot open up on players that play for a different team and their qualities. ‘It’s not appropriate.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Jurgen Klopp explains why Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are so difficult to play againstMORE: Ray Parlour explains why Arsenal should attempt to sign Dele Alli over Jorginho Liverpool v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 13:41FullscreenLiverpool v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/liverpool-v-arsenal-mikel-arteta-press-conference-2257034/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Arsenal have been unable to agree a fee with Lyon with the transfer deadline fast approaching – but reports on Friday suggested the north London giants were making significant progress in their pursuit of the Frenchman.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to French outlet L’Equipe, Aouar has agreed personal terms with the Gunners after European heavyweights Barcelona and Juventus dropped out of this summer’s race for his signature.However, Lyon president Aulas sent a clear message to Arsenal on Saturday morning as he directly responded to L’Equipe‘s story on Twitter. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 26 Sep 2020 10:17 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.5kShares Houssem Aouar has been heavily linked with Arsenal in recent weeks (Picture: Getty)Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has played down rumours Houssem Aouar could be on his way to Arsenal and insists the club are still counting on the midfielder for the new campaign.Aouar, 22, is regarded as one of the top young midfielders in world football after starring on Lyon’s path to the Champions League semi-finals last season and his outstanding performances in the competition made Europe’s elite sit up and take notice.Mikel Arteta is keen to strengthen his options in the middle of the park and Lyon chief Juninho confirmed that Arsenal technical director Edu had made contact over a possible agreement for Aouar earlier this month. Advertisement Transferts : Houssem Aouar (OL) d’accord avec Arsenal – ⁦@OL⁩ ⁦:il y aura très peu de départs: pour Houssem Arsenal est bcp trop éloigné de sa valeur: on compte sur lui pour faire un grand match à Lorient et mener l’OL en CL l’année prochaine 👍 https://t.co/8SUKIHLcLJ— Jean-Michel AULAS (@JM_Aulas) September 26, 2020‘There will be very few departures,’ Aulas said. ‘For Houssem, Arsenal are too far from his value: we are counting on him playing a great match against Lorient (this weekend) before leading Lyon in the Champions League next year.’It’s understood Lyon have lowered their valuation of Aouar from £55m to between £36-41m but it appears Arsenal are still some way short of the Ligue 1 club’s new asking price. Comment Advertisement Lyon respond to rumours Arsenal have agreed transfer deal with Houssem Aouarlast_img read more

Local school district announces end of school plans

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.— The final day of school for students is just around the corner and Alpena Public Schools has released end of school year procedures for grade level groups. The final day of school is June 4th and APS will contact families with information regarding textbook drop off and personal belonging pick up.Kindergarten through 2nd grade students can expect a final choice board to be posted for the final two weeks. Third through 5th grade students will continue with Google Classroom and 6th through 12th grade students are required to submit all assignments by tomorrow may 27th.All district chrome books not including Lincoln Elementary School are to be turned in the week of June 8th at thunder bay junior school. Teachers are offering office hours for students in need of help. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious State to investigate failures of Edenville, Sanford DamsNext The City of Alpena proclaims High School Senior Recognition Daylast_img read more

Clippers’ Landry Shamet eager to play alongside Kawhi Leonard, Paul George

first_img“Just being a shooter, knowing how teams are going to play those guys, I feel like I am a smart, cerebral guy on that end,” said Shamet, who is shooting 41.5 percent overall and 38.7 from 3-point range in 11 games this season.“I know where to find my spots.”INJURY UPDATESRivers said Patrick Beverley (concussion) and Lou Williams (right calf soreness) practiced Monday, but the 58-year-old coach cautioned that even he could’ve made it through the session, “which is telling you it was very little movement.”Continued Rivers: “We’re tired, we had a back-to-back, we got into Chicago at 3:45 a.m. or whatever and most of the guys probably went to bed at 5. Next night we landed in L.A. at 2:30 a.m. I went out after that, of course, went to the clubs – and so I went to bed at 5. So today I almost canceled practice. It was one of those coaching things, tough to decide.”In the end, he said his players decided for him: “Everyone was gonna come in, so we had practice.”Closing a tough six-game trip in Chicago, the Clippers were missing both guards, as well as Kawhi Leonard (injury management) and JaMychal Green (tailbone contusion).Beverley, Williams and Green all are listed as questionable for Tuesday’s game on the official injury report. Rivers said he doubted Green would play Tuesday. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 PLAYA VISTA — Landry Shamet stood before a media scrum on Monday at the Clippers’ training facility for the first time in five weeks, healed and happy to talk about his role beside Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.“I want to play basketball and I don’t like to sit out,” Shamet said. “It sucked, but I was patient, diligent, competitive in my rehab and I’m back.”Shamet showed as much in the Clippers’ loss Saturday in Chicago, when he was 4 for 5 from the field, including shooting a confident 3 for 4 from 3-point range, finishing with 11 points in 21 minutes.“He’s still gotta get back into the flow of the game,” teammate Montrezl Harrell said. “But for the minutes that he was out there, he gave us productive minutes.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Shamet can envision it, too.Related Articles Saturday marked Shamet’s first action since he sustained a sprained left ankle on Nov. 11. It also was his first game alongside George, who missed the first 11 games this season as he completed rehab on his surgically repaired shoulders.“I think I will be able to find spots and figure out where I can be effective with this team,” said Shamet, the Clippers’ second-year sharpshooter, whose 167 regular-season 3-pointers last season rank fourth all-time on the rookie 3-point leaderboard.“I wasn’t playing with Paul George before I got hurt, so I have to get acclimated to him, and Kawhi didn’t play the other night, my first game back, so still yet to be on the floor with both those guys.”Coach Doc Rivers predicts good looks ahead for the former Wichita State star, starting Tuesday night when the Clippers (20-8) host the Phoenix Suns (11-14).“When we put that whole group out on the floor, I think what we’ll find – or what he’ll find – is nobody is guarding him at times, which for him will be a new thing,” Rivers said. “It’s tough to key on him. You could see Chicago just wasn’t ready to key on Sham because they were worried about Lou (Williams) and Kawhi and PG – obviously, they didn’t know those two weren’t playing – but you could see that.” Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ last_img read more

Softball Splits On First Day of Oklahoma Invite

first_img Grand Canyon PDF Box Score Live Stats In the eighth with one, Buie lined her second single of the game into left field, but she was caught stealing with Roemmich up. Roemmich then lined out to the end the eighth for the Bulldogs. Northwestern started its at-bat with a single followed with a runner reaching on an error by Ryan. The Wildcats next batter ended the game with a walk-off single to left. Drake (12-10) led Northwestern, 1-0, after Libby Ryan’s (Mount Vernon, Iowa) singled in Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.) in the sixth inning. Buie reached with a one-out single and Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) followed with a bunt single. Buie then stole third and Roemmich later took second with her own steal. Ryan then hit a ball deep to the Wildcats’ shortstop that allowed Ryan to score the game’s first run. Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) popped up to the pitcher to end the inning. Northwestern PDF Box Score Next Game: Preview Drake closes the Oklahoma Invite Saturday at 1 p.m. against the host school, No. 4 Oklahoma. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Oklahoma + and the Fox Sports Go app. Print Friendly Version FSOK+ at Oklahoma 3/9/2019 – 1 p.m.center_img NORMAN, Okla. – The Drake University softball team started the 2019 Oklahoma Invite with a 3-1 victory over Grand Canyon and in its second game Friday Northwestern rallied for a 2-1 win in eight innings. Newman pitched eight innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits with nine strikeouts and two walks. Her record moved to 5-5 on the season.   Northwestern answered in the seventh. Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.), who had allowed just two hits going into the frame, gave up a leadoff double. After a groundout that moved the runner over to third, the Wildcats tied the game with a single to centerfield. Newman retired the next hitter as the game went to extra innings, Drake’s first of the season. Story Links Watch Live In the win over Grand Canyon, Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) started and pitched well in 6.1 innings. Timmons, who improved to 7-5 with the win, allowed one run on four hits with one strikeout and two walks. She pitched out of two jams, once in the second inning when Grand Canyon had runners on second and third with one, and later in the fourth when the Lopes loaded the bases but only scored once. In every other inning besides the seventh, Timmons retired the side in order. In the seventh, Newman came in after Timmons hit Grand Canyon’s second batter with one out. Newman made fast work of the Lopes’ hitters retiring both on just 10 total pitches for her third save of the season. At the plate, Buie had three hits while Pena, who went 2-for-3, drove in one run and her stolen base of second in the first inning led to Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) being able to score from third base for the Bulldogs’ second run. Pena’s RBI single came in the fourth inning. Full Schedule Roster last_img read more

Alex set to join PSG – report

first_imgChelsea defender Alex is set to snub QPR and join former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti at Paris St-Germain, according to the Daily Mirror.The transfer-listed centre-back has been holding talks with R’s manager Mark Hughes but is believed to favour a £4m move to the French club, who are also being linked with Frank Lampard.The Daily Mail suggest QPR could order Anton Ferdinand to shake hands with John Terry before Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Chelsea.The Mail also say Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich remains determined to drive through a move for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Willian before the transfer deadline. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Sea Monsters Were For Real

first_imgA large fossil crocodile-like sea monster with a bullet-shaped snout has been reported in Science.1  See MSNBC News for a summary.  For an artistic rendering of what Dakosaurus andiniensis might have looked like, see National Geographic News, which states that the discovery will be the December cover story of their magazine.  Dubbed “Godzilla” by its discoverers, it would have looked pretty scary to seafaring sailors, but according to the evolutionary scheme of things, of course, the two would never have met.  The creature died out 135 million years ago on the evolutionary timeline.  So, then, what did ancient mariners see at sea?1News reports said this discovery was to be reported in the Nov. 11 issue of Science, but it does not appear in the Table of Contents.  Perhaps publication was delayed.We get excited about the big finds, but the fossil record is full of extinct creatures of all sizes and shapes.  Our world is species-poor compared to the diversity of creatures that have inhabited this planet’s lands and seas, as revealed in the fossil record.  Was this a missing link?  Apparently not; one researcher said, “This [animal] forms a very distinct lineage that appears early on in the evolutionary history of crocodiles—invading the sea and showing outstanding adaptation to the marine environment.” (Emphasis added in all quotes.)  He also said that it represents “the most drastic evolutionary change in the history of marine crocodiles.”  They are not even quite sure how to classify the creature.  There appear to be more questions than answers: NG News said, “The researchers don’t yet know what events triggered the relatively sudden emergence of Dakosaurus, nor do they know what caused it to go extinct.”  Like ichthyosaurs, then, the creature appeared suddenly in the record, flourished for a time, and just as suddenly vanished (see 04/20/2005 story).  What a world.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Nissan works at keeping it local

first_imgHe said that the pressure on local suppliers was likely to increase as global suppliers found innovative ways to reduce costs, including those of logistics, while local raw material suppliers continued to apply “benchmarked” pricing – not to mention the impact of the electricity price hike. Responding to challenges Increasing local content “So the local supplier base has challenges in terms of model complexities and short production runs due to – comparatively speaking – low volumes in South Africa,” Haasbroek said. “However, this can be overcome by being innovative, flexible and resilient.” “In this way we work with suppliers to become globally competitive, with the aim of ensuring sustainability of the local industry,” Haasbroek said. “Conversely, a project with higher volumes and longer remaining model life provides more opportunity to pay back the investment of localising.” SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Nissan South Africa is helping its local parts suppliers to enter into technical cooperation agreements with overseas suppliers in order to remain globally competitive and, ultimately, to enhance the local content level of vehicles made in South Africa. “It is not simply about sourcing with the lowest cost supplier, but about partnering with suppliers that share our vision of a sustainable and competitive auto industry and [original equipment manufacturer] supplier base in South Africa,” Nissan SA purchasing general manager Stefan Haasbroek said in a statement this week, adding that such collaboration would ultimately enhance local content levels. “In order to increase production volume – a Nissan target going forward to meet APDP requirements – we are driving hard to increase local content to above an average of 60% on key models while maintaining globally competitive cost structures,” Haasbroek said. 26 March 2010 For this reason, local content on the Hardbody range, a Nissan SA mainstay, has significantly higher local content than some other vehicles, coming in at almost 60%, and Haasbroek said the company was aiming to increase local content in the vehicle by an additional 7%. However, Nissan South Africa said it was partnering with local suppliers to respond to this challenge, including facilitating linkages between local and global parts suppliers. In addition to this, benchmarking of cost structures allows for the identification of focus areas to reduce cost, made possible by the power of the Renault Nissan Purchasing Organisation – the alliance partnership between the two automotive manufacturers. Nissan South Africa’s localisation strategy is in alignment with the objectives of the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP), effective from 2013 onwards, which will offer incentives to manufacturers who produce in excess of 50 000 vehicles. Another challenge for local suppliers is the advantage that some global suppliers have in countries with a high total industry volume, which allows for competitive costs structures and improved efficiencies. There is a relationship between the level of local content and the specific vehicle project: “A project with a relatively short model life and/or relatively low volumes will not attract high levels of local content,” Haasbroek said.last_img read more

Weekly Wrap-up: Ashton Kutcher’s Twitter Account Hacked, iPad 2 Specs, Light Painting Wi-Fi, and More…

first_imgTags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups Ashton Kutcher, star of TV and Twitter, was at TED this last week when a surprising tweet popped up in his stream: “Ashton, you’ve been Punk’d. This account is not secure. Dude, where’s my SSL?” Laugh all you want – when was the last time you double checked to see if you were using https://twitter.com, Twitter’s secure URL?After the jump you’ll find more of this week’s top news stories on some of the key trends that are shaping the Web – mobile, location, app stores – plus highlights from our six channels. Read on for more.Top Stories of the Week YC Startup Custora Helps Businesses Battle ChurnControl Any Desktop Computer From Your iPad with GoToMyPCApple Launches Program to Help Small Businesses Move to Mac, iPad, iPhoneReadWriteHackReadWriteHack is a resource and guide for developers. Mobile Operating System Market Share, Feb. 2011 (Infographic)iPhone Application Development for DummiesWeekly Poll: Too Little, Too Late for a Microsoft Tablet?Enjoy your weekend everyone!Subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-upYou can subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-up by RSS or by email below.RWW Weekly Wrap-up Email Subscription form: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Cloud + Machine-to-Machine = Disruption of Things: Part 1Weekly Poll: Is the iPad 2 Suited for the Cloud?The Road to the Cloud: How Do You Move Applications to the Cloud?ReadWriteBizReadWriteBiz is a resource and guide for small to medium businesses. Crawl Bank Accounts with the Ghost of WesabeRStudio: An Open Source and Cross-Platform IDE for RBuilding an E-Commerce App Made Easy With Tinypay.me’s New APIReadWriteMobileReadWriteMobile is dedicated to helping its community understand the strategic business and technical implications of developing mobile applications. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img ReadWrite Sponsors Quora for Startups: Sprouter Pivots to Focus on Q&A for EntrepreneursWhat the AngelList Debate Means for the Future of Startup InvestinghackNY Expands Its Internship Program, Matching Student Hackers and NYC StartupsReadWriteCloudReadWriteCloud, sponsored by VMware and Intel, is dedicated to Virtualization and Cloud Computing. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Ashton Kutcher’s Twitter Account Hacked at TEDAll the Details on Apple’s iPad 2: Specs, Pricing, Release DateAndroid Becomes Number One in U.S. Smartphone Market ShareLight Painting Wi-Fi (Haunting Video)Mozilla Makes A Better Case for Web Apps in Minutes Than Google Did in MonthsMore coverage and analysis from ReadWriteWebCheck Out The ReadWriteWeb iPhone App As well as enabling you to read ReadWriteWeb while on the go or lying on the couch, we’ve made it easy to share ReadWriteWeb posts directly from your iPhone, on Twitter and Facebook using the official ReadWriteWeb iPhone app. You can also follow the RWW team on Twitter, directly from the app. We invite you to download it now from iTunes. LocationYobongo Hits the App Store: Can It Deliver?Yelp Would Like to Have Its Cake & Eat it, Too (Plus the Cake Tastes Terrible!)More Location coverageMobileAre We Entering the Dark Ages of Mobile Apps?Chomp for Android is a Promising, but Imperfect, Android Market AlternativeMore Mobile coverageApp StoresIn-App Payments for Android Still Coming in Q1 2011More App Stores coverageReadWriteEnterpriseReadWriteEnterprise is devoted to enterprise 2.0 and using social software inside organizations. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Live Blog from IBM Pulse: The Data World – Buildings, Homes…You Name ItDoes Your Social Media Strategy Include Africa and China?Salesforce.com Bringing Apple’s FaceTime to the Contact CenterReadWriteStartReadWriteStart, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, is a resource for startups and entrepreneurs.last_img read more

Toward A Digital Code Of Ethics For Journalists & Researchers

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos “Stealing” Tweets And Facebook PostsThe academics and researchers focused on the implications of using data from unknowing YouTube, Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter research subjects. As a tech journalist covering digital culture, I’ve often used such social media messages for articles without the author’s permission. I’ve rarely bothered to reach out to the authors to let them know they’ve been quoted, either. On more than one of my articles, I’ve received complaints from people who were quoted without their permission, including pseudonym-using redditors. I’ve even been blocked by a journalist I admire for (presumably) using her tweets to make her look bad.In my defense, I am not alone in using other people’s social media messages without their permission. Everyone does this now; even mainstream outlets like Fox News and CNN regularly pull tweets for reaction round-up posts – and no one bats an eye. Sometimes these social media messages are collected to celebrate a man’s prediction prowess, other times to shame racists.  And researchers can be just as guilty. Did you post a tweet between July 2010 and October 2011? If you answered “Yes,” you are part of a data set used by researchers, of which there are now at least 244. During the height of the Violentacrez controversy, The Awl ran a tongue-in-cheek piece about how everyone forgets that anything they post on the Internet is public and fair game for journalists (and researchers). Even communication between friends. Annette Markham, a guest professor from Umea University in Sweden,touched on something similar when she called this lack of privacy a “presumption” on Twitter: that because subjects make their information and messages public, they don’t have any rights to privacy.This notion is false. Users have a right to know what is happening with their communication, and they don’t have to participate in surveys, research, or even in media articles if they don’t want to. Sometimes communication between friends really is just communication between friends. Collecting their data could even be a copyright violation.What About The Kids?Valerie Fazel from Arizona State University upped the ante by noting the ethical implications of using the text of minors – the text in this case being YouTube videos – for research purposes. (For those without a moral compass, text from minors is handled with a different code of ethics than text from adults.)Journalists have to understand that even in today’s blogging culture where people are paid to be professionally snarky, children should still be afforded the same protections they get in the traditional media: Talk to the parents and try to get permission for quotes, especially if you are painting the child in a negative light.The line gets crossed more often than you think: Buzzfeed did this recently with election night round-ups of tweets using racial epithets or talking about assassinating the president (a more striking example here). This violation of ethics appears to be accidental: The writers just screencapped the tweets, then pasted them into a document and hit “publish.” Standard protocol. No one bothered to check the ages of the message authors, because who has time for that?On closer inspection of the Twitter users included, though, I determined at least a third were clearly minors. They not only looked young, but also tweeted about the pains of high-school love. The backlash forced some of these users to close their Twitter accounts, with only a few complaining on Twitter. (Others made things worse by reveling in being Internet famous for being racist.) Four requested Buzzfeed remove their tweets, which it did.It is unlikely that these minors’ parents will complain. They probably don’t read Buzzfeed and their teens probably didn’t tell them about the incident. But those parents have every right to be furiuos with Buzzfeed (and their own kids, of course).  What’s The Next Step For Journalistic Ethics?Given the prevalence of these practices, is it even possible for digital journalists to maintain acceptable ethical standards? Even as I’ve been pontificating about other outlets’ ethical standards, I could also be seen as out of line for just linking to tweets written by minors without asking for their permission.Whether or not you approve of the way modern journalists casually appropriate social media posts, it’s clearly past time to re-assess what is and isn’t ethical in the digital era. Collecting tweets may violate copyright and quoting the communication of children may violate common sense, but those potential consequences have yet to stop journalists.  Everyone is making the rules up as they go along, without thinking long term. Before we can try to hold people accountable, we need to have a common understanding of what is and isn’t OK. Poynter held its first symposium on the topic in October – and that’s only the begining of a long and arduous process. Which is good. This is our collective digital future we are talking about, after all. Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#best practices Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The rise of the Internet has created a real need to define a code of digital ethics and privacy. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since I attended the second annual International Digital Ethics Symposium last week. The event opened my eyes to how bloggers and digital journalists routinely violate established codes of journalistic ethics – as well as the need to update those rules for the digital era while still protecting the people we write about, particularly minors. And it’s not just journalists. For me, the “aha!” moments were the talks about the potential for research to violate rights of privacy and create ethical conflicts. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… fruzsina eordogh Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more