Virginia Escobedo displays a picture of Malik, as she keeps many in her home so that she may see her son’s face every day.

For many mothers and fathers, it is a wonderful gift to see a child grow and blossom into an individual. Parents are able to see their child go through all of the walks of life, such as graduating college or getting married. However, that is not always the case for a significant number of parents. According to CNN, almost 2.2 million people resided in a prison in 2016. Even though they are oftentimes overlooked, the mothers and fathers of those inmates have their own struggles.

Virginia Escobedo, 44, is one of the thousands of parents that have to deal with…

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Over the years, the internet has been rapidly developing. There are apps that are being created every day, with a wide variety of purposes. Currently, social media apps are some of the most popular in the world, but only few have the key factors to get to the top.

TikTok is a fairly recent social media app that has taken the world by storm. There, users can find a variety of content. Skits, cooking shows, dances, and much more can be found on the app.

Journalists and news organizations are beginning to join in on the TikTok craze. Some of…

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In recent years, our technology has progressed in wonderful and exciting ways. New advancements have given us amazing benefits that help the well-being of all. However, some of these upgrades would not be considered as such, due to their harmful effects on society.

Doctored images are one of the many technologies that have had a negative impact. These images are deceiving, as they share information that is not authentic. At times, it may be difficult to distinguish what is real.

Fortunately, there is a verification process for doctored images. In Chapter 4 of The Verification Handbook, this method is thoroughly…

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On Nov. 3, I went live on Instagram in order to discuss the experience of a young, first-time voter. I interviewed Johnny Luu, a fellow University of Houston student. Luu is a 21-year-old who voted for the first time on Election Day.

I began the live by explaining to my viewers what would be discussed. I then allowed Luu to join my live, in which I introduced him to the viewers. Luu included more information on himself before the interview began.

I started off the interview by asking how Luu knew who he was going to vote for at the…

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Discussing fake news

In the past couple of years, “fake news” has been mentioned everywhere, from television to social media. This term, “fake news,” is used to describe misinformation that is delivered as factual. The spread of misinformation was already dangerous, but with the expansion of social media, its effects reaches new and alarming heights.

According to “Information Disorder: Toward an interdisciplinary framework for research and policy making,” Clair Wardle and Hossein Derakhshan state that there are 3 types of fake news.

According to Wardle and Derakhshan, mis-information applies to false information that is spread, however, there is no ill…

The latest tweets under the voter fraud hashtag. / Photo taken by Mia Berlanga
The latest tweets under the voter fraud hashtag. / Photo taken by Mia Berlanga

Voter fraud has been a topic in the U.S. for quite some time now, almost since the founding of this country. This risk of illegitimate voting has caused an abundant amount of voter registration laws to be made. Some may say that these requirements rightfully decrease voter fraud, others may say that it restricts potential voters from exercising their right. Recently, the discussion of voter fraud has been intensified to new heights, and the 2020 election has only added to the discourse.

According to this Forbes article, 25% of U.S. citizens believe that voter fraud is a prevalent issue. …

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On Wednesday, October 7, I live-tweeted the Vice Presidential Debate for the 2020 Election. The following Wakelet contains a compilation of my tweets throughout the debate. There, I analyzed and linked articles to my tweets. Throughout the Wakelet are fact-checks and details from the debate.

Journalism has changed in extraordinary ways over the past couple of years. The shift from print to digital journalism is one of the adjustments that reporters have had to get used to. However, even with the challenges that the digital world has brought, it has given journalists a fascinating method to interact with their audiences.

Through tweets, posts, comments, lives, etc., the internet has handed journalists a direct way to communicate with their followers. Audience members are able to give their feedback in a timely and efficient fashion, and this allows journalists to deliver what it is that their followers…

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Recent years have allowed for journalism to change in monumental ways. With the rise of social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat, information is able to be shared in a couple of taps. This shift in technology called for a new approach to journalism, and, fortunately, many journalists have already adapted. Better yet, they figured out how to use it to their advantage.

Nowadays, journalists are able to report their stories through tweets, Instagram posts, etc. By putting their stories on social media, they can reach and cater to an even broader audience than if they were…

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