Controversy for Controversy’s Sake?

I love the Oscars. I’m one of the people who turns on E! at 2 p.m. to watch the endless pre-show coverage for 5 hours. I thought this year’s show was better than it had been in a few years. I didn’t mind Seth MacFarlane as a host, but a few jokes made me cringe.

One in particular about nine-year-old Best Actress nominee Quevenzhattne Wallis being almost too old to date George Clooney seemed downright wrong. Here’s a link to that moment and some of MacFarlane’s other most hated jokes: hps://

A lot of these jokes left people wondering why? Why would he say that? Why have Seth MacFarlane as host when he’s known for being crude and controversial?

The answer is ratings. Specifically ratings among men. For years the show has been making changes to get more viewers. Ratings were significantly up among men this year, but many are asking at what cost? Is it worth women being humiliated?

Though much was written about these jokes and the Oscars in general across the blogosphere. I had a tough time tracking down people who had watched the show. I was really amazed when working on my story about this year’s Oscars how many people told me they didn’t watch.

Did you watch? If so what did you think? Comment and let me know!



The adventure begins…

I did my first interview for my J335 feature story! I decided that for my interview of a Solidarity Singer group member I would just go up to them outside the Capitol and see who would talk to me. I got so many volunteers! I decided to do my main interview with Martina Rippon, who plays the drum for the group.

It was fascinating to talk to Martina, a retired teacher, who drives the three and a half hours from her home in Kankakee, Illinois to Madison almost every day to be part of the Solidarity Singers. She was so passionate about this group. She literally dedicates almost every day of her life to it.

I’m so excited for my next interviews. It took me a while to come up with the idea for this story, but I’m really happy with the direction it’s going so far.

I’ll keep you posted blog world!

Here’s some pictures I got last Friday:


I’m back! And I’ve got a story for you…

It’s been a while blogosphere! After a nice and relaxing winter break its time to re-enter the world of being a journalism student.

I’m taking Journalism 335: Intermediate Reporting with Prof. Sue Robinson this semester and am so excited to be past the terrifyingly-gigantic intro course that is J202.

Unfortunately, when it came time to pick a topic to do a feature report on throughout the semester, my mind went completely blank. For like a week. I had no ideas at all. My classmates’ all had amazing ideas that inspired me…eventually.

I decided to do my feature report on The Solidarity Singers that continue to protest at the capitol, two years after most of those protesting Governor Scott Walker’s Union Bill had long since gone.

Working at the Wisconsin Historical Museum on Capitol Square has allowed me to see this passionate group singing and gathering at the Capitol for the last two years. I hope to discover why this group is still here, who makes up the group, and what their goals are.

Doing some online research has shown me that several members of the group face legal consequences, including thousands of dollars in fines. I hope to talk to the Capitol Police Department to figure out why these supposedly peaceful protestors were given tickets and citations.

Maybe I’ll find a really great story about passionate people who won’t give up on a cause they truly believe in. It could be a great human interest piece with a national audience. It could also be a flop. We shall see…

Wish me luck!And let me know what you think!