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Blog Post # 5: Where Students Money Goes

October 13, 2015 Leave a comment
  1. This infographic takes a wide angle look at college students money spending habits. The infographic reveals data on student spendings from food and drinks to marijuana. The infographic also reveals how students get their income, whether that be from a job, their parents, etc.
  2. The data in the infographic is all secondary data gathered by the graphics creators, Speedon Data. They gathered data from various sources including The National center for Education Statistics. They also gathered data from individual studies like “Market Focus- College Students,” and “Enrollment Fastfacts.” All of these studies were conducted on college students around the U.S.
  3. a. How do 99% of students spend money on food, shouldn’t it be 100%? b. Why are students seen as such a lucrative demographic?
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December 5, 2011 Leave a comment

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I did enjoy working with my group, the Columbia Cats. We started off rocky with our mapping presentation. But I think our final presentation turned out much better! We really began to gel in the 2nd part of the semester, and our project started to become much clearer as time went on.

The good: It was a great learning experience and I definitely learned  a lot about group communication and problem solving. Luckily, we had no major group problems. We all pretty much got along, and our personalities seemed to mesh really well. Everyone seemed really motivated to have a good final product, and no one was negative energy or pessimistic.

The Bad: Since we are all seniors and all have a full coarse load plus work, at times it was very difficult to schedule a time when we were all free to meet for group meetings. Many times, a lot of our group was really stressed about other stuff going on in our lives, so it made it harder to concentrate on the task at hand. But we all pulled it together and ended on a really strong note.

Next time: I would choose a topic that is a little more narrow in its scope, ie: launch a product or do a pr project for a company. This project was very broad and sometimes vague, which I had a little bit of a problem with. Also, like someone suggested in class, I would have made all of the mapping projects due on the first day the same way the portfolios were all due on the same day. It seemed unfair that the other groups got longer to work on their mapping projects than we did, yet we still had to turn in our portfolio along with the rest of the class.

Overall, it was a good way to learn how to work in groups and I feel that it was a valuable experience.

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Blog 4: Public Media in Communities

November 7, 2011 1 comment

I believe that the availability of public media is essential to a successful and thriving community. Public media distributes important information about culture, crisis communication, city services, and community resources. All of this information is distributed through TV, radio, print media, and the internet, and plays a major part in bringing communities closer together. Without public media, communities would not be as well connected and would not work as a unified system. People would not be warned in time if there was inclement weather or a natural disaster. They would not know where to find information about their communities public leaders or new laws. People would also have a much more difficult time learning about local cultural events and entertainment which can play a large part in shaping a community and its citizens. Without public media, our world would be stuck in the dark age. Therefore, public media is one of the most important aspects of a community and a vital part of its future and growth.

Blog 4: Public Media in Communities

November 7, 2011 1 comment

Public media is indeed necessary for a community to be properly informed.  Although there are some public media outlets that are deemed “unreliable” there are also a lot of reliable sources as well.  Without these reliable sources how would people get the information about the communities that they live in?  There are different types of public media available to suit anyone preferences, these include TV, radio, newspaper & online websites.  Over the past few years social media sites such as facebook and twitter have also become great places for people to get public information about their communities.  These sites can sometimes have misleading or wrong information but they can also inform people about things that they wouldn’t get from the newspaper or TV news.  I found an excerpt from the book Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age  and I think that it shows how and why having an informed community is important.  Without an informed community we would be lost and we need these public media sources to stay informed.

Blog 4: Public Media

November 7, 2011 1 comment

I believe that the availability of public media is extremely necessary for a community to be properly informed and in fact is one of the hallmarks of American culture. As Silver states, because the people are now the center of media, it is important that they have accurate media at their disposal. To understand the necessity of public media, it may be helpful to have a framework for what public media is. Public media is the forums used to let the public know what is going on around them. They are usually free, and can be found on public-access television stations (like PBS) or on community radio stations. Public media can be used to inform us the about the news, education, healthcare, our government, local happenings, and even entertainment. In a sense, public media help us become informed citizens that are involved in our communities.

Going off of this information, I believe that public media being available to communities is centrally important to creating informed citizens. Public media creates a sense of community connectedness, along with community awareness. Both help communities thrive and remain successful. When looking at a community such as North Korea where public media is censored and controlled, this provides a prime example for what happens when public media is not available to citizens. They only have one main news source, the Korean Central News Agency, and it is heavily controlled by North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Il.

It creates a situation where freedom of speech is only an illusion, and where information is tainted and manipulated by a select few government officials. To resist a situation like this occurring in America, free public media available to the masses is our best shot.

Blog 3 Survey Response

October 12, 2011 1 comment

The surveying process was a frustrating one. In my experience I found that people on MU’s campus were more willing to assist with the surveys then those off campus and in the community. Therefore I feel as if (at least with my surveys) there are missing Columbia demographics in the results.

When approaching people I found it difficult to generate an interest in participating in the survey, especially in paper form. I got the feeling they saw even 10 minutes of their time as an extreme inconvenience. The public that I surveyed typically asked if there was a link they could go online and access instead of doing the survey in a written format. Even though the survey was the same length and asked the same questions I found this request to be quite common. Another factor in people’s lack of participation was the absence of incentive to complete the survey. In the second set of fifteen surveys, I surveyed employees at my boyfriend’s office. After completing the survey I offered to bake brownies for them as a sign of my appreciation for their help. Suddenly more people within the office were willing to assist with the survey if they could also take part in the incentive.

The length of the survey was another contributing factor in the public’s lack of interest. Even though it would only take a few minutes of their time and the questions themselves were easy to answer, upon looking at the packet of papers it was extremely intimidating at first glance.

After the respondent completed the survey I didn’t receive much feedback like I had hoped. I got the feeling people rushed through the 66 questions just to get through it, not really taking the time to take the survey seriously.

A survey has good intentions of going directly to the source and I felt as if the questions could potentially give helpful and insightful information about the Columbia community, however the execution of gathering this information didn’t seem to bode well with those I surveyed. My experiences weren’t all negative. Some who I asked to take the survey even encouraged others they were with to take it as well. No one was outright offended by any questions or by my asking to participate. Many politely declined and a handful agreed to participate. Overall the process wasn’t a bad one, perhaps just not the response I had hoped for.

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Blog 3: Community Information Surveys

October 12, 2011 1 comment

Although I did not particularly enjoy collecting the community information surveys, it was not the worst thing that I’ve ever had to do for a class project. I have never done anything like this before so it was sort of a learning experience for me. No one actually LIKES taking surveys, so I was forced to learn how to convince people to do something they had no desire in doing. Being rejected numerous times only gave me more confidence in asking more and more people. Most of the people on campus were very willing to take the survey so that was not a problem.

While entering in the results of the surveys, it was interesting to see the variety of different answers, and the similarities in answers from certain age groups. I noticed that almost every young person that took the survey got most of their information from the internet. Several older individuals got most of their information from newspapers and television.

I hope I never have to make someone take another survey, or take one myself ever again, but I guess I’m glad I had the experience.