Posts Tagged ‘Communications’

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?

Blog 3: Increase in Immigration and Foreign-Born Population in the U.S.

September 28, 2015 Leave a comment
  1. The foreign-born population in the United States as increased a great deal over the years, going from 5.4% in 1960 to 13.1% in 2013. The demographic of the foreign born population has also changed from being mostly Canadian or European in the 1960s to being mostly Mexican or Asian in 2013. I chose this article because I think it is interesting to see how much immigration and different cultures influence America and its values.
  2. The information comes from Pew Research Center. They collected data from the U.S. Census Bureau in 2010, American Community Survey in 2013, and the 1960-2000 decennial censuses.
  3. Are more countries noticing an increase in immigration in their countries, or is it just the United States? How has the increase of immigration changed the immigration laws in America over the years?


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Blog 5: Reflection

December 7, 2011 1 comment

I’ve always liked working in teams on school projects. For me, its easier to learn when you have casual discussions with group members about the topics at hand. It’s also a lot more fun. When we first started this project I was skeptical about whether or not I would enjoy it. Because I’m not actually a communications major, I thought it would also be particularly difficult for me. But after several weeks I realized that the project required a lot more than just a background in communications. I enjoyed applying many business and marketing tools that I’ve learned over the past years to the formation of our website. The most difficult part of the project was organizing the mass amount of ideas that our group had into a comprehensive and understandable format. We had a lot of great ideas that we had to leave out of our presentation because it would have been an information overload. If I were to do anything differently, it would probably be time management. There were times that our group meetings could have been more productive in the time we were given. Other than that I think our group worked extremely well together and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Blog 3: Community Information Surveys

October 11, 2011 1 comment

Collecting responses to the Community Information Survey brought me back to the years of going door-to-door  selling wrapping paper in elementary school. It’s something you really didn’t want to do but you always wanted the best prize for selling the most, or in our case, all the points.

At first, I was loving the process because I went to all the connections I had in Columbia. Unfortunately, I found that list to be a little shorter than I hoped. Getting the five undergraduate students was a breeze because we are on a college campus so of course they are everywhere. To retrieve the other 25 surveys, I stayed mostly on-campus. Mizzou is where most of my connections were (through jobs, internships, teachers, etc) and I figured most students would be going downtown and areas around campus. I also e-mailed the surveys out in a word document and received responses that way. That was a helpful solution because they survey taker could complete it at their convenience and I did not have to travel to them. When I was out and about to collect results, I always made a goal for myself like for example, “I won’t leave campus today until I have gotten five surveys.” By doing that, it helped me mentally and kept me on track so I did not fall behind.

Actually getting residents to complete the survey was a whole different matter. I could tell myself anything I wanted but that was not going to change the fact that people will still turn you down. For the first set of 15 surveys, I maybe got turned down once, but that is also because I went to the people I knew first. During the second set of 15 was when it became harder. For me personally, I found it easier to approach women about the survey. Of course I connect better when women in general since I am one but I felt like they were more accepting. On campus, most of the recptionists and administrative assistants are women and can take a couple minutes out of their day to fill out the survey. I felt like whenever I did ask men, they either had too much work to do, were not available or jus straight up turned me down. Some of their replies even felt a bit cold. I was getting denied the most by both genders during the second set of surveys when I had less than five remaining. It was almost like they knew I was close to crossing the finish line and they wanted to keep me going for a little longer. I must have asked seven people before I got a bite.

Overall, even though there was times of hardship, collecting the surveys was not overwhelming. When it was first assigned, it was overwhelming because 30 surveys seemed like a ton and I didn’t want to be a pest to anyone during their work day. Passing out surveys and finding people to complete them was good practice for the future. We were given a problem and had to find a solution and overcome the obstacles to succeed. Specifically, it helped me brush up on my communication skills and it made me less nervous talking to people in the community. When I asked people I didn’t know, it let me learn something new about a new person. As seniors, we all have to break out of our shells at some point and this definitely gave us a push.

Blog 12 Wrapping it up…

I came into this class with zero sense of political awareness and now that this semester is coming to a close I feel like I’ve learned something and now have an interest in politics. The class was so hands on and interactive, and that’s right down my alley. I really enjoyed how the “lectures” were put together. When we have discussions like we did it made things a lot more relevant to our lives. A lot of the times a professor will get up in front of the class and just go on and on about something that you don’t even feel like has anything to do with your life…this class was completely different.

If I had to put my finger on one thing that was my favorite part of the class I think I would say that reading ‘Making of the President‘ would top the list. When we broke down the reading within groups it made it much easier and a much more obtainable task. Not to mention it was a very entertaining book on the history of media and how it related and changed the political world forever. I’m sure that in 20 or so years students will be reading about how the 2008 Presidential election changed the way candidates went about their campaigning.

I’m not even going to touch on anything that I didn’t like about the class…Because there wasn’t anything.

I do know that I came in worried that I was going to struggle my way all the way through this semester within this class because of my lack of knowledge within the political world but because of the way it was taught and how relevant it was my worry turned into enjoyment. I can honestly say that one of the most important thingsthat I will take away from this class is that I will now vote in the next election because I feel like I will be informed to make the right decision and a lot of that has to do with the interest that this class has sparked for me!

Job well done Professor Houston!

Blog 10: Sunstein Book/ 2.0

April 10, 2011 Leave a comment

I have not finished the book so this post is a tad bit premature, but because I missed the last blog I wanted to jump on this early.  So far the best part of this book is that covers a vast amount of issues that are being spoken in my communication courses.  One of those ideas is group polarization.  The book covers the idea that people with mutual interests will gravitate towards media outlets that will provide them with what they like.  The book is also very good about explaining the concept of filtering.  With so many different forms of communication and ways to digest media, we as people have to filter through the things that we enjoy personally.  I myself am an avid sports fan.  I particularly enjoy Chicago sports so I would filter through anything that had to do with St. Louis, Miami, Boston, or Dallas.  If you are an avid fan of politics you would filter through the certain party that you affiliate yourself with.


Somethings that this book is not that great about is how redundant and lackluster it is.  I understand that the author has something to say, but there is only so many times one person can talk about certain topics before a reader loses interest.  The chapters could be much shorter and cover more topics if the author feels it is completely necessary to have a book around 225 pages.  Not a particularly long read, but I myself being from a generation that needs constant stimulation realize that this won’t pan out as a popular read for most.

Would I recommend the book? That solely depends on how committed to studying communication the reader is.  I would never suggest to person to pick this book up if they want to have something to read this summer.  If you are a Comm junkie or need something to put you to sleep at night this will be the ticket.  While informative the book does come across as dull and might not be for you if you really want to sink your teeth into a book.  It just depends on who you are.


What News Isn’t Biased?

October 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Speaking in my political communication class thus far in the semester, it is obvious that the news is biased.  The difficult task is to find news that isn’t biased.  Currently living in Columbia Missouri I am fortune enough to have both sides of most stories liberal and conservative.

One interesting point my professor brought up during class is a way to judge the biased system that is media.  He spoke of a scale that measures how far away each news source is from being hardcore liberal and hardcore conservative.  The middle is where news SHOULD be.  When people speak of foxnews and how it is very conservative, many people are probably comparing it to how cnn or msnbc report.  Compared to those news sites it is very conservative, but compared to where the middle is, it is not as bad as what it is made out to be.

Back to my original question, what news isn’t biased.  Sense I am a student at the University of Missouri, I am fortunate enough to know about Newsy. Newsy gathers information from many different sources and is able to put together content with convince to help keep you better informed. It also offers a way to better understand world news in an easy to use fashion.

Another topic to bring up is why news is biased.  I believe the reason news is biased is because of one thing, $$$.  These companies, (fox, nbc, cnn, abc) are all after one thing, making money.  If someone can offer a certain amount of money to say something, any of those organizations will take it.  A good website to detect if the news is biased can be viewed here.

Even though this is a serious problem I do not see it going away in the near future.  Republicans want to watch news that confirms what they believe as well as democrats.  It’s the people in the middle that are stuck trying to find ways to make an honest opinion.

There have been findings such as this one out of UCLA.  This political scientist believes,

Almost all major media outlets tilt to the left.”

Which I believe is understandable, these journalists are broadcasting out of big cities such as NYC and Chicago.  There aren’t very many television stations that broadcast nationwide out of Mid Missouri.

I would love some feedback to see how you feel on this subject.

Till next time,

Chase Ruble