*Boston* Fried Chicken

What draws my eye towards a story faster than anything else is undoubtedly a picture of food. There’s no way to deny that. So, naturally, when a piece of fried chicken made its way to the homepage of Boston.com, I clicked on the story.

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Above is the image of the fried chicken, used both on the homepage and on the post.

The post showcases the top 10 venues to order fried chicken from in Boston, with the data deriving from the popular food ordering company ‘GrubHub’. The angle of this post focuses on the increasing desire for comfort food, as the days grow shorter, darker, and colder, and the specific demand for fried chicken.

10 locations are offered, with hyperlinks to the GrubHub menus and online ordering forms, and then a hyperlink to the location on Google Maps. The venues are listed in list form from one to 10.

As mentioned, the image of the fried chicken has the ability to draw in the reader and lure them into clicking on the post. The post offers a well-written introduction to the food craze, however, the post fell short of many features that would have made it a more striking and effective online journalism post.

Other than the one single image, the post had no more visual features to draw in the eye of the reader. There was one hyperlink that lead to another Boston.com post that had relevance by association, which is a feature that increases traffic. Despite also giving the hyperlinks to map locations, an alternative would be to offer one map with each place pinned to it, to give an idea of where in town the venues are. This would be another way to interact multimedia. Other than the hyperlinks, there are no other features. Additionally, there are a low number of tags and only offered ‘food’ and ‘restaurants’. Finally, though there is no comment section, the site transfers well to mobile platforms.

To improve this piece other than introducing a wider scope of a map, pictures of each venue and its food/dishes would be effective and would make the general post improve in appearance.

52nd Annual Hispanic Day Parade: New York City

Sunday, October 9th was a day well-celebrated by all Hispanics in New York City. More than 4,000 people danced and paraded, while up to one million spectators came together to praise the Hispanic culture. Below you will see a short video that captures the atmosphere and talks to two spectators, one of whom has traveled from out-of-state to attend the parade, and the other from Honduras to visit the one and only ‘Nueva York’.

#ShareTheLove

Hurricane Matthew, the category 5 deadly cyclone, ruthlessly ripped through the Western Atlantic, taking the lives of 1,039 victims and wreaking havoc on Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, and parts of the eastern United States coast.

In the midst of devastation, there is a shining light: Jane Waterous.

The Canadian artist’s work is a depiction of the “courage it takes to Live, Laugh & Love.” Her pieces celebrate life, the Human Spirit, the character of solitude and harmony, and the essence of calm. This notion of calmness, though seemingly nonexistent in moments of catastrophe and disaster, is essential. The unity of people through hope and love is what leads to recovery.

#ShareTheLove is a beautifully composed short video, depicting the unity of people in Paradise Island, the Bahamas, in the wake of the fatal tropical cyclone:

For more information:

http://www.janewaterous.com

http://www.facebook.com/janewaterous

Heart Chase: We’re paintin’ the town RED

The American Heart Association, founded in 1924, is an organisation whose mission to build healthier lives and eliminate cardiovascular diseases. As the nation’s largest and oldest organisation to voluntarily combat heart disease, AHA has been actively fighting to improve lives, with the support of currently more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters.
On Saturday, October 1st, ‘Heart Chase’ came to Boston. The community adventure fun race consists of a mapped course, taking participants through the city of Boston completing a series of activities and collecting points to, essentially, ‘chase away’ heart disease for good.
Despite dreary conditions and the persistent spatters of rain, runners from Boston University completed the course, navigating their path and tracking their performance on the Heart Chase mobile app.
With my raincoat’s hood tied to the brim of my face, layers of sweaters underneath, and my phone in hand, I completed the course with four teammates. Take a look below:

 

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Trainers and raincoats: this year’s ‘Heart Chase’ essentials

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Checkpoint 4: participants check off a stop and prepare to complete the activity

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One of the many eager volunteers of the day’s event, sporting her AHA t-shirt

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Another checkpoint’s activity: to guess the number of calories and nutritional value in each item of food

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After the guessing game came the challenge of running 140 steps in as little time as possible

 

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After running through Northeastern campus, Brookline, and Back Bay, participants took on Fenway’s neighbourhood in search of the next checkpoint

It was a successful, yet incredibly wet, day of Heart Chase. We’ll be back next year! #JO304

With thanks to the American Heart Association and all the efforts put in by the volunteers for this event.