Vegetarian or carnivore households?

“In a mixed vegetarian-carnivore marriage, should the kids get meat at home?”

In today’s society where there is much focus on health and different fad diets, such as the latest “paleo” craze, an article that combines parenting and health is interesting.

This article is different to a headline article normally found on the homepage of Boston Globe; it comprises a question that discusses the challenges of bringing up children in a household that has both a vegetarian and a carnivore, which is followed by responses by two Globe correspondents.

The first response is by David, who discusses the concerns of bringing meat into the house. The second response is by Kara, offering a female perspective. The two accounts are divided nicely in the middle, with a toolbar that offers “The Weekender” email subscriptions. Though it is not relevant to the article, it is relevant to the site.

The article doesn’t integrate multimedia other than a large picture at the top of the site, showing a young girl eating a salad and looking contemplative. This is successful in reflecting the content of the article and grabs the reader’s attention. As mentioned, there is no other feature in the piece. This image is shown below:

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The coverage is interesting and is unique to the Globe in that the question is answered by two correspondents.

To drive traffic, the Globe has a list of hyperlinks on the right-hand-side of the article of the “Top 10 Trending Articles”, to allow readers to browse other articles of relevance and interests. The design of the article is simple and straight forward, allowing for readers to easily understand the content. The aforementioned toolbar splits the two accounts, ensuring more clarity.

Though there is a comment section, there are no comments as of yet, since it was recently published. The bottom of the article explains to the reader the nature of the two correspondents, giving a short blurb of their titles and, additionally, giving their social media handles, which also adds to the traffic/social networking outreach.

NYC in 24 Hours: Audio and Visuals

This weekend I spent 24 hours in the bustling heart of New York City. My friends and I took the bus each way, roamed through the streets, went to “bottomless brunch” at Hell’s Kitchen which included the performance of two Drag Queens, made some friends, and somehow made it back to the bus stop before heading to Boston.

Below is an arrangement of photos and sounds that give an insight to the weekend:

Live Tweeting Assignment

 

HOCR x BUMC

October is an exciting month for rowers around the world, for it’s time for Head of the Charles Regatta. HOCR is the world’s largest regatta, taking place at the Charles River here in Boston. Two long days of races see more than 11,000 athletes race.

Boston University Men’s Crew has its boathouse right by the starting point on the regatta’s course. I made a short video showing how BUMC prepares for this regatta:

#TheoEpsteinForPresident2016

“Theo Epstein for president” – Boston Globe

Amongst the multitude of Clinton Vs Trump headlines we see plastered on every news source in America, this one stood out. Theo Epstein is not quite one of the presidential candidates. However, he is a president, but of the newly appointed World Series champions, the Chicago Cubs.

The Boston Globe article electing Epstein as a presidential candidate is a refreshingly amusing account of his role of president in the current stir-fry of political upheaval. The image of Epstein holding the commissioner’s trophy above his head, coupled with the lede that reads “It’s so obvious that you were wondering why you didn’t think of it sooner: Theo Epstein for president”, the author Alex Beam nails the comedy of the situation. Beam then continues to compare winning the World Series to several other large points of history such as the Louisiana Purchase and the Battle of New Orleans.

Beam succeeds in then offering Epstein as an actual potential U.S. presidential candidate and marks up his pros, including no traceable dodgy emails, a natural hair colour, and the fact that Vladimir Putin “probably has no idea who he is.” The remarkable wit that is engrained throughout this article allows for an intriguing short read, and Beam successfully adds an air of light-hearted comedy to the current events.

The article simply comprises a headline, an image, and the body of the article. Apart from one related story, it does not integrate multimedia and other features designed to attract and engage the audience, but it does not need it. Though the topic of the article is sure to attract readers due to the subject, it is skilfully written in a way that would be distracted by fancy charts or other features. The coverage of this precise topic is original in the way it is presented; exhibiting Epstein as a future presidential candidate.

The layout is shown below:

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The one related story that is integrated in the article has the headline “What are the secrets to Theo Epstein’s success?” which is obviously a story of interest for those reading this article. The link leads to another Boston Globe site, which allows for driving more traffic. The site also translates well to the mobile platform.

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Overall, this is an exceptionally well-written article, which both touches upon current affairs and alludes to historical occasions, all with the angle of baseball. The simplicity of the article reflects the sharpness and wit of the content.