Readers, Take Action (By Melissa Clark & Gideon Gil)

Buy Local Save Global is the companion piece that Gideon Gil and Melissa Clark created in the hopes of offering readers potential actions to take after being subjected to a specific piece of information media.

In this case, the previous information comes in the form of a video that reports on the recent water shortages in California, conveying the struggle amongst farmers and residents in the state.  Our research and display of information was designed to be as unbiased and as educative as possible.  To accomplish this, we decided to implement a poll (to engage the reader) and then to supply them with easily accessible information (in case they wanted to do something about what they just saw and read).  We strongly believe that the combination of the poll, followed by immediate action steps, will help alleviate readers’ feelings of helplessness concerning a seemingly distant problem.

Below is the link to your site, enjoy!

Buy Local Save Global

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Data Story: Ferguson A Timeline

Data Story: Ferguson A Timeline 

Using data aggregated from major news outlets, I made a timeline on Timeline JS regarding the Michael Brown Shooting in Ferguson, MO (August 2014).

With this data I then implemented Weebly.  Weebly enabled me to create a platform that would store my timeline and allow me to analyze the information I discovered (from each of the major news outlets and various timelines).

Once on the website, click “about” to read my analysis, discoveries (i.e. the varying information each news source decided to stress or otherwise neglect to report), and for links to other happenings regarding the issues of Ferguson.

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Ferguson; A Timeline (Explainer)


Journalists sue St. Louis County police for alleged battery, false arrest

Politico | Hadas Gold | 3/31/15

Four journalists are filing a lawsuit against the St. Louis County police department for battery, false arrest and unreasonable search and seizure while they were covering the unrest in the city following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in August.

The suit is being brought by The Intercept’s Ryan Devereaux as well as German journalists Ansgar Graw, Frank Herrmann and Lukas Hermsmeier. The suit seeks unspecified punitive damages.

In one incident, the suit alleges Devereaux and Hermsmeier were shot at with rubber bullets while walking toward police with their hands in the air and identifying themselves as members of the media. Police then arrested the two, holding them for several hours before charging them with “refusal to disperse.”  Devereaux and Hermsmeier allege that their hands were injured as the result of plastic handcuffs they were made to wear for several hours.

Graw and Herrmann were arrested while trying to cover the protest and police activity at a gas station. According to the suit, Graw continued to take photographs after being told to “keep moving” by police while Herrmann questioned the directive. At that point, the police arrested the two journalists and allegedly purposely tightened the plastic handcuffs to inflict pain. When Graw asked for one of the arresting officer’s names, he replied “Donald Duck.” Both Graw and Herrmann allege that they suffered injuries from the handcuffs.

In both incidents, the journalists allege police complained about media coverage of the events in Ferguson. Graw and Herrmann were told they should be “ashamed” of being journalists.



MAS.700 | Melissa Clark | 3/30/2015

Ferguson, Missouri August 2014 – Present

AUGUST 9, 2014

11:48 a.m. – An officer responds to a call of an ill person

11:51 a.m. – A robbery was reported at a local convenience store.  In the call, the dispatcher gives a description of the robber and reports the suspect walking toward the ‘Quick Trip’ convenience store

12:01 p.m. – The officer (responding to the ill person) arrives on the scene and encounters Michael Brown and a friend walking down the middle of the street.  Brown is shot to death at the end of the encounter.

12:04 p.m – A second officer now arrives on scene followed by a supervisor. The ambulance that was dispatched for the ill person is now responding to the scene of the officer and suspect (Michael Brown).

AUGUST 10, 2014

10:00 a.m. – News Conference held by the St. Louis County Police Chief Joe Belmar:

>Suspect (Michael Brown, 18) was unarmed

>Brown physically assaulted the officer, and during the struggle between the two, Brown reached for the officer’s gun.  One shot was fired in the car followed by gunshots outside of the officer’s car.

>Michael Brown’s parents hire attorney Benjamin Crump (who represented Trayvon Martins family)

8:00 p.m. – A candlelight vigil to honor Brown turned violent and violence and vandal ensued (Over 12 businesses were vandalized and looted, more than 30 people were arrested, and 2 police officers suffered injuries)

AUGUST 11, 2014

5:00 a.m. – The first day of school is canceled in Jennings, Missouri (near Ferguson) to keep students safe.

7:00 a.m. – Ferguson police and city officials say death threats have been made against the police force in relation to the fatal shooting.

10:00 a.m. – Hundreds of people gather outside the Ferguson Police Department to demand justice for Brown’s death (Police arrested 7 people)

11:00 a.m. – FBI announced they will launch a parallel investigation into the case.

2:00 p.m. – St. Louis County Police Department announced that it would release the name of the officer who is accused of shooting Brown (by noon on 08/11/14)

4:00 p.m. – Brown’s parents (and attorney) hold a press conference to ask for the violence to stop and demand justice for their son.

8:00 p.m. – People gather on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson (main street in the town).  Police use tear gas to disperse crowds that did not protest peacefully.  15 arrested | Withholding officer’s name due to death threats made on social media.

AUGUST 12, 2014

10:00 a.m. – Protesters gather at St. Louis County Police Department to make demands over the investigation of Brown’s death.

12:00 p.m. – Rev. Al Sharpton arrives in St. Louis to demand justice for fatal shooting, he spoke at the Old Courthouse early 08/12/14

1:00 p.m. – Preliminary autopsy report was released by St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s office.  The FAA announces air restrictions over Ferguson to enable law enforcement helicopters

3:00 p.m. – Officials charge 9 people for looting on 08/10/14 – 08/11/14

4:00 p.m. – President Obama released a statement regarding the Brown incident. The Justice Department will review police tactics across the country.

7:00 p.m. – Governor Jay Nixon, Mayor of St. Louis come together to speak about the Brown incident.  Rev. Al Sharpton and Brown family publicly urge for a peaceful protest toward justice for Michael Brown.

10:00 p.m. – Tensions between protestors and Police are high (protestors arrive from all over the country)

AUGUST 13, 2014

10:00 a.m. – Protestors are asked to protest during the day.  Volunteers gather to help clean up after tense violence episodes. Brown’s remain have now been turned over to his family.

3:00 p.m. – Justice Department opens a federal civil rights investigation

4:00 p.m. – Information released: 911 tape will be released, Brown had no criminal background, Ferguson-Florissant School District remains closed, Police detain 2 reporters (Huffington Post and Washington Post) at a Ferguson McDonalds

9:00 p.m. – Police throw tear gas at protestors to disperse crowds, police also force media to move out of the area, tear gas is thrown at the Al Jazeera America News crew.

10:00 p.m. – Governor Jay Nixon on Twitter: cancels his visit to the Missouri State Fair, in order to visit Ferguson.

> People are being arrested for “unlawful assembly”

AUGUST 14, 2014

6:00 a.m. – 16 people have been arrested and 2 officers have been injured during the 4th night of the violence.

7:00 a.m. – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon makes his first stop through north St. Louis County and Ferguson

11:40 a.m. – Obama addresses the nation and urges for calm, and called on local police to be “open and transparent”

3:30 p.m. – Governor Nixon announces that the Missouri Highway Patrol will take control of security in Ferguson.  Captain Ron Johnson will now oversee Ferguson (He was born and raised near the community).

6:00 p.m. – Silent vigils are held across the country in remembrance and honor of Michael Brown.

8:00 p.m. – Citizens march peacefully alongside state troopers, no more violent clashes reported

AUGUST 15, 2014

9:00 a.m. – Darren Wilson is named the officer who shot brown on August 9, 2014.

12:00 p.m. – Dorian Johnson (eyewitness) who was interviewed by law enforcement, says that both Johnson and Brown took part in the convenience store robbery prior to the shooting.  Brown Family “beyond outraged” by the information and how its assassinates the “character of their son.”

3:00 p.m. Chief Jackson announces that Officer Wilson did not know Brown was a suspect in a strong-armed robbery that occurred before the fatal shooting.  (Wilson stopped Brown for walking down the middle of the street / Brown yelled back at the officer)

9:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. – Police and over 200 protesters clash.  Rocks are thrown at officers and armored trucks are deployed onto the streets (tear gas in used to disperse crowds).  Businesses are forced to shut their doors due to looting.

AUGUST 16, 2014

3:00 p.m. – Governor Nixon issues a state of emergency for the Ferguson area and imposed a curfew.  “This is a test.  The eyes of the world are watching.”

AUGUST 17, 2014

5:00 a.m. – 7 people were arrested, and 1 person was shot as police and protestors clashed.

2:00 p.m. – The Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder order a separate federal autopsy for Brown at the request of the family.  (The St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s autopsy concluded that brown died of gunshot wounds, six to be exact).  Autopsy contradicted a witness statement indicating that Brown was hit as he ran away from the police.

AUGUST 18, 2014

2:00 a.m. – Governor Nixon orders the National Guard into Ferguson after protestors shot at police, threw Molotov cocktails at officers, looted businesses, and carried out “coordinated attempt” to clock roads and overrun police command.

1:00 p.m. Governor Nixon lifts the curfew in Ferguson after it failed to prohibit violence the past two nights.

3:30 p.m. – Obama announces that Eric Holder will be sent to Ferguson to monitor the process.

5:00 p.m. – Getty Images photographer, Scott Olson, was arrested Monday while reporting in Ferguson.

9:00 p.m. – Ferguson-Florissant School District cancels school for the rest of the week to protect students

AUGUST 19, 2014

3:00 A.M. – 31 people were arrested over the night, 4 police officers were injured, and at least 2 people were shot.

7:00 a.m. – Brown’s mother goes on the Today Show and declares, “When justice is prevailed, then maybe they’ll regain their trust in the locals.”

1:00 p.m. – Man, 23, was fatally shot by police in North St. Lewis, as he threatened an officer with a knife, after threatening to kill him.

AUGUST 20, 2014

12:00 a.m. – 47 people were arrested and threats were made to kill an officer.

12:00 p.m. – Grand jury began their investigation on whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson should be criminally charged for the death of Michael Brown.

AUGUST 21, 2014

2:00 a.m. – First night of relative calm in Ferguson.  Many of the protestors had gone home, tensions diffused, and police were more relaxed.

12:00 p.m. – Governor Nixon orders the Missouri National Guard to start withdrawing from Ferguson.

AUGUST 22, 2014

1:00 a.m. – 7 arrests amid relative calm.

AUGUST 23, 2014

2:00 a.m. – Captain Ron Johnson said the police didn’t make any arrests that night.  More calm.  Online funds for both Officer Darren Wilson and Brown were created; Wilson’s continued to grown and surpasses Brown’s funds.

2:00 p.m. The NAACP held a peaceful protest throughout Ferguson.

7:00 p.m. President Obama announced that White house aides will attend Brown’s funeral.  The White House will also look into how local police forces are equipped and run.

AUGUST 24, 2014

2:00 a.m. – 6 were arrested overnight

AUGUST 25, 2014

-Brown’s public funeral was held at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014

-Officer Darren Wilson testifies before the grand jury, which was reviewing evidence in Brown’s death to determine whether Wilson should face criminal charges.

OCTOBER 10, 2014

-A four-day peaceful protest “Ferguson October” with planned civil disobedience was planned.

OCTOBER 13, 2014

-Cornel West (clergy and academic activist) was arrested in Ferguson.  Hundreds of protesters marched in Ferguson during “Ferguson October.

NOVEMBER 11, 2014

-Governor Nixon claims he will activate National Guard to respond to any unrest that erupts after the grand jury decision is delivered.

NOVEMBER 13, 2014

-“Hands up, Don’t Shoot” protests and “Die-Ins” are held across the country in major cities and universities.

NOVEMBER 21, 2014

-Schools in Ferguson were closed in anticipation of grand jury decision.

NOVEMBER 24, 2014

– St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict officer Darren Wilson for firing six shots in the confrontation hat killed Michael brown.

>24 journalists have been arrested while covering the unrest in Ferguson (The Huffington Post, 3/15)


Sources: USA Today | 12/2/14 |

The Huffington Post | 3/30/15

ABC News | 3/15/15




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Debunking Space Exploration

For this assignment, I chose to focus on space exploration and the U.S.’s transition into the private sector for funding and operations.  Originally, I was pro-space exploration, pro-private-sector funding with government support.  However, one has to ask oneself if attributing such funds for space exploration is moral, when we have poverty and natural disasters affecting billions of people on our planet?  The facts I found were astonishing. Despite being “pro-space exploration” and having that undoubtedly shape my research, I wasn’t aware of NASA’s Spinoff program.  Spinoff bolsters scientific research and innovations (funded by space exploration money) generated by space exploration research, to help improve living conditions in societies around the world.  To see a more in-depth look into the research coming out of space exploration, visit:

Its important to note that “people grossly overestimate the budget that NASA gets,” said Niebur. Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget calls for $18.5 billion overall for NASA — 0.46 percent of the federal budget. “Most people think it’s 10 times that much.”  Furthermore, according to the Planetary Society, a nonprofit space research and advocacy organization, for the planetary science division to run well, the United States should spend at least $1.5 billion every year to explore other worlds which is less than what “Americans spent on dog toys in 2012.” (, 2/23/15)

Congress is also set to review NASA’s 2016 budget request, which is set at $1.2 billion (USA Today, 03/10/15)

To convey my point, and the various facts I collected, I implemented Sketch 3 (  In hopes that this visual representation would have a more compelling and less aggressive impact on my viewers.  I hoped this layout, combined with these images, would provide more compelling evidence for those opposed to any funds being attributed to space exploration (from private of public sources).

I’ve determined that despite the gross amount of funding that is required for space exploration, (especially when that money could be used directly to aid in developing nations and to end poverty and starvation) private sector funding of space exploration not only allows people to continue their grandiose dreams of space exploration, but it’s also responsible for scientific achievements and improvements that are implemented on a global scale (to improve the lives of billions). Despite global poverty and natural disasters, space exploration funding and action have helped save lives here on Earth.  Continuous private sector funding will expand our presence in space while contributing positive scientific advances in other sectors of society… 

Please see my composition below, rendered by Sketch 3

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Four Hour Challenge Via Zeega

I attended Professor Steven Pinker’s lecture “Three Reasons to Affirm Free Speech” at Wellesley College, hosted by The Freedom Project (  The lecture, which occurred on February 18, 2015, started at 8:00PM and finished at 9:00PM.  To produce this story, I took notes during the lecture and decided to implement “Zeega” after.  Check out the results below:

  • Start Time: 8:00PM 02/18/2015
  • End Time: 12:00AM 02/19/2015
  • Post Time: 5:20PM 02/20/2015 (I couldn’t figure out how to share “Zeega”)


My Media App Diary


HomePage copyI got inspiration for my media diary from an online magazine called Flipboard, ( which is a social-networking aggregation magazine-format mobile app that can be customized to your exact media specifications.  I am obsessed with FlipBoard, as it compiles all of my media apps (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram…etc) and displays them in a dynamic and clean way.  I can even select news outlets that I love reading and have them constantly refreshed into my feed.

I put my photoshop skills to the test to further customize this design, to make it my own media app “diary.”



This first screen shot of the app (above) has a photo of me and a brief introduction to my media diary.

The second screen shot (right) is comprised of the top three webpages I visited over the past 168 hours, which are: G-mail, Facebook, and Twitter.  G-mail is always open on my iPhone and my computer, I’ve noticed how much I rely on this source for anything from communication to information.  I really try not to use Facebook that much, but I am in a new course this semester that requires we have an active Facebook account.  Lastly, I heavily rely on Twitter for most of my news information.  Through Twitter I can stay up-to-date on worldly news while I am in school.


TechThe third screen shot of my app diary (left) represents the technologies (or communication mediums) I used to implement/access my media.  It turns out I use my phone way too much.  From the first moment my iPhone alarm goes off in the morning, to the time I set my it at night, I am on my phone.  But, to my defense, my phone is the way I communicate, with friends, with family, with professors, and with potential employers.  My phone gives me access to instantaneous information from around the world, including news and entertainment media.

When I am not on my phone I am on my computer, taking notes for class, accessing school readings, editing my portfolio, connecting with professors/employers, and (when I get the chance) watching movies/listening to music.  When I am not slave to my devices, I am verbally engaging with my friends, family, or whomever I may be conversing with.



The fourth screen shot (right) represents the top entertainment media sources I utilized this past week.  When I found a chance to unwind, I watched a movie on Amazon Prime or Netflix, read silly articles on BuzzFeed, worked on Photoshop, and perused FlipBoard. However, it is important to note that I also accessed entertainment media on my phone, such as SnapChat, Instagram, Spotify, and FlipBoard.





I thought it was important to note the information that has been shared with me this past week, regarding media technologies.  This is why I decided to add a screen shot (Left) of media related outlets that have been shared with me by my classmates, such as: Storify Balsamiq, StatsMokey, ReportIt App, and Timeline JS.





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The results are in (Right), and the top news media outlets I used this past week (according to how often I visited them) are as follows:

Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram, NBC News, Snapchat, Fox News, YouTube, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, and The National Review.

All of which I visited on my iPhone and laptop.



In conclusion (Left), I spent about 58.333% of my day, or 14 hours, involved with media tech communication.  The top media I used were Twitter (for news collection), G-mail (for communication and sharing), Microsoft Word (for homework/notes), and Facebook (for news/communication).  I accessed this media the most via my iPhone.





Below you can find an overview of my Media App Diary.