Citizens Are Shaping Baltimore Coverage

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The events taking place in Baltimore garner attention for obvious reasons. The instances of police brutality undeniably have been at the forefront of national conversation for the better part of a year now. Just as it did in Ferguson, public response has raised questions and commentary from those participating and those thousands of miles away. The wrinkles formed by the duality of protesting and rioting are being ironed out with the blunt instrument of point-of-view. Through all of the commotion, an interesting phenomenon is occurring at the ground level, and it’s all thanks to social media.

Baltimore_Fox News_JournalismFor the first time in the case of large-scale public protest, it feels as though the people are shaping the narrative as much as major media outlets...

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Interview with a Dungeon Master

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I began an ambitious quest a couple months ago. During my travels I haven’t always known which way to turn or to whom I should speak, but I have grown in experience throughout the journey. This adventure has required grit, stalwartness, and a war hammer. My friends and I play Dungeons and Dragons about once a week. For these few hours, I am Cleft, a level-2 dwarf-fighter with a vicious swing and an armor class of 17.

For those who have never hurled a D-20 and followed it down the rabbit hole, you’re missing out. D&D has a nerdy reputation, but it’s much more than a numbers game: participation includes role-playing, puzzle-solving, and improvising. It’s collectively imagining a limitless video game based on a fantasy novel...

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3 iOS Aps to Help Make Writing Easier

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By now, there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that there’s an app for absolutely everything. Even those that we’ll never get to because they’re so beyond our understanding in any particular subject (or just beyond our phone’s storage capacity). But when it comes to writing (like any other subject of apps), there are those that are better than others. In order to get the most out of your keyboard strokes (or lack thereof), test out these voted faves.

ULYSSES III writing app

Ulysses III

Ready for an all-in-one writing platform? Look no further. It costs, but Ulysses III is far worth the fees ($1 for phones and $20 for iPads). Docs are stored in a simple-to-use lineup so users can scroll and click with ease. Writers can also take notes on documents and gain easy access to their keyboard...

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Companies Should Watch What They Tweet

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Twitter’s dope. It’s a great social media platform. You can customize your timeline to get the exact content you want. Unlike Facebook, Twitter doesn’t come with obligatory friends or follows. You sat one desk over from a guy for the first half of third grade. On Facebook: you’re keeping up with his family trip to Branson. On Twitter: What guy? Who cares? You owe him NOTHING. Furthermore, your mom isn’t on Twitter (sorry Susanne), so your edgy views on parking meter attendants can fly uncensored. You can “like” the fan page of a celebrity/athlete/comedian on Facebook, but Twitter gives you a direct line from the person’s brain. If you’re not enjoying your tweeting experience, you’re not discriminating enough when it comes to who you follow. You have total control over your timeline...

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Tips for Thinking Up Creative Blog Topics

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creative idea lightbulb full of colorsBlogging can be a necessary evil. (That is, for those who don’t love blogging.) It gives content out to readers, helps raise clout and search position with engines. It also gives customers something to subscribe to and learn from. But in order to host that content, of course, you first have to come up with original ideas.

And, as it turns out, there’s a certain flair to topic creation. Which I’m about to explain … at least how I do it. Of course there are multiple ways to do anything, and every tactic will work better for each person. Which is why I encourage any blogger to take this list with a grain of salt. And it adjust it to your own liking, kind of like actual salt.

Start by Brainstorming

Come up with as many ideas as possible, and write them down. (Or type them out...

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