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COVID – 19 will change K-12 education

On Thursday, our Governor issued an executive order that will close all K-12 schools to face-to-face instruction for the 2019-20 academic year. The order also directed K-12 schools to provide learning opportunities for all students until the end of the scheduled school year, but not assign ...

A larger discussion on value of good sources

Hello from the bunker (my couch), Reporters pursue a variety of sources when looking for more information for a story. Getting creative isn’t out of the question, but they usually fall into one of the following categories. Newsmakers - These are the people who take part directly in ...

Federal leadership needed

In a few short weeks, COVID-19 has grown from a distant concern to a public health crisis. Although the U.S. had several months to prepare for the virus, when the first case was confirmed on Jan. 21, we were dangerously unprepared. After the 2014 Ebola outbreak, the U.S. created permanent ...

Importance of ethics for journalists

I’d like to touch on the importance of ethics for journalists. Unfortunately, not all reporters have or use their ethics. Personally, I try to adhere to the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics, available online at spj.org. I’ll address the particulars on another day, but ...

Schools are working hard to keep up

In these unprecedented times where everything at the national, state, and local levels is changing on a moment’s notice, it is easy for us all to feel that we are not fully informed about the facts. That is even happening to school district leaders. Unfortunately, we also have many unanswered ...

Resources are available for people affected by quarantine

While there’s no doubt this is a difficult time for people in our communities, we also must remember that nothing is more important than the health and safety of our families, friends and neighbors. I remain in close contact with state officials, hospitals, health experts, school groups, ...

March, more than just a windy month

March is a “woe” month, and not just because the virus boom has been lowered on us, or this year’s announcement that March Madness games will be held without spectators, but also dating back to the Ides (15th day) of March, when Caesar was stabbed to death, now considered a day to be ...

Basic steps to be taken in writing a news story

I’d like to lay out the very basic steps that are usually taken when creating a news story. Depending on the type of story and organization they can vary somewhat, but these basic steps tend to happen in some form or another. 1) Getting the idea/tip - These story concepts can come from ...

What makes something news?

Ever wonder why something was put in the paper? Why did the reporter go spend the time to shoot that TV news spot? Why is one story done while another was ignored? What makes editors consider a story newsworthy? There are a variety of criteria, and no story perfectly meets all of them. ...

March is Reading Month for UP schools

March is National Reading Month and many schools across the United States celebrate with a kick-off for Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2. The intense focus on reading activities in March is exciting for students, and teachers are always looking for ways to keep the excitement going all year ...

Be a part of something big…

“Having a Big Sister is the best thing that can happen in your life. When I grow up I want to be a Big Sister too.” –Little Sister “I feel like the luckiest person in the world having my Little.” -Big Sister Are you into fun things like music, books, movies, sports, pets, ...

Lessons from Disney – The power of branding

Last Friday Disney’s CEO Robert Iger stepped down from his post. For over 14 years he has been rebuilding the Disney brand, preparing it to endure a rapidly changing future filled with mobile electronics and paid streaming services. What is the power of “brand” and what can you and I ...

Capturing Kids’ Hearts is worth both time and effort spent

Capturing Kids’ Hearts is a program designed to help educators do just that. Why is that important? “If you have a child’s heart, you have their mind” is the core belief of Flip Flippen, founder and chairman of the Flippen Group, NY Times best-selling author, and nationally-recognized ...

Justice is blind, but not deaf and dumb

With a 53-47 majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans had the power to make the rules of the trial that would decide if President Trump’s conduct warranted removal from office. Instead of designing a trial to fairly and impartially consider the facts, they made one that ...

February, the little guy in the calendar

February is the month that almost never made into our modern calendar.  History is sketchy, but we do know that the original  ancient Roman calendar had only 10 months in it - January and February not yet considered. That space was simply regarded as “winter time.” But eventually, ...

Breaking cycles with Families UPward

“A child needs to feel from the very start that she or he is wanted and loved. They should grow up in the soil of affection and care. There is no replacement for that, it is the most important thing. If that isn’t right from the very beginning then everything that follows is playing catch ...

Visual impairment and Orientation & Mobility services

A child with a visual impairment is defined as a child with vision that adversely affects their educational performance, even with correction. The Copper Country Intermediate School District (ISD) has personnel and systems in place to help students in our local schools who have such visual ...

Why U.P. legislators should be able to hitch rides on existing state flights 

House Bill 5301 is a bipartisan proposal allowing legislators serving in the Upper Peninsula a more effective way to serve residents while also saving taxpayer money. The plan allows state legislators to fly on state-owned aircraft in certain instances. On occasion, state agencies schedule ...

Something’s gotta give at Michigan Tech

As a resident of Portage Township and a graduate of Houghton High School, and despite the fact that I went to two other universities prior to returning home, I am proud to say that I have my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan Technological University. I love saying that I bleed ...