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Did The Women’s March on D.C. deserve a PEN Award?

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“The resistance is female, and we’re not going anywhere.”

These are the words of Bob Bland, co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington, which was just awarded the PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award at the 2017 PEN Literary Gala.

The award was created in 2015 to honors courage in the freedom of expression — basically, everything that journalism stands for, which is why I love this story so much.

Previous winners include Charlie Hebdo and LeeAnne Walters and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who helped expose the Flint water crisis.

The Women’s March, which took place Jan. 21, may not be associated with traditional journalism, but the fact that they won this award shows that they embody everything that journalism stands for.

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What does NBC’s “Great News” mean for female journalists?

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Besides the occasional Seinfeld episode, I really don’t watch a whole lot of sitcoms, and I definitely don’t keep up with the constant stream of new shows on the air.

That’s why it came as a surprise to me when I learned that NBC’s newest comedy, Great News, premiered on April 25.

The show revolves around a young female news producer named Katie, played by Briga Heelan, whose work life takes a turn when her boss hires her mother as a station intern.

It was created by 30 Rock writer Tracey Wigfield and lists Tina Fey as an executive producer, so it couldn’t be all that bad…right?

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Bill O’Reilly has been let go, but will he ever go away? Nope.

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Unless you’ve been living under some kind of rock for the past little while, you probably know that Bill O’Reilly has been ousted from Fox News following an investigation into sexual harassment allegations.

This comes after The New York Times reported in April that O’Reilly and Fox News have paid over $13 million in settlements to five different women over 15 years, and after over 50 advertisers pulled out of The O’Reilly Factor.

So, O’Reilly is gone now, right? We don’t have to worry about him anymore, right?

Wrong.

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The Washington Post sets a new standard for gender parity in sports media

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If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I love a good female success story.

Another thing about me — I’m really not that into sports (except for this week).

Earlier in April, The Washington Post became the first major newspaper to have women covering four major professional sports beats, and I am HERE FOR IT.

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Will Fox News close journalism’s gender gap? Probably not.

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Ladies and gentleman, strap yourselves in tight, because we’re about to take ride through media gender parity.

Are you ready? Please keep all misogyny and sexism outside the vehicle at all times. Enjoy your ride.

In the wake of sexual harassment allegations against television host Bill O’Reilly, let’s talk about the role of women at Fox News.

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Luke Martin: The Suburban Avenger

It’s an unusually warm February afternoon as screenprinter Luke Martin walks into room 3004 of Towson University’s Center for Arts.

Today, Martin will print two separate sets of posters for an upcoming The Head and the Heart concert at the Orpheum Theater in Madison, Wisconsin.

A former Towson student, Martin originally wanted to study art education and keep his art as a side hobby. He had always known that he wanted to pursue some form of art, but he wasn’t exactly sure where he wanted to focus his efforts.

In high school, he began selling his artwork at various craft fairs, and one day during his senior year, he skipped all of his classes to do his first screenprint. It was at that moment that Martin knew screenprinting was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.

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One in 22,000: The Fisher Scholar

Sophomore physics major Tyler Green reaches into his bag during a study session at Cook Library. (Photo by: Sarah Rowan/TU Student)
Sophomore physics major Tyler Green reaches into his bag during a study session at Cook Library. (Photo by: Sarah Rowan/TU Student)

Towson University sophomore Tyler Green is a physics major and one of two recipients of the Jess Fisher Pre-Engineering Scholarship in the class of 2019. He has a passion for EDM and DJing, and hopes to one day bridge the two worlds of physics and music in his career. See more in the video below, and read more about Tyler here.

 

One in 22,000: The Fisher Scholar

Sophomore physics major Tyler Green reaches into his bag during a study session at Cook Library. (Photo by: Sarah Rowan/TU Student)
Sophomore physics major Tyler Green reaches into his bag during a study session at Cook Library. (Photo by: Sarah Rowan/TU Student)

In December 2015, 18-year-old Towson freshman Tyler Green waited with his brother, Eric, at the 9:30 Club in Philadelphia to catch a glimpse of electronic dance music producer and DJ Marshmello.

Having followed Marshmello since the beginning of his career in early 2015, the two brothers were excited to finally see him play.

“To see him play a huge concert at a well-known venue was just awesome,” Green said. “Me and my brother just had the best brotherly moment in disbelief that we were watching it.”

One year later, Green, a sophomore physics major from Cecil County, still has a large interest in the culture surrounding EDM and DJing, and credits his brother for influencing him.  

“My brother took up an interest in that probably like four years ago, and then I’d say I caught on around three years ago once he just kind of started blasting the music around the house,” Green said. “I couldn’t avoid it.”

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Graduating Survivor Finds Peace in Advocacy

The Towson University Counseling Center is located on the second floor of the health center at Ward and West. The center offers free, short-term counseling therapy services for students, faculty and staff. (Photo by: Sarah Rowan/TU Student)
The Towson University Counseling Center is located on the second floor of the health center at Ward and West. The center offers free, short-term counseling therapy services for students, faculty and staff. (Photo by: Sarah Rowan/TU Student)

18-year-old high school senior Jenna Kahn sealed the fold on a white envelope and put it on her desk. She slowly reached for a black Sharpie marker, writing “Mom” in large letters on the front, before placing it in a pile with similarly marked envelopes.

Dressing for the day, Kahn opened her jewelry box, looking for her favorite earrings and necklace. They were not there – she had given her jewelry away, along with many other possessions.

Kahn was preparing to end her life.

“I didn’t want to die,” Kahn said. “No one who is suicidal wants to die. They just want the pain to stop.”

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