Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Haunted Tour Of D.C. vs. Multicultural Book Festival

This is the Octagon House Muesum in Washington D.C. which will be
the last stop on the haunted house tour. This image is courtesy of google.

I conducted a search on local activities that will occur between now and before Nov. 5 in my neighborhood, but I ended up with nothing, zero, zilch.

I decided to check out The Washington Post to see if I could find something fun as well as interesting to cover. After scouring a bit, I came across two events that I am contemplating over.

The first is event is a "Washington Walks Haunted Tours" that will be held tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and on Halloween (Friday) at 7:30 p.m. for $10 fee. The tour will site the haunted houses and the stories behind them.

The tour will start from 17th and I street in Washington, D.C. and end at the Octagon Museum.

The second event that strikes my interest is the Children's Multicultural Book Festival that will be held on Nov. 1 from noon to 6 p.m. at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

I am a bookworm. Even though the festival is a for children's books, the event it will feature readings from author Nikki Giovanni.

Nikki Giovanni is a African-American author who wrote several books on poetry for adults and children.

I thought is would be great if I could interview her for my story, plus the event is free.

One sources for my story (which every one I choose) will be the coordinators or organization that is hosting the event.

Another source will be the tour guide or the people are chaperoning or aiding in the festival. The last source will be from people attending the event. I would like to talk to at least three people.

Furthermore, there are standard questions that I will ask based on the person I am interviewing. If I am interviewing the coordinator of the event, I will ask questions like How long did it take to preparate the event? Is this event held every year? Are there knew aspects, features etc. that are included this time in the event?

Moreover, if I am interviewing a person who is a attending then I will ask questions such as What did you like or dislike about the event and why? or Why did you attend the event?

Overall, I am looking forward to the next story and I hope to execute it better than I did the first one.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Lawsuit Over Buttons

NYC Teachers file a lawsuit against the city at the U.S. District Court in Manhattan for violation of freedom of speech on Friday. 

The USA Today article, NYC teachers sue to wear political buttons in school, explain that teachers were not permitted by city policy to wear political buttons at school. 

New York City school system is not the only one pushing for faculty to remain politically neutral at school, state universities are also encouraging staff to be impartial like the University of Illinois, University of Oklahoma, Iowa Western Community College and Fresno Pacific University.

With the history making election approaching, many voters want to exercise their right to express support for their candidate. 

Students and other youth are more engaged by this coming election.

So is it wrong for a faculty member to wear a political button? How detrimental is it? Everyone is granted the right to the first amendment.