Curation of Ann Arbor’s Greek Life

In the past, Ann Arbor has not always had the best name for Greek Life. There are many negatives that have led to today’s situation.

On Thursday, November 9, all Greek Life activities were suspended at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Hazing and sexual misconduct was occurring, even though both of those issues are illegal at the university. During the weekend of the football game versus Michigan State, there were “30 hospital transports.”

Now as of 2018, it is being required that if those that wish to participate in Greek Life, they must complete 12 credit hours at the University. This means that no freshmen would be allowed to be recruited until the winter semester. It is now an issue of how housing is going to be effected.

A meeting with a greek life advisor is now mandatory due to Ann Arbor’s campus, which is effective at every branch.

Where might I be?

As an active journalist, I focus on social media to reach out to people and find out what people want to know.

My Twitter (@bychanelstitt) is what I use the most to find out what is occurring right in the moment. I use it to keep up with television shows and to find out local news.

Connecting with family is one of the most important things to me and I do this through Facebook.

At times, I get creative and collaborate with my friends to make videos and post them on YouTube. My music playlists are always updated on Youtube and Soundcloud.

As I further my career, I have been building a portfolio to send to employers and potential internships. Including work samples is an important part of this in the journalism field.

MLive’s constant updates through Twitter

When aggregating news on Twitter through Nuzzel, it is easy to see what the people in Ann Arbor are talking about. MLive has recently been retweeted by several of my followers.

MLive is a media organization based in Ann Arbor. They report on breaking news, sports, college and lifestyle along with many more topics. Their content keeps the public informed not only through social media, but through their weekly newspaper as well.

One story that immediately caught my attention is the trending topic of the University of Michigan – Dearborn. It is now a requirement that in order to join Greek Life, one must complete 12 credit hours and do well in that semester. This decision was made without consulting with the public, which caused an upset on campus.

Nuzzel allows the opportunity to see this post quickly due to the buzz surrounding it. With a large following of Ann Arbor’s students, it is very popular on my Twitter feed.

Example of Curation

Buzzfeed’s news articles have many links throughout their articles, creating smooth curations along with hectic curations. The website is more entertainment based, so writers have to adapt to this form of delivering news.

Jane Lytvynenko’s article “Here Are The Hoaxes And Conspiracies Still Going Around About The Parkland Students” gives information about the negativity that the public has placed around these people. This includes fake Tweets and photoshopped images.

There are not only links in Lytvynenko’s article, but there are images from social media that correspond to these links. This makes it easier for the audience to follow along with stories without having to click away from their article.

The crossing between images and curation can effect the audience in a negative way. The audience might only pay attention to the massive images instead of reading the actual article that is tagged along with them.

Ron French’s article on Betsy Devos

Ron French created a very detailed curation about Betsy Devos’s interview on 60 Minutes. He uses multiple sources to back up the evidence he found about Michigan schools. His efforts and research make it be known that Michigan schools need improvement.

Just a few months before, Bridge MI released an article on January 28 titled “Michigan’s K-12 performance dropping at an alarming rate.” This article by Ted Roelofs uses statistics from the U.S. Census and other databases to provide access to the evidence used.

An outside source that French used is Brookings. This website uses hyperlinks in a different way. Brookings cite their evidence at the end of each sentence instead of including it directly in the article. This may be confusing to first time users and they may not want extended information.

The way that French introduces his evidence is by continuing his sentences as if the hyperlink was not there. However, the hyperlinks explain exactly what one should expect to find when clicking.