Ron’s Story

Ron French wrote a curated story about Betsy DeVos, that is used as an example for journalism students to study . Within his story he uses multiple sources to create a narrative where his subsequent paragraphs all have an introduction to his sources and contextualized links.

Unlike Bestsy DeVos, he had multiple sources included in his article. One source is from National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). This source includes how Michigan schools compare in subjects like math and reading as opposed   to other schools.


Another great source Ron French used in this article besides is Professor Brian A. Jacob who is the professor of education policy, professor of economics and professor of education at the University of Michigan. This professor created an analysis that researched testing scores that have declined over the last 12 years.

The way he uses contextualized links as a way to introduce articles and people is nothing short of genius. He gives a quick summary of the points that are the main focus of the linking article and person. Rather than simply saying “click here” as if click bait, he uses phrases in the sentences to link. In my opinion this also helps the audience understand what they are going to be reading about.

Overall, Ron French made great use of curation techniques within his story that enables the audience to read through the article seamlessly, all while being able to check his sources to ensure they are facts and not speculation.




Aggregation example story

University of Michigan students pay different annual costs depending on which of the three campuses the students are attending. The University of Michigan Ann arbor has the highest annual cost for attendance where the annual cost for in-state students is between $29526 and $31396. Out-of-state students pay annual cost that is more than the double of the in-state students’ annual cost, where the annual cost for out-of-state students is between $62176 and $65508.

The University of Michigan Flint has the second highest annual cost between the University of Michigan campuses. The Flint campus has a total annual cost of $24526, where the  cost is divided between tuition & fee, room & board, books & supplies, transportation, and personal expenses. Lastly, the University of Michigan Dearborn has the lowest annual cost compared to the Ann arbor and Flint campuses. The annual cost for the University of Michigan Dearborn is $13772 for in-state students and $26006 for out-of-state students.


Google perks for college shopping

Being in college does have its perks. What do I mean? Well after using a guide to search for different data sets with Google’s advanced search method, I found out how to read and understand them. Using  this style of research for data makes things a lot easier when planning for your future.

A great example, the different tabs at the bottom shows the demographics, admission, and cost/comments for school in a given school year. In this case it was for the 2011-2012 year in the state of Michigan. After deleting schools that are not public and four-year I was left with 16 colleges, that was a bit shocking to me. I really was not aware that in this state of ours we had only 16 public colleges. I am not sure if that is a small number; I definitely will have to compare that to other states with a comparable populace.


The school that is the most expensive is Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. I noticed there are extra charges, and this school as per the comment section will have cost relating to in state tuition/ out of state as well as general education requirement which is also not a standard cost. Some of the colleges do not have in-state/in-district transportation cost while others do. And Eastern Michigan is the only college without this expense in-state/in-district misc expenses.

The complete shocker to me was that the University of Michigan Dearborn is the least expensive four-year college. Now I feel better about my decision to continue my education at this college. My continuous debt if it was concrete would surely thank me.

Tuition data for 16 Michigan universities

The school tuition data provided information regarding the cost of attending public universities in Michigan. The data was organized in an excel sheet, and it showed the cost of tuition and fee, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, MISC expenses, and the district total of sixteen universities of Michigan. 

This data presented general information, and it wasn’t specific regarding if the cost was applied for full time or part time students. Also, the provided data is from 2011-2012, and when I looked at this data, I was interested to know how different is the data for the year of 2016-1017 compared to this data.

The data showed attending costs of sixteen universities in Michigan. Even though the average cost of most of the sixteen universities is between $20,000 and $22,000. However, there is a big difference in cost between the university with the highest cost and the university with the lowest cost.

The university of Michigan Dearborn has the lowest total district cost of $15,419.36, where the Kendall college of art and design of Ferris state university has the highest district cost of $26,858. I was surprised to find out that the university of Michigan has the lowest district total cost and that led me to have a series of questions. First, is the difference in total cost related to the education quality? Second, what data should I look for to determine education quality in both the universities with the highest and lowest total cost rate? I decided to look at graduation rates and student employment numbers after graduation for both universities.

College athletics: Where does the money really go?

I’ve decided to focus on the USA Today article about NCAA salaries for football head coaches.

Some fans may not know why a head coach receives the amount of money he or she makes. There are also fans who are more knowledgeable then most and would enjoy to know more as to where the money the get is really going.

This article would be able to appeal to both sides because it would break down exactly how much they make in a year and also gives income exemptions for the current year.

Here are some samples:

As we can see, there is a full report of the top five head coaches in NCAA football. We also see tax notes for the year as to where specifically Jim Harbaugh’s money goes to.