Don’t look away

When it comes to an issue as immense as human trafficking, citizens can often feel like there isn’t anything they can do to make a real difference.  Donating money to reputable organizations that work on the front lines is always welcome, but are there more personal ways to get involved?

William Wilberforce, the 18th Century abolitionist,  lobbied to end the slave trade. For almost two decades, he introduced anti-slavery motions in parliament.   Much like today, fellow citizens of his time often turned a blind eye to this issue.  Wilberforce once said, “You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.” Continue reading



If you hit triple sevens at the casino, you’ve won yourself a jackpot.

But not all jackpots are created equal.  Running enthusiast Michael Brooks is living out his own version of triple sevens.  In the next seven days, he will be running seven marathons in seven different cities at age 70.

Unlike a gambler running on luck, Brooks is running for a cause: to raise funds for Camp Sunshine, the only camp in our nation that provides year-round programs for  families that have children suffering from life threatening illnesses.

Over the last decade, running for charitable causes has been on the rise.  Most have heard of Race for the Cure and Relay for Life, two established races that raise funds for cancer research.   There are countless options if you are interested in running for a specific purpose, and you don’t have to be as ambitious as Michael Brooks.

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Every word matters

If you are a journalism student on any college campus, you were more than likely informed by a professor that The Associated Press Stylebook  would be your new BFF.

I mean, who else could you turn to in those perilous moments of trying to figure out if you should write out the number nine or simply use the “9” on the keyboard?  And what about formal titles?  They can be a killer.  Should  you always capitalize the word governor or president?  Just ask your BFF.


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Recently, members of the American Copy Editors Society gathered for their annual conference in Portland, Oregon.  I’m sure this event is more fun than it sounds.  After all, attendees are among the first to hear about the changes being made to the AP Stylebook!

Since the average person may not know that such a book even exists, it is understandable that he/she would not comprehend how decisions and changes to this book actually have an effect on their life.  I admit that it sounds like a foolish notion even as I type the words.

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