How Technology Keeps Families Together

      Kat Rivera, an office worker in Portland, lives with her younger sister, Ariana Rivera. The two live quite far from their mother, who lives in Puerto Rico, where the Rivera sisters were born. They had to move to the U.S. at a young age for a better chance at life. Their mother had to stay in Puerto Rico. 

     “When I was younger and moved to the U.S., there wasn’t all this technology to communicate with my mom,” Kat Rivera said. “It was very hard because I knew I wouldn’t be able to talk with her much. I had to wait for a free time to call her and I didn’t have a good phone plan.”  

     Today, Kat Rivera uses FaceTime and Messenger to communicate with

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her mother many times throughout the day. She uses it to send pictures and videos of herself and life events. 
    “It brightens my day when my mother sends me a beautiful selfie or a picture back home. It warms my heart to see that the town I grew up in is still the same.”

Pulitzer Photos Capture the Making of History

     The perfect moment to capture an image does not wait. Photojournalists must seize it when it is there. Brave photojournalists are ready to snap an image to capture history in the making. 

     In the film “A Glimpse of Life–The Pulitzer Photographs,” photojournalists talk about their experiences taking Pulitzer winning photos. To win a Pulitzer, a photo does not have to be perfect. It has to capture iconic moments. It has to tell a story. A picture is worth a thousand words. The audience must be able to read it. A Pulitzer photo is one that makes the audience feel something. 

     Joe Rosenthal took Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima in 1945. It is a photograph of six U.S. Marines raising a flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Six men in uniforms work together to lift the heavy flag. “It’s a front seat to history,” John White, a Pulitzer Prize recipient, said about being a photojournalist. Raising a flag is an iconic symbol during a war. This photo is a historic moment caught that will last forever. Rosenthal’s image became one of the most iconic images worldwide. Many thought it to be a symbol of American resilience. It shows how a photo can produce feelings of pride. 

The Takeaway From the Film ‘Spotlight’

   “Sometimes it’s easy to forget that we spend most of our time stumbling around the dark.” That is until journalists shine a light on important issues affecting society. “Spotlight” is a film that emphasizes the importance of investigative journalism. “Spotlight” retells the story of how the investigative journalism team Spotlight uncovered the truth about pedophilia in the church. These reporters worked for the Boston Globe. The film begins in 2001 but goes through previous years. This two-and-a-half-hour film demonstrates the harrowing journey of four journalists investigating a case of pedophilia in the church. The four journalists are Robby Robinson, Sacha Pfeiffer, Mike Rezendes and Matt Carol. 

     There are many issues that people are not aware of until they are told about them in the media. One of these issues is pedophilia. Especially when it is happening behind the closed doors of a church. A church is generally a trusted place. Many people go to church to seek comfort in their faith. They seek advice. The film “Spotlight” shines that light on the horrors of priests who prey on children in the church. Not only this, but it also shows how one lead can cause more investigations that lead to even more discoveries. 

Why ‘All the President’s Men’ Is a Must Watch Movie

     “All the President’s Men” is a film that maintains its importance today. It is a political thriller from 1976. The film follows Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. They are two budding journalists for The Washington Post. Bernstein and Woodward are assigned to cover the Watergate Scandal. 

     In the film, it is discovered that the Nixon administration ordered the burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters. Several cases of abuse under Nixon’s administration came to light. Government officials tried to cover it up. Bernstein and Woodward knew there was more to the story. They struggled to obtain the truth. The film follows these two through their journey as young journalists covering a presidential scandal. 

     One reason that this film is important is that it shows the importance of the First Amendment. The First Amendment protects our freedom of speech. It also protects the freedom of the press. Without these protections, how could citizens and journalists uncover scandals? Bernstein and Woodward struggled to find the truth. They were lied to. They were turned away by people with important information. Still, they fought for the truth using our First Amendment rights. 

Pulitzer Photos Capture the Making of History

    The perfect moment to capture an image does not wait. Photojournalists must seize it when it is there. Brave photojournalists are ready to snap an image to capture history in the making. 

     In the film “A Glimpse of Life–The Pulitzer Photographs,” photojournalists talk about their experiences taking Pulitzer winning photos. To win a Pulitzer, a photo does not have to be perfect. It has to capture iconic moments. It has to tell a story. A picture is worth a thousand words. The audience must be able to read it. A Pulitzer photo is one that makes the audience feel something. 

     Joe Rosenthal took Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima in 1945. It is a photograph of six U.S. Marines raising a flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Six men in uniforms work together to lift the heavy flag. “It’s a front seat to history,” John White, a Pulitzer Prize recipient, said about being a photojournalist. Raising a flag is an iconic symbol during a war. This photo is a historic moment caught that will last forever. Rosenthal’s image became one of the most iconic images worldwide. Many thought it to be a symbol of American resilience. It shows how a photo can produce feelings of pride. 

The Importance of Money Transfer Apps

     Today, almost everyone has a money transfer app on their phone. Facebook Messenger, PayPal, Venmo, Cash App–everyone has heard of these. Before these services existed, money had to be transferred in less convenient ways. Technology has allowed families and friends to send one another money in the blink of an eye. These apps are surpassing mobile banking at soaring rates. When people are in need of money, it is important that they receive it as soon as possible. That is why these apps are useful for people who have moved away from their family but still need support. 

Three of the most popular money transfer apps.

     In 2016, Elisabet Hernandez met her now best friend Paula Santiago on Twitter. Hernandez is from Bío Bío, Chile. She is 20 years old. Santiago is from Montevideo, Uruguay. The two are the same age. When they first met, they got along instantly. Hernandez was struggling to flourish in Chile, where the government situation was going through a rough patch. She would often vent to Santiago. 

     “I met Paula and she told me how it was living in Montevideo. I knew that I had to go there. The situation in Chile was bad. The government was failing us, and it felt like we were always at war with the system,” Hernandez said. 

Apple Releases a New Product: The iDiffuser

     On Tuesday, March 4, 2022, Apple issued a new product’s release. The release is the newest product in the Summer 2022 lineup. The release featured an advertisement for this new product: the Smartphone Oil Diffuser.

A prototype of the iDiffuser.

     “One day, I was on the subway in New York City. I was going to work as usual. The subway was always dark, dreary and damp. It smelled like sweat and hot breath,” Greg Longhorn, a product designer for Apple, said. Longhorn, 28, of Kentucky, has relocated to New York City. He has been working with Apple for about three years. 

     “I thought to myself, what is a new and innovative product for this year’s release? We have iPhones. We have iPads. We have it all. What we don’t have is a product that affects our nostrils.” 

     Longhorn spent countless hours scouring user manuals for oil diffusers. He wanted to know how they work. He also needed inspiration for a design. Apple is well-known for its simplistic designs and bright colors. Longhorn did not want to surprise Apple fans too much. He did want to let his creativity shine. 

     “First, I wanted to see how oil diffusers work. I’m not an engineer. I just draw for a living. I was having trouble drawing the diffuser because the shape is awkward. It’s really small, too. I teamed up with an Apple engineer, Jake Johnson,” Longhorn said. 

Pursuing Your Dreams as a Non-Native English Speaker in the U.S.

     How can artificial intelligence such as Google Translate help the average U.S. citizen or migrant? Google Translate has helped people such as Etan and Ed Santiago, 21 and 25, of Monterrey, Mexico, who moved to the U.S. Etan works as a graphic design artist.  Ed works at a call center for a Walmart pharmacy.

Etan Santiago uses Google Translate for his brother Ed while he makes a phone call.

     It was May 2019. The airport in Monterrey was full of oppressive humidity that covered the mountainous terrain around northern Mexico. The atmosphere enhanced Etan’s anxiety. He was a young man initiating a move to the U.S. with his family. This include his brother Ed. The plane trip was underwhelming. Their arrival in Maine was a case of culture shock. They arrived in Bangor, which is much smaller than their hometown. Santiago was used to working with clients from abroad with Google Translate. He never used it face-to-face. He had to ask a woman for directions in the airport. He pulled out his phone to help him remember a word. This was Santiago’s first interaction in the U.S. 

     Google Translate first went live in 2006. The app has become the most used multilingual translation/interpretation AI worldwide. Communication can sometimes be difficult in a multicultural country such as the U.S. Interpreters are not always available outside of government establishments. Google Translate cannot replace human interpretation. It can provide a bridge to the gap among people who speak different languages. It is a fast and easy way to communicate. 

     “Before moving here, I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to have daily interactions with people. I didn’t realize how often I asked for help in the street or the grocery store or just brought up conversations with people in Mexico. I can speak English to a certain point. But my accent is heavy and I get nervous,” Etan said. 

     Santiago has taken English classes since he was young. Speaking with native English speakers is overwhelming. His father does not speak English at all.