iPads, Joblessness and Haitian Doctors

iPad Mania

Courtesy of Apple.com

In his review of Apple’s latest product, the iPad, Donald Bell of CNET.com (one of the most prolific electronic review sites on the net) explicates the gadget in all its respects. Starting from the physical, he describes its incredibly compact design, as well as its software abilities, one of which is to display high-quality images. Bell moves from evaluating its tech specs, like its operating system (that of the iPhone and iPod touch), to exploring its practical (and impractical) uses, like its book reading and Safari apps.

Although Apple debuted the iPad nearly two weeks ago, Bell’s review holds momentous news value. Apple has been at the head of photo, video and music software for some time now, so its newest innovations are important to follow. Bell does an excellent job at capturing the reader’s attention with his first line: “The Apple iPad is a bit of a misfit,” which is followed by  an all-together helpful description of the product and its advantages, along with disadvantages. Since the iPad is a revolutionary step in our computer age, this piece is news-worthy.

Find it HERE.

Finding Work in a Barren Land

In Carol Berman’s article, “Decision Makers: UPS–What Can Brown Do for You?” she introduces the American to successful company looking to hire many new employees. She notes their impressive, worldwide workforce (408,000) and gives us an inside look at the package traffic (a whopping 15.5 million travel every day). Continuing from there, she points out UPS’s significance in Hollywood and then gives some useful interview tips.

Making employment seem inviting is often a rather difficult writing task. Usually, a job-search site will simply list positions available in a frank, impersonal manner. Here though, Berman piques the reader’s interest by being conversational. She’s not wordy and uses compelling facts to do so. With the unemployment rate at 10.6%, this article fits perfectly into the context of American news.

Find it HERE.

Doctors Haunted by Haitians They Couldn’t Help

In this article, Deborah Sontag of the New York Times, chronicles the difficulties doctors in Haiti faced when supplies were low or absent, patients were many and help was scarce. By interviewing several doctors who just returned from Haiti, she is able to recreate their horrid and gut-wrenching experiences. One story she relays is of Mystil Jean Wesmer, a 12-year-old boy whose leg was amputated, leaving him forever crippled, without the ability to enjoy one activity all children love: riding a bicycle.

While the media has sensationalized plenty of news issues (Bran-gelina’s kids, MJ’s death, etc.), disaster relief, in my view, is always necessary to cover incessantly. To give the public a reason to pay attention, donate and understand the graveness of catastrophe is a prime public service. Sontag beautifully captures the horrors of the Haiti disaster, leaving her audience to decide what they’ll do with this new information while not imposing preachy impositions.

Find it HERE.


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