A Project for Better Journalism chapter


Do you pass the tissue test?

January 24, 2018 9:21am | Kendra Erickson

On a Sunday afternoon, the football game on TV switched to a commercial showing a model who had sparkling white teeth and was holding a tissue. The ridiculously exaggerated commercial advertising Crest whitestrips asks “Would you pass the tissue test?” Even though the tissue test […]

West Ottawan satire: Avoiding Trump’s name

January 17, 2018 11:38am | Owen Gibson

President Trump has been in global news nearly every day since his inauguration in 2017, and has become a household name across the world due to his disruptive antics, unbelievable quotes, and shady actions. It seems that everyone has something to say about him, and […]

Stop bragging about not trying

January 10, 2018 9:57am | Alec Behrendt

“What did you get on your PSAT?” “I only got a 1020, but I basically slept through the entire math section.”     This is an excerpt from a conversation that I recently had with a friend, and it made me think about how dumb that […]

The truth about veganism

December 19, 2017 9:03am | Olivia Paquette

The truth about veganism Abruptly in July, I became vegan with no prior plant-based diet. Along the way, many family members and friends supported my decision but didn’t know a whole lot about the subject. They asked me questions, to which I responded, “Do you […]

Creating the super teacher trait by trait

December 18, 2017 4:18pm | Maddy Eppard

“Okay class, get out your Chromebooks and take a look at the assignment I posted on Google Classroom” the teacher says. But, this is no ordinary teacher; in fact, this teacher is about as far from the ordinary as one can get.   This is roboteacher. […]

Crazy but correct

December 15, 2017 9:43am | Jevic DeVries

“We aren’t the first to mention that the world today seems to be going crazy,” Ted Kaczynski wrote. Ted  Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber, was a serial bomber from 1978-1995. Kaczynski terrorized the San Francisco area for years killing three people and injuring another […]

Trump is a hypocrite. Here’s why:

December 4, 2017 9:21am | Ben Hoey

Upon closer investigation, can a hypocrite really believe anything at all?     The National Anthem protest has become a very controversial movement during the 2017-2018 NFL season.  Many people, including players, team staff, and others, would kneel rather than stand during the anthem. Quarterback Colin […]

Why is this gun still legal?

November 29, 2017 9:57am | Alec Behrendt

One aspect connects the recent slaughters in San Antonio, Las Vegas, and Orlando: a deranged man uses an assault rifle to murders dozens of innocent Americans. More and more American lives are lost, and each time, nothing changes. We simply wait for the next massacre. […]

Ripped jeans won’t last

November 29, 2017 9:36am | Sonja Collins

Ripped jeans are our generation’s shoulder pads. They’re a trend that just won’t last. Every generation has at least one. The 70’s had patchwork skirts and sweater vests. The 80’s possessed leg warmers and hammer pants. 1990 through 2010 had popcorn shirts, velour, trucker hats, […]

What if school were optional?

November 7, 2017 9:30am | Alec Behrendt

Imagine this: school is no longer required.     Everything is the same; there are still tests, quizzes, exams, and graduation requirements, but the state no longer forces students to attend classes. At any time, a student has the choice to drop out, or to rarely […]