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Why today’s teen aren’t getting enough sleep: Stress

Why today’s teen aren’t getting enough sleep: Stress

Andrew Wang

September 15, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

When it comes time to tuck in at night, experts say we need eight to 10 hours of sleep every night – and too few of us are getting it. According to The National Sleep Foundation, or NSF, as of February 2015, adolescents should be hitting somewhere between the eight and 10 hours mark Instead, ...

Why today’s teens aren’t getting enough sleep: Technology

Why today’s teens aren’t getting enough sleep: Technology

Alexis Colucci

September 15, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

Phones plugged into bedside outlets, televisions blaring at nighttime and laptops dinging with notifications come as nothing new to teens. Neither is the lack of sleep that tech can cause. Technology impacts the vast majority of teens, with more than three quarters of teens having access to cellpho...

The Inkblot celebrates fifteen years of journalism

The Inkblot celebrates fifteen years of journalism

Sarah Lynch

April 20, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

“The News of Communications High School” has not taken a break since 2002. With 87 issues, The Inkblot has reached thousands of readers, triumphed in state and national competitions and enabled CHS students to put their journalistic theories to practice. The student-produced publication has ...

News outlets and readers ditch TV, use social media

News outlets and readers ditch TV, use social media

Phoebe Drummond

April 20, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

Twitter — the multi-billion dollar social media site — has quite a simple mission statement: “to give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers.” While numerous Twitter accounts are devoted to spreading celebrity gossip, many of the world’s top ne...

Citizens and politicians interacting via social media can be beneficial or futile

Citizens and politicians interacting via social media can be beneficial or futile

Linda Badaracco

April 20, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

With political posts frequently making headlines for better or for worse, politicians’ social media communication is front and center in the public eye. As of 2014, 16 percent of registered voters follow politicians on a social media site, according to Pew Research Center. This share of voters dou...

Activists utilize social media to bring change

Activists utilize social media to bring change

Sally Ehlers

April 20, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

Activism has been prevalent since the start of the United States and is still a common occurrence in 2017. As the times and technology have changed since the American Revolution, many utilize social media as an outlet for political advocacy. Political activists can be defined as people who promote certain...

Twitternation: politicians work social media into political platforms

Twitternation: politicians work social media into political platforms

Lara Graney

April 19, 2017


Filed under In-Depth

The hashtags. The likes. The retweets. For some social media users, Twitter is just that. But for the modern-day politician, the versatile 140-character message can be a powerful weapon, self-endorsement or even a soapbox speech. And our current president – also known as the “Commander-in-Tweet”...

CHS students discuss their virginity, and when it’s a good time to lose it

CHS students discuss their virginity, and when it’s a good time to lose it

Sarah Lynch and Maddie Curtis

February 18, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

The average American loses his or her virginity at age 17, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between the ages of 20 and 24, about 12 percent of females and 14 percent of males are virgins. While some sources argue the average age is slightly earlier or later, statistics...

Students say masturbation is stigmatized based on gender

Students say masturbation is stigmatized based on gender

Courtney Kushnir and Lara Graney

February 18, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

Masturbation. Just saying the word can bring cringes, averted eyes and red cheeks, which is why there are hundreds of euphemisms to avoid saying it. But here’s the truth: a 2011 study by JAMA Pediatrics, a publication of the Journal of the American Medical Association, surveyed 800 teenagers between...

Families address, or avoid, the “S” word

Families address, or avoid, the “S” word

Caroline Monaghan

February 17, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

Approximately 65 percent of CHS students do not talk to their parents about sex, according to a survey of 228 students from Jan. 19 to Jan. 20, and 68 percent do not feel comfortable bringing up the subject. Conversations with parents about sex can be anything from awkward to helpful, with rules set...

The music industry says “sex sells”

The music industry says “sex sells”

Julia Pardee

February 17, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

Even before Salt-N-Pepa’s 1990 iconic song “Let’s Talk About Sex,” the music world hasn’t shied away from sensual references, and studies say the word “sex” is here to stay in the pop realm. Researchers Dawn R. Hobbs and Gordon G. Gallup Jr. at the State University of New York in Albany...

SAT prep courses popular among students

SAT prep courses popular among students

Phoebe Drummond

February 10, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

While nearly 2.1 million students from the Class of 2016 took the ACT, nearly 1.7 million opted for the SAT, according to The Washington Post and the SAT Suite of Assessments, respectively. Both of these tests have been a factor in college admission decisions for decades. To strengthen their chance...

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