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The Inkblot celebrates fifteen years of journalism

The Inkblot celebrates fifteen years of journalism

Sarah Lynch

April 20, 2017

“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

Twitter is one of the most popular social media sites among news organizations.

Phoebe Drummond

April 20, 2017

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

In recent years, social media is commonly used by both citizens and politicians.

Linda Badaracco

April 20, 2017

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

About 470,000 people participated in the Women's March in Washington D.C. on January 21.

Sally Ehlers

April 20, 2017

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

Photograph by Gage Skidmore, obtained through Creative Commons.

Lara Graney

April 19, 2017

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

Survey of 228 students from Jan. 19, 2017 to Jan. 20, 2017.

Sarah Lynch and Maddie Curtis

February 18, 2017

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

Survey of 228 students from Jan. 19, 2017 to Jan. 20, 2017.

Courtney Kushnir and Lara Graney

February 18, 2017

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

Survey of 228 students from Jan. 19, 2017 to Jan. 20, 2017.

Caroline Monaghan

February 18, 2017

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”

Survey of 228 students from Jan. 19, 2017 to Jan. 20, 2017.

Julia Pardee

February 17, 2017

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

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Phoebe Drummond

February 10, 2017

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...

‘It’s all about the commercial’

Christmas has turned into a commercial holiday according to CHS Students.

Vaughn Battista

December 22, 2016

In “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” Dr. Seuss tells the tale of the un-jolly Grinch that eventually learns that the holiday spirit prevails without gifts and feasts, illustrating that material things are not what the holidays are about. Nineteen percent of CHS students are unhappy with the commercial...

Lattes bring revenue

Starbucks is one of the main brands that uses holiday themed drinks to bring revenue.

Madelyn Curtis

December 22, 2016

Every year, the hype for Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Lattes and other seasonal drinks seems to increase. Starbucks’ U.S. sales rose 9 percent in the U.S. and 8 percent globally during the last three months of the year according to The Chicago Tribune. At CHS, the verdict on seasonal drinks goes...

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