Category Archives: Culture

The greatest threat to American journalism: the loss of neutral reporting | TheHill

Journalists have more freedom, more reach, and more ability to inform than ever before — but those advantages bring an even greater responsibility to the public.
— Read on thehill.com/opinion/white-house/417921-the-greatest-threat-to-american-journalism-the-loss-of-neutral-reporting

Watch: Cassadee Pope performs an acoustic version of Wasting All These Tears at London’s Fender Showroom – Entertainment Focus

Watch: Cassadee Pope performs an acoustic version of Wasting All These Tears at London’s Fender Showroom – Entertainment Focus
— Read on www.entertainment-focus.com/music-section/ef-country/watch-cassadee-pope-performs-an-acoustic-version-of-wasting-all-these-tears-at-londons-fender-showroom/

Pakistan: 11,000 Muslims in protests against acquittal of Christian “blasphemer,” demand public hanging

Pakistan: 11,000 Muslims in protests against acquittal of Christian “blasphemer,” demand public hanging. Her crime? She drank from a water fountain designated for Muslims only.
— Read on www.jihadwatch.org/2018/11/pakistan-11000-muslims-in-nationwide-protests-against-acquittal-of-christian-blasphemer-demand-public-hanging

Coors Light and National Geographic Discover What’s Next

Screen Shot 2018-09-26 at 2.13.41 PM.pngThe Benefits of #BrandStorytelling #branding #brandjournalism #partnerships #storytelling

Storytelling has become an invaluable tool for brands across all industries. For ‘My Next,’ in particular, the initiative and partnership allowed Nat Geo to help bring the story of what’s next for both Coors Light and National Geographic Explorers to life. And, like its brand partnership vetting process, Nat Geo has a very specific way that it approaches brand storytelling.

Wiese noted, “We look at brand storytelling the same way we do with any content across our global television, digital, social, and print channels. Great stories have the power to transform the way we understand the world and our role in it. Nat Geo stories focus on humanity, authenticity, curiosity, and purpose.”

However, beyond the visuals, Wiese noted that excellent brand storytelling must have a protagonist or hero who audiences inherently want to follow. “And, we’re lucky to already have those heroes in our explorers, photographers, scientists, and creators. They have made National Geographic the globally revered media company it is today and for the past 130 years.”

Read More (Forbes)

 

 

Marine Vets Hiking 215 Miles for Homeless Vets Get Help from Cavalry

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A group led by Marine Major Kalani Creutzburg and Staff Sgt. Nate Schoemer, in yellow from left, walk along Doheny Beach with a female bodybuilder, members of the Orange County Fire Authority and the Army in Dana Point, CA on Thursday, September 6, 2018. Schoemer, Creutzburg and the body builder are on a 215 mile hike to create awareness for the plight of homeless veterans. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Two Marine Corps veterans and a female body builder were well into a 215-mile hike — from Ventura to San Diego — to create awareness for the plight of homeless veterans, when they considered giving up after four days of carrying 50-pound backpacks and a large American flag.

“We had left Point Mugu, walked from Ventura to Malibu and were just hating life thinking we can’t sustain it,” said Kalani Creutzburg, a 36-year-old retired major. “At first, when you put that kind of weight on, it’s not a big deal but after 40 miles, we had blisters and our muscles were locking up. We were thinking of giving up.”

That’s when Creutzburg, founder of Cammies & Canines, a San Diego nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless veterans and homeless dogs, received a Facebook message from a stranger.

It was Ethan Martinez, a captain with the Orange County Fire Authority at Station 56 in Buena Park. “It said, ‘When you get to Orange County, we’ll be there to meet you and make sure you get safely through,’” Creutzburg said.

The next day, Wednesday, Sept. 5, four Orange County Fire Authority firefighters met Creutzburg; Nate Schoemer, a retired staff sergeant and dog trainer; and Stephanie Rowe near the pier in Huntington Beach.

“The firefighters immediately took the packs off us and started walking with us,” Creutzburg said.

Over two days, 22 off-duty firefighters from OCFA accompanied the group through Orange County, leaving them near Camp Pendleton’s Las Pulgas Gate on Thursday, Sept. 6.

See More About How They are Helping (Orange County Register)

My Take from Brownie Bytes

These great folks are doing more than walking.  They are pairing homeless vets with homeless dogs that they’ve trained into service dogs.  They’re giving them a place to stay, work, and most of all – hope.  A great cause to support.

To help: https://www.classy.org/campaign/humping-for-homeless-veterans/c194192