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Monthly Archives: February, 2012

Finally, that “at last” moment for New England skiers

Can I just say that I am so excited because finally, at last, the big snow storm is coming to Boston? According to Boston.com, parts of eastern Massachusetts could get 6 inches of snow tomorrow, and other areas up to 10 inches. The more northern parts of the state are expecting more. But even so, …

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What ever happened to rear-entry ski boots?

I may have grown up skiing but I’m a youngin’ compared to many of the skiers I know. My parents have been skiing for over 20 years, for instance. I’ve heard their tales from their colleges days about sneaking gulps of beer in the glade trails and whipping through moguls without tearing up knees – …

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Former Christian Science Monitor photographer talks video journalism

Former Christian Science Monitor photographer and current Northeastern University staff photographer Mary Knox Merrill visited our Reinventing the News class Thursday, Feb. 16. She spoke about her experience at the Monitor and at Northeastern, in particular focusing on video news segments. Of the clips she showed the class, my favorite was probably the story about …

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New England has a good showing in best 25 ski towns

So this is kind of old news, but it’s still pretty exciting, and it shows that New England can hold its own when it comes to ski tourism. National Geographic recently came out with a list of the top 25 ski towns around the globe. Two New England towns made the cut: North Conway, N.H. …

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Getting married on Valentine’s Day…on top of a mountain

Loveland Ski Area in Colorado has this funny tradition every Valentine’s Day, probably thanks to its romantic-sounding name. They marry dozens of couples each year on top of the mountain. The grooms come out with collared shirts and tuxedo jackets on top, and snow pants and ski boots on the bottom. Women don short white …

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s new wing is sleek, modern

I go by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum every day on my way to and from class, but every time I pass by, I love looking at the new wing. Even though it blends well with the environment, it’s still quite a striking sight. After closing for two months for construction, the museum hosted a …

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Nordic skiing: Would you try it?

The downhill skier is the laziest of skiers, I think. We’ve got straight skis, hard boots that keep us in place with both the toe and the heel attached to the ski. Once we’re at the top of a hill, we don’t have to think about propelling ourselves forward like our cross-country friends. We can …

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New England skiers lament lack of snow on social media

In class we’ve been experimenting with Storify, a tool that lets you compile various social media elements all in one place. We had to make our own documenting some trend story. I chose to make a Storify about how the unseasonably mild winter and lack of snow has affected ski resorts and skiers alike in …

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Storify, press freedom, and the Occupy movement (Guest speaker reflection)

On Thursday, journalist Josh Stearns spoke with the class about his Storify of the Year (as voted on by the Storify community) about arrests of reporters covering the Occupy movement around the nation. Stearns works for Free Press, a press freedom advocacy group, but he said this Storify was a project he started on his …

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