April 6, 2013 |
Two years ago, two friends at a Philadelphia high school turned on each other and began a hallway fight sparked by a rumor on Twitter and Facebook. As the fight escalated, onlookers pulled out their smartphones and began recording the action. Shortly thereafter, the "winner" of this school brawl posted the unsettling video on Facebook for all to see. This incident spurred a debate at Constitution High about what role social media have, if any, in conflict resolution. "Social media is funny, in that we can see fights from across the country from somewhere like Los Angeles," said Kathleen Melville, an English teacher at Constitution High.
March 17, 2014 |
Starting next school year, New Jersey public school districts will be called on to teach middle schoolers about responsible use of social media, according to recently passed legislation. Another bill, if signed by Gov. Christie, will require districts to create written policies about electronic communication between students and staff. With both pieces of legislation, the Garden State stands to become more of a part of a conversation - some would say movement - that is gaining momentum nationally.
April 6, 2013 |
Social media: to embrace or not embrace. That's the dilemma faced by high school teachers as they try to keep abreast of an ever-changing world spurred on, in part, by technological advances. Two English teachers at Constitution High School in Center City are taking different approaches on using social media in the classroom. Kathleen Melville, who also teaches Spanish, is using social media in her journalism classes to show how the phenomenon has impacted the reporting and dissemination of news.
October 6, 2014 |
Oh, golly, yes, social media have changed the face of retirement. " So says Donna Held, 61, of Salisbury Township. She is retired and a big proponent of social media. Like Held, an increasing proportion of retired people use social media for connection, support, education, even business (call it "retirement lite"). "It sure has changed retirement," says Howard Levin, 85, of Cherry Hill. "Of course, it can become addictive - not a big problem if you're retired. " For more and more seniors it offers, in the words of Judy Shepps Battle, 71, of Kendall Park, N.J., "an experience that just wasn't there before.
February 22, 2012 |
By day, director of business development Ryan Derfler oversees 50 men and women who guide trolley, walking, and train tours for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. During off hours, Derfler works as a model. Blessed with classically handsome looks, Derfler's portfolio caught the notice of Center City's Reinhard Agency five years ago. He's been snapped donning Calvin Klein clothes, climbing an extension ladder, and biking with Sidi shoes. Nowadays, his resume is bulging with stints paying from $150 to $1,000.
November 10, 2012 |
The swirl of post-election analysis has begun to settle, and it's clear: Social media were pivotal in the presidential election of 2012. Never have they played such a broad, deep role. And they're here to stay. The Romney camp did very well, to be sure - but the Obama camp confounded the smart money and largely, if not fully, repeated the social media-based ground game of 2008, to leave the Romney camp beaten, amazed, and dismayed. Recall the dizzying 2008 debut of the Obama social media machine.
December 3, 2014 |
First of two parts 'Nothing should be normal or everyday about accepting all this," says Ferguson, Mo., Democratic committeewoman Patricia Bynes. "Social media has helped ensure the images and agony stay fresh in people's minds. " Ferguson stays fresh. On Sunday, members of the St. Louis Rams did a pregame salute in protest of what they saw as police violence in the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown. That angered the St. Louis Police Association, which called on the National Football League to punish the players.
July 9, 2013 |
SANFORD, Fla. - Trayvon Martin's fatal shooting garnered worldwide attention when the man who fatally shot him wasn't arrested for weeks - a backlash fueled largely by social media. Now, social-media sites such as Twitter and Facebook have permeated George Zimmerman's trial both inside and outside the courtroom. A witness who testified via Skype was inundated with calls from other users on the Internet-based phone service, and a defense attorney was tripped up by a photo his daughter posted on Instagram.
November 15, 2011 |
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The parents of a Rutgers University student who committed suicide last year returned to the school Monday for an academic symposium on the benefits and perils of social media for teens and young adults. It was the first time Joseph and Jane Clementi had visited Rutgers' main campus since last year, when their son, freshman Tyler Clementi, 18, killed himself days after his roommate allegedly used a webcam to spy on his intimate encounter with another man. The tragedy touched off a national conversation on the bullying often faced by young gays and lesbians.
July 12, 2011 |
The ink on Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill's deal with Rick Ross' record label is only five months old. But the 24-year-old master of the mix tape already has a massive audience with nearly 200,000 Twitter followers and a slew of popular YouTube videos, some of which have more than half a million hits. And even though Meek isn't nearly as famous as Jay-Z, or even 50 Cent, he was able to debut a line of men's activewear at Villa last week. Meek's lyrics may be pretty hard-core, even violent, but his fashion sense is skateboarder friendly.