Journalism at Michigan State University

The Traverse City Film Festival: increased popularity and great opportunity for volunteers and interns

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Traverse City held the 13th consecutive Traverse City Film Festival July 25-30. The annual Northern Michigan festival, which began in 2005, had around 120,000 attendees this year. Meg Weichman, creative director at TCFF, says, “With the addition of new venues, as well as word getting out about what a great festival we have, we have seen both community and regional support, as well as national interest increase.”

Weichman says, “The TCFF is something Traverse City is very proud of. It is a true example of our community coming together to create something magical and special for our area, not only in terms of economic impact, but cultural and social as well.

Some local college students steer clear of City of Lansing; why?

Do local college students spend a significant amount of time in the City of Lansing? It depends on who you ask. “I commuted to and from LCC (Lansing Community College) but never stopped and visited the City of Lansing,” said Sarah Baylis, a Michigan State University transfer student. “As an MSU student, I stay in the East Lansing area.” Baylis attended LCC for two years before transferring to MSU.

Northern Michigan a hub for agriculture in the Great Lakes State

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Located in Northern Michigan, Traverse City is filled with opportunities to interact with the surrounding agriculture and livestock. Brian Matchett, the Program Coordinator of the Institute of Agricultural Technology at Northwestern Michigan College describes Northern Michigan as a hub for agriculture, agricultural support and a culture of appreciation for agricultural producers. He says he believes this has changed significantly over the past 20 years as people have gained a new appreciation for the food that is produced in our community as local produce. “It is important that we continue to provide education to students in our public school systems about food and food production,” says Matchett.

Money and technology: A Q&A with three experts

Ten years ago on June 29, the first ever iPhone was released. Since then, Apple has released 14 more models including the iPhone 3G, the iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5c, the iPhone 5S, the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, the iPhone 6S, the iPhone 6S Plus, the iPhone SE, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. These numbers clearly represent Apple’s release-rate with at least one, if not two, iPhone models being released per year since its first model. Though a popular brand, iPhones are but one brand of smartphone. According to the Pew Research Center, 77 percent of U.S. adults surveyed said they had a smartphone of some kind.

Retiree finds second career in gardening, selling vegetables

This is Willis Thomas Jr., 85-year-old born and raised in Villa Ridge, Ill. and now residing in Jackson, Mich. He is retired now from General Motors and has been enjoying his 30-plus years of relaxation. But during those years Thomas found other ventures to part take in to keep extra cash in his pockets. He always has done photography and film so he started a business when he retired where he would take portraits of families and take video and pictures of events.

Q & A: Does cost drive how South Koreans choose cell phone providers?

SEOUL — According to the statistics compiled by Statistica, 41.1 million people were using mobile phones last year in South Korea. It is 80 percent of the total population of South Korea. In order to meet the needs of the mobile phone users in South Korea, the big three mobile operators, SK Telecom, LG U+, and KT have offered plans of varying call time, texts, and data at different prices. Cellphone users can choose any plan they want depending on their budgets and needs. Six Korean cellphone users with different ages and genders sat down to answer some questions about why they chose the particular wireless calling plans whether they are satisfied at the plan that they are using or not.

AUDIO: To do it yourself, or pay others to do it for you?

Mowing and maintaining the lawn during the hot summer months has become the norm for residents in Fenton, Mich. Some residents prefer to mow the lawn on their own while others will hire a lawn care service to have their lawn done professionally. Many factors are considered when making the decision on whether or not to hire a lawn care service. Some factors include age and if you are not physically able to, simply not having enough time to do it, and the sheer possibility of not having enough knowledge to mow the lawn on your own. Whatever the case may be, it is certain that mowing your grass has to be done, but how it gets done is up to you. 





Tipping a necessity, not a bonus, for wait staff

Many people who work in the food industry survive off of tip money. Waiters and waitresses typically make less than minimum wage, so tipping can make up a large portion of their paycheck. “On a week day shift I typically make between $150-$180 from tips,” said Antonio Ellis, who is a waiter at Silver Beach Pizza in St. Joseph, Mich. “On weekends I can make between $200-$250 and sometimes more.”

Tip money is very important to Ellis because he only gets paid $3.18 to serve.

Could shopping be addictive?

Everyone have experienced that urge to buy that one item on sale. Maybe, you walked past those shoes that you couldn’t leave the store without? Now imagine having that feeling constantly. About 18 million adults in America, are shopping addicts, or compulsive shoppers according to a study on Healthline. This type of retail therapy can not only be destructive financially, but emotionally as well.