Showing posts with label good news. Show all posts
Showing posts with label good news. Show all posts

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Have you tried the "Year in Review" Quiz on the News in the Town of Franklin for 2023?

Let's try something a little different as we approach the close out of 2023. 

How closely did you pay attention to the news during the year?

A Town of Franklin "Year in Review" news quiz. 

10 questions, and a bonus question. All worth 10 points each.

Submit a valid email at the beginning of the quiz, and at the end of the quiz, you can select to receive how you did on the quiz sent to that email.

We'll keep the quiz open until January 7 and share the overall results.

Take the quiz in the embedded form below or follow this link ->
https://forms.gle/RABScYHFy2mKLgiX7


Thursday, March 30, 2023

Don’t miss this lineup of journalists who can help you find news you can trust


Register now for our free webinars!
How to Find News You Can Trust. Skills for seeking credible information. Free webinar series. Wednesdays. April 12, 19, and 26. 4pm Eastern Time/1pm Pacific Time.

We've lined up some terrific journalists for our free webinar series How to find news you can trust. You won't want to miss these fascinating and informative conversations!

The series begins April 12 and runs for three consecutive Wednesdays, starting at 4 p.m. ET. Register once to access all three sessions!

 

April 12: Session 1 | What is quality journalism?

News outlets help us make informed decisions, but the process of creating news isn't always transparent. In this session, journalists Brandon Pope of WBEZ Chicago and Molly Parker of Lee Enterprises will discuss how they build credibility and trust with the public and will describe the standards that guide their newsgathering. This session will pull the curtain back on the practice of quality, ethical journalism and its mission to inform us accurately.

Brandon is an award-winning and Emmy-nominated journalist, media critic and columnist, and host of the podcasts On The Block: Powered by Block Club Chicago on CW26 and the MAKING series from WBEZ and NPR. Molly, a ProPublica distinguished fellow, is an investigative reporter with Lee Enterprises' Public Service Team, where she works with regional reporters in 25 states to produce impactful, data-driven local journalism.

 

April 19: Session 2 | Understanding news media bias

People frequently perceive and allege bias in news coverage, but what does this really mean? What makes a piece of news biased, and who decides? Journalist Amethyst J. Davis, founder of the Harvey World Herald, a hyperlocal, independent newsroom in Illinois, and Stephanie Casanova of Signal Cleveland, a nonprofit newsroom that fuses community building with local news reporting, join us to discuss how the journalistic standards we learned about in Session 1 can be applied to confront and avoid news bias. This session will empower you to evaluate the fairness, accuracy and objectivity of news coverage.

Amethyst oversees growth and development, including outlining editorial trajectory and content, at the Harvey World Herald. A member of the community advisory board for Chicago Public Media, she is a Casey Fellow with the National Association of Black Journalists Black News & Views. Stephanie is the criminal justice reporter with Signal Cleveland and formerly covered criminal justice and breaking news at the Chicago Tribune.

 

April 26: Session 3 | How fact-checking works

Fact-checking organizations are taking up the charge to combat the spread of misinformation, debunking some of the most viral content springing up on social media. Fact-checkers Dan Evon of the News Literacy Project and Rafael Olavarría of Factchequeado will talk about their work and share skills that you can use to check the accuracy of information.

Dan debunks viral rumors for NLP's RumorGuard™ platform, which empowers the public to push back against misinformation. Prior to joining NLP in 2022, Dan worked as a reporter for Snopes, the internet's oldest fact-checking site. Rafael, a Venezuelan immigrant who fled political persecution, began his journalism career as a producer and writer for CNN and won 11 Southeast Emmy Awards as a multimedia journalist with Univisión.

 

We look forward to seeing you April 12!

For a future founded on facts,
The News Literacy Project

P.S. If you miss one of the sessions, don't worry, we'll share recordings of all three.


Visit us at newslit.org, checkology.org, newslitnation.org and rumorguard.org.

The News Literacy Project, a nonpartisan education nonprofit, is building a national movement to advance the practice of news literacy throughout American society, creating better informed, more engaged and more empowered individuals — and ultimately a stronger democracy.

The News Literacy Project
5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 440, Washington, DC 20015

Monday, March 20, 2023

How to find news you can trust - 3 session webinar series in April, 2023


Save the date for our webinar series.
How to Find News You Can Trust. Skills for seeking credible information. Free webinar series. Wednesdays. April 12, 19, and 26. 4pm Eastern Time/1pm Pacific Time.

Hi Franklinites!

You probably read, watch or listen to the news every day, and chances are you often do so online. How do you know whether news sources are credible? How do you know what to trust?

The News Literacy Project is offering a free three-part webinar series to help you navigate the increasingly crowded and rapidly changing information environment. We'll meet at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT on April 12, 19 and 26 for about 45 minutes, and we'll invite journalists to join the discussions to help us understand how they think about trust and credibility as they report the news.

 

April 12: Session 1 | What is quality journalism?

News outlets help us make informed decisions, but the process of creating news isn't always transparent. This session will pull the curtain back on the practice of quality, ethical journalism and its mission to inform us accurately.

 

April 19: Session 2 | Understanding news media bias

People frequently perceive and allege bias in news coverage, but what does this really mean? What makes a piece of news biased, and who decides? This session will empower you to evaluate the fairness, accuracy and objectivity of news coverage.

 

April 26: Session 3 | How fact-checking works

With the deluge of digital information, it's getting harder to know what to trust. Fact-checking organizations are taking up the charge to combat the spread of misinformation, debunking some of the most viral content springing up social media. We'll learn about the work professional fact-checkers do and skills we can use to do our own fact-checking.

 

You can find more information and register for the series here.

We look forward to learning with you! If you have questions about this series, please respond to this email.

For a future founded on facts,
The News Literacy Project

Visit us at newslit.org, checkology.org, newslitnation.org and rumorguard.org.

The News Literacy Project, a nonpartisan education nonprofit, is building a national movement to advance the practice of news literacy throughout American society, creating better informed, more engaged and more empowered individuals — and ultimately a stronger democracy.

The News Literacy Project
5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 440, Washington, DC 20015


Sunday, July 3, 2022

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if you haven't subscribed for the daily email, please do so, and tell your friends & neighbors too!
if you haven't subscribed for the daily email, please do so, and tell your friends & neighbors too!

Friday, May 20, 2022

Good things take time...

"What dream of yours are you nurturing right now? 🌷

Making quick progress or getting fast results certainly sounds nice, and in our fast-paced world, it can seem like things must be completed in an instant.

But taking things step by step and making progress daily is what generates real results. So if a goal seems too large right now, the thing to do isn’t to speed up.

👉🏽Instead, embrace the power of slow and work towards your finish line with patience and discipline. Let all the good things you’ve been chasing come and catch you, and remember that no matter how small your efforts may feel, things will come together sooner than later."

Via The Good Life Project on Instagram ->  https://www.instagram.com/p/CdtQTngu10a/

Good things take time...
Good things take time...

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

News literacy requires work on everyone's part, and that includes you

Via the News Literacy Project:

"2021 marked another year of rapidly spreading misinformation following breaking news events, from the Jan. 6 attacks on the U.S. Capitol to the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines to the Biden presidency. Get ready for 2022 by reviewing our news literacy takeaways from the past 12 months. You’ll be prepared to recognize and debunk falsehoods, conspiracy theories and hoaxes in 2022, and know what information to trust, share and act on.

Science misinformation
No, vaccines don’t magnetize you, increase the risk of infertility, contain tracking devices, or cause cancer and HIV. But misinformation surrounding vaccines — along with other science-based topics like climate change — continued to deluge social media feeds throughout the year.

News literacy takeaway: Turn to credible, authoritative sources to confirm or debunk science-related content, such as NLP’s COVID-19 resources page or reputable institutions like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And know that bad actors will even resort to cute cat videos as “engagement bait” to draw you to their sites and spread falsehoods."

Continue reading the article online

Checkology is one of the resources available for news literacy awareness   https://get.checkology.org/

News literacy requires work on everyone's part
News literacy requires work on everyone's part


Monday, December 13, 2021

Good Deeds: Christmas Movie Trivia

GOOD DEEDS: CHRISTMAS MOVIE TRIVIA

By William P. O'Donnell, Norfolk County Register of Deeds

The Holidays are upon us and it is time for an article from the Registry of Deeds that builds upon the joys of our holiday season.  It is about time a writing that is light and not so serious is written in these "Good Deeds" articles.  There can always be more of that in our day to day lives.

One go to article theme readers of "Good Deeds" may have noticed over the years has been trivia.  There have been trivia questions about historical figures of Norfolk County such as the four Presidents of the United States born here in Norfolk County.  There have been trivia challenges involving naming one of the 28 communities making up Norfolk County as the answer to some notable person who hailed from that community.  

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds has seen its share of Hollywood filming which has taken place in and around the beautiful Registry of Deeds Building.  There was an old television show "The Practice" starring actors Dylan McDermott and Michael Spada.  Four episodes of this show were filmed in and around Dedham.  "Ironman" Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall made use of the Norfolk Superior Court and the Registry of Deeds Building front pillars and steps in the film "The Judge".  Recently Rosamund Pike and Eiza Gonzalez used the books and beauty of the renovated Registry of Deeds Record Hall to film "I Care A Lot".  Rosamund Pike won a Golden Globe for her performance in this movie which can be seen on Netflix.

So I thought I would combine the Christmas Season, trivia and this link to movies to challenge the reader to some Christmas Movie Trivia.

 

Trivia Questions (answers located below)

#1 In Home Alone 2, what city does Kevin mistakenly get lost in?

 

#2 What was the real name of the character Tim Allen plays in The Santa Clause?

 

#3 Where does the Polar Express take the children?

 

#4 Finish this iconic line from It's a Wonderful Life: "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his                                   ___."

 

#5 Buddy the elf sticks to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and ____.

 

#6 Who was the bad guy Rudolph tried to avoid?

 

#7 Finish this line from How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  "It came without packages, boxes or ____"

 

#8 What did the other reindeer not let Rudolph do because of his shiny red nose?

 

#9 In the story of a Christmas Carol, what is Scrooge's first name?

 

#10 What Christmas carol does the Peanuts gang sing at the end of "A Charlie Brown Christmas"?

 

#11 "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is ____."-Elf

 

May all the songs and spirit of the Christmas Season bring you happiness and health.  There is no great prize being given out if you did well answering these trivia questions.  However, I certainly hope Santa Claus is good to you.  To everyone a joyful and happy holiday season.

 

 

Good News: Christmas Movie Trivia
Good News: Christmas Movie Trivia

Answers:
 
#1 New York City
 
#2 Scott Calvin (SC)
 
#3 North Pole
 
#4 Wings
 
#5 Syrup
 
#6 The Abominable Snowman
 
#7 Bags
 
#8 Join in any reindeer games
 
#9 Ebenezer
 
#10 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
 
#11 Sing loud for all to hear

 

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Santa's Magical Mailbox - highlights the goodness of our Franklin community

"Santa's Magical mailbox 
I would like to give credit where credit is due. Ann Marie Donovan was trying to raise money for the Food pantry asking kids to drop a letter to Santa and a small donation for the food pantry at her personal mailbox last year. I contacted her and asked if she would like to have a mailbox at my light show because I get a decent amount of traffic and figured we could raise more money that way. She thought is was a good idea and so that's how it all began. 
Ann is in charge of writing letters along with some really great elves. Thankfully we also have some generous people donating stamps because less than 20% of the letters we get come with a donation and each letter returned to the kids cost us around $1. We understand that not everyone can afford a donation and all kids will get a return letter no matter what. 
The mailbox is taken in and out every night to keep it in as good shape as possible. It should be out by 5:30 every day. We have received letters from many towns in MA including some that are not very close. The elves are working hard and hopefully the first batch of letters will go out soon. 
I named it Santa's Magical Mailbox because I feel like it was magical how members of the community help donate their time, material and skills to make it come to fruition. Scott Firestine made the mailbox and donated it which was absolutely amazing. After just a day or two the paint got ruined so Power Painting Plus ( Rick and John Power) came and picked up the mailbox, repainted it at no cost, then took it to "Signs by Cam" where they redid all of the lettering, which was also at no cost. 
This mailbox belongs to Franklin. I just store it and try my best to keep it in good shape. I hope to pass it on to someone else in Franklin one day. 
Thank you everyone for your support. We hope its a great year for the Franklin Food Pantry and that your kids enjoy their letters from Santa. "
Laura McCarthy

To send a donation, please find the info on the Facebook post 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1551606135109407/permalink/3052436671693005/

Santa's Magical Mailbox - highlights the goodness of our Franklin community
Santa's Magical Mailbox - highlights the goodness of our Franklin community


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

On the seventh day before leaving Facebook , My true love sent to me

On the seventh day before leaving Facebook 

My true love sent to me

Seven tweets a twitter'

Happy anniversary Franklin Matters! Goodbye Facebook! (audio)

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/11/happy-anniversary-franklin-matters.html 

Yes, the count down is underway....  

follow Franklin Matters on Twitter ->  https://twitter.com/FranklinMatters


On the seventh day before leaving Facebook , My true love sent to me
On the seventh day before leaving Facebook , My true love sent to me


Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Franklin Matters is leaving Facebook; your alternatives to consider to remain "in the know" (part 1)

Effective Nov 302021 the Franklin Matters Facebook page will go away. You are given notice to find one of the other options to obtain the valuable information shared but not longer directly by me on Facebook.

Someone can also set up a way to take what I share and share it themselves to Facebook. I have no way to stop that. Folks occasionally do so on their own today.

My personal account will remain on Facebook to maintain my family and network connections. I have limited what is posted and shared in that way and am willing to take the risk to maintain those family connections.

I can no longer take the risk exposing your information in this way. Facebook needs to change and only actions like this will get their attention to do so.

Why Nov 30?
The Franklin election is important and as divisive as Facebook is, for those who depend upon it for info, I will provide some time for them to begin to make their move to one of the alternatives.

Need or want Help
If you need or want help setting up email or RSS, I've scheduled a few Zoom sessions to walk through the options to subscribe (other than Facebook). 

** Please sign up here -> https://forms.gle/x4gWma8PgrmDD1i66


Reference points on Facebook data leaks
Mark Hurst's Good Report also has a listing on RSS Readers to add to what I shared here.  https://goodreports.com/post/rss-reader.html

Mark also went to so far as to urge community organizations to get off Facebook


Franklin Matters is leaving Facebook; your alternatives to consider to remain "in the know"  (part 1)
Franklin Matters is leaving Facebook; your alternatives to consider to remain "in the know"  (part 1)

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Franklin High School - news you can use

Fall 2021

Student ID's & bus pass pick up- there will be a table set up in the Cafeteria during lunch the first week of school for students to pick up their ID's and bus passes. If we do not have a photo on file for your student, have them stop in the Main Office and we will take their photo and print an ID for them.

Chromebook Insurance for 2021-2022 school year-payment portal open now through September 16th. Click HERE to purchase via Unibank  https://unipaygold.unibank.com/transactioninfo.aspx?TID=28690



Can't access your Aspen account? First, try using the Forgot my Password link on the Aspen log in page. If that does not resolve your issue, use THIS FORM to request a password reset.   https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdXJoddN1p8G5HAd4ORUUek3dXCNSM81z5eBZ5VSLS5TJAyzA/viewform

Upcoming events:  
Aug 31       First day of School !!  School hours 7:35 AM to 2:10 PM
Sept 3        No School PD Day
Sept 6        No School-Labor Day
Sept 7        No School- Rosh Hashanah
Sept 8        9th grade class meeting (assembly)
Sept 9        10th grade class meetings (assemblies)
Sept 10      11th & 12th grade class meetings (assemblies)
Sept 16      No School Yom Kippur
Sept 30      Curriculum Night for Parents/Guardians at FHS from 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Oct 1          Half Day of School - PD Day; Dismissal at 10:55 AM, no lunch served
Oct 11        No School Columbus Day
Oct 15        Senior Portraits due to the yearbook advisor by this date
Oct 16        PSAT to be held for FHS Juniors only, class of 2023. From 7:30 AM to 12:00 noon; Online Registration/Payment will be open from September 3rd-10th. Cost is $25.00
Nov 2         No School-Election Day
 


Getting a driver's license or permit? Click HERE for information on obtaining the necessary documents from FHS  https://www.franklinps.net/fhs/students-families/pages/drivers-license-documentation-fhs

Need a work permit for a new job? Click HERE for information on obtaining one   https://www.franklinps.net/franklin-high-school/students-families/pages/work-permits

Click here for 2021-2022 Franklin Public Schools calendar  https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/calendar_2021-22_0.pdf



Franklin High School - news you can use
Franklin High School - news you can use


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

"there are alternatives to the decline of local news"

"Local journalism is in crisis. “America’s local news has reached its death spiral phase” proclaimed the Columbia Journalism Review in 2018. Two years later, an oft-cited study out of the University of North Carolina found that some 2,100 community newspapers had ceased publishing since 2004, leaving the country with large swaths of “news deserts” — areas that are unserved by any local news source.

But though the collapse of community journalism is real enough, we believe that its causes are only partly understood. Researchers generally focus on the changes wrought by technology over the past quarter-century — changes that tell an important story, but not the whole story.

It’s true that classified ads offered by Craigslist, a mostly free service, wiped out what had accounted for about 40% of newspaper revenues overnight. And yes, Google and Facebook dominate digital advertising, leaving news organizations to fight over scraps."
Continue reading the article online

Picked up by the radar on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/1813701/posts/10106342307337069/

Though the collapse of community journalism is real enough, we believe that its causes are only partly understood. By Ellen Clegg and Dan Kennedy
Though the collapse of community journalism is real enough, we believe that its causes are only partly understood.