Archive for December, 2015

By: Nicole Toltzis
Montgazette Staff Writer

This semester, Montgomery County
Community College communication
students were fortunate to sit in on a
workshop with one of the most influential
and famous documentary-producing
couples within the communication
industry. The husband and wife team of
Steve and Anne Cocklin spoke about their
experiences in the field and demonstrated
some of the equipment they use to produce
their amazing pieces of informative
Steve Cocklin began the presentation
with the time he spent working as a
freelance director of photography for major
news channels such as CBS and NBC. He
worked for a time with our Communication
Program Coordinator Allan Shear and
covered major news events all over the
world for over 20 years.
Anne Cocklin was introduced as the
individual who handles all of the “behind
the scenes” work. She talked about the
cameras, microphones, lighting and other
aspects of her work. All of the sophisticated
equipment needed to film a documentary is
costly, according to the couple.
Anne selected a volunteer for part of
her demonstration to sit in a chair for a
demonstration on how to make people look
best on camera for an interview.
The Cocklins also showed a
documentary that took place in the Middle
East titled Afghanistan.
Steve described what it was like
filming in such an environment, including
what it takes to survive in active war
conditions. He explained how the
equipment must be handled and concealed
and how the slightest mishap could cause
While filming his documentary,
we learned of the casulalties of war and
filmmaking. At one time, Steve was
detained. He explained how hard it was
to navigate the territory and come out
They have won numerous awards
for their work, including The National
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual
Achievement in Cinematography.
For more information, readers can
view their website at cocklins.com

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By: Coraline Pettine
Montgazette Staff Writer

Recently, many Facebook users have
been forwarding hoax posts about recent
changes to Facebook’s privacy policy.
Though the posts did not become popular
until this fall, they have been present since
Facebook updated its Terms and Conditions
almost a year ago.
Many Facebook users thought the hoax
was true because of its formal-sounding
declarations and references to legal jargon.
This particular privacy hoax took off so
quickly because many Facebook users
deeply dreaded the consequences of losing
their privacy.
One post read, “Facebook has just
released the entry price: $5.99 to keep the
subscription of your status to be set to
‘private.’ If you paste this message on your
page, it will be offered free. If not…your posts
can become public.”
Katie Lichtley, a sophomore at
Montgomery County Community College,
said she forwarded the post, fearing her
personal posts would be available for anyone
to see.
“Facebook is an online social media
community,” Lichtley said, “but as the
creator of my own, personal profile, I believe
I should have the right to choose who can see
the things I post.”
Fortunately for many fearful Facebook
users, the post did not truly come from
Facebook. There were no privacy changes
and no fees are needed to keep your Facebook
content private. Facebook’s official page
assured its users the claims posted were a
Facebook’s real Statement of Rights and
Responsibilities explains that although “you
own all of the content and information you
post on Facebook, and you can control how it is
shared…” that by using Facebook “you grant
[Facebook] a non-exclusive, transferable, sublicensable,
royalty-free, worldwide license to
use any IP content that you post.”
Facebook users are in control of who
sees their page. However, contrary to what
the viral post claimed, anything posted on
Facebook belongs to Facebook.
Ultimately, Facebook is private on a
very basic level. Users may control who
has access to their pages, but Facebook has
ownership of anything posted. Not only can
Facebook publicize users’ posts, anyone able
to see someone’s page has the capability to
screen shot that page and download pictures
from it.
Users should be wary that anyone can
access anything they post, even if it’s a

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By: Mamata Tharima
Montgazette Staff Writer

Before the whole world knew her
name, Malala was just an ordinary
schoolgirl in the S’wat Valley in Pakistan.
Malala came to public attention at the
age of 11 by writing for a BBC blog about
life under the Taliban. When the Taliban
took control of S’wat Valley and banned
the rights of girls’ education, Malala
fought back with her voice and her pen.
Her determination would come at a cost
when she was shot in the head at pointblank
range by a Taliban soldier on her
way home from school on Oct. 9, 2012.
Malala had a miraculous recovery
and she believes that her second life was
given by God to continue helping people.
In her words, “I think death didn’t want
to kill me. God was with me and people
prayed for me.”
The book “I Am Malala,” takes
readers on a journey to reveal the
transformation of a quiet 11-year-old
to a women’s rights activist and the
difficulties she had to face when she
raised her small voice to inspire change
in Pakistan.
Malala’s father, a teacher and an
activist himself, inspired Malala through
encouragement and hope. In his eyes,
Malala had the potential to fight for her
rights and for the millions of girls around
the world who are being denied access to
In the TED talks on March 24, 2014,
he said, “Fathers are usually known by
their sons in many patriarchal [societies],
but I am one of the few fathers who is
known by his daughter.”
In recognition of Malala’s courage
and advocacy, she is a global symbol
of peaceful protest and is the youngest
nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. Her
story was widely covered in U.S. media
including interviews with ABC‘s Diane
Sawyer and CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.
“Her story is one of humanism, and
it is through her authentic story that
globally people can embrace the human
spirit. Her story is rare, but because of the
impact, it is worthy of being told again
and again,” said Montgomery County
Community College communication
professor Eva Blackwell. “Without a
doubt, she has had a tremendous impact
on our society. Her actions of compassion
have encouraged many to stand up to
Malala continues to spread her
message across the world through The
Malala Fund, a non-profit organization
that not only empowers boys and girls
to get a quality education but also helps
them find their voices to create a better

He Named Me Malala

Movie Poster for He Named Me Malala

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By: Matthew Marinelli
Montgazette Staff Writer

STEVE JOBS is a strong movie
because of its engaging story and creative
The use of focusing the story around
Jobs’ daughter is a smart choice because
it makes the film a character story and
forces Apple, his company, to be just a
I appreciate the sub-plot of Woz
fighting for Jobs to acknowledge the
Apple2 in a story where Jobs won’t
acknowledge his daughter. As Woz
screams “ACKNOWLEDGE ME!,” you
know his daughter feels the same way.
The film builds a character that is
consistently cold and distant, which makes
the reconciliation with his daughter all
the more meaningful.
The cinematography is also very creative
and serves the story of Jobs and his daughter.
In the scene on the roof we see shots of Jobs
and his daughter, but they never share
the frame at the same time. This gives us a
feeling of separation and doesn’t allow our
brains to see them as together.
But when they reconcile, we see them
standing together. It then that we know
that they are finally connected. This is
done very purposefully so we see their
relationship change, even in the course of
one scene.
STEVE JOBS was an engaging film
and a refreshing biography picture that
focuses on the man and his relationships
instead of just his company. The expert
cinematography only adds to the story of
his relationships with the people around
I give it 3 out of 4 stars.

steve jobs article

Movie Cover for Steve Jobs.

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By: Matthew Mashaintonio

Montgazette Staff Writer

Fifteen teams of filmmakers were
tasked with writing, shooting, editing and
scoring a five-minute film in just five days
at the Five Day Film Festival. This fall,
Montgomery County Community College
communication lecturer Jerry Collom
supplied each team with a genre, a line of
dialog and a prop each film needed to contain.
Five Days or 120 hours later, 15
exhausted teams filed into The Advanced
Technology Center on Montco’s Central
Campus to hand in their finished films to
Professor Collom to meet the deadline.
“That night you think you are not
going to get anything done,” said contestant
Leigh Sturgeon, “but then it just comes
together. It’s a ton of fun.”
On Nov. 4, the films were screened to a
packed audience at the Ambler Theater.
“I think it was one of the best
screenings ever,” said Jerry Collom. “We
tied our record for the participating
number of teams and we had a really
good crop of films. I think everybody had
a really great time and I had nothing but
positive feedback.”
At the screening, nine awards were
handed out including: Best Film, Best
Acting, Best Writing and Audience
Favorite. Taking home the top prize of Best
Film was The Good Dead, a horror film by
Montco team I Hate Your Face Productions.
Team member Hailey Brooks said of the
challenge: “The journey was rough. We had
two straight days of filming and everything
that could go wrong did go wrong. In the
end, we had a great team. Everyone worked
really hard and it paid off.”
The winning team’s lead actress,
Catherine Clauson, said, “I feel great. It was
awesome and everyone did great. Winning
was a big surprise.”
Another actress had this to say, “We
set out to make everyone laugh,” said Molly
Hennessy of her team’s comedy-horror
film Cute Aggression. “We achieved it. It
was such a rush to have everyone laugh
at our film. We had so much fun making it
and it was cool to know everyone enjoyed it
Due to the success of this year’s
festival, Jerry Collom is planning another
film contest this spring.
For more information and to view this
year’s films go to fivedayfilmfestival.com.


fifteen teams article picture

Gail Ramsey/Montgazette    The winning film team, The Good Deed, from left to right, Jeremy Bierson, Matt Marionelli, Tim Odom Jr., and Jordan Allison.



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By: Joshua Kellem
Montgazette Staff Writer

Many journalists say the internet
amplifies journalism. No matter how
news is consumed, all journalism should
be produced in a way that does not drive
down the value of content. The underlying
question—is there still ethics in journalism?
In 2015, the journalism game has
changed. There are fewer newspapers
being printed because the content and
consumers eyes are going onto the internet.
More and more stories are being
broken on the internet and on social media.
Anchors and reporters on television now
have a presence on Facebook, Twitter and
Instagram, just to name a few social media
platforms. The big stories of the day are
being broken through these platforms.
Some stories are even being brought to
reporters by everyday citizens. In a sense,
social media is the Wikipedia of journalism
in 2015.
With this added pressure to break
stories on social media, can journalists
balance not rushing a story, which leads to
the risk of credibility, and delivering the
most accurate content quickly?
Matthew Herper, of Forbes.com, wrote
an article of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” host
Howard Kurtz’s show discussing Steve
Jobs’ third leave of absence in 2011. Some
of Kurtz’s guest argued that covering news
on Jobs during his leave was unethical as
there was a gray area on whether or not
Jobs, CEO of Apple, was a public figure.
In the mind of a journalist, like Kurtz, it
was just another story because Jobs was at
the very least a person people cared about.
Many journalists covering Jobs’ leave of
absence thought they were appeasing
readers, but to their advertising sponsors
some believe that they were trying to
increase pageviews.
On the other side of the coin, The
Baltimore Sun staff writer Susan Reimer
wrote an article about how USA Today
defended their inquiry of star tennis player
Arthur Ashe and the possibility of him
having AIDS. Unlike with Jobs, there was
no doubt that Ashe was a public figure.
The logic that you can’t cover Jobs
being sick because he’s not a public figure
and you can’t cover Ashe even though he
is a public figure but sick might be the
biggest contradiction of all time. This is
where the journalist has to lead the people
and not the other way around.
To many news outlets, covering Jobs
was the people leading the journalist. Now,
the people complain about the journalist
covering celebrities too much.
The journalist, for the saneness of
journalism, must lead. The people tried to
get USA Today to back off by frowning
upon what they were doing to Ashe at the
time, but the USA Today just kept going.
What USA Today did was completely
ethical and good for journalism as it is the
people’s right to know what’s going on.
Too many “the people” usages and too
much action ascribed to newspapers
Are there still ethics in journalism?
Yes, you just have to look for it.

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By: Jessica Pupillo
Montgazette Staff Writer

On November 14, 2015, over 130
people in Paris lost their lives due to a
senseless act of terrorism committed
by the Islamic terrorist group ISIS. The
attacks took place not only in a concert hall,
but also in six other locations including
in a stadium during a soccer match and
outside a bar. As well as the people killed,
99 of the 352 other people injured were
seriously harmed in the attacks. Among
those injured were students studying
abroad like United States college student,
Nohemi Gonzalez.
Many places all over the world are
showing support for Paris. The Empire
State Building, Christ the Reedemer
Statue, Wembley Stadium, The Oriental
Pearl Tower, Tower of Toronto, and even
the One World Trade Center in New York
decided to light up their buildings with
the French flag colors. Google had placed
a small black ribbon to help show support
for the attacks that occurred that day.
On Social media sites like Twitter
and Facebook, people were able to show
their support. Besides the millions of
tweets and post showing support for
the victims of the attacks, social media
sites themselves created ways to show
support. On Twitter some users found
links that took users to the option of
placing a French flag colored heart in
the corner of their profile photograph
to show support. On Facebook, an option
was given to make profiles the color of
the French flag. We saw something
like this over the summer when gay
marriage was legalized in the United
States. Many supporters had the option
on Facebook to change profile pictures
to a rainbow color filters. Though while
that occurrence was more celebratory,
what happened in Paris was sadly a
Students of Montgomery County
Community College feel very strongly
about the tragic attacks on Paris.
Bill Bianco, a sophomore at
Montgomery County Community
College stated, “The attacks are terrible,
intentionally acting like this show the
worst parts of humanity.”
Another fellow Montgomery
County Community College student,
Alex Wall, said, “It was a tragedy…
definitely horrible and the fact that
someone could do that to their own
country is horrible.”
When 9/11 occurred many of the
French supported the United States
with the phrase “Nous sommes tous
Américains,” which means, “We are all
Americans.” Now, as many Americans
have been saying, “Nous Sommes tous
Francias.” Which means, “We are all
French.” Showing support even in the
smallest ways, can bring differing worlds
together and that is probably the only good
to ever come from an event as tragic as this

Paris article photo

Jessica Pupillo/Montgazette       Montco student Jessica Pupillo shows her support on her Facebook page for Paris by shading her profile picture.




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