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Reflecting on Past Stories on the Subject of Media Skills

Most stories that I have written in the bast have not been for online publication so I have not had the need for social media elements within those stories. That being said, I have gained the skills that would help me advertise my stories via social media.


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Odd Weather This Winter and Spring Made for an Odd Maple Syrup Season

Ann Arbor, Mich. – This Late-Winter and Spring in southern Michigan have been a Hodge-Podge of intertwining runs of warm days and nights and freezing days and nights. Weather like this makes for a interesting maple-sap, or sugarbush, harvesting season.

Ideal conditions for sugarbush are freezing nights followed by above freezing days. “We had one really good week,” said owner of H & H Sugarbush in Chelsea Michigan, Kirk Hedding. “Usually we count on four to five weeks of good weather.”

Hedding explained that because of the size and geography of Michigan harvest seasons very. “Southern Michigan’s season was short and three weeks early, Northern Michigan is having a really good season.” Hedding also explained that in the upper peninsula of Michigan there was a lot of freezing both night and day so their season is starting late.

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These pictures were taken within the same week in mid-February. A time when maple sap generally does not run but ran this year for two weeks.

“We tapped a month early,” said Matthew at Whitney Farms. “We have records going back over 100 years and this is the earliest ever.”

The weather seemed only to affect the


Washtenaw Community College students, John Castro, 17 and Thomas Malley, 18, talk about what the best like about maple syrup and how they use it.




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Clinton and Trump who win the big prizes, Rubio drops out

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Ann Arbor, Mich. – This Tuesday the big winners of each party are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. This might have spelt disaster for the rest of the candidates, definitely for Senator Marco Rubio, who dropped out of the race.

The big prize of the night – Florida

Tonight, Florida was the big state to win and the competition, however finite, was fought for hard.

The losses from this state may have defined the rest of the primary. This is especially true for Florida senator Marco Rubio. This loss forced Rubio from the race.

Although Rubio suffered a great loss, he made a surprisingly cheery post-speech.

“After tonight, it is clear that while we are on the right side of this year, we are not on the winning side,” said Rubio to supporters in his speech.

Florida is Rubio’s home state, so he should have been expected to win right? NPR wrote a story that argued how clear a possible Rubio win really is pre-poll results.

“Tonight is everything for Bernie Sanders,” says political activist and commentator, Van Jones on CNN.

Ohio was the one non-standard state

Senator John Kasich won his home state for the Republicans over the favored regular, Trump.

“It’s exactly what I expected,” said a conservative who voted for Ted Cruz in the Michigan primary, Bo Noles about Kasich’s win in Ohio. “Kasich hasn’t done anything to hurt himself but he also hasn’t done anything to help himself.

On the Democratic side Clinton held up the nights standard with a win.

“Ohio was worse than I feared with it being a closed primary,” said a Sanders supporter, Zack Criger, 26, on Sanders loss.

North Carolina, Illinois and Missouri

Clinton and Trump won for their parties in these three states.

For the democrats a Illinois and Missouri, the democratic votes were incredibly close. In Missouri Clinton won by .2 percent. And in Illinois, a state where Clinton grew up, she edged by by a 1.8 percent margin.

For the republican side Trump was a significant winner in all these states except Missouri where he won over Ted Cruz by a narrow .2 percent.

Other fun stuff

Here is a Facebook post by The Hill about what happened when trump won the Illinois primary.


A lightning bolt striking Trump Tower in Chicago was caught on camera at the exact moment Donald Trump was declared winner in the Illinois primary.

Posted by The Hill on Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Here is a discussion of data for the two democratic candidates prior to these primaries.

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Michigan Primary Results are in: Here is what they Say

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Michigan in 2015, is worth 123 Democratic delegates and 59 Republican delegates, making it a key state for candidate to win. It is also a state who’s primary comes at a key time in the primary process – the results in this state could sway the results in the rest of the primaries.

The big news – Democratic candidate, Bernie Sanders won the Michigan primary in an upset against front runner, Hillary Clinton with a 1.5 percent margin for the Democrats. Donald Trump Crushed his fellow Republican running-mates. He finishing ahead of Ted Cruz, the Texas senator and second place in the primary, by a whopping 11.6 percent.

Michigan Primary Results 

  • Democratic scene – 

Sanders upset of front-runner Clinton has meant a lot for Michigan voter who support Sanders.


“Absolutely Historic – largest upset we’ve seen in a generation,” said Zack Criger, 26, a political science graduate from Wayne State and resident of Ann Arbor who voted for Sanders. Criger attributes much of Sander’s success to the incorporation of people into his candidacy. Criger himself was part of a voluntary grassroots organization out of Ann Arbor who campaigned for Sander’s before there was enough money for paid campaigners.

Criger, who is in touch with U of M students, said that he was moved by how much people showed up to vote, particularly college students who were on break.

“I was really excited that Bernie won. I didn’t expect him to,” said Tierney Isaac, 20, a broadcast arts major who voted for Sanders.


  • Republican scene – 

Trump was widely expected to take the Michigan primary so it was no surprise that he won.

The most interesting part about the republican vote was how well John Kasich did in the state despite his being the least likely candidate to win.

“I don’t think they (Republicans) have an electable Candidate,” said Benjamin Demroy, 30, a voice acting and broadcast arts major who voted for Sanders.

The Primary Climate Leading up to the Michigan Primary

Republican Side –

  • In General 


  • In Michigan 


Democratic Side 

  • In General 

Clinton is winning so far with 59 percent of pledged votes. Sanders follows with 41 percent of pledged votes.

  • In Michigan 

Predictions based on polls leading up to the Michigan primary showed that Clinton and Trump should win.

Twitter is being lit up by pro-Sanders votes with little mention of Clinton.

We were excited for this election knowing that it will go down in history however it turns out. ❤ This election is Big!! We exercised our right ❤ #Michigan #PrimaryElection #Vote #Bernie

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Sorry Trump, Canada is already building a wall:

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California Wine has Record Breaking Export Year

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SAN FRANCISCO – California has had a fantastic record braking year in wine exportation in 2015. This by itself is fantastic news especially when you consider the strength of the U.S. dollar.

The sales are outpacing volume growth and this growth is happening despite foreign competitors with high financial support, high export-taxes.

California Wine Export Record Stats

According to a press release from the Wine Institute, U.S. wine exports, 90 percent from California, hit a $1.61 billion revenue. That is an all-time record and a 7.6 percent increase in sales from 2014.

The Volume was up 461 million liters, contained in 51.2 million cases. That is a 4.1 percent increase from 2014.

Exports from California have increased  91 percent by value in the past decade.

Countries Buying the Wine

The top 10 export markets for California wines in 2015:

  • The 28-member European Union – $622 million.
  • Canada – $461 million.
  • Hong Kong – $97 million.
  • Japan – $96 million.
  • China – $56 million.
  • Nigeria – $29 million.
  • Mexico – $26 million.
  • South Korea – $23 million.
  • Switzerland – $21 million.
  • Singapore – $15 million.

These statistics are according to the California Wine Institute.

Reasons for the Increase in Exportation

California wines appeal to consumers across the globe who recognize the unique quality and excellent value of our wines.  Consumers are also attracted to California’s trend-setting lifestyle, innovative cuisine, beautiful wine country destinations and emphasis on environmental responsibility – all of which are reflected in our wines,” said Wine Institute President and CEO Robert P. Koch.

This is an all-inclusive statement by Mr. Koch but there are also reasons for the increase country-by-country. Here is more about increases in other countries:

  • Canada
    “California wine sales continued to be strong in Canada last year despite unfavorable exchange rates. In 2015, U.S. wine sales surpassed wines from France and Italy for the first time to claim the largest share of import table wines in the Canadian market,” said Canadian Trade Director for the Wine Institute Rick Slomka.
  • Continental Europe
    “Despite a strong U.S. dollar and fierce competition from Old and New World wine countries, nearly all export markets in Continental Europe showed an increase. It is especially encouraging to see that our educational and promotional efforts in Germany, our largest market on the continent, are paying off with an increase of 32% in revenues,” said Wine Institute Trade Director for Continental Europe Paul Molleman.
  • United Kingdom
    “The wine trade here has shifted emphasis to restaurants and casual dining, and a burgeoning independent retail sector, leading to increased interest in premium wines from the Golden State. California is better placed here than it has ever been before, and we expect further growth in 2016 and beyond,” said Wine Institute United Kingdom Trade Director John McLaren.
  • Japan
    “California wine has been selling well in Japan but supply was a major challenge in the first quarter of 2015 due to the slowdown at the ports along the U.S. west coast. Japan’s California wine imports in January 2015 were down 40.5% by volume from the previous year, and the situation prevented Japanese importers from promoting our wines. After April 2015, the port issue was resolved and supply was back in line with growing demand,” said Wine Institute Japan Trade Director Ken-ichi Hori.
  • China
    “With no reliable country-wide sales data, the 2015 numbers based on import/export data for China don’t tell the whole story on California wine performance, and, in fact, are misleading. Looking at consumption of California wines in the premium and super premium categories, the price range for most California wines, sales were up last year. The export decline was due to a drop in less expensive wines being imported following excessive importation in 2013-2014.” said Wine Institute Trade Director for China Christopher Beros.
  • Emerging Markets
    “The strong dollar and difficult trading conditions affected California wine’s performance in emerging markets. However, the region produced clear success stories in 2015, such as Hong Kong, Mexico and South Korea where export value grew 41%, 7% and 5% respectively,” said Wine Institute Regional Director for Emerging Markets Eric Pope.

Comparative Wine Export Markets

To give you an idea of the wine export climate of the world, here is the top-ten wine exports of 2014. The dollar values are U.S. currency values and the percents are of total wine exports.

  • France – US$10.3 billion (29.6%)
  • Italy – $6.8 billion (19.6%)
  • Spain – $3.4 billion (9.8%)
  • Chile – $1.9 billion (5.4%)
  • Australia – $1.7 billion (4.8%)
  • United States – $1.5 billion (4.2%)
  • Germany – $1.3 billion (3.8%)
  • New Zealand – $1.1 billion (3.2%)
  • Portugal – $968.6 million (2.8%)
  • Argentina – $841.5 million (2.4%)

World-wide statistics of wine exports for 2015 are not yet available. These statistics are according to


Despite the great records there is still room for growth and obstacle in the way.

“Removing obstacles to trade and ensuring that California wines have fair and equal access to international sales channels remain our top focus,” said Wine Institute Vice President and International Trade Counsel Tom LaFaille.”Unfortunately, more and more countries and provinces are “modernizing” their laws to benefit only local wine producers.  Wine Institute works closely with the U.S. government to continue to lead initiatives against discriminatory trade barriers which violate international agreements.”



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