Carrie Underwood’s Education Background

Carrie Underwood is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She first gained fame for appearing on and winning American Idol in 2005. She is a multi-platinum selling recording artist who has won multiple Grammy Awards and Academy of Country Music awards. She has appeared on several television shows, including How I Met Your Mother, Sesame Street, and The Buried Life. Her first appearance on the big screen will be on April 8, 2011, in Soul Surfer, in which she co-stars with AnnaSophia Robb and Dennis Quaid. EDUinReview will now take a look at Underwood’s education background.

Underwood was born on March 10, 1983, in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Underwood first began performing at the Robbins Memorial Talent Show and Free Will Baptist Church. She graduated from Checotah High School in 2001 and was a salutatorian. She then attended Northeastern State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in mass communication, emphasis in journalism, in 2006. While in college, Underwood was an active member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. She was also selected as Miss NSU runner-up in 2004 and performed in several school productions, such as Northeastern State University’s Downtown Country show.

In 2004, Underwood auditioned for American Idol and won the contest on May 25, 2005. Simon Cowell, who is notoriously hard to impress, predicted that she would win the show during the top 12 girls night early on in the contest. Her first album, Some Hearts, as released on November 15, 2005 and made it to number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Some of Underwood’s famous songs include Inside Your Heaven, Jesus, Take the Wheel, Some Hearts, Before He Cheats, Cowboy Casanova, and Temporary Home.

On a personal note, Underwood married Mike Fisher, an Ottawa Senators hockey player on July 10, 2010. The couple met at one of Underwood’s concerts in 2008 and became engaged in December 2009. More than 250 people attended the lavish wedding ceremony, including Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell, and various country-music artists.

Underwood has appeared on several television shows as a guest star. However, she has never appeared on the big screen until now. To see her first role as Sarah Hill in the film, Soul Surfer, head to the theaters on April 8, 2011.

Jim Lehrer’s Education Background

Jim Lehrer was born on May 19, 1934 to Lois Catherine and Harry Lehrer in Wichita, Kansas. Lehrer is a well-known American journalist and is the news anchor for PBS Newshour. He is sometimes called the “Dean of Moderators” because he has presided over 11 presidential candidate debates, including the most recent debate between President Obama and McCain. EDUinReview will now take a look at the education background of this talented television newscaster.

Lehrer was born in Kansas and spent his early childhood there, but his family moved to Texas before he was in middle school. He attended middle school in Beaumont, Texas and high school in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, where he was a sports editor for The Jefferson Declaration, the school’s newspaper.

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Beverly Schuch Education Background

Beverly Schuch was born in Westport Point, Massachusetts on December 5, 1949. She attended and graduated from Muskingum College in Ohio in 1971 with a degree in journalism, and is a member of Chi Alpha Nu sorority.  She also studied at the University of Barcelona, and did her graduate studies at Simmons College in Boston.beverly schuch

As the charismatic host of CNN’s award winning show Pinnacle, she received numerous awards. During the 14 years she hosted the show, she was honored with an Emmy Award and the prestigious Peabody award for her coverage of the 1987 stock market crash.
Schuch also hosted the popular CNN business series called Bizz Buzz in 1997. She was laid off in a massive CNN cutback of a number of on-air personalities in 2001. Read the rest of this entry »

High School Yearbook Promotes Smoking Marijuana, K2

K2 As a past yearbook editor for my high school I know firsthand how published articles have generated controversy and in some extreme cases, led to court litigation.

In the 2010 Shawnee Mission West High School yearbook in Kansas, a two-page spread depicts students’ opinions and experiences with marijuana and K2 (a synthetic marijuana substitute that was not illegal when the article was written but is now illegal in the state of Kansas.)

K2 “…hits you a lot cleaner and faster,” said a student dubbed “John Marley” in the article.

Since the article does not describe any negative effects of using the illegal products, school officials have received complaints about the article, especially considering that the one of the photographs is a blurred picture of a teen smoking. Read the rest of this entry »

Huffington Post College

huffpost collegeCollege campuses are some of the greatest places in the academic world. Each one is different, but they all have a feeling of limitless possibilities, newly discovered passions, and a dedication to accomplishing higher goals. When you step onto a college campus, you can’t help but smile (unless it’s finals week, but we won’t talk about that).

Most news stories we see on the television or read in the paper are the complete opposite. They bring us news of suffering people in foreign countries, rising economic stresses, and violence among neighbors. I personally avoid the news whenever I can, because it leaves me feeling depressed and discouraged, like there’s nothing I can do to improve the world around me.

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Top 10 Journalism Schools in the Country

journalismJournalism seems like a tough way to make a living. Everyone knows that the average beat reporter doesn’t earn very much income, but he or she does get to see and experience a lot of interesting things. In fact, journalism is one of the fastest growing degree programs.

Journalism schools today also teach broadcast journalism, print journalism, and mass communications; some even teach advertising and public relations classes. Most journalism students not only learn the how and why of professional writing, but also the legal and ethical aspects of the industry.

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Twitter Becomes Part of College Curriculum

twitter logoSocial media and networking sites are becoming a huge part of our popular culture. Case in point, just have a read at the lyrics to “Now Generation” by the Black Eyed Peas:

Myspace in your space. Facebook is a new place. Dip divin’ socializin’. I’ll be out in cyber space. Google is my professor. Wikipedia checker. Checkin’ my account. Loggin’ in and loggin’ out.”

And now, social networking sites are entering mainstream education. An Australian college, Griffith University, is now requiring that all journalism students take a course on Twitter education. The course will focus on proper Twitter writing practices and delivering as much information as possible in only 180 characters.

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University of Missouri Journalism School Requires Portable Electronic Devices

student-iphonesThe University of Missouri’s Journalism school has made an unprecedented policy change. They have made it a requirement for incoming freshmen to purchase a portable electronic device with Internet capability. The school chose to adopt this policy because they will offer podcasts of lectures and other supplemental materials to their students.

This is the first time a university has made it a requirement of students to purchase such devices. Both Duke and Abilene Christian University have made these devices a part of their curriculum, yet they provide their students with the device upon registration.

This is not the case at the University of Missouri. The university is requiring the students purchase these products with their own money. With the rising cost of textbooks, adding another monetary requirements may not be the best way to go. The university justifies their decision by focusing on the high number of students that already own the required devices. Read the rest of this entry »

Irish Student Hoaxes World’s Media With Fake Quote

Dublin university student Shane Fitzgerald said it took him less than 15 minutes to “fabricate and place a poetic but phony quote” on Wikipedia, testing how our increasingly Internet-dependent media was “upholding accuracy and accountability in an age of instant news.”

Fitzgerald added an “obituary-friendly quote” to the Wikipedia page of Maurice Jarre only hours after the French composer’s death on March 28. It was then used by dozens of U.S. blogs and newspaper websites in Britain, Australia and India. “They used the fabricated material,” Fitzgerald said, “even though administrators at the free online encyclopedia twice caught the quote’s lack of attribution and removed it.” Read the rest of this entry »

Journalism School Enrollment is Booming

I don’t know about you, but I was actually kind of surprised to read this. Forbes announced this week that enrollment in journalism schools is up, a surprising statistic when most everything in this economy is down, including newspapers. I was especially caught by this news when just a week ago CBS Sunday Morning ran a story called “Stop the Presses,” in which they talked about how crippled the newspaper business has become. The story lamented the end of an era for print journalism, citing bankruptcies, layoffs and even closed doors for many large and small newspapers. Print circulations are down, as is ad spending in newspapers.newspaper

So it makes sense that the degree program to land you one of these jobs is filling classroom seats… right? Newspaper journalism might be mourning its twilight, but journalism is most certainly not dead. While the Internet can be primarily blamed for the downward turn for print, it can also be heralded for creating an almost romantic resurgence in journalism. Computers and Web publishing don’t come with that hardened, musty newsroom feel, but it does open more doors, allow for more creative approaches to reporting, and reach more of the people we want to have hear our stories anyway.

According to the Forbes report, enrollment in journalism programs at Columbia are up 38%, 20% at Stanford and 6% at NYU. Even state schools are enjoying the surge, with an increased enrollment of 25% at the University of Maryland. They aren’t doing it for the love of the money, just the game, according to Nicholas Lemann, dean of the Columbia School of Journalism. “I’ve never met a single person in 35 years who went into journalism out of pure economic reason,” Lemann says. Read the rest of this entry »


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