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Editorial: It’s hard out here for a journalist

We’ve all seen the recent video of the journalist and cameraman from Virginia who were shot and killed during a live recording. Although the crime was committed by a former employee, this is not the first time within the past couple years that a journalist has lost his or her life. Some of the more recent and well-known events date ...

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Campaign Zero attempting to end police brutality in America

Written by Dillon Rountree, Staff Writer Those who follow the #BlackLivesMatter movement may be familiar with a new list of policy proposals put forward by some prominent activists known as “Campaign Zero.” Zero refers to the goal of zero deaths at the hands of police. For the uninitiated, the campaign lists 10 major areas where they are proposing changes to ...

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‘Deez Nuts’ actual candidate or expression of America’s frustration towards politics?

Written by Erin Martin, Staff Writer There is a thin line between politics and entertainment. 15-year-old Brady Olson filed for presidency under the name “Deez Nuts”, which is also the title of a popular internet video. When Olson filed as a third party on July 26, everyone wanted to know exactly who the person behind the “Deez Nuts” campaign was. Shockingly, ...

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Bland another victim of police brutality

Written by Tyra Mills, Social Media Editor Sandra Bland was 28, living in Chicago, and on her way to her new, dream job in Waller County. She was pulled over for changing lanes without using a signal. The traffic stop was all caught on camera, and you can see tensions clearly rising between Bland and the officer. He was upset ...

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Media bombarding citizens for good reason

Written by Julia Rodriquez, Staff Writer The media has been frantic lately over the Presidential campaigns; however, the election date is over a year away. Some find this bombardment of information unnecessary, because it is so early. But, the coverage is important when preparing to have well informed voters. Even if a voter is not attentively following the campaign, they ...

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Should America offer paid leave to new parents?

Written by Zenobia Harris, Copy Editor “Today, we’re the only advanced country on Earth that doesn’t guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers.” President Obama gave this statement during his State of the Union address. As far-fetched as that may seem, it may be truer than people realize. According to an International Labor Organization study, the ...

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EDITORIAL: Is our VSU degree worth the money?

Is our degree at VSU worth it now? We have had this question rumbling through our mind for a while now. This question first arose after the flag controversy. VSU was front and center of the media spotlight. The bulb shining bright on that controversy eventually burned out, only to be replaced with a fresh bulb. This time, the drop ...

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Letter from the editor: New look, same Spectator

Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief    “The Spectator is the independent student newspaper of Valdosta State University.” This is the one thing that staff members and editors have been saying whenever someone asks about the paper, calling for an interview, or just simply describing the paper. There is one keyword in that phrase that is becoming dated: newspaper. The Spectator ...

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Caitlyn Jenner, a hero for transgender rights

Written Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief  Members of the Kardashian family are no strangers when it comes to headlines and media buzz. However, one member of the Kardashian clan is grabbing headlines for an actual reason now. Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair; her coming out as a woman. Social media was ablaze after ...

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Can you live on minimum wage?

Written by: Erin Martin, Staff Writer  When people consider minimum wage workers, they imagine teenagers working to earn their a little pocket money for their new shoes or for weekend pocket money. However, the truth is, 88 percent of the workers being paid this base rate of 7.25 are 20 years of age or older, and more than half of them ...

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