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DTV has recently been invited to The CW 46 by Drew Moore to film the talk show Community Wide. While we were there, DTV talked about their new documentary In The Line of Fire and their coverage on The Flint Water Crisis, and what it is like to be High school journalist. The talk show was taped on Wednesday May 10 and aired Sunday May 14, if you missed the show click the link here.
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America just went through the worst shooting in history in Las Vegas, this just goes to show that gun violence is something that is still relevant an needs to be discusses. DTV cover the topic of gun violence in our special last year, In the Line of Fire. This topic does’t seem to be going away anytime soon !
America is said to have the most firearms per capita in the world.
In 2015 alone there were 64 school shootings.
After the Sandy Hook shooting the NRA membership surged to 5 million people.
Over the past few months DTV has been tirelessly working on our new special “In the Line of Fire”. This special will be hosted by Jordyn Bruns and talk about gun violence in America. We have reached out and spoken to different people from all walks of life to bring you the arguments on both sides of this subject. A police Chief, a Flint preacher, a Sun Times reporter from Chicago, a Pro-Gun father, and an Anti-Gun activist are the people that make up this story.
Unlike our other specials we decided to tell the story from their points of view because everyone has a different interpretation of this controversial subject. For instance, you will not only hear from the father that lost his children, but also from the father that is educating his kids about the constitutional right that he believes will protect them for the rest of their lives. “In the line of Fire” examines 3 questions:
Is there a gun problem in America?
Why is there a problem?
How do we fix it?
The special will also talk about the divide in our country, laws and government play into this problem. You will have a chance to see how the state laws and restrictions are different from each other. It will also showcase the Congressional Debate going on in the national government between Democrats and Republicans.
Below are links to our Gun Violence Promo and the Open to our special. Be sure to check them out and keep your eyes peeled for the Gun Violence page.
DTV attended the annual Michigan Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) spring conference and had shown that hard work truly does pay off. We earned a total 24 individual awards for content such as news stories, promotions, PSA’s, and more. Six of those awards placed first:
Best documentary- Undrinkable: The crisis continues: Staff
News Story- Flint water Cover Up: Jillian Burger, and Grant Polmanteer
Best health story where DTV students put a spotlight on Domestic Violence: Bailey Talaska, and Alesia Paxton
Environment, Health, and Science- Lead testing: Haley Garret
Local News Analysis- Cardinal Feeder: Quinn Trombley
Diversity Coverage- The Struggle: Jordyn Bruns
On top of these awards our executive producer, Jordyn Bruns, qualified to be one of 15 in the whole state for the All State Student Journalist Staff.
As a whole class we excelled as well. We earned the highest award in the Video Production category- The Spartan Award. Out of 19 submissions we were one of two to receive the Spartan Award. DTV is honored to receive this award and will continue to work hard and strive to make a difference in student journalism.
St. Patrick’s day at DHS came with a little extra luck for senior Noah Dieterle who was crowed the 10th Mr. Davison. Dieterle, along with 13 other high school boys took the stage in a series of events. Starting with casual wear, talent, and then formal wear! The talents of the night were very enjoyable to watch! There was dancing, jokes, magic, more dancing, and some singing! The runner up of the night was Dawson Quaderer, who also took home crowd favorite! Congratulations to all of the boys who placed in the top five, as well as each boy who participated!
Tyler Theodore is formally known for his segments of roaming the hallways and asking students their opinions on specific topics, and his appearances as Tyler Clause during winter newscasts, but now taking on the role of DTV’s first ever weather man! Every Monday, and every Friday, Tyler will begin giving weather updates while you’re heading into a long school week or maybe an eventful weekend. On Monday, he will give the whole forecast for Monday through Friday and on Friday, he give the weekend weather. Tyler will have teases in the upcoming weeks, before the newscast, and if for some reason you can’t watch, check our twitter (@dtv_official) and our Facebook (DTV News), for the links to his segments and teases.
Also, check out some of Tyler’s previous segments!
Yesterday Corinne Miller became the first person sentenced for her role in the Flint Water Crisis. Miller is a former state Epidemiologist which is a public health professional that investigates patterns and causes of disease and injury in humans. Miller was charged for being at fault for not telling the public about an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that stuck Flint.
Miller pleaded no contest to a charge of willful neglect of duty and was sentenced to 12 months of probation, $1200 in costs and fines, an apology letter to the people of Flint, 300 hours of community service and she plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge. Miller is cooperating with officials and is assisting in other Flint Water cases.
Starting in March Flint will have to pay 100% of their water bills. Even while Flint is receiving credits they still have some of the highest water rates in the nation, and this is water they couldn’t even use. These rates are said to be almost eight times the national average of the nations rates, according to an investigator for environmentalist Erin Brochovich. These rates are discovered to be so high because Flint is paying for more than just their water. Flint pays an average of One million dollars a month for their water from Detroit and another $440,000 to cover the KWA pipeline debt.
DTV will be presenting Back To The Brick’s Chrome and Ice for the second year in a row, and will be live starting a 1 PM and hits every 15 minutes to keep you updated on the event all day. Chrome & Ice will be premiering on February 10th. Click Here to Watch Now. There will be live entertainment and hundreds of cars. Make sure to stop by the event will be February 10 form 12-9 pm and Feb 11th from 9am- 9pm. Tickets are $8 for adults $4 for kids 12-17 and free for children under 12.
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January 19th, 2017 marks the 1,000th day of what became known as the Flint Water Crisis. It has been days full of tainted water harmful to the people of Flint. On April 25, 2014, the city of Flint did something that would change the fate of the community forever. How did we reach day 1,000?
To see how the crisis began watch the video below
Before the crisis, Flint was put under the emergency manager law. This law allows the state to take away local power and place an emergency manager to fix a financial crisis. At the time Flint was broke, Darnell Early, Flint’s Emergency Manager, took over to cut costs in Flint. One decision made was to switch to the Flint River as a main water source. Prior to the switch, Flint was getting their water from a source in Detroit, which was quite costly. To lower this cost, plans were made to switch to the Karegnondi Water Authority (KWA) pipeline that ran straight from Flint to Lake Huron, but the only problem here was that the pipeline was not built yet. The plans to finish the pipeline would take at least 3 years, so in the mean time, the city voted to switch its water source to the Flint river to cut cost.
Soon after the switch, a crisis arose when boil-water advisories were issued because E-coli bacteria was found in the water. Not long after, another advisory was released with warnings of Coliform bacteria. To combat these bacteria’s found in the water, the city had to up chlorine levels which then lead to high levels of TTHM (total trihalomethanes). These chemical compounds form when organic matter reacts with the chlorine disinfectants. People in Flint started to get rashes and become sick. On top of that, water bills were raised. After continuous water warnings, Flint was beginning to loose trust in their government and the water.
Odors, a discoloration in the water, and health issues became a common problem in Flint homes. People of Flint started to reach out and raise concerns, but the city, state officials and local media were not listening. Therefore, they took matters into their own hands. Flint mother, Lee-Ann Walters had demanded for her water to be tested and had discovered 104 parts per billion of lead in her water. She had contacted Miguel Del Toral, a manger at the EPA’s Midwest water division, to inform him that the water plant was not treating the water with the correct corrosive controls leading to the lead problem. After Del Toral had been informed of these results he decided to look into the concerns further and had found that the MDEQ was illegally not using corrosive control in the water. He had informed the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and MDEQ ( Michigan Department of Environmental Quality) of his concerns. Once the concerns were presented, he was silenced, he was then advised not to talk about Flint or to anyone from Flint. Outside of work Del Toral had released his findings to Walters and water expert Dr. Mark Edwards.
To see how government handled the crisis watch the video below
On September 15, 2015 these results were released to the public and it was confirmed that alarming amounts of lead were in the water all throughout Flint. Around the same time, the city and state began to notice a huge incline of lead in children’s blood levels. Even after these finding, the state had neglected to let the city know of the issue, but after Dr. Monna Hannh-Attisha had publicly raised these concerns, a health emergency was put into place. Flint was told they could no longer use their water, still had to pay the high bills, and now had to buy bottled water. Beyond a lead crisis, a government crisis arose.
To learn about lead in the blood
See how the crisis was more than a lead problem
Once learning that families were experiencing lead poisoning and that the water was not being treated correctly, it was undeniable that Flint needed to switch back to the Detroit pipeline. The switch back would take $15.35 million dollars. Governor Snyder signed a bill granting $9.35 million from the state, Flint would have to pay $2 million, and the Mott foundations pledged $4 million dollars to fund the switch back.
Not only was there a lead crisis, but it was also discovered that there was a huge outbreak of legionnaires’ disease. In fact, there were 12 deaths do to the disease, and the main suspect was the Flint river. The yearly average of cases of Legionnaires’ disease is 12. From June of 2014 to November of 2015 there were 91 cases in Genesee County.
To learn more about legionnaires’ in Genesee County watch the video below
Once they switched back, the EPA and other sources started keeping a close eye on the water. The data being collected is showing a trend of better results, but after all Flint has been through they just can’t seem to trust the government. To bring hope back to Flint, President Obama made a stop in the city, ensuring better lead results and security in using filters. The only question left is was Obama’s reassurance enough?
Learn more about Obama’s visit to Flint watch below
See how Flint reacted to Obama’s visit watch below
Nonetheless the crisis is NOT over. People in Flint still cannot use their water. The children still have lead poisoning, rashes, bone weakness, hair and teeth loss, and more.
To see families living with the crisis in 2017 watch below
Flint still has a long way to go when it comes to being fixed. This is a process that will take years, if not decades. The plan to replace lead pipes is predicted to take at least three years to finish. Kids in Flint with lead poisoning will need years of healthcare and special education. These plans will only follow through if Flint can manage to get the funding they need. The water plant needs an estimated $60 million alone to be able to treat raw water from the KWA pipeline. This plan for the water plant will also take some time, the best case scenario is to take three years for renovations. Typically, these kinds of renovations take close to ten years.
Learn more about Flint’s reaction to testing results
Latest testing results
To see the governors Snyder promises to Flint watch below