Chartbeat Study Confirms Most Online-Readers Click With a Bias

by Dilame Lindmeier, age 16

How do people react when they see a headline with which they disagree? Do they read it, skip it, or gloss over it without batting an eyelash?

In the age of online publishing, media companies use services to track readership. Several publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Reuters use Chartbeat, a web-analytic software that displays the most popular stories, readers’ locations, and the time readers spend reading each article. [Read More]

Thurgood Marshall: The First African American Supreme Court Justice

by Amie Kabera, age 16

In 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first African American appointed to the United States Supreme Court. Thirteen years earlier, he changed the course of civil rights when he successfully defended Brown vs. Board of Education before the Supreme Court and struck down the doctrine of “separate but equal” in public education.

The grandson of a slave, Marshall was born in Baltimore, Maryland on July 2, 1908. In his early life, Marshall and his father, William Marshall—a steward at one of the city’s exclusive clubs—bonded by listening to cases at local courthouses. [Read More]

Surprising Study Finds Young People Actually Willing to Pay for Reliable News

by Sylvan Bachhuber, age 18

Critiques of news organizations have been at the center of recent political and public rhetoric. Nevertheless, a recent poll yielded promising results for the news industry: over half of the population is willing to pay for news.

This insight was collected during the "Media Insight Project," a collaborative effect of American Press Institute and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. It was conducted earlier this year from February 16 to March 20 and analyzed data from 2,199 adults. [Read More]

Madison College and Edgewood College
Collaborate to Repave Degree Pathways

by Jacqueline Zuniga Paiz, age 17

Madison College (MATC) has expanded its relationship with Edgewood College. Under a new plan, the private institution Edgewood College will guarantee admission to MATC graduates with associate degrees in human services, or electrical or civil engineering.

According to Christine Benedict, vice president of enrollment management at Edgewood College, students affected by this streamlined process will be able to finish their bachelor's degree in as few as two years after graduation from MATC. [Read More]

Carbon: Every Girl’s
Future Best Friend

by Leila Fletcher, age 14

The element carbon is one of the most abundant elements on Earth. People have known about its existence since ancient times, and it still has many uses today.

Carbon’s symbol is “C,” and its name comes from the Latin word for charcoal: carbo. Its atomic number is six, which means that carbon has six protons and six electrons, and it has an atomic mass of 12.0107. The element’s electron configuration is 1s2 2s2 2p2. At room temperature, carbon is in a solid phase, and it melts at 6422 degrees Fahrenheit. [Read More]

No One Knows For Sure Where the Lead Pipes Are

by Deney Li, age 15

Since the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, the issue of lead-contaminated water and lead pipes has gained renewed attention. Since then, many states, including Wisconsin, have taken action to replace the lead water pipes still in use by schools, homes, businesses and other facilities.

What makes this task difficult is that regulatory agencies, like the Public Service Commission (PSC), do not have a clear record of where lead pipes are located in the state. Utility companies may have a hodgepodge collection of papers and records, but the information has never been collected or analyzed. This is probably because local officials did not have a reason to document piping systems until Congress banned the installation of new lead pipes in 1986—although some cities banned their use even as early as the late 1800’s. Today, lead is known to stunt development of the nervous system in young children and infants. [Read More]

Reseña del Libro:
Malina Pies Fríos

Malina Pies Frios, escrito por David Fernandez, es un libro que calienta los corazones mientras congela los pies

por Mariama Bah, 9 años

Malina Pies Fríos escrito por David Fernández es un libro sobre una niñita que vive en el polo norte y tiene los pies fríos.

A Malina le gusta estar con su familia en el polo norte, pero no le gusta el frío en el invierno porque en las tardes el cielo se pone muy oscuro. A veces ella pesca pero Malina piensa que la pesca es aburrida. Por el frio, Malina aprendio a usar chanclas en la playa. [Read More]