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The Full Story: Hong Kong

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Since early 2019, massive pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have challenged China's grip on the prosperous island nation.  Now, in the midst of a global pandemic which diverted international attention and put mass-demonstrations on hold, the situation remains unpredictable.
With a comprehensive timeline of events, we hope to shed some light on how the conflict in Hong Kong has developed recently, where the situation now stands, and where it may be headed next. May
After gaining control over its domestic COVID-19 outbreaks, China sought to aggressively reassert itself abroad, starting in Hong Kong with the proposal of new, wide-reaching national security legislation.  When hundreds took to the streets on May 24th to protest the proposal, Police fired on them with tear gas.  
Two days later on the 26th Hong Kong's chief executive sought to reassure those fearing that the law would imperil Hong Kong's autonomy.  Yet, by the very next day, the US had announced that it would no l…

5 Months into a Pandemic

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5 Months into a PandemicAn update to my March 6th postOn March 6th of this year, I made my first medium post. It was in the early stages of the pandemic here in the United States and I felt the need to share my initial thoughts with the information available at that time. Unfortunately, the number of cases and deaths have exploded since then, and after a brief plateau, we are now experience a new surge in cases. As promised, I’d like to share my thought on what I think we can expect over the next few months, with a focus on economic and social trends.To start, it’s important to understand what brought us to where we are today. Using the interactive timeline provided by Newsphere, the snowball effect of the pandemic becomes quite clear. However, we appear to be at a crossroads. While some areas of the globe, like New Zealand and much of Europe, have at the moment “flattened the curve”, the United States has at best plateaued in terms of daily new cases.Economically, there has been a gr…

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Seeking Feedback

When you use Newsphere, is there anything you'd like changed? Any features that you feel like are missing? Please let us know. Our goal is to make an easy to use, informative site, and that means hearing from you, the users. Email us at alex@newsphere.org if there is anything you'd like to see changed. Considering the site is still in its early stages, we're anticipating quite a few things that need to be fixed, which is ok!

Looking forward to hearing from y'all.

- Brandon

The Future of News

Here at Newsphere, we are trying our best to improve how we all consume the news. The trend has already been for news consumption to shift from physical newspapers to online mediums. Yet, with that has come extensive sharing of fake or misleading articles, often on platforms like Facebook. This is especially relevant during elections, when the truth about candidates can often make or break their hopes of winning an election.

We are hoping that as we continue to make iterations on our Newsphere website, we'll be able to provide contextualized stories that capture the range of events leading up to the specific story you're researching. We believe news headlines are only as good as the context that is provided for them, which is why we're really passionate about the timeline we've created. It was originally in a horizontal format, however we are currently testing it out as a vertical timeline. Any feedback on this would be greatly appreciated as we're still editing th…

Coronavirus: The Great Unmasker

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Coronavirus: The Great UnmaskerAs of the time that I am writing this, there are over 100,000 cases and 3,500 deaths attributed to Coronavirus, also known as 2019-nCoV (officially known as SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19). Every day, the number of cases and deaths increases, with South Korea and Italy being the main hotbeds outside of China, and the United States appearing to be on the verge of a large outbreak with small clusters popping up from LA to New York. Rather than discussing the science behind the virus or the statistics behind it’s growth, areas that I’m no expert in, I’d prefer to take a look at the macro impacts of the virus on our daily life in both the short term and long term. Before I continue, I’d like to preface this by acknowledging that I am not a cultural anthropologist, biologist, professor, or industry leader by any means, but the purpose of me writing this is to lay out my observations as a 21 year-old college student in the midst of what feels like a time of great tensi…

2nd Place @ Heller Startup Challenge

Newsphere placed 2nd out of nine teams competing in the Heller School Social Enterprise Startup Challenge pitch competition at Brandeis University. The event took place over a three day span from October 18th-20th. Over those three days we refined our business plan, updated our slidedeck, and practiced our pitch. On Sunday evening we pitched to a panel of 5 judges from various industries ranging from legal services to financial consultants. As a result of coming in 2nd place, we earned $500 to use towards expanding Newsphere!