The Philadelphia Inquirer's lead to this article would make more sense if it included the word "actions." The lead, "Sandusky lawyer says youths may dispute abuse allegations," makes it seem as if the alleged eight victims of sexual assault by Jerry Sandusky are saying what the media has portrayed and what has been said is false. In my opinion if the lead included "Sandusky lawyer says youths actions may dispute abuse allegations," it would make more sense as in the story it is alluded that the victims remained in contact and on good terms with Sandusky, never mentioning that they would revoke what they had said under oath to the grand jury. 

Sandusky's lawyer, Joseph Amendola, plans to use the fact that ".... a boy who purportedly told jurors that Sandusky had made sexual advances on him during trips to San Antonio, Texas, in the late 1990s -- brought his girlfriend and his child to the coach's house a few years ago and asked him to be a part of their lives." Amendola's plot appears to have no merit due to the fact that of the six victims who testified, all but one said they were subject to "graphic forms of sexual abuse ranging from having their genitals kissed or groped to being forced to perform oral sex."

Information keeps appearing and Sandusky has to keep working to reduce the 40 counts of sexual assault he has been charged with. In a recent interview with NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams and Bob Costas, Sandusky claimed innocence. When Costasa asked, "Are you a pedophile," Sandusky responded, "No." This is going to be a rough ride for Penn State and for all the victims involved. For up-to-date information visit the Complete Coverage Scandal at Penn State webpage and my own Weebly
 
 
I know very little about coffee and when there was no hard breaking news this weekend that I felt extremely bad about not blogging about I decided to peruse the dinning portion of The Philadelphia Inquirer. I was absolutely delighted about my find and my mouth began to water and mind began to stray to the land of cocoa beans after seeing the definitions of the mumbo jumbo listed under coffee types.  

The article on the Phrequency Blog is about the up and coming coffee revolution in Philadelphia, Penn. that began two years ago when a number of new coffee shops began to pop up on the streets. The blog talks about the first mobile coffee truck courtesy of Rival Bros. Coffee and the Third Wave coffee movement that focuses on ethical sourcing from sustainable small farms and roasting in small batches while appreciating coffee to be a culinary art and production similar to wine. 

The writer, who remains anonymous, says he or she will update us on their "coffee journey covering hand pours, local roasters, different brewing methods you can try at home and so forth."

But for now, here is a list of drinks baristas brew for me and you: 
Americano: double shot of espresso, hot water, perfect for those who love traditional black coffeeCortado: espresso cut with steamed milk and a little foam
Doppio: standard double espresso shot
Latte: double shot of espresso, steamed milk, thick foam, invented by an Italian-American in California
Macchiato: espresso stained with small drop of steamed milk, no syrups or extra milk
 
 
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Photographs are easy to find when it comes to enhancing a story, but when attempting to see how The Philadelphia Inquirer presents, packages and showcases their photographers work it becomes difficult. If not impossible. 

When philly.com loads on the a browser a box on the left of the website immediately appears with a slideshow of the top five stories.  The stories are always accompanied by a photograph that captures the event in it's entirety. However, this photograph has a trend in being the only one that accompanies the article, video or blog it represents. 

One such example is "Built to Last" by Mark Cofta.  The photo taken by Neal Santos appears in the "Today's Features" as well as in the separate page for the article in the theatre section.  

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"Built to Last" is about the struggles of the economy and foundation arts funding declining and the wrath it has had on Off-Broad Street Consortium, a group of six small professional theater companies, and theaters alike.  

The Philadelphia community has come together to provide a home for this theatre at First Baptist Church and yet, the article itself does not illustrate any of the productions, rehearsals, and participants that are affected by the new found home except two men, Tom Reing and Kevin Giaccum, who manage two of the six theaters.  

This article could have been illustrated via photographs alone, or enhanced by interactive photos, personality portraits as well as impact by showing the absence of a home and the reality of now having one.   
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A unique but not frequently updated photo gallery is available and easily accessed at philly.com under the name "Popular Photos of philly.com" or "Philly.com Photo Galleries" located on the home page. 

The slideshows range from 30 to over 100 photos with content tending to be a little controversial. Topics range from an Eagles cheerleader photo shoot, to Holly Madison, a former Playmate and the worth of her breasts to the history of crime in Philadelphia.  

The Philadelphia Inquirer's effort is apparent but falls short when it comes to producing quality photojournalism.

 
 
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Philadelphia Media Network launched the first pre-loaded Android Tablet. A multimedia tablet that brings content from The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com on Sept. 14.

This video explains the launch of the tablet and how the idea came to be, however, for such a monumental step in the growing multimedia industry within newspapers, the video had poor audio quality, jumpy video and poor narration that makes you wonder how great this device is.

The tablet has not yet been named, but "Philly Tablet" has been suggested several times by both consumers and the Philadelphia Media Networks CEO, Greg Osberg. Magner said the tablet will allow you to access everything an iPad does, including both a replica of The Philadelphia Inquirer's newspaper, as well as a condensed digital version that looks similar to what would be read online.  

I am pleased with this idea, but the video quality was too poor for my taste. I feel The Philadelphia Inquirer in conjunction with Philly.com rushed to produce the video and turned what could have been great a promotional and informative video into something that is sore on the eyes. 
 
 
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I have grown to fall in love with parts of The Philadelphia Inquirer and their online website Philly.com but I also have grown to dislike parts of it as well. As a result I start by asking, will this love-hate relationship last, or will it soon end and simply turn into love, because I certainly don't want to hate it. 

Dislikes:
1.) The color red:
The first thing I notice about a website, blog, app for a phone or iPad etc. is the layout and color scheme. In order to read a story I need to be able to concentrate, but with Philly.com I am continuously distracted by all of the red. It is on the tabs, on the right with the advertisements, the color red is every and anywhere on the website. This is logical as red is the color for the Philadelphia Phillies, but it is incredibly distracting to the reader. I have attempted to grow  accustom to the color but it makes the website look messy and outdated unlike cnn.com or nytimes.com.  These websites are clean, sharp looking news sources of which philly.com could take a lesson from.

2.) Page layout:
The page layout is confusing and does not do the journalism justice. It is chaotic and distracting. I find my eyes are immediately looking at the advertisements above and to the right of the main article on the left hand side instead of the actual content.  This may be something that I am annoyed by, but as a news source I find consumers want to easily see and read information, not hunt for it. 

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Likes:
1.) Photo galeries:
Do you love photos? I love photos. Better yet, I love photos that tell a story and philly.com has a whole section devoted to photo illustrations. The Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride 2011 was devoted to promote environmental consciousness, cycling advocacy and positive body image. I have not encountered an array of photo galleries with such diversity like Philly.com and I am very impressed and enjoy it.  

2.) Informative:
Philly.com is a great source for information. Over the past days I have found well written news stories that have great reporting. They are informative and to the point, exactly how I like my news to be. For example, the article I stumbled upon Sat. Sept. 5 was titled, "Mayor Nutter takes church pulpit on teen mobs," by Darran Simon. The to the point article summarized the issue, terrorizing teens, and Nutter's point of view, for the teens to leave and stop the violence. It was a quick, informative read. 

On the other hand they can be long yet still hold your interest such as " South Jersey 9/11 Survivor Still Wonders Why He Lived" by Tom Infield. This article was accompanied by photos and a video which made the story more enticing. Both variations of articles are equally as appealing and are nice to have from the same news source.

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Find Interesting:
1.) Dealyo:
What is a "dealyo?" Anyone feel free to answer this question as I would love to know the true definition. After investigating this tab on the website I was intrigued.  This appears to be something that is unique to Philly.com and the culture of Philadelphia.  This slang makes the news source stand out and give it a personal feel and local attraction than a large corporate news organization such as The New York TimesUSA Today or Miami Herald.