Boxing legend Joe Frazier died Monday at the age of 67 after being diagnosed with liver cancer about a month ago. He spent his last days living in a Center City apartment under hospice care.  

Frazier was the son of a South Carolina sharecropper, won an Olympic gold medal, and beat an undefeated Muhammad Ali before becoming one of the most glorified and respected all-time heavyweight champions.

According to the article, Frazier's signature weapon was a left hook that could be destructive for any opponent. He used it to win his first title in 1968 and land Muhammad Ali on the ground in their first match against each other in 1971. Frazier developed his left hook as a young child who grew up without electricity or plumbing in Beaufort, S.C. His father lost his left arm in a shooting over a mistress, and a young Frazier soon became his father's left arm.

"When I was a boy, I used to pull a big cross saw with my dad," Frazier once said. "He'd use his right hand, so I'd have to use my left." After watching a boxing match on TV with his father, he decided to fill a burlap sack with a brick, corncobs, rags, and moss, and hang it from a tree. 

In his 1966 autobiography, "Smokin' Joe: The Autobiography of a Heavyweight Champion of the World, Smokin,'" Joe Frazier he wrote, "For the next six, seven years damn near every day I'd hit that heavy bag for an hour at a time."

Time magazine described his style as "A kind of motorized Marciano" in the 1971 cover story. This was before Mr. Frazier's $5 million fight with Muhammad Ali, one of three battles between the two.

Frazier's accomplishments are limitless. At age 15, Frazier began training in a Police Athletic League gym, won three national Golden Gloves titles, then a gold medal at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. He won the world heavyweight title  from 1968 to 1970. He Lost his world title in 1973 to George Foreman and never won it back, ending his career with 32 wins, 27 by knockout, four losses, and one draw.

Frazier was a true sport inside and outside the rink. In 1967 Ali refused to enter the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was banned from boxing and stripped of his title. Frazier lobbied for Ali's return, even loaning him money.

Philadelphia and the boxing world has lost a true sport, but his memory and victories will forever live on.
 
 
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
 
 
The Philadelphia Inquirer is my assigned beat blog for my Digital Journalism II class at Marquette University. For the past six weeks I have been blogging about aspects of philly.com and how well their coverage of historical events, deaths, breaking news and photography has been. The majority of the time I was quite pleased. 

The 9/11 coverage I critiqued paled in comparison to the breaking news of Steve Jobs' death The Inquirer produced. The of the moment photography and columns produced were incredible compared to those from 9/11 and I feel this has to do with the increase in the way the news source uses social media, which I also blogged about here

By analyzing these events and the ways philly.com gathers their information as well as engages their audience I have become more self-conscience about how informative I am to those who follow my twitter, webpage and blog. I try to provide relevant links and use many photos to help captivate the audience. Philly.com does a great job at coupling photos with their stories, though it tends to use the same photo for a brief as it does an expanded story. 

When I first began to blog I thought philly.com would provide periodic updates and the articles would be short and sweet, but I soon realized that news sources are consistently updating their information. They provide articles on their homepage that are columns, features, breaking news, photograph essays and more. Journalists are working 24/7 and can't rest, they are constantly on the look out to find a story and have it online before the competitors. Online journalism is a process, and having made myself subject to the same criteria of all online journalists, I know posting, editing, cropping, live-tweeting, producing content that stands out among others is harder than thought.  

After six weeks I have begun to learn that I gather a lot of my news through social media, such as Twitter and online news sources such as CNNNew York Times, or The Star Tribune because it is easily accessible and consistently updated. Before I leaned more towards my friends and social circle for information, but now I believe I have a more reputable variation of news outlets and broader range of information at my fingertips. 
 
 
The death of Steve Jobs rocked the nation on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011.  The co-founder of Apple, passed away at the age of 56 from a rare form of pancreatic cancer called pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer, which produces islet cell or neuroendocrine tumors.  Those who have this form of cancer are expected to live as long as 20 years after the initial diagnosis. Jobs was taken from the world incredibly too early. 
The Philadelphia Inquirer immediately released a brief statement with a photo gallery of Jobs followed by a three page article on the matter.  Respectfully announcing his death and describing his accomplishments and technological progression Jobs brought to the world wide web and mobile devices.  The article, written by Jordan Robertson of the Associate Press, said:

"The news Apple fans and shareholders had been dreading came the day after Apple unveiled its latest version of the iPhone, just one procession of devices that shaped technology and society while Jobs was running the company."

The Inquirer also posted a video of Jobs giving the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Stanford University shortly after releasing the article as well as a timeline of Jobs' life
Jobs began Apple with a high school friend in Silicon Valley in the year 1976.  He was forced out of the company almost a decade later after someone he brought into Apple appeared to be a better fit according to the rest of the company.  Jobs returned in 1997 to rescue the company after his involvement and expansion of NeXT and Pixar.  From 1997 to his last days Jobs developed Apple into the most valuable technology company in the world.  The market value of Apple is $351 billion. Jobs produced one sensational product after another in his years at Apple, despite his own declining health and recession. 

Philly.com has done a wonderful job in reporting on the death of Steve Jobs and his accomplishments in a variety of ways.  The Arts & Entertainment section created a slideshow of photos of celebrities and their tweets regarding their initial reaction to Jobs' death. Many recounted his humor, ambition and impact he has left on the world. 
The days following Jobs' death came opinionated articles, a staff editorial questioning if there will be another Steve Jobs and various updates on Jobs' death and legacy.  Articles have continued to be published in The Philadelphia Inquirer, however, on Friday and Saturday Jobs was no longer a front page story with a photo, but someone you had to search the website for.  We will see if this continues tomorrow. 
Today on Philly.com, columnist Karen Heller and her article on Steve Jobs was listed under "Featured Columns and Blogs of Philly.com," at the bottom of the website.  The article addressed Jobs' drive and human innovation he provided the world. Heller quoted Jobs' commencement address at the 2005 Stanford University graduation. 

"'You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.'"

Heller described Jobs' actions as turning the ugly into the beautiful. "Jobs made the essential gorgeous, modern, and playful," Heller wrote. "You have a phone; you lust for an iPhone. You crave the iPad with its clear, dazzling design that makes Nook and Kindle look small and dated. Nobody drools over a Dell."

Heller's column was the only sign that news of Jobs' death was ever covered on Philly.com. A few hours after reading the column it was replaced on the webpage by Jeff Gelles, a business columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and his article on Wall Street.  The coverage of Jobs' death was a job well done by Philly.com. I applaud the effort and increase in live and consistent updates they completed, I just wish it had not ended so early.  
 
 
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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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Live-tweeting has become a trend. Everyday people are participating in the phenomenon and those who are not partaking in social media festivities are missing out. Including The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Recently a Journalism 1550 class practiced live tweeting for Marquette University's 23rd Presidential Inauguration of Rev. Scott Pilarz.  I, as well as my classmates partook in this exercise. At the beginning I was nervous. I did not know if I could distribute timely, professional tweets throughout the ceremony that accurately informed the public. A main concern was using AP style throughout the inauguration so my professor, Herbert Lowe, would not look at his phone and gasp in horror during the ceremony. 

After the lengthy but historical inauguration JOUR1550 had completed their mission of live-tweeting a monumental event -- as well as gaining carpal tunnel. Through the days that followed we all received several retweets, new followers, and praise from the community. 

Now, I will say I am no expert at live-tweeting after one experience, but I will share my opinion and say The Philadelphia Inquirer lacks live coverage of events in many ways.  

After looking at their website, Twitter and various other Twitter feeds such as Philly.com's "Green" Twitter, and sports Twitter I realized there was very little to follow "in the moment." Their Twitter is never "blowing up" my phone like many other news sources do when it comes to important events and live coverage.  

The sports section of the online news source lacks live-tweeting, which is a surprise as recreational activities such as baseball and football need consistent updates in order for viewers to be up to date with the current score. The website as a whole does not use Storify, Facebook and social media of the like on a regular basis either.

However, I did notice that a reporter is branding himself through Storify and Twitter to help bring attention to his work. Daniel Victor, Community-builder for @phillydotcom, uses his Storify consistently as well as his Twitter
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Victor has tweeted four times in the last ten minutes with updates on the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays heated game. This is more than I have seen from The Philadelphia Inquirer's twitter account in the last ten minutes.   

The Philadelphia Inquirer's main use of Twitter is breaking news and attached links to correspond with a story on their website. Generally the tweet will be one to two sentences explaining the breaking news and a link attached to the end. Very rarely will you see a stream of related tweets, if at all.  

I believe The Philadelphia Inquirer can take a lesson from Daniel Victor and try Storify and live-tweeting. This would enhance their use of social media and engage their audience more.  

 
 
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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.  

 
 
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This is my first post for my Digital Journalism II course as well as my whole life. Through this medium I will be growing as a blogger and becoming more adept to multimedia. Every week for the semester I will be covering major events through my assigned beat, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

I have never read The Philadelphia Inquirer but I look forward to reporting and following this news source. Every newspaper is different in one shape or another and I am anxious to see how Philly.com differs from other sites I visit repeatedly throughout the course of my day. 

Having never blogged before I am quite nervous and don't know how well I will handle it. Hearing about hyperlinks, StorifyLinkedIn, etc. is frying my brain but it will all be worth it when I land that first job and brand myself. I am familiar with WordPressTwitter, Facebook and other social media and have worked with multimedia such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, FinalCut Pro and last but not least, Weebly.  

I hope to use this blog to connect with others in the field of journalism, The Philadelphia Inquireras well as any interests we have in common - and believe me, I have a lot of interests and passions so that should not be hard. I look forward to what is to come and I hope you do as well.