Podcast Paper: AFC

Heading into week 13 of the NFL season, there are just five weeks left to make a run at the playoffs. On the AFC side of the things, the conference is led by the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots at 9-2. Matching their record at 9-2 is the Pittsburgh Steelers who arguably have the best receiver and running back in the entire NFL. The two teams will meet in December in Pittsburgh and the winner will take the number one seed. Currently in the third seed is the Tennessee Titans who are at 7-4 and are tied in record with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Titans beat Jacksonville in week 2 and currently own the tie-breaker. Holding down the four seed is the Kansas City Chiefs who were the last remaining undefeated team at 5-0, but have lost five of their last six games and are now leading a now wide open AFC West division. Going forward I think the top two seeds will prevail in the AFC. The Patriots are consistently one of the best teams every year. This is the 17th straight season that the Patriots have had a winning record, all in the Tom Brady Era. I think they and the Pittsburgh Steelers will decide the AFC and the winner will have a tough task facing the NFC Champion. The NFC is definetly the stronger conference this year that consists of six teams with a record of 7-4 or higher. My overall Super Bowl Prediction is the New England Patriots taking on the Philadelphia Eagles. A rematch of the 2003 championship game. I think the Eagles will win 28-20 and the city of Philadelphia will achieve its first NFL title. It has been another fantastic year of football and I can’t wait to see how it plays out.

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Lynsey Addario: It’s What I Do

Lynsey Addario is a photo-journalist who was kidnapped in Libya for a total of six days. She didn’t think she would be able to survive, but she did. After her release, Addario continued to take pictures in war zones even after she got pregnant. Her fearlessness in the most fearful part of the world fueled her passion, even after her son was born.

The phrase “saw a door and went through it” describes the sacrifice that she has made to do what she loves. Seeing doors and going through them is a theme that resonates with the courage Addario shows by going to places where her life is always in constant danger. Lynsey Addario has the guts to go after a story and share it with the rest of the world.

Addario has faced peril many times when taking photographs in war zones all over the Middle East. She has been kidnapped twice and has had many close calls. One case was while covering the fighting between dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s troops and rebel forces in Libya. For a total of six days, she had a fear of being raped or killed. After all of this, she continued to ‘go through more doors.’ Each one of those doors has its own story and own struggle, but Addario always makes it to the other side. That is what makes her a model for success for journalism students. Her message to them is to never stop chasing your dreams, no matter the risk.

Addario continues to go back in the war zones to capture stories that wouldn’t get out if it weren’t for her work. Some thought she was crazy, but she didn’t see it that way.

Lynsey Addario never lets fear keep her from doing what she loves to do. She will do whatever it takes to the story through the lens of her camera. No matter how hard or unsafe the places is, she never backs down is always in the center of it all.

The main thing that can be learned from this is that Lynsey Addario is a brave human being. She puts her life on the line when she doesn’t have to. She does so because her compassion for the people in the Middle East runs deep.

To learn more about her kidnapping in Libya, visit http://www.npr.org/2015/02/11/385246118/twice-kidnapped-photographer-returns-to-war-zone-its-what-i-do