Sports Previews

Volleyball
The Lady Kings volleyball team will begin play in the Annual Jamboree Tournament today. Kayhi will compete against teams from Southeast until Monday. Five seniors return from last year’s team that won the Region V tournament and competed at state.

Cross Country
Kayhi cross country will begin its season by hosting Sitka, Juneau-Douglas, Thunder Mountain, Petersburg, Craig, Klawock, Kake, and Skagway at Ward Lake on Saturday. The girls race begins at 12 p.m. and boys race at 12:45 p.m.

Football
The Kayhi football team (2-0) will host Juneau Douglas (0-2) tomorrow at Esther Shea Field. Kick-off is at 1 p.m. The Kings beat Seward 38-14 and dominated Reddington 58-6. In the team’s history, Kayhi has never defeated Juneau.

Softball Recap

By Tug Olson
Staff Writer

Kayhi softball (8-11, 6-6) needed to win both of its conference games this weekend and were one out away from doing just that, but Sitka scored four runs in the top of the 7th inning Saturday, ending Kayhi’s bid for a state berth.
Kayhi beat Sitka 6-5 Friday, setting up Saturday’s drama.
Up 4-2 in the top of the 7th the Lady Kings gave up four runs and couldn’t muster a comeback. The game ended with a 6-4 Sitka victory and so did the Lady Kings’ hopes for a trip to state. Kayhi found a way to end their season on a high note, winning their non-conference game 23-15.
That game marked the last high school softball game for seniors Leesa Murphy, Kayla Schaffer, Lexi Biggerstaff, Cassee Rassler, Kaileigh Krosse, and Kaylee Smith.

Is honest journalism dead?

By Eliah Anderson
Staff Writer

As a budding journalism student in Mr. Lund’s class, the first rule I learned about news was: tell the facts. Use who, what, when, where, why and how and nothing else. No jargon, no opinion, just straight facts. Though potentially boring to read it is exactly as it proclaims to be: news. Somewhere along the lines of journalistic rankings, starting with me at the bottom in journalism class to multi-billion dollar worldwide news corporations, news has become less factual and more opinion based. Why is modern news subjective instead of objective? And is that a disservice to the population? The purpose of this article is to analyze some of the cause and effects of objectivity in the media and shed some light on the murky water we call news.

The general consensus of the Kayhi students and teachers that I interviewed was that news is not objective. That claim was backed up by different books and articles that I read. Are people OK with reading objective news? Apparently, it’s just kinda been accepted.

Senior Lora Starr, a self-described ‘political junkie’ dedicates 1-2 hours of her busy schedule each week to following current events. “It is pretty evident when you watch the news that you’re not really getting just facts, you are getting the opinion of the news organization,” Starr said. “You can find two stories from two different news sources and the way that they cover them will be completely opposite even though it is essentially the same story.” History teacher Mr. Cron agrees that most news is biased, saying, “Some venues of news are more objective than others. I think it is impossible to have true objectivity because there is always subconscious objective bias present. Some news organizations try very hard to report truth and objectivity whereas others don’t.”

The problem then becomes discerning what is truth from the objective articles you read. The book Blur: How to Know What’s Truth in the Age of Information Overload by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel gives 6 easy questions to ask to discover the truth in news. But is the average person going to take the time to follow such steps? Maybe, maybe not. The questions are:

Ask the Questions

  • What kind of content am I encountering?
  • Is the information complete; and if not what is missing?
  • Who or what are the sources, and why should I believe them?
  • What evidence is presented and how was it tested or vetted?
  • What might be an alternate explanation or understanding?
  • Am I learning what I need to?

Biased news isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact some, like Mr. Cron, appreciate the bias. Mr. Cron uses partisan stories to formulate his own thoughts. “I think that news that is just straight facts is actually a disservice because you have somebody that has spent a lot more time doing research about things than I have as a reader,” Cron said. “I am not really in a position to have an opinion but I am interested in people who have spent a lot of time thinking about this and what their opinion is.”

What Cron looks for in a news source is its ability to make accurate predictions. For him an example of a quality news story is one by journalist Nate Silver where Silver evaluates a wrong prediction he made. Originally, Silver said that Donald Trump had less than a 2% chance of becoming the Republican nominee but was proved wrong with time, as Trump has now secured that title. Cron uses journalists who reevalute their predictions as an indicator for truthful news.

Different types of news bias:

Type of Bias Description
Corporate Report news based on profit
Liberal Report news based on politically liberal views
Conservative Report news based on politically conservative views
Advertisement Report news to please advertisers
Mainstream Bias Report what others are reporting in an effort to not offend anyone

Where did biased news come from? Is the consumer not demanding fair news or are the companies swayed by outside sources? Senior Amber Junker feels that the reason news is biased is because news companies are businesses who need to make money and stay afloat. It’s a simple process of supply and demand. “People don’t really want to watch the newscaster say ‘here’s all this boring information about something,’ Junker said. “They’d rather watch something that is entertaining. That’s just kind of how it is but it’s not what everyone wants.” She continued to say that news is often based off of ratings. For example when reporting on the presidential campaigns the media often focused little on actual policies and more on entertainment value. Trump got the most media attention by far and ended up securing the nomination.

The Atlantic reported a story titled The Shock Jock Candidate: How did Donald Trump Win The Primary which analyzed how Trump used media, even if it portrayed him in a negative light, to secure the primary. Trump has used such strategies as attacking news anchors and other candidates relentlessly to get coverage. Even Trump himself admitted to exaggerating his speech. “From the speaking standpoint, I would tone it down somewhat as president – don’t forget I started out competing against 17 people,” Trump said in an article by People Magazine.

Starr believes all the news helped Trump to get to where he is today. “I think any media attention is good media attention. It got Trump’s name out and people knew more about him because he was covered so much in the newspaper,” Starr said. “A lot of the news is just about him and not his policies.” Donald Trump is one example of the social relationship between the news and the people. The media can impact the public in ways that affect the elections and the public can impact the media by demanding a certain type of coverage.

Ultimately it comes down to the reader to decipher the truth out of the news. There are many different opinions in the world but each individual must decide their worldview for him or herself, regardless of the variety of influences that attempt to persuade someone one way or another.

“If you look at a very liberal media outlet verse a conservative one and you look at the stories they are choosing to tell, the stories are often completely different,” Cron said. “It’s because they have certain worldviews that they want to re-enforce. In some ways that [bias] is unavoidable but people that are educated need to understand what are the true goals and incentives that drive the behavior of the news business.”

Johnson signs with Cal Maritime

By Tug Olson
Staff Writer

Senior Isaac Johnson signed a letter of intent to play basketball at NAIA Division II California State University Maritime Academy.
Johnson said visiting the school helped him make the decision.
“It’s super rainy in Ketchikan, so when I got off the plane in San Francisco and it was sunny and 75 degrees I knew I would like it,” said Johnson.
Isaac’s future team also made him feel confident in the school, and they “accepted me with open arms”.
Sister Kreylynn Johnson had nothing but praise for her big brother.
“Isaac has been playing ever since he could walk, he’s one of the hardest working people I know. He doesn’t always get credit for the stuff he does, so it’s nice to see him get some recognition. We’re all proud of him”.
Isaac is excited to attend the school because he hopes to pursue a career in the line of maritime and hopefully become a cruise ship pilot.

Baseball to losers bracket at Regions

By Kreylynn Johnson
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Kings fell short to Juneau Douglas 6-2 yesterday in Petersburg at the first round of Regionals. However the Regional tournament is double elimination, the Kings still have a shot at going to State. Today they will play Thunder Mountain and if they win, they will advance. The team has to win the next two games to advance to State.

Sports Previews

Baseball
Kayhi baseball heads to Petersburg for the Region tournament and will compete in their first game Thursday at 1:30 p.m. against Juneau Douglas. Games will continue throughout the weekend to determine which team will be the Region champions and head to the State tournament.

Softball
T
he Kayhi Lady Kings (6-10, 5-5) are looking to make a run at the state tournament coming out of their bye week. This is the last weekend of the regular season, and they will be taking on Sitka. The two teams have split a pair of one-run games and Sitka bested Kayhi in a 21-15 slugfest. They control their own destiny in the chase for a spot in the state tournament.
“It’s nerve-racking and exciting because chance to go to state is in our hands again,” said senior Lexi Biggerstaff. Games are Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 3:30 and 6:15, with the latter being a conference game. Senior night ceremonies will take place right before the last game.
“It’s gonna be a really emotional experience to play at home for last time,” said Biggerstaff.

Track
Kayhi track will be taking eight athletes this weekend to the 4A State Championships in Anchorage. The eight athletes that qualified were Bernadette Franulovich, Tori Seley, Kaia Michalsen, Desiree De Melo, Erika Rodanhisler, Galat Tut, Trevor Ortiz, and Joey Rhoads. Out of the eight going, half of them went to state last year.
For Rodanhisler, State is an emotional roller coaster, even if you have experience. “State track is really difficult. There’s a lot of stress that comes with being there but there is also a lot of excitement with being there.”
For Tut, a first time appearance means gaining experience and learning for next year. “Well, I make sure I get plenty of sleep the day before the meet and to not eat too much. I will eat a light breakfast and have some fruit. Before I race, I make sure I stretch and keep the blood flowing.”
For seniors Franulovich and Michalsen, this will be there last race in high school. This will also be the last race for Rodanhisler, because she is moving from Kayhi next year.

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