Junior to travel with New York Times journalist

first_imgThree thousand miles away in Europe, as Nicole Sganga waited to board a plane to Turkey, she found out she had been chosen by the New York Times to travel to a developing country with Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof.Sganga, a Notre Dame junior majoring in film, television and theater and political science with a minor in journalism, ethics and democracy, received the opportunity through the annual “Win a Trip With Nick” contest sponsored by the New York Times.Sganga will travel with Kristof this summer to a developing country to raise awareness about global poverty, according to a Notre Dame press release. She will also contribute to a blog and create videos for the New York Times website.Sganga, who is currently studying abroad in Notre Dame’s London program, said she is trying to keep an open mind about the trip and looks forward to using her multimedia skills outside of the classroom.“In terms of expectations for the actual trip itself, I am certain that I will learn more than I have in all of my journalism classes combined,” she said. “It’s going to be something completely different.”The location of the trip has not been officially announced, but will most likely be to either Myanmar or the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sganga said. She wants to report on the stories of places and people in those countries that are often neglected in the news, particularly women and children, she said.“Oftentimes it’s the women and the children whose stories go unheard, so it should be interesting to get to talk to some of them,” she said. “I think being a woman myself puts me in a unique position … where I am able to have those more candid conversations with other females.”The video journalism aspect of the program is what interests Sganga the most, she said, and she hopes to incorporate multimedia in a new way. However, she is also anticipating the obstacles that can confront video journalists in the field.“I always have a camera in my hand. It’s going to be a challenge to use the camera the right way in sensitive areas of the world,” she said. “I don’t want to create an uncomfortable situation for anyone else we’re covering.”As a longtime reader of Kristof’s column, Sganga said she was thrilled when she found out she would be able to travel and produce journalistic content with him.“He’s an incredible journalist in his own right,” she said. “The work he’s done is so inspiring. He’s very pro-woman, so I think that’s something that has attracted me to him as a journalist.”Bob Schmuhl, the director of the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy, said Sganga’s distinction is a big deal for the program.“She was successful on her own, but certainly her selection will help to recognize journalism education at Notre Dame,” he said.Tags: New York Times, Prizelast_img read more

Wrestling: Locals claim top-4 finishes at state championships

first_imgFRYEBURG — Five Hancock County wrestlers advanced to the upcoming All-State championships with top-four finishes in Saturday’s state championship meet at Fryeburg Academy.Mount Desert Island’s Baylor Landsman earned the best finish of any local wrestler on the day with a third-place effort at 170 pounds. After beating Tyler Avery of Madison and losing to eventual eventual champion Tyler Cox of Medomak Valley, Landsman beat Evan Cash of Wells in the consolation semifinals and Alex Munson of Mattanawcook Academy in the consolation title bout.For Ellsworth, Matt Reid and Noah Hughes claimed fourth-places finishes at 126 pounds and 160 pounds, respectively. Reid earned a quarterfinal win over Maine Central Institute’s Malik Keresey and a consolation semifinal win over Zac Spizuoco of Dexter, and Hughes won a 15-5 major decision over Medomak Valley’s Nolan Grubb in the quarterfinals before beating Foxcroft’s Sam Robinson in the consolation semis.For Bucksport, Grayson Fernald posted two wins at 195 pounds to claim fourth. In the heavyweight class, Gavin Billings claimed fourth with wins over Madison’s Clarke Leblanc and Belfast’s Ben Watts.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBucksport placed 15th as a team with Ellsworth claiming 17th and MDI finishing 20th. Wells won the team title with a whopping 130 points, 34 more than second-place Mattanawcook.Landsman, Reid, Hughes, Fernald and Billings are now eligible to compete in the New England qualifying (All-State) meet. The event is set to begin at 9 a.m. next Saturday, Feb. 29, at Noble High School in North Berwick.last_img read more

Marc Etches – GambleAware – Working towards the prevention of gambling related harm

first_img Two weeks ago, GambleAware published its new five-year strategy, expressing an aim to treble the number of people who receive treatment each year for gambling related harm.The charity, formerly known as the Responsible Gambling Trust, has reinforced its commitment to helping those suffering with the problem, of which there are believed to be around 250,000 in the UK, by funding research, education and treatment services.We caught up with Marc Etches, CEO at GambleAware, to find out more about the new five-year strategy, the costs involved with treating ‘top tier’ problem gamblers, and the lessons learned from last summer’s Gamble Aware week.SBC: How does your new strategy impact those suffering from gambling related harm? ME: GambleAware’s top priority has and always been to provide help and support for those who suffer from gambling related harm. The new strategy seeks to reiterate that and expand on certain areas, primarily through the promotion of the GambleAware.org website, as a means of working towards prevention of gambling related harm.We want to make sure that people know about GambleAware, and that if they need help there is somewhere they can go for free support. Through the publication of the strategy, we hope to make more people aware of GambleAware.org and the help available to them.SBC: You stated your ambition to raise £10 million a year from those who profit from the gambling industry; do you believe this is achievable?ME: The latest figures from the Gambling Commission show gross profits of £13.6 billion last year. We ask operators to give us just 0.1% of that, which would already amount to some £11 million after adjusting for National Lottery’s existing investment in good causes.When you add to that our ambition to secure additional funding from other organisations which profit from gambling, such as commercial broadcasters and professional sports teams, we are confident we will achieve this sum.SBC: The number of problem gamblers in the UK is estimated to be around 250,000, with a further 470,000 at moderate risk; how are you able to estimate this information accurately?ME: We rely on Gambling Commission figures, which are based on regular health surveys in England and Scotland, and a recent survey on gambling participation and problem gambling in Wales. However, we are conscious that the sample size limits the accuracy of these estimates, and that the different methods used to gather the data may affect the ability to compare these figures from year to year.Whether the figure is higher or lower than the 250,000 stated, we know there is a significant number of people who may need help and support to address their gambling problem, and many more who may be affected by someone else’s gambling and its consequences.GambleAware-funded treatment providers currently see just 3% of problem gamblers, so have set ourselves a goal to triple that, which will bring us close to the number which international studies suggest might seek help with their gambling problems.SBC: You outlined the services you expect to commission as part of the new five-year strategy; what are the costs involved for a tier four ‘problem gambler’?ME: We’re committed to getting everyone who seeks help from GambleAware-funded treatment services to the right level of intensity of treatment. For many, this may be a simple, brief intervention, or a longer period of counselling; others may have other mental health issues which require more complex care from clinical psychologists or psychiatrists; and for some, residential treatment is the most effective approach.While residential care is necessarily more expensive than brief intervention, we understand that for some people an extended period of treatment away from their usual environment is necessary for recovery. We are developing a common screening tool and care pathways in collaboration with all GambleAware-funded treatment providers, so that wherever it is across this network that someone needing our help first gets in touch, we get them to the most appropriate treatment option for them.SBC: Finally, how successful was ‘Gamble Aware week’ in the summer, and did you use information learned from this to guide parts of your new strategy?ME: Gamble Aware week was an initiative of the Association of British Bookmakers, which we were pleased to support. Next year, we hope that it will expand to involve all sectors of the industry, and we are discussing this with the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling. The ABB shared the results of their efforts with us, and we will certainly want to learn any lessons which their experience offers.We’ve been working with operators who are members of all five of the trade associations which form IGRG on several industry wide initiatives to share and develop best practice around messaging and staff training, so we already have a strong foundation of industry-wide cooperation to deliver social responsibility on which to base Gamble Aware Week 2017. StumbleUpon Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 Share GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Related Articles YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more