NASH 80: How to HaHa & Sexy Journalism

Alexandra Tuttosi | Team Member

Team members of Over The Edge had an opportunity to attend a national conference on student journalism, called NASH. Emma Overton and Alex Huntley from The Beaverton hosted a presentation called “How to HaHa.” They talked about the difference between fake news and satire. According to them, fake news is when readers are unaware that it is fake, and believe that what they are reading is real. Whereas with satire, readers know that what they are reading is fake.

In satire, the writing mimics the newspaper style/language and allows the reader to have a good laugh. Some ways to write good satire is to reverse, or exaggerate, the situation or transport the situation into a different environment. To practice these concepts, Emma and Alex had the audience split into groups and see who could come up with the best satire news headline.

The best headline was, ‘The world is getting a handy from Hickok.’ For those who do not know who Hickok is, his full name is Wild Bill Hickok. He is one of the well know gunfighters during the 1800’s.

For satire news by Alex and Emma, watch the Beaverton on Comedy Wednesday nights.

Arshy Mann and Eternity Martis gave a presentation titled “Sexy Journalism.” In his writing, Arshy Mann focuses on LGBTQ issues. He wrote a piece on the ability of all genders to have consensual sex with each other. He even interviewed Justin Trudeau, and asked him about this concept; the result is hilarious. Eternity Martis, on the other hand, writes on anything and everything to do with the physical act of sex; she even wrote a piece about her own sex life. During their presentation they talked about key topics such as sex, sex workers, sexual violence, and the sexual movement, and how these concepts interact with journalism

On sex, we learned that STI’s (sexually transmitted infections) are not only normal, but they are very common. One in five people have a STI and don’t know it. There is such a thing called a HIV nondisclosure, which says that those with HIV, or a STI, must tell partners, or future partners, or else their partner can take them to court for not telling them.

There are different kinds of sex workers, whether it is stripping, adult film making or prostitution. Not all sex work is exploitative. In fact, many students turn to sex work to help pay for their tuition. Their stories often turn out to be labour related.

Like sex workers, sexual violence victims are diverse. They are often marginalized and misunderstood. This does not only happen to undergraduate students, for example, it can also happen to grad students/ teacher’s assistants. Since they depend on a great recommendation from their supervisor, they are often pressured into situations, which are uncomfortable, to finish with their degree.

For the sexual movement, there is no singular voice for a community, such as the LGBTQ community. Journalists should focus on the experience of multiple people and build a view based on that—not just one person. This limited view can lead to stigma and a negative view of the community.