Plane Crashes Near Dayton Airport.

By Austin Copeland.


A plane crashes near the Dayton airport on a stormy day, 300 yards from the control tower, the pilot having died in the crash. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

At 5:45 p.m. on June 9th, a Cessna 172 Skyhawk took off from the Dayton airport, with Lawd Smith, a well-known local business man in the pilot seat. Lt. Michael Walton, the police department’s Public Information Officer, informed the Salem Tribune that Smith had been planning to fly to central Oregon for a long weekend, but the plane crashed almost immediately after takeoff.

Marcia Collins of the Portland Federal Aviation Administration arrived at the scene shortly before we did. She said, “It was taking off about 15 minutes ago when it crashed in a field adjacent to the runway. The control tower tells me the pilot managed to get off the ground but immediately after takeoff he radioed the tower, saying he was having major problems controlling the aircraft.”

The crash is still under investigation, Collins said. The police department is not yet sure whether the complications were due to weather or malfunction of the aircraft.

The Skyhawk 172 can takeoff with a maximum weight of 2300 lbs, a four seat light aircraft created by the airline company Cessna. It is a small, single-engine plane, about 42,500 produced during its history. For more information on this aircraft, one can visit, our main source of information.



Plane crashed near airport, 5:45 p.m. Police not yet sure what happened yet. Probably the weather. Pilot’s dead. Police still investigating.


Wk 17: This May Be My Last Critique of the Year! (Maybe).

This critique will be a little bit more personal than some of the others, but then again, all of my critiques are, to a certain extent.

Charges will not be filed against South Salem teacher.

Although I haven’t revealed my true identity-and never will-I will say that I do have connections with Samuel Dufner, and so reading this was actually very difficult. But it makes sense. The article was explained very clearly, and that is what was important. There wasn’t a sense of bias like many articles I have seen before. Actually, I think that the writer himself (or herself) seemed to be affected by this, just by looking at the language used. And I personally felt like this article was written in a way that holds Dufner accountable without shaming him unnecessarily.

Salem man found dead under bridge identified.

This man was a good man, I would like to make that clear. I still don’t feel like it was a suicide, but that’s what the police are saying, so until hard evidence proves otherwise, I am forced to look at the police’s opinion.

I feel like the article made its point very clearly, which is the main job of any article, but especially one like this,  where there is a family grieving at home. I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to them for their loss. The article was touching, and its purpose was obvious, which was good.


Woodburn man sentenced to life in prison for murder.

This is a shame. Murder is such a cruel thing, senseless, godless, evil. Love is what makes life worth living, and one cannot kill and love at the same time-it makes no sense.

The article itself was very quick and to the point. It gave a good lead, and then only the necessary information to support it. The author didn’t try to justify the killer, nor did they attempt to make the victim a martyr. This article was pure fact, and in this case it should be, for anything else would compromise the article.

WK 17: Political Hilarity.

What is the cartoon’s title or caption?

Economic Crisis.


Who drew the cartoon?

Nate Beeler.


When and where was it published?

Washington Examiner.


What is familiar to you in this cartoon?

The donkey and the elephant-symbols of the Democrats and Republicans.


What questions do you have about this cartoon?

What are they trying to communicate about partisanship.


Editorial cartoonists combine pictures and words to communicate their opinions.

What tools does the cartoonist use to make his or her point?

_V_ Humor

__ Caricature

_V_ Symbols

__ Stereotypes

__ Speech balloons

_V_ Labels

__ Analogy to another historical or current event

_V_ References to popular culture, art, literature, etc.



List the important people and objects shown in the cartoon:

The Democratic and Republican parties.


Are symbols used? If so, what are they and what do they mean?

Yes, fire is used as a simple of chaos, and the symbols of the two main political parties are shown “roasting” partisans.


Are stereotypes used? If so, what group is represented?



Is anyone caricatured in the cartoon? If so, who?



Briefly explain the message of the cartoon:

The economic crisis has a huge impact on partisans, in a negative way, and the politicians are taking advantage of it.


What groups would agree /disagree with the cartoon’s message? Why?

Many Democrats, Republicans, and third-party members would definitely disagree that their party was exploiting as shown in the picture.


Do you think this cartoon is effective in its message?

Humor will always be effective, and this cartoon had good humor, which means that the cartoon will be effective.

Wk 16: Student Competition.

Date: 5-20-15.

“Going Back to the Future for ‘Tommorowland’ from Disney.”

The article “Going Back to the Future for ‘Tommorowland’ from Disney,” made me really think about the future. I think that the article was very well-written, and made some very clear points.

I can relate to the feelings that the future doesn’t appear so hopeful. I think that as time progresses, people’s outlook on the future changes, but not so much as in this case. You raised an interesting point: what happened to our optimism?

I feel that the optimism in Tomorrowland is a very good thing, and absolutely necessary in today’s society. When we have optimism for the future, we are encouraged to work harder. If we look at the future with pessimism, we may still work hard, but the stress involved will take all the joy out of the work, and as a result, life.

This is why we need another boom of hope, like in 1950, we all need another Tomorrowland.


Austin Copeland
Salem, OR
16 years old
South Salem High School

WK 15: BIAB, Part Two-OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am absolutely mortified about how a graduating valedictorian in the year 2000 stripped to nothing in front of the viewers and ran across the field.

Why is it newsworthy? It is newsworthy because it involves highly sexual content. Sex sells, and in the case of the media, viewers will be interested in this, no matter how disturbing.

Wk 15: BIAB (Broadcast In A BOX)-BRIDGE JUMPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A while ago a man decided he wanted to jump off a bridge. A police officer tried to negotiate, and succeeded. And the media recorded the entire thing. This raises some ethical questions I feel are important to answer. For those who disagree, I respect your opinion-maybe…

Why did they report on this story? Well, any time there is the risk of life, people are interested. People are attracted to things that aren’t good for them, such as drugs, alcohol, and violent behaviors. I think that for the media outlet, there were definitely more viewers.

Are there any ethical concerns about the story/footage? Yes. If that man decided to jump, hundreds of people would have seen the bloody results. That kind of memory can do some trauma to people. Furthermore, think about the family of the guy. Sure, he was disowned by his family, but this event would have at least done damage to their reputation.

What privacy does this person have? Despite my answer to the question directly above, I would say that a person’s privacy is nothing when their life is endangered. Well being comes before privacy. When he stepped up to that ledge, he suspended his rights to privacy.

Wk 15: Why Will De Phone Dominate?

Why is it that the phone will have more impact on journalism and politics than a seasoned professional journalist’s opinion? What is so captivating about these little devices that they are much more used than computers, or even television?

I think there are two answers to this question, both equally important.

First, I feel that people like easy. The phone is easy and portable. You can access any information by simply pulling your phone out of your pocket and clicking a few buttons. You can’t carry a television or computer in your pocket.

Secondly, seasoned journalists seem distant. People tend to listen to what is familiar and grab their attention, not some boring journalist talking about political issues. They would prefer to watch some thrilling or adorable video, and that’s just the way things are.

I-Phone Came. I-Phone Saw. I-Phone Conquered.