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Facebook drops the ball on livestreamed suicide

Ronnie McNutt, screenshotted here, took his own life with a shotgun in a Facebook livestream he filmed in front of a desk in his home on Aug. 31. Since the livestream, the video has gone viral and social platforms have scrambled to have it removed. (Best Gore screenshot)

Ariel Caspar, Editor-in-Chief

October 7, 2020

Imagine you are on TikTok casually scrolling through and viewing videos on the “For You” page, not expecting anything out of the ordinary, just the daily dose of laughs, courtesy of TikTok’s millions of users who upload content regularly. Now imagine, a new video automatically starts playing. Because...

Journalism is part of the answer, not the problem

Ariel Casper keeps up with what’s happening on campus, reading news that affect students, faculty and staff. (Photo illustration by Katia Esguerra)

Katia Esguerra

March 19, 2019

From the moment we wake up, we are faced with an overload of information competing for our attention — every second, every minute and every hour of the day. However, with the ease of access on the internet and overload of information, I have to constantly remind myself that this is a distraction; a...

Journalism has rules, too

Stevante Clark speaks to the media regarding his brother Stephon Clark's death at the Bayside of South Sacramento Church on March 29, 2018. (photo by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Alexus Hurtado

May 2, 2018

Since the beginning, journalists in the United States have been taught to live by objectivity, but in our world today that’s becoming more and more difficult to do. In the aftermath of Stephon Clark’s death for example, there has been backlash towards the press in Sacramento in regards to the co...

V-Day should be about self-love

(Photo Illustration by Brienna Edwards)

February 13, 2018

As Valentine's Day quickly approaches, the public is bombarded with eager merchants desperate to sell their wares. As consumers, we are blinded by the red and pink propaganda that assaults our eyes at every turn. Retail stores from Frederick's of Hollywood to Walmart, are touting the best deals ...

Student arrested for flying drone over NFL stadium had prior confrontations with faculty and students

(Left) Tracy Mapes' staff photo from his time on the AR Current in the spring of 2016. (File photo)

(Right) Tracy Mapes' mugshot at the Santa Clara Police Department on Nov. 26 after being arrested for allegedly dropping anti-media leaflets over Levi Stadium. (Photo courtesy of Santa Clara Police Department)

Mack Ervin III, John Ennis, and Luis Gael

December 5, 2017

An American River College student and former Current staff member was arrested Nov. 28 after dropping anti-media leaflets from a drone over separate San Francisco 49ers' and Oakland Raiders' games. Tracy Mapes, 55, posted different variations of the leaflet on social media. He also uploaded videos of ...

Opinion: New voices in media must be heard, not just seen

The fall 2016 staff of the American River current represent a diverse newsroom. (Photo illustration by Justina Sharp)

Justina Sharp

October 31, 2016

Stories reflect the people telling them, and for far too long those stories have been told by straight white middle-class men, congregating around water coolers to rehash experiences that everyone’s heard before. The media is no different, and cracks are starting to form in this good ol’ boys ...

Brave space tackles representation and racism in the media

A subgroup of students participate in discussion at a brave space meeting on March 31. (Photo by Allante Morris)

Shiavon Chatman

April 6, 2016

American River College hosted a brave space meeting Thursday, organized by the members of UNITE. The event primarily focused on the importance of representation for people of color in the media and the presence of racism in film and television. Brett Spencer, a UNITE community intern, warned the audience...

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