Meet Our NSR Student Editors — Jonia Gordon, Social Media Editor. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports
Hello, my name is Jonia Gordon. I am a recent graduate of the College of St. Scholastica with a major in Global, Cultural, and Language Studies (GCL). I was born and raised in Red Cliff, WI and that resulted in attending schooling with a rather small group of people. I attended K12 schooling, with a class size of 27, most of whom I was related to in some way. After moving forward, with attending college and studying abroad, I have been able to reflect about my experience and how it has influenced me as a person.
In particular, I feel that it played a role in my rather quiet and socially anxious nature because there lacked a need to introduce myself to people unless I wandered out of the area or new people ventured in. I have fond memories of my daily life in what I often refer to as ‘Home’; however, I’ve found that as I went on my own, it’s the people that I care about who define what (rather, who?) my home is. From a young age, I have dreamt about traveling, learning about more diverse cultures, and being able to have buckets of conversations with others. To be and live in a world that could shock, thrill, and comfort me all at once.
I believe that my interest in reading and contributing to the North Star Reports stems directly from these desires. It’s one way of getting to experience the world and its’ peoples from behind a computer, smart-phone, whatever suits the individual. The North Star Reports has provided me a glimpse into how people think, see what people saw, and place myself—if only briefly and within my imagination—into another person’s memories. I’m grateful and extremely pleased that this publication is accessible for myself, and others, to read as they wish.
I look forward to continuing with the North Star Reports as a reader and contributor; it has helped me to continue growing as a person, as well as delve into learning about myself.
Please contact Professor Liang if you wish to write for The North Star Reports — HLIANG (at) css.edu
See also, our Facebook page with curated news articles at http://www.facebook.com/NorthStarReports
The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy (http://NorthStarReports.org) is a student edited and student authored open access publication centered around the themes of global and historical connections. Our abiding philosophy is that those of us who are fortunate enough to receive an education and to travel our planet are ethically bound to share our knowledge with those who cannot afford to do so. Therefore, creating virtual and actual communities of learning between college and K-12 classes are integral to our mission. In five semesters we have published 200 articles covering all habitable continents and a variety of topics ranging from history and politics, food and popular culture, to global inequities to complex identities. These articles are read by K-12 and college students. Our student editors and writers come from all parts of the campus, from Nursing to Biology, Physical Therapy to Business, and remarkably, many of our student editors and writers have long graduated from college. We also have writers and editors from other colleges and universities. In addition to our main site, we also curate a Facebook page dedicated to annotated news articles selected by our student editors (http://www.facebook.com/NorthStarReports). This is done by an all volunteer staff. We have a frugal cash budget, and we donate much of our time and talent to this project. We are sponsored by St. Scholastica’s Department of History and Politics and by the scholarly Middle Ground Journal: World History and Global Studies (http://theMiddleGroundJournal.org).
For a brief summary, please see the American Historical Association’s Perspectives on History, at: http://www.historians.org/perspectives/issues/2013/1305/Opening-The-Middle-Ground-Journal.cfm
Hong-Ming Liang, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, The North Star Reports; Chief Editor, The Middle Ground Journal; Associate Professor of History and Politics, The College of St. Scholastica.
Kathryn Marquis Hirsch, Managing Editor, The North Star Reports.
(c) 2012-present The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy http://NorthStarReports.org ISSN: 2377-908X The NSR is sponsored and published by Professor Hong-Ming Liang, NSR Student Editors and Writers, The Department of History and Politics of The College of St. Scholastica, and the scholarly Middle Ground Journal. See Masthead for our not-for-profit educational open- access policy. K-12 teachers, if you are using these reports for your classes, please contact editor-in-chief Professor Liang at HLIANG (at) css.edu