Cool New Online Adventure Magazine Released!

By: Tom Malone

In January 2016, a new adventure magazine, The Adventure Tribune, was released by four University of Oregon graduates. I am the magazine’s Editor-In-Chief. A graduate of UO’s business school and current behavioral economist in Denver is a regular photographer and writer. A UO advertising graduate contributes weekly photographs of his adventures in the Pacific Northwest. And a UO film studies graduate rounds off our contributor’s list with his audio and visual contributions from his adventures throughout the Hawaiian islands.

The differentiating factor between The Adventure Tribune and its competitors comes from the magazine’s dedication to producing content through first-hand experience only. We don’t recycle other people’s articles. We strive to adventure boldly through the world and return to produce content that allows our readers to follow in our footsteps.

With contributors based in Denver, Portland, and Honolulu, paired with our regular adventures to other parts of the country and the globe, our stories and photographs are produced five days per week. Original content is the only type of content we produce, and we do encourage guest article submissions.

For press information regarding the release of The Adventure Tribune, visit our digital press kitThe Adventure Tribune is owned and operated by Adventure Tribune Media.

For those of you who were avid fans and readers of Cruisin’, you need to subscribe to The Adventure Tribune today to receive access to our fresh content. We look forward to your support! Please spread the word.

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Roosevelt National Forest Provides Nuanced Tranquility

By: Tom Malone

The sun rose over a still Dowdy Lake in Roosevelt National Forest. The air was brisk, but the sun warmed the forest steadily. I pushed the canoe along the lake’s IMG_2340edge and into the water. Dowdy Lake chilled my bare toes, which sent ripples across its window-like surface.

Fishermen searched for their morning catches on the opposite side of the lake, while campers stirred in their tents near the shore.

I paddled around a boulder and into the middle of the lake. I placed my paddle inside the canoe and opened A People’s History of the United States. Birds chirped in the trees, while hawks soared above the water and competed with the fishermen in search of breakfast.

After a lap around the lake, I pulled the canoe into the cove and hoisted it onto IMG_2261the sand. Later that night, the sun settled behind the mountains and painted the sky with a vibrant palate of reds, oranges, and blues. The calmed lake reflected the sky, which fused the sky to the earth.

The stillness of nature provided tranquility that eludes our modern-day hustle-and-bustle pace. The absent ambient noise allowed chirping birds and water splashes to emerge as prominent sensations. Stillness and nature go hand in hand.

*Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune. For more of his adventures and research, visit the online magazine today for a free subscription.

Arches National Park Inspires Jaw-Dropping Detour

By: Tom Malone

My red Ford Focus climbed along the cliff’s edge into the vast terrain of Arches National Park in Moab, Utah. On my solo journey across the United States, I planned this detour to chip 45 minutes off of my itinerary; I underestimated drastically.

Balanced Rock

Balanced Rock

As my car pulled around the final switchback, I saw my first red rock formation: a boulder. Rebelution blasted from my stereo and I rolled the windows down to feel the desert air. I deciphered my map and decided to follow a turnoff that would lead me to my first arch.

I saw Balanced Rock, which looked exactly like the name suggested. I pulled off the dirt road and parked. I saw a small arch in the distance, so I opened my trunk and laced up my hiking boots.

The sun beat down on me and thirst hit instantly. I continued to walk through dried brush and orange clay until I came to the base of a window arch. I looked up and felt infinitely small underneath the largest natural formation that I had ever seen. I stared in awe at the never-ending expanse of untouched land that spread out before me.

Window ArchI knew that I needed to dedicate more time to this detour. I drove to the next off-shoot road and found Delicate Arch; I hiked the half-hour trail and experienced the same sense of smallness. The summer sun boiled the ground and my hiking boots felt as if they would melt, but I continued through pinched canyons to find arch after arch.

Five hours later, the sun began to drop. I retraced my steps down the cliff’s edge and exited Arches National Park and rejoined my fellow, unknown travelers on Interstate 70.

*Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune. For more of his adventures and research, visit the online magazine today for a free subscription.

History of Sports Media

Sports and Culture

By: Tom Malone

Sports media as we know has not always existed. Modern-day sports journalism evolved with American social trends and profit-hungry businesspeople that changed the shape of news in general.

Early History

Before William Porter’s Spirit of the Times coverage of horse racing (and lower class boxing), most upper class citizens viewed sports as a vulgar hobby. The Industrial Revolution of the 1850s drew waves of immigrants to large American cities and expanded the lower class audience, eventually giving Spirit of the Times 100,000 readers.

According to sports author Tracy Everbach, “Flamboyant sports writing in the era of yellow journalism attracted newspaper readers and contributed to building a worldwide image of the United States as an economic, political, and athletic power.”

After the Civil War, baseball rose in popularity. The newly established Major League Baseball players created a players’ union in 1885. In congruence with late 1800s labor…

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Fresh Piranhas Grace the Tropical Honduran Menu

By: Tom Malone

The tropical blue salt water splashed as I hopped off the front of the boat. The sand felt warm underneath my bare feet. The sun warmed the small Honduran beach getaway and the nearby jungle.

Our small group sat on  white sand, awaiting an authentic Honduran feast. We gathered around a large wooden table, using the beach as our natural seat. The air smelled like Caribbean Sea and open-flame cooking.

Behind us, the palm trees and jungle vegetation unveiled wild monkeys and blue crabs. We cruised through a makeshift jungle pathway to explore for a bit before returning to our natural beachfront dining room.

Lunchtime finally arrived. Our freshly caught piranhas steamed with heat after they finished cooking on the fire. I bit into the delicate fish, avoiding the infamous razor-sharp teeth. Surprisingly, the piranha tasted a bit like chicken. I even tried an eyeball (that didn’t taste like chicken at all).

We ate fresh mango from  nearby plants. The sun hung high in the clear blue sky, begging us to take a post-lunch nap. The hot sand bed made that easy enough.

The speedboat, our only means of transportation back to the city of Tela, served as the only reminder of civilization in my view. Jungle, beach, and ocean surrounded us. No roads, no wires, no homes. Our use of immediate, natural resources for food and entertainment brought me a little closer to nature, to that innate human connection with the surrounding world. And the food was great!

*Photo by PhotoDan1-Flickr

**Originally published on Food for Thought

Energetic Documentaries Expose Wild History of Hip-Hop Music Sampling

By: Tom Malone

Since hip-hop’s inception in the late 1970s, original music sampling occurred in order to produce the desired rhythmic effect. Opponents call this method stealing; proponents refer to this process as art. The two ensuing films interpret the issue in an in-depth exploration. The documentary Copyright Criminals through PBS by Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod explores the legality and history behind the recorded beat industry in reference to popular sampling methods. Good Copy Bad Copy by Andreas Johnsen, Ralf Christensen, and Henrik Moltke incorporates the same focus, but presents the issue with a different mentality. Check them out!

Copyright Criminals

Good Copy Bad Copy

How Do Soccer Clubs Battle Racism?

By: Tom Malone

After last week’s devastating 4-0 loss, a group of FC Kaiserslautern fans gave Nazi salutes to an Israeli team member, sparking controversy across the German and global soccer communities. The salute occurred during a team practice by ten alleged soccer hooligans who the club bans from games.

The leader of the German soccer federation spoke out against the action, condemning the fans who chose to break the law (as Nazi-related actions and symbols are illegal in Germany).

Unfortunately, racist acts like this occur far too often in the world of soccer. How do soccer leaders combat this atrocity?

In the past few years, FIFA launched its “Say No to Racism” campaign. Banners with the slogan hung from sidewalls during the 2010 World Cup, allowing the entire world to see the message. EA Sports added the banner to its increasingly popular FIFA video game franchise. The organization even used public service announcements during the global event.

FIFA President Joseph Blatter released public statements denouncing racist comments between players during matches in an effort to discourage this kind of behavior.

The continuation of the problem remains uncertain, but FIFA will combat racism into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, especially if more situations like the FC Kaiserslautern one occur.

*Photo through Jadaliyya

**Also published on Sports Industry and Public Relations