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Month: March 2013

El Camino Union articles I’ve written available online

My intent was to write a post like this for each individual article as it is posted on the Union website, but time has gotten away from me in the past few weeks  and instead of offering you some lame excuse for not having done so, I will simply present the links as a group in this post.

You’re welcome.

from “Student Health Center offers free HPV vaccines for those who qualify“:

General human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually-transmitted infection, and now the EC student health center is offering the vaccine for free to students who qualify.

“HPV is a risk factor for cancer and young people don’t seem to be worried about it,” Melanie Bronstein, nurse practitioner in the EC student health center said.

 

from “Woman fired for speaking up against sexism“, an opinion piece on the Adria Richards situation:

Adria Richards was fired from her job as adeveloper evangelist with SendGrid this morning because she had the nerve to speak out about sexist and inappropriate behavior she witnessed at a mostly male tech conference, PyCon.

 

from “Naked affection fosters infection“, a news article on STDs:

Look at the people in your immediate vicinity. More than likely one of them has had a sexually-transmitted disease (STD).

Melanie Bronstein is one of two nurse practitioners who run the STD clinic at the EC student health center. She says college students are contracting STDs at an alarming rate.

“Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common, then chlamydia, then gonorrhea. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) actually appears a lot as well, Bronstein said.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 2 sexually active people will get an STD by the age of 25 with more than 50 percent contracting HPV.

 

a helpful article from wordpress

I found this article on WordPress.com about how you can get your blog to appear in the Freshly Pressed blogroll. There are a number of tips here that apply to everything Kate was talking about in J14. I think everyone should read it, because it could even apply to those of us writing blogs for J11 as well.

So You Want To Be Freshly Pressed

Among the things it discusses:

  • Writing unique and appropriate content
  • Effectively using tags
  • Writing good headlines/post titles
  • Proofreading

I think this information could be useful for the Union online editor as well.

email from a reader...

email from a reader…

Last night, I got an email from a fellow EC student about my rape column. She wanted to let me know that she had read and appreciated the column, and she encouraged me to keep doing what I’m doing.

It’s one thing for my advisers or my peers to tell me that I am doing a good job, but to hear it straight from a reader?

Well that just made my day.

a week later…

Has it really been over a week since I last posted?

My intention for this blog was to post something every single day. I could sit here, make an excuse and say, “Something always gets in the way,” but the truth is, writers are always writing, and I should always be writing on this blog.

When Kate initially gave us the instructions for creating and maintaining our blogs, she said that we should write the blogs as if we were writing them for students in J1 who were interested in reading about what it is like to work on a college paper. I really want to be able to provide that insight.

Time is of the essence in journalism, and most especially in student journalism, where you might be juggling 5 classes at once. I started the semester out with five, but I had to drop one of them because it was on a the Compton campus two days a week, and that was two days I wasn’t at Torrance and wasn’t able to fully focus on getting information and interviews for my stories.

My schedule is now in a place where I can better manage my time, yet I still fail on occasion. I’m taking two online classes (Psych 5 and English 1C) and two journalism production classes (J11 – newspaper production and J14 – Multimedia Journalism), and what I notice is that journalism tends to take over my life, leaving me remembering that I do have two other classes often at the last minute before assignments are do.

I want to get better at this.

Week seven is a little late in the game to be thinking so deeply on this topic, but I am actually getting good grades in the two non-journalism classes (An ‘A’ in English and a very high B in psychology). Still, I am always assessing and always looking for ways to improve my game.

The other improvement that I want to make is daily blogging. Through blogging, I can improve my writing skills. I can also share with you what this crazy journalism student life is like.

And that is what this is all about anyway, right?

There is a certain level of excitement that builds as I am working on story. When the pieces begin to fall together, and the ideas jump around inside my head fighting to be at the forefront, I feel an adrenalin rush that I liken to a runner’s high. Maybe there is a such thing as writer’s high. Whatever it is, it’s gets me all worked up imagining the possibilities. You start out seeking information on one topic, and as you go through the process of gathering facts, several other stories fall into your lap.

This is what is happening as I research the story I am writing about the student health center.

Stay tuned.

Gun background checks

I have a new article published on the Union website. It is an opinion piece about the new bill to expand gun background checks to private sales.

I encourage you to read it, and leave us your thoughts on what you think. Will this new bill help to stop mass shootings and gun-related crimes?

Geography professor runs around the world chasing his dream

photo credit: phil prins/union

Okay, that’s not what the headline for the story was, but that’s what I named it when I uploaded it in Camayak.

One of our professors at El Camino, Matt Ebiner, was the top male veteran finisher in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon.

I had the opportunity to interview him about his experience and write a story.

The print article went to another writer, but that’s OK, because that’s how we roll here at the Union. Two separate interviews equal double the information for you.

Ebiner leads group trips to international destinations when he is not teaching. While planning one such trip to India and Nepal, he found out about the marathon and decided to add extra time to his trip to allow him to compete in the race.

“As I was looking at a website for the running and racing calendar of India, I thought it would be great if I found out about a race that would work into this trip schedule,” Ebiner said. “It turned out this Mumbai marathon was just a few days after the trip finished, so my wife, daughter and I stayed a little bit extra and went to that race.”

I have just experienced the two longest days of my life.

In “A League of Their Own,” Tom Hanks said, “There’s no crying in baseball!”

There should be no crying in journalism either, yet there was crying, and there was a lot of it, and I can honestly say that all of it didn’t come from me.

Some of it did, however, and I’m going to talk about it; I just won’t be talking about it tonight.

I’m exhausted, and I volunteered to help with delivery tomorrow, so you will have to stay tuned to hear the story of epic fail that has been my week so far.

stories are out there waiting to be discovered

I came up with two stories ideas while out in the wild this week. One while going to pick up snacks at the bookstore. The other came as I was interviewing Dr Fallo for the article I wrote on him this week.

I guess the greater message is, we won’t discover news if we only hang out in the newsroom.

in medias res

Image

this is my mailbox in the newsroom. this is not my candy

For starters, I am not the newsroom #Candybandit. To label me as such is libel and slander.

The end of week four finds me exhausted from the effort. It is the good kind of exhaustion that comes with the knowledge that you’ve put your best foot forward and done all that you can do to make things be as good as they can be.

Yet, there is the knowledge that you can always do more.

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