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Month: August 2013

On Miley Cyrus and Racism – The Belle Jar Blog

What Miley is doing is cultural appropriation. She, a wealthy white woman, is taking elements from black culture in order to achieve a specific image. Her status as a member of a traditionally oppressive race and class means that she is able to pick and choose what parts of black culture she wants to embrace without having to deal with the racism and racialization that black women live with every day. In short, she can imagine that she is being “ghetto” without having any concept of what living in a ghetto would really mean.

Miley is doing her best to promote herself as a part of rachet culture, which Jody Rosen describes as “the potent sexual symbolism of black female bodies,” while simultaneously treating the black women in her videos and performances as props. She is taking elements of black culture and using them to give her the patina of street cred that she wants so badly. She is playing at being black without even trying to understand what the lived experience of being black really is. She is appropriating cultural elements without taking any time to reflect on her position of privilege and how her use of the term “ratchet” or her twerking are contributing to the oppression of black people.

The Belle Jar Blog

A brilliant take on this topic; both the post and the discussion taking place in the comment section are worth a read.

I am still trying to compose my thoughts on this, but I want to reference this post when I do, because we always attribute our sources.

The end of Week 1 finds me already behind

There’s something to be said about finding my rhythm quickly and sticking to it.

Kate is always stressing the deadline.
The fact is there are deadlines everywhere; they don’t exist solely in journalism.

So I head into the weekend with a plate full of delicious tasks to tackle, and tackle them I will, but as I do so I want to be ever mindful of part of my new personal mantra: always be ahead of the deadline.

As much as I would love to compete for the columnist position again this year, I know that I don’t have it in my time budget to do a good job at it. I’m doing course work at two separate schools, editing two pages in the paper and handling all social media accounts for the news organization, writing for the magazine and freelancing. There’s already a limited amount of hours for me to do that. I think I will just stick with what I have and give someone else a shot at shining.

I took a few pictures during the Union Online staff member tour of the EC Campus…

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Student art on display at the Schauerman Library.

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Students in the Activity Center wait in line for a ID pictures.

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A sign in the arts building.

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The Music Library

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The Writing Center opens next week!

Public service is a ‘calling’ – Palos Verdes Peninsula News : News

On a sunny Friday afternoon, Anton “Tony” Dahlerbruch sits comfortably in an easy chair, which is set up on one side of his new office alongside a large comfy sofa and a plain wooden coffee table. On top of the table rests a bright yellow happy face mug filled with Hershey miniatures.

Dahlerbruch (pronounced phonetically as “dollar brook”) fits in well with the cozy, at-home setting. He leans back in the easy chair, his hands resting comfortably on his knees; his demeanor is calm and laid back, and his face brightens as he begins to speak about his new position as city manager for the city of Palos Verdes Estates.

“I feel very fortunate to be here. I feel very fortunate that my whole career, each position that I’ve had is better than the last,” said Dahlerbruch, who assumed his position in June.

via Public service is a ‘calling’ – Palos Verdes Peninsula News : News.

 

I wrote this article and it appeared on A1 in the Palos Verdes Peninsula News on August 22nd. I’m proud of it.

 

Hey @ECCUnionBrian! – El Camino students, publications shine at state journalism convention

After watching eight hours of nonstop softball that included 22 innings in the intense springtime Sacramento sunshine, El Camino College journalism student Brian Camacho wrote an award-winning spot news story and became a part of sports history.

At the Journalism Association of Community Colleges State Convention in Sacramento, Camacho competed in a newswriting category that assigned about 25 students to a Sacramento State softball doubleheader against Weber State’s Wildcats. The students then wrote about the games.

The second game lasted 15 innings and turned out to be the longest in Sacramento State’s Division I era dating back to 1990. The game was finally called due to darkness.

via El Camino students, publications shine at state journalism convention.

 

Just came across this story about Brian Camacho, Union staff member, in the Daily Breeze.

Social Media Editor being hired at Slate…

We are looking for an energetic newshound with a passion for all things social to support us in growing our social media traffic. Do you love Slate? Do you have clear and snappy writing skills along with an innate understanding of how to get people to share things? Are you comfortable quickly whipping up sharable graphics in Photoshop? Have you ever made something go viral? Then you might be the right person for us. An active personal social media presence and one to two years experience running institutional social media feeds are strong pluses.

via Social media editor job: apply to work at Slate. – Slate Magazine.

 

I am making a note of this both because the job looks interesting, but also because in my new position as social media editor for the Union, I want to make sure I cover all basis and have a complete and full understanding of what this position is and how I should handle it.

I am enrolled in three online classes at Arizona State; I am participating in three production classes at El Camino (Union newspaper both print and online and Warrior Life magazine), and I am also freelancing. This is a lot to take on, but for some reason, I am not at all afraid. I can do this. I know I can.

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