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For journalists, the interview is a key part of the story

Newspapers (10 issues of 'The Last Paper' by latitiudes-flickr on flickr)

Newspapers (10 issues of ‘The Last Paper’ by latitiudes-flickr on flickr)

There are two types of interviews. There’s the combative kind — “Councilman, can you explain why your department spent five trillion dollars on takeaway curry?” — and the collaborative kind — “Why yes, Mrs Miggins, please tell me how you built your cupcake business from scratch.”

via How to be interviewed — Thoughts On Journalism — Medium.

Ah yes. The art of the interview with a twist. Rob Boffard explains to potential subjects how to be interviewed by journalists. The information detailed is spot on, and highly recommended reading for everyone, journalists and non-journalists alike.

Today’s Google doodle honors Dorothy Irene Height, who was born on this day in 1912

 

The Dorothy Irene Height Google Doodle

The Dorothy Irene Height Google Doodle

Born in Virginia in 1912, Dorothy Height was a civil rights and women’s rights activist focused primarily on improving the circumstances of and opportunities for African-American women. She was a leader in addressing the rights of both women and African Americans as the president of the National Council of Negro Women. In the 1990s, she drew young people into her cause in the war against drugs,

via Dorothy Height Biography – Facts, Birthday, Life Story – Biography.com.

My latest article in today’s PV News – Teen raises awareness of diabetes

Being a teenager in today’s world is hard work. There are grades to worry about, college decisions to make, activities to participate in and work experience to gain, all while maintaining the social activities that come along in high school.Like most teenagers, 16-year-old Peninsula High School junior Ben Meyers is navigating the adolescence ocean one day at a time, with one added obstacle — in 2005, Ben was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.“I lead a normal life and try not to let the diabetes get in the way,” Ben said.

via Teen raises awareness of diabetes – Palos Verdes Peninsula News : News.

This Kanye/Jimmy Kimmel thing is either the work of a viral media genius or the most annoying news cycle ever

Either way, I’m over it. I think Jimmy Kimmel broke my trust with that whole twerking video thing.

this freelancing thing is actually working out quite well…

Eberhard acknowledges that there are rumors of pension spiking, and says that any claims that he accepted the position of chief solely to pad his retirement are “absolutely untrue.”

Mayor James F. Goodhart supports the retiring police chief and said that any rumors of pension spiking “have no merit.”

Eberhard’s sudden retirement was announced in a statement released by the city on Aug. 27.

“This was not expected,” said Tony Dahlerbruch, PVE city manager, “but the chief has been here a very long time, so I understand his request.”

Eberhard, 56, is originally from Redondo Beach, but moved with his family to Palos Verdes Estates in 1971. His family is well-known in the city; the baseball field at PV High is named after Eberhard’s father.

via Police chief’s retirement unexpected – Palos Verdes Peninsula News : News.

I have an article in the PV News this week.

A new look for the El Camino Union…

Today marks the first publishing date for the Union during the 2013-14 school year.

Most of the editors on staff spent time this week redesigning their pages.

Gary Metzker, Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper designer, is one of the instructors in our program this year, and he helped me to make some much-desired changes to my page. I was very excited when I saw the way the pages looked once done.

So excited, that I missed a crucial error that should have been fixed before we went to print.

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is how student journalism works. We have many great successes, but it is the failures that we learn from the most.

In which Jimmy Kimmel punks the entire world

Have you seen the video where the girl twerking alone in her apartment inadvertently sets herself on fire?

Chances are you have, as it’s been viewed more than 9.3 million times on YouTube since it was posted Tuesday and has been picked up by numerous news outlets.

Turns out, it was all a hoax, orchestrated by none other than Jimmy Kimmel.

via Epic ‘Twerk Fail’ Video Turns Out to Be a Hoax Masterminded by Jimmy Kimmel (Video).

 

Well played, Jimmy Kimmel. Well played. That video had me screaming laughing in bed at 6:30 a.m. one day last week. I’m sure my neighbors did not appreciate it.

I know that there is a deeper message here that goes further than the hoax itself.

I think Jimmy was clever for pulling this off, but as a person who is studying media, it makes me want to point at it and jump up and down and ask people to note that if Jimmy Kimmel can pull this off, so can other larger media outlets and entities.

Food for thought.

Today is page deadline day for issue one…

I already know I am going to fail the deadline for page 5, and I want to scream.

I purposely set everyone’s deadlines so I could get everything edited and onto the page on time. So what happened?

One of my reporters completed her assignment on time, and I was so happy about that because she is new and just learning the ropes, but she went right out and handled her beat like a star.

The problem? We are missing half the attribution information for each of the six quotes she got. It is highly unlikely that she would be able to track down those six people again to get that information, so we are likely going to have to go back to the drawing board and get six new quotes along with six new photos.

I don’t blame the reporter; I blame myself.

As an editor, part of my job is to make sure that I explain everything about the assignment in detail so that the writer knows what they are looking for when they go out and start work on a story. This really means every detail, because some things that may seem obvious to a person that has been on the paper for three semesters is not so obvious for someone who is just starting out in both J1 and J11 simultaneously.

In short, I messed up, and now I will pay for it in my grade, because not having that info means I fail the page deadline.

This will never happen again.

I hope.

I am actually trolling Camayak right now, like it’s a social networking site or something. From the comment feed, I can see that Jessica is active in it as well, and so we’ve basically turned the comments into a chat room as we go through and turn pitches made by Union staff into real assignments.

 

Listen. You wish your Friday night was this live.

Hello, Friday of week 2. How are you?

On a sunny, hot Friday in September, the newsroom is virtually empty. Jessica and Marquis are my only companions as I sit at my desk getting work done. Kimberly, our ad manager, must left with her twin sister, and the newsroom has that calm feeling of an office that is emptying out as everyone exits into Friday, prepared to enjoy their weekend. I like it like this.

This semester, the newsroom feels different. We come to work and there is a lighter feeling in the air. That sense of rush and panic has not hit us yet, and if things continue to move along the way they have been, we may never hit that feeling throughout the entire semester.

Imagine getting an email from our adviser letting us know that there were no more stories available for writers to grab in our workflow management tool. That has never happened before; in prior semesters we’ve had to beg people to take stories. Now, the stories are getting snatched up as fast as we can add them into the system.

I love this feeling. I love coming in this newsroom to work. I love the group of peers I have on my team this semester. I love my job. I love this life.

 

Student journalism: it’s not just a job, it’s an adventure.

Miley Cyrus is a clear example of status conferral and now she is a huge problem…

This is when you know things have gone too far.

A lily white yoga studio in idyllic Santa Barbara, California recently held a “Ghetto Fabulous” yoga class. In preparation, students were instructed to wear cornrows, snapback caps and heavy lipliner along with their lululemon leggings. Who knew gang signs could be so cute?! The invite promised to provide “various costumes” — there was a do-rag giveaway, attendees said — and “guaranteed belly laughs.”

via Santa Barbara Yoga Studio Gives Out Do-Rags at Ghetto Fabulous Class.

I’m not sure why ghetto fabulous has become synonymous with black (as if there are no white people who are ghetto), but to advertise an event like this and link to a WikiHow article on “How to Be Ghetto Fabulous” says a lot about the attitude behind it.

I would really like to write an op ed piece about status conferral and agenda-setting theory because clearly all of these things are related. Miley Cyrus and her longbacking disguised as twerking makes the news, and suddenly we are inundated with stories of white people expressing their “blackness” in various ways.

I’m still composing my thoughts.

 

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.

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