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.

part of the learning process is knowing when to say when…

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.

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.

the end is here

There’s no more production schedule. We published our last issue three weeks ago. The editorial board dinner and awards luncheon have both happened, and we are at the part of the semester when we turn in our semester reflection papers and find out what positions we will hold on the paper next semester.

It’s a bittersweet feeling. I miss the rush of trying to get things done already. I never knew I loved student journalism so much until this semester. So much work goes into putting a paper together. We learn and experience a lot.

When fall comes, I’ll be ready for it all over again.

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A collection of my stories that have appeared on the El Camino Union website

  1. This is the first article I ever wrote for the Union, and one I am most proud of. It appeared front page above the fold.
  2. This was article was part of a three-part series on college students and STDS. 
  3. When Adria Richards was fired in March for speaking out against sexually inappropriate conduct by her male peers at a tech conference, I wrote the above opinion piece on it. I also wrote a column about rape culture, which appeared in the print version of the paper, and I can provide a clip if requested. 
  4. This story was part of the STD series that was done for both the paper and the Union online. 
  5. This is an opinion piece regarding the proposed law to increase the background checks required for purchasing firearms. 
  6. Matt Ebiner is a geography professor at El Camino College as well as a marathon runner. He ran in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon and was the top male finisher in his age category. 
  7. When EC decided to renew Tom Fallo’s contract and give him more money, many in the college community disagreed with the decision. This article was an attempt to shed some light on why the decision was made to keep him. 

  8. This opinion piece is part of a weekly column featured in the print version of the paper called “Up For Debate.” In it, I tackle the “no” position when asked whether or not students are properly informed on politics that affect them as students at EC. 

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it’s funny, even if it’s only funny to me

I just wrote a column about the miscommunications that occur between me and my man friend. I think it is hilarious, but when he reads it, he will probably be annoyed. He will be annoyed even though I have stated all the things I say in the column to him face to face. He has heard all of this before, but he will still be annoyed, further proving my point that men don’t pay attention to the details.

I’ve said this to you before, honey.

The secret history of Kobe Bryant’s failed attempt at a rap career – Grantland

For three weeks during the summer of 1998, Kobe Bryant lived in the New Jersey mansion of hip-hop record executive Steve Stoute. Bryant was there to try on the role of rap star, but since he was also training to be the next Michael Jordan, basketball consumed most of his time. Every morning, he’d drive to nearby Ramapo College and shoot 2,000 jump shots. Sometimes, Stoute would shuttle in streetball players from New York to help Bryant brush up on his defense. By sundown every day, though, he was tasked with absorbing “the lifestyle,” a kind of initiation into the late-’90s world of rap royalty.

via The secret history of Kobe Bryant’s failed attempt at a rap career – Grantland.

I’m linking to this because it is a great example of a feature done right.

this is how the newsroom works…

I had my entire page all laid out, and then my editor-in-chief remembered that one of the editorials on my page needed to be dropped. I’m now sitting here coming up with a new 700 word editorial on texting and driving. This is how the news cycle works. Stories get dropped and their corresponding editorials with them, creating the opportunity for me to flex my impromptu writing skills muscle.

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 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.

affirmation that my writing has meaning

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.