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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!

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.

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?

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?

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