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What’s in a name?

My name is Monique Judge.

My mother said she was going to name me Tiffany Janine. I don’t think Tiffany is a bad name; my best friend is a Tiffanny, and she is one of the most awesome people I know, so if we ended up having homophonic names, that probably would have made us cooler as friends. People could refer to us as the Tiffannies, and we’d be these awesome superheroes with fabulous wardrobes and lots and lots of purses.

Alas, my mother instead played ghetto bingo and picked my name out of a bag that her coworkers had put suggestions in. All throughout elementary school, I was one of two girls named Monique in my class. Annoying.

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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.

Letter To A Young Journalist | Gangrey.com

When I was starting out, my editor often told me what the story was about before I ever went out to report it — so I tried to tailor my questions and observations and even the writing to what I thought the editor wanted. But the story you set out to get isn’t always the story that’s really there, or the best way to tell it, or even a true reflection of whatever reality you’re trying to capture.

from Letter To A Young Journalist | Gangrey.com, via Jim Romenesko

 

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.

in medias res

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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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