Posts from the ‘journalism school’ category

Something to Reconsider

I constantly think about how to create unity between everyone instead of using the typical tactics that create divides instead. And all I can think about is fall 2015, sitting in a 300+ lecture on how to approach inequality and bias and add more diversity to the conversation.

Context.

There is a huge lack of it. Context is the backstory, the information that doesn’t quite make it to the news reels and front pages because it’s already been said. But as journalists, it’s also our responsibility to keep reminding those who are watching what the big deal is.

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Be the Change You Want to Sea

Do you know what ocean acidification is? I didn’t.

Tonight, I attended a lecture by National Geographic environmental writer, Craig Welch. Welch wrote “Sea Change,” a Seattle Times story about ocean acidification that drastically affects marine life and communities from Southeast Asia to the Pacific Northwest. I learned that people react to ocean acidification, which is elevated levels of carbon dioxide in the ocean, more than they do to climate change, which is the same thing but in the atmosphere.

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Love INC Reflection

How do you write about poverty?

How do you write about addiction?

It’s not easy.

When I met Latashia, she wasn’t ready to interview. She just came home from Alabama, a place that held not-so-happy memories for her, after visiting a sick grandmother. For the past seven years, Columbia has been her safe haven. Revisiting the physical location of her past shook her present world, and she wasn’t ready to tell her story when I first came to speak to her.

That was fine. I’ll be patient.

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Vent

Caution: Rant ahead.

After a bout of procrastination, I am attempting to get out of it by writing something I don’t have to write. I don’t know if you realize how refreshing it is to get it all out on paper, er, computer screen (unless you’re a writer and you know what I’m saying).

This semester is probably my hardest one yet. On top of my internship for the town paper, I am an editor for another class. In another class, it is writing intensive. So for nine credits out of the 17 I am enrolled in, I am just writing. Except I’m really not just writing, because that’s the easy part.

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of course I find a way to include my cats on here

When I was in high school, I made the executive decision to take digital photography both semesters my sophomore year. I’m not necessarily the best picture-taker out there, but I kind of know my shit when it comes to photography.

I learned all the essentials – rule-of-thirds, micro, proper lighting, depth of field, even how to use Photoshop. It was also pretty cool having this free pass at the end of the school day to run amok and take pictures.

Now, in high school, we weren’t as privileged as the J-school and they had us use basic digital cameras or our own, if we had one. We learned where all the settings were and which ISO to capture the photo on. Needless to say, my first experience manually taking photos with the Nikon D7000 was irritating, especially when I knew I had a good shot. It was just difficult to capture it.

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