Wednesday, December 5, 2007

USFtv First Semester 2007

My responsibilities for USFtv this semester were:
Sports Producer/Director- I coordinated all of the games and interviews that our crew went to. I also did camera throughout the year, edited, wrote and hosted the show.
I'm trying to get more people involved but I am having some difficulty

I was also the station's Cablecast and Web Coordinator- I created the station's Youtube page, and I export, compress, and upload all the videos that go online.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Alumni Journalism Panel

It’s a small world after all; at least when it comes to the field of media and journalism.
USF alumni Jennifer Jolley exemplified this when she and seven other alumni came to speak and share their experiences with appreciative students.
Jolley, the senior member of the group, did not seem surprised when she knew the names of the younger journalists’ mentors.
This seemed to be the emphasis of the entire panel: networking and experience.
The panel as a whole seemed to agree that the most important thing for any of the young journalism students was to get an internship.
Vicky Nguyen, correspondent for NBC11, simply said to the students three consecutive times “get an internship.”
Toan Lam, who knows something about internships completing five during his time at USF, said students should learn everything they can and getting an internship is the best way to do it.
He also said that at the very least, if you get an internship you can figure out what you do and don’t want to do.
Kent German, CNET cell phone editor, told students “definitely do what you want.” He said students have time during college that is beneficial for doing just that.
The panelists all said that as a journalist, unless you enjoy what you are doing there is no way you can live being a journalist.
The audience, which consisted of mostly students, and numbered to about 60 total, was allowed to ask questions of the panel after they all said what they believed was important in the career of journalism.
The panel was asked bluntly to state how much money they make by Foghorn stringer and journalism student Elyse Martin.
Although they seemed a bit taken aback, a couple said they were expecting it, and said that this is not a business you get into if you are looking for money.
Tiffany Maleshefski, a technical writer and contributor to among other things, told a story saying the moral was that you live and work for the experience, not for the money.
At the end of the discussion, sure enough, one could see the panelists exchanging contact information; networking is a job that never stops, and as long as journalists network with each other, the world will just keep getting smaller.

Monday, October 15, 2007

"War" Interview- Christa Brown

In a pro-war republican town with the most churches per capita than any other city in the United States, USF Sophomore Christa Brown is a Unitarian democrat who questions why America is in Iraq.

Brown lives Lynden, a small town in the Northwest part of Washington with a population of around 10,000, which Christa says 90% of whom are republican.

She went to Lynden high school, where during the 2004 presidential election the school had a mock-vote asking students who they would vote for if they could vote; out of 200 students, 199 said they would vote for George W. Bush, Christa Brown said she was the one out of that 200 that would have voted for John Kerry.

Brown said that Lynden is the by far the most republican town in Northwest Washington. It is very nationalistic, and patriotic.

After 9/11, Christa said that the entire town rallied behind George Bush, and much of the population was defensive and ready to attack.

This led the town to increase the amount of military recruiters at her school and all over the city; she got a call on her 18th birthday from a recruiter to see if she wanted to enlist.

Christa has two friends that are overseas.

They are both two or three years older than her, but one is in Iraq, and the other was deployed to Afghanistan.

When asked if she would ever serve in the military, Christa hesitated and said she would never make the same choice, but she is able to understand the personal circumstances that allow for such a decision.

“One of my friends was home schooled,” said Brown, “He ended up joining the Army to do stuff with his life.” She says that he told her that he now feels like he has a purpose.

That purpose is one that Christa disagrees with.

She does not believe in the war in Iraq, and disagrees with the fact that many of her peers in Lynden think that we have a moral obligation to be there.

Brown was visibly upset when she talked about the number of casualties involved in the war, especially the Iraqi fatalities, which outnumber American deaths by over 650,000 since 2003, according to a team of American and Iraqi epidemiologists and CNN.

Brown asks “What are we doing?” and “Where is the war going?” She says that she thinks America has absolutely no plan.

In Lynden, these questions are taboo. If someone questions the government’s actions they are questioned.

This is why Christa says she’s delighted to be in San Francisco. When she came to the city, she said she was shocked because there were a lot of people like her, so she felt like she didn’t look or seem “crazy”.

Brown has attended war protests, but among other things she also has gone to Bay Area Darfur Coalition rallies and protests, and SFWAR(San Francisco Women Against Rape) events.

She says that she wants to be able to make a difference in this world, and if that means taking issues to her school, to San Francisco, or even back to Lynden, she’ll do just that.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Second Blog of the year-Britney

This is simply ridiculous
I am sick and tired of hearing about her, and even though she deserves to lose everything, I don't realize why journalists and citizens are concerned.
If there's no press, no one will know and no one will care.
If journalists continue to cover things like this and other stupid celebrity incidents than isn't it only making our society lose intelligence?
This one's for Elyse, I hope it elicits a response

First Blog of the Year

Ive never blogged before, so it's I find it interesting that whatever I put here can possibly be read by everybody.
The blog is a pretty cool thing; in class I know we were talking about the fact that censorship is not a big deal, if you write something controversial about about anything, all you need to do is put a link next to what you write about, and let the audience be their own judge.