Sunday, December 5, 2010

Thank you, God!


More than a headline; simple, yet effective.

If there is one thing I can be thankful for this holiday season is work. I've complained about it, talked about it, wrote about it(as I'm doing now) and at times embraced it. The latter is true today, with 9.8 percent of Florida unemployed, I am blessed to have been involved so much in journalism in just one and a half years of work really.

In the last month alone, I've had three print Miami Herald bylines(or 4, I'm not sure about the other one), signed on as a Miami Heat Examiner and a freelancer for the Broward/Palm Beach New Times and just for good measure, completed eight Sports spreads on my school's Yearbook staff.

I am ever so thankful for my first college acceptance on Friday, to Florida International University. Lastly, I am thankful for free-time (or else I wouldn't be writing this).

So yeah, that's basically it, I am thankful for everything I've been blessed with. If I don't write another blog post before the holidays, everyone who is reading, Happy Holidays!

I'll continue to post my stories on Facebook/Twitter, so keep on reading!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Unstoppable


Like the latest Denzel Washington film, my life can be summed up as unstoppable.

In the last week alone, I started freelancing for two other publications, a blessing indeed. Before you wonder if I'm crazy for freelancing for an X number (5) of publications along with school and other extracurriculars, it is called freelancing for a reason, as in the assignments I do are up to me.

Still though, I'm back to controllable busy with college applications long and gone. There is plenty to do and enough time to it, fortunately, whether its sports spreads in Yearbook or writing a story in Newspaper. My writing still needs work(for those who are reading this as the grammar police I know), which is why I continue to write everyday.

I'm young, energetic and always ready for the next challenge. Although, I don't plan on encountering a speeding train anytime soon. (By the way, another excellent Washington film.)

Stay tuned!


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Picture Perfect


I have a finally reached a major journalism milestone, my first print Miami Herald byline!

After driving to a Walgreens in Broward County to retrieve the story, I was happy to see my story in the Broward County Neighbors section. (It can be read here.)

In other news, I covered the first ever Adrenalina Skateboard Event at the Village at Gulfstream on Saturday morning. I figured since I was not taking my SAT subject tests until Dec. that I'd get to sleep in on the Nov. test date, but I ended up waking up earlier than those who took the SAT on that day.

That's definitely the life of a journalist. I just finished writing that story and now it's back to school work.

Of course, as things get easier I try to make the more challenging, so do not be surprised if you see another print byline for another publication in the works.

Stay tuned!


Sunday, October 24, 2010

On the horizon: sleep, college acceptance and sleep!


This is my 2nd blog post this month, damn I'm busy.

My weekends are booked, I wake up early almost every day and school is brimming with Yearbook and Newspaper commitments. That's been my life since the end of last summer though, and yes I still love it.

All the time I get the phrase "Anthony, you found your career path," but sticking to it is another matter. I've been up late writing stories, getting facts right and reporting because that's what a good journalist does. If I know I'm not submitting quality work, I'll hold off until I am 100% sure what I'm putting out there is publishable.

Like the title to this post, I hope to be getting college acceptance letters soon. The application process sure was rigorous, but it ends this week for the most part. Oh, and sleep!

Sleep is wonderful. I never get enough though. Whether it's sleeping in the car on the way to covering a event for Teenlink or sleeping on the way to the Doctor's office(2 things I had to do this month), sleep comes in certain time fragments, more often that not still leaving me feeling unsatisfied.

Either way, to cliche it up, I do "see at the light at the end of the tunnel," but I'll always be busy, I can't see myself taking a real "break," heck I more work last summer than during school!

Oh right, my birthday is also this week, the big 18, I still don't know what I want to do, I guess I'll find out soon enough.

Until then, stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Chilean Miners


Chile's freedom is also red, white and blue.

I'm going to try to keep this particular blog post to be about as little of my life as possible. Why? I'm just not that important today, or any day for that matter. There are higher powers when you look at the things from a broader viewpoint that really make you think and put things in perspective.

Today, after 69 days, all 33 Chilean miners were rescued. As I sat in a Cuban restaurant this evening, I watched CNN en espanol, which I have to say, even though I only speak English, really captures the emotion unlike anything else.

It is great reading a story like this with all the news lately. If it's not someone getting killed, fired, arrested, or any of the in-betweens, most news(yes I will admit this as a journalist) is negative. This type of story lifts up the heart and makes you stop and think about your own life.

To sidetrack a little bit, I'm still busy with senior activities, but I would never miss something like this. Perhaps the best thing I read in a while, the Chilean President, Sebastian Pinera, said the following quote(which I'll end with).

"Your shift is over, Mr. Urzua."

^Now that's something.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bring it on: All or nothing


Like the popular teen movie, with tomorrow being the first of October, it is time to kick in into high gear as college applications are almost due.

New changes are gradually taking place with all things journalism related as well. After a rainy week, I am heading into next month full of optimism. The Multimedia Club is close to production and working for newspapers is a nice reward when your work is shown for everyone to see.

Next week is also a huge sports week, and yes I am writing this after reading Greg Cote's Miami Herald Sports Blog. Monday is Dolphins vs. Patriots followed by Heat vs. Pistons on Tuesday. Yes, Miami Thrice versus a bunch of aging players. The week rounds out with Miami vs. Florida State, quite a treat indeed.

Of course, college hits me again with the SAT on the 9th, but I'll be ready.

Most of this upcoming weekend will be spent reading for AP English, but John Updike's "Terrorist" is a nice read so far. Movie wise, I originally shot down "The Social Network," which is entertaining I will admit, but certainly is not the best movie of the year.

I'll try not to wait 10 days for another blog post, stay tuned!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Off to the races


A great way to start the week.

Well technically, the week started yesterday, so with that I'll start off by saying what a great win by the Miami Dolphins. The defense was absolutely outstanding, the offense needs work but Revis Island is out two weeks, so that's a nice break for Miami.

Today was the first Multimedia Club meeting, the turnout was great, a small, close-knit group of students that I'm looking forward to working with. There are quite a few TV Production students but they're on top of their game and I'm looking forward to everyone combining their skills into creating "The Storm."

I had another byline in the Miami Herald Aventura section this past Friday, honestly, I don't know where I have to time to do all this writing. I will be covering "The Social Network" tomorrow as the weekly movie screening is something I can get used to. In the past I used to get those free movie screenings online, but I'm moving up in the world.

I am still working on other things as well this week, a couple of in-depth stories will have some updates soon, so I am looking forward to the turnout on those stories. College applications are time consuming, lengthy and worry-some at times, but I believe it is important to never doubt yourself.

With that, I'm off to the races again. I have a Physics conclusion, AP English summary and a couple briefs to write, but they're all writing so you get the idea of how that will go.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Three and out


Like the sports reference above, I will make this post quick.

I've been so busy with stories, clubs, assignments, what have you the last six days that while I'm writing this I'm still thinking about what I have to do after. My Multimedia Club starts next week so I must prep for that interest meeting, oh and I also have college recommendations, 2 websites, 2 other assignments, and several stories to write.

I am working on a couple sports related functions as well, I have to say that after I graduate from high school, I will leave quite a mark. Even as things get more busy and hectic, I still find time to screen movies, as I saw "Easy A" last night, which will make the cover of Teenlink tomorrow.

I still find time to hang out on the weekends, and I'm coming along well with my college apps. I guess it is the sleep deprivation of a journalist that adds to stress, but like journalism as a whole, it is the type of stress I want to have, all the time.



Thursday, September 9, 2010

New seasons will be tested


Football is back and so is writing stories.

After about a week or so of waiting for sources, I finally got through on many things this week. I have an interview scheduled for tomorrow and only about 2 more stories to write before I can start the process all over again.

Mr. J12 and the Hurricanes will be tested in Columbus on Saturday, as I will be tested on the ACT. Let's hope both individuals do well, preferably to avenge that pass interference call that still gives me nightmares(this game and Game 7 of the 2005 NBA East Finals) during the 2002 Fiesta Bowl.

I also started Photography and Journalism classes at MOCA this week as it looks to be an exciting way to strengthen my writing and photography. Other than that, I am still working on College Apps, community service and my multimedia club.

Stay tuned!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

A labor-less weekend (sort of)


When I wasn't working on college applications or studying for the September 11th ACT and October 9th SAT, my weekend was pretty labor-less.

I don't consider writing stories as work, since it is my passion, but how I wrote the essays were quite Ellinsonian (for those that have Mr. Kelly, they'll understand), as I wrote them in seemingly a stream of consciousness.

Anyway, there isn't much else to report. Sources have still not gotten back to me on developing stories but I hope get that done this week, especially with a light week. I was published in Teen-link print this week, something I didn't know about until someone told me. I guess when you're working so hard you forget to see what you've accomplished.

Since everything is online these days, I forget to check print, but it's a good thing all the college apps are online because print is so print. I must be too accustomed to the digital, high-tech on your phone type news.

Anyway, ironically I expect to be doing some Labor on Labor Day tomorrow, but I'll definitely get a chance to sleep-in, a rare luxury as a journalist.

Stay tuned!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The fall season of firsts


My first credit card. My first bank account. My first car. My first experience at paying for car insurance. Well, let's scratch that last one.

As summer finally came to an end, it is now the fall season. Between working on college applications or writing stories, there is alot to do. If anything, this Labor Day Weekend will be semi-enjoyable, I hope to finish at least two college essay's and also play some basketball.

School has been busy so far and it won't get any easier, although I am excited for the start of my Multimedia Club, which seems to be generating excitement on its own. I have already been approached about it, out of nowhere it seems and that's a good sign.

News seems to be at it's peak season, my heart goes out to those Chilean miners, I hope the situation doesn't turn into "The Lord of the Flies," though. Hurricanes are another issue. Do you know that 95 percent of all hurricanes occur between September 1st and September 25th? That's crazy.

My 18th birthday is also next month, which I seemingly have to remind myself to remember with how busy I've been. I will be "Going the Distance" to close out the year though, and no I'm not trying to get you to read my Teenlink review on it(well maybe I am), but I will accomplish all the goals I have set out for myself this year.

Anyway, it will be a busy couple months, but I will get it all done.


Monday, August 30, 2010

Breaking News Journalism: My Favorite


To elaborate on what I discussed yesterday, the Aventura Mall incident is apparently a big thing over at The Miami Herald.

I got the print contribution in the Local & State section of the paper, and the Herald also had another piece on security concerns being planned this week. You can read that article here.

On Sunday, to finish up my weekend, I did some more journalism, which shouldn't be a surprise.

I spent most of the afternoon gathering information for the print story of the Aventura Mall scene. I have to say that most people I talked to were rude, but with that kind of news I should expect nothing less.

I am working on a couple of other stories involving all the circulating news. From the mosque in New York to Facebook places, it is definitely a busy news season. Things like what happened in Aventura this weekend rarely happens, if ever.

If anything, hopefully some good will come of that situation. Stay tuned, I have plenty to news to report on in the future.

"Better days are going to get better."

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Breaking News, Stories, Teenlink and More!

What a busy weekend.

Starting at 10am on Saturday, I made my way over to the NSU Campus in Davie for the Teenlink Reorientation(new word I learned) meeting. I finally got my Teenlink shirt! The meeting also included some refreshments and everything was informative and well thought out.

I am still the only Miami-Dade County student who works for Teenlink, something that I am proud of.

Saturday night proved to be much more exciting, using Social Media to help contribute to a fight that broke out at Aventura Mall. That story can be read here and updated here.

I have to say covering breaking news is my favorite thing in journalism, so far. I still have plenty to learn and experience so that may change later on.

I am working on a couple stories leading into next week, things sure have been busy recently. Looking forward to Labor Day weekend, although I'll probably end up doing Labor on those days anyway!

Well, it is back to school work this week, much less exciting than journalism but it has to be done nonetheless.

Stay tuned!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

"I've known it all my life..I made it." Week 1 of School and more


School started this week. A pretty dull first sentence I know.

I have to say being a senior in high school is great, I have a light schedule with my hardest class being my strongest subject(AP English). I love the ability to just be comfortable in a familiar environment. I am getting sick of certain trends though, but you can't have it all.

As for journalism, you didn't expect me to stop, did you?

Another weekend beat with the Herald was published today. I nailed a job interview on Tuesday, so I officially can't do any more journalism related activities unless I want to "burnout," which I don't think I will ever reach but you never know.

As for the multimedia club, that was approved officially today. Between taking pictures, preparing interview questions, and scheduling interviews, I have to say getting permission to take a photo is the most time consuming thing. If you're writing a story that promotes a business, why wouldn't you want the picture taken? That is beyond me.

Anyway, tomorrow is finally Friday, looking forward to the weekend and more so Labor Day weekend next week. Click the two highlighted words in this sentence to read some more recent work from me.

Stay tuned!

"I used to dream about, the life I'm living now, I know that there's no doubt, I made it, I made it.." Kevin Rudolf.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

And...it begins.(School, More Work, New Goals)


Senior year of high school...applying for colleges...working for newspapers...starting a multimedia club.

This will be a busy nine months for me, but I am ready. I was talking to a colleague of mine today, Steve Johnson, and he recommended a Nikon D3100, an all-in-one DSLR that does audio, video, and of course photo. For $700, it is costly, but a necessary investment into becoming a complete journalist.

I hope to start off producing a few community pieces, but as I grow as a journalist and get better with video editing(Hopefully with a Mac!), I will look to expand into producing more in-depth multimedia pieces.

Not only do I have that covered, but I also have a multimedia club I am starting within my school, that integrates all aspects of communication.

Things sure are getting busier, most of my next week is planned.

Tuesday- Job Interview
Wednesday- Movie Screening to review
Saturday- Teenlink Orientation

My planned fall season is certainly busy, but as you expected, I love every minute of it.


Friday, August 20, 2010

Twitter and more work!


Well as the final weekend of summer is upon us, I have had quite a ride wild during these last few months.

After a lengthy meeting with my Herald editor on Friday, I still have more work to do and I love every minute of it.

I just started a Twitter about...20 minutes ago as well. I like it so far and I know it will help me grow and gain even more exposure as a journalist.

I am currently working on finishing The Invisible Man for AP English and on a couple stories for various publications.

So follow me on Twitter @Anthony_Cave and stay tuned!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Summer seems like it's been 'Gone In 60 Seconds'


With less than a week left, summer is reaching it's end.

I've had experiences I will never forget, and met many great people. The highlights include the Lebron James announcement at Montage 2010 and the many late nights spent doing stories for newspapers.

Tonight is no exception after covering the Gatorade Free Flow Tour at the Miami Skate Park in Doral today for Teenlink South Florida.

My story is due tomorrow afternoon and I also have another story to write for my current job at Crusty Europe in Aventura. I love it though and by "it" I mean the whole journalism experience.

I could write stories all night if I wanted to and I love to take on numerous assignments at once, it is just more satisfaction when I get it all done ahead of schedule.

Of course, I couldn't have gotten here without the help of others. From professionals to friends, I owe it all to them for all the journalism skills I've learned. I am truly grateful to everyone, first and foremost the one above.

My third story with The Miami Herald will be published tomorrow and I am working on a couple other assignments as well.

Looking forward to the last week to summer, I still have plenty to do and I love every minute of it.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Working hard and hardly doing anything else!

Between reading The Invisible Man and working on four(that's right, four!) stories for publications, free time is few and far between.

When school begins in a little under two weeks, it'll be more of the same. Editors on newspaper and yearbook as well as working on a couple of other projects both in and outside of school. Since the last few weeks of school in June I've been kicking into overdrive anyway, so I don't plan on slowing down anytime soon.

Anyway, here is another byline of mine, a review on "The Other Guys" for Teenlink South Florida.

I have much more to learn and much more to share as well. I learn so much on a daily basis that I need to teach others.

Stay tuned for the in-depth stories I am working on.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Work, Work, Work!

After many long emails and asking more than a handful of interview questions to everyone from FMX riders to Miami-Dade officials, the work continues.

I made progress today on plans to start a Multimedia Club within my school, something I am looking forward to when school begins. The multimedia aspect of journalism has hit me full throttle, and I want to teach others how to become involved in this ever-changing industry.

I am also working on three stories at the moment, one is never enough for me. I feel the rush of journalism when it's 10pm and I have 3 stories and a set of questions to write, that's when I know where I want to be. The satisfaction of finishing something at a undisclosed morning hour is a great feeling.

Anyway, it will be more of the same tomorrow, but I can sense I am getting stronger with certain skills.


Thursday, August 5, 2010

The wonderful world of bylines!


I've been just as busy as I was when this summer began and this week has marked some major accomplishments for me.

I started working for Crusty Europe, which sponsors all the top FMX riders around the world. My first day of work was on Wednesday, as I interviewed Robbie Maddison(yes the New Years Eve guy pictured to the right). It was a great experience talking to him and I am currently working on writing his story for http://www.crustyeurope.com

I got my first byline on that website on Wednesday but I'm looking forward to the readers I get on the story with Robbie.

Backtracking to Monday, I got my first Miami Herald story published! If that's not enough, my 2nd Miami Herald story just got published yesterday and I am working on a 3rd as we speak. The link to the story is here.

Anyway, as the summer comes to a close I'd really just like to say thanks to people who have been following my work. The rate I'm going at I will have a byline everyday this week, as my "The Other Guys" movie review is going up online either today or tomorrow(movie was excellent by the way).

I also took a small break and watched "Brooklyn's Finest," which was surprisingly good. It is back to work tomorrow then a Montage Reunion BBQ on Saturday.

Stay tuned!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Vacation is all I ever needed!

I finally took a vacation!

That is the reasoning behind me not posting anything for over a week. To recap, the UM Luncheon was a little sad, but there is a reunion BBQ this Saturday that I am attending. I wasn't happy that I missed two other Montage related parties on Friday and Saturday, but this upcoming Saturday I will definitely be there.

My cruise on the Celebrity Solstice was a great experience, the ship is so modern and definitely appeals to everyone from ages 6 to 66. The food was stellar minus a few mishaps in the Thai department.

Tomorrow starts my busy work week..again. I love going nonstop as a journalist as I have a 10am meeting to start a 6 week internship with a international sports company followed by a 4pm meeting at the Miami Herald. Tuesday is more of the same, as I will be writing a review on "The Other Guys."

My journalism summer continues, so stay tuned!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Interview with Father Reginald Jean-Mary from the Notre Dame D'Haiti Cat...

One of the best things about being a journalist, it having your work come alive, literally. Streamed for you below is a video I did out in Little Haiti of Father Reginald Jean-Mary from the Notre Dame D'Haiti Catholic church. I don't do many multimedia packages so please comment or let me know your thoughts!

Day 18 at the UM Summer Journalism Workshop and a Day 19 Preview

Video editing and the Herald.

Day 18 of my UM Journalism High School Workshop was another typical long day, but it ended up being the longest of the workshop.

Getting up at 7am for the 19th straight day is never fun, but like I told a friend on Facebook, I'd do it everyday.

At the Miami Herald, we took a tour of the newspaper distribution process and plating, which was great to see. The newsroom was typical, but the afternoon news meeting was very informative. It was great knowing what was going to be on the front cover of today's paper without having to guess.

Lunch was better than Chartwells and the guest speakers were very helpful. Dan Grech, the WLRN guy at the Herald, has somewhat sparked my interest in telling a story through the media of radio.

When we got back from the Herald, it was back to the Mac labs to finish editing videos. I was there until 1:30am, which must be some sort of Miami Montage record. It was nothing new for me, I love kicking things into overdrive when it involves journalism.

As the last full day of the workshop progresses, emotions will fly into the morning and the concluding luncheon tomorrow. This experience has been amazing, and my journalism summer still continues thereafter.

After tomorrow's luncheon, July 25th-August 1st will be spent on a one week cruise, a slight rest. After that is a six week internship, and a possible job with a community newspaper among other things.

I'll get into that later on though, stay tuned.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Day 15 and 16 at the UM Journalism Workshop and a Day 17 Preview

Producing multimedia packages are easier said than done.

When I watched Steve Johnson at FSPA a few months ago, I thought doing a multimedia package would be easy, but that's not the case. Even though the work load on video editing is tedious at times, I love producing multimedia.

The future of journalism relies on multimedia and that's what I did for most of day 15 at the UM Journalism Workshop.

Day 16 was spent at the Sun-Sentinel office in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale. While the building looked very modern, the newsroom was a classic 1950s type environment with little cubicles and short, stubby computers and keyboards.

My youth editor from Teenlink South Florida spoke to us as well. It is nice having a connection before going to a place.

That will be the case tomorrow as we are visiting The Miami Herald. They are ordering lunch for us, which will be pretty cool to see how journalists eat, which is definitely not at Chartwells(UM's dining hall, pictured to the right), which has been the butt of jokes for the last few days here at UM.

Today will be spent strictly video editing. I will also be taking a small visit to do some B-roll at a store in the mall. It will be nice to pay a rare visit to where I live, which I don't see the likes of until August.

My journalism summer continues and I love it!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Day 14/15 preview at the UM Journalism Workshop: Inception!

When the first social activity takes place in the workshop, anything can be going wrong and it still ends up being amazing.

Everything was running on all cylinders though as Day 14 progressed. Waking up at 7am, I spent about an hour in El Portal photographing Nadege Charles as the art for my story on her. Most of the pages are laid out, which is nice to know, because that could mean more free time, which is always nice.

I learned alot from FIU professor Dr. Fred Blevens about headlines. I thought headlines were a simple, five minute thing, but that wasn't the case at all. I finished laying out my assigned page and I am looking forward to doing another when we proof pages today.

I love it here at UM, the campus, the food(it's not as bad as everyone says it is), and just the overall surroundings.


Friday, July 16, 2010

Day 13 at the UM Summer Journalism Workshop: WSVN-7 Studios!

Awesome.

After breakfast a bus left at 9am to drive us to North Bay Village, home of WSVN-Channel 7 Studios.

I got to sit in the control room during a live broadcast, which was incredible. Seeing how fast people responded when a segment lasted too long and to count down seconds before each segment was amazing to watch. I took pictures on the "Deco Drive" set and watched the anchors talk live from just a few feet away.

I shook hands with James Ansin, one of the founders of the workshop and listened to people, from advertising to Public Relations, within Channel 7. Television isn't really my thing, but it's great to see that writing is the core for all aspects of communications.

I love to write but I am now leaning towards majoring in multimedia journalism, it combines my love of writing with my skills in multimedia, which is sure to help me more down the line rather than limiting myself to writing.

I will be taking photos in the Miami Herald office tomorrow, I know some people there, but I want to know everyone, and very soon.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Day 11 at the UM Journalism Workshop and Day 12 Plans

Getting up early and declining invitations to Rapids Water Park, two months ago, I would have laughed at that.

Someone up above must be laughing now though, as my journalism career is in full force. This whole summer has been dedicated to journalism, from photography to web design. I've written many stories, started this blog which you're reading(hopefully), and I worked on designing a college web site for the 4th largest school district in the United States(Miami-Dade County, I want to say Wade County but that wouldn't be "professional.")

I spent yesterday in North Miami Beach, I was somewhat in my roots, just a few minutes away from home. I photographed two Haitians who lost loved ones in the earthquake and almost got a second video story as Haitian truck drivers took a lunch break in the background of the interview.

Picture day was today, I was a little overdressed in a suit, but I like to do things right, which means doing it completely. Years from now when someone asks, "Who's that kid in a suit?" someone will reply, "That's Anthony Cave, he works for the (Insert top newspaper here)." Later today, I will be filming in Cutler Bay, a city I don't frequent often so I will be looking forward to that.

Time has flied(I don't like the cliche either, but it's there) with only nine days left here at UM. I will continue to give my all, and nothing less.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Days 9 and 10 at UM Journalism Workshop, and a World Cup Recap

Hitting the home stretch.

The last two days at the University of Miami's Journalism Workshop have been really good. I played around with some different forms of media yesterday and I adapted to it fairly quickly. The different parts of a camera are quite easy to pick up on, as I learned how to set up a tripod and shoot freehand. I am working on pitching a second story idea to my editor, which relates to the documentary Soledad O'Brian did on Haiti called "Rescued."

It really is something else when interviewing sources and having them describe their experiences in Haiti. Your human side tends to conflict with your journalism side, which is something all journalists must learn to balance in tough situations. Food has still be good. They finally switched up the choice today with meatballs instead of chicken, you can't go wrong with free.

Friday will be spent at WSVN studios in North Bay Village. I am really looking forward to that as well as the photography assignments I have on Wednesday and Thursday. I don't really have experience with broadcasting but I may end up liking it, journalism at first wasn't the best thing in the world, but now it is.

The future looks bright, I love the core writing and the ability to create multimedia packages. It's like a modifying word, it just makes everything better.

*World Cup*
Spain 1, Netherlands 0:
Excellent final, Spain's ball possession and articulate passing proved the difference over the Dutch. They really look poised to make a run in Brazil in 2014, the new logo looks really nice by the way(posted above). Brazil is the host country and should win, but then again alot of teams can make a run for the finish.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Day 8 UM Journalism Workshop

Grind it out mode, all day.

I started by waking up at 7:30 as I ate breakfast before heading off to North Miami. I attended mass at Notre Dame D' Haiti in Little Haiti and talked to churchgoers before an interview with Father Reginald Jean-Mary. It was a wonderful experience, as everyone question I asked him was on the spot, nothing was planned.

Food always takes a hit on the weekend, so I will just say it was halfway decent, usually it is very good during the week.

After a nice Thai lunch, the World Cup was on. I am happy Spain won, as they were my original Cup favorites.

Looking forward to working on other aspects of journalism starting tomorrow as well as getting stronger as a journalist by reading and writing everyday.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Days 6 and 7 at UM Summer Journalism Workshop

Got a lot done.

I completed 3 stories, and I am hoping to get another one to write tomorrow. UM is wonderful, from the coastal breezes to everything looking so magnificent on the water.

I hope the food stays on point like it has been the past week, but Sunday the dining hall is closed.

Looking forward to covering Sunday mass tomorrow and what the next week brings with photo and video aspects to the workshop.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Days 4 and 5 at UM and Miami Thrice!!

Work, Work, Work. Done, Done, Done.

Today has been a complete working day, and I am still working as I write this. I am about 90% done with my first Miami Montage story. I was also assigned two stories for Outloud today, one of which I complete already while at UM.

I have another story due on Wednesday for another publication and yeah, things just keep going. Best news of the summer occurred at 9:27 PM last night, Miami Thrice!

This weekend will be a busy one, but I love the experiences I have endured here. I have already had five interviews over the phone, and I have over 13 sources. Being a complete journalist really does that passion, and I have that.

I am currently watching the Heat party at the AAA which started at 8. Lebroward, I'm in Miami Bosh, Wade County, Miami Thrice? I think the last one sounds the best.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Days 3 and 4 at the UM Journalism Workshop

Two stories, two deadlines, many things to do.

During the last two days of my UM Journalism Workshop have been spent getting stories assigned and doing loads of research. I also have another story to revise for a publication. I love the pressure though, I know I will get it done regardless especially with my work ethic.

The food the last two days have been great so it has been an upward slope and you can hold me to that. The food is of great variety and is full of flavor, I enjoy it.

Looking forward to see how the week progresses as I have to do some phone interviews tomorrow as first drafts are due soon.

I guess it is all about the "U," pun intended.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Day 2 at UM Journalism Workshop

Right on point.

The 2nd day of my UM Journalism Workshop was everything I expected and more. Waking up at a reasonable time(7am, it may seem terrible but when you're a journalist you'll understand) and eating good meals throughout the day.

The day consisted of 2 guest speakers which broadened my mind to which story ideas I want to focus on for Miami Montage. I established some connections and received positive feedback.

I was happy with my performance, I wasn't close to 100 percent yesterday, probably of combination of being sick(literally) and tired.

Tomorrow is a longer day but I'm up for anything. Journalism is my passion and I will continue to showcase that.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Day 1 at UM/MOCA Photojournalism Recap

Tired, annoying, demanding, but I loved it.

Day 1 at my University of Miami Journalism Workshop was intense. After I checked in, it was right off to the races as I was introduced to Professor Colon as well as the room advisers.

We spent most of the day brainstorming for the theme of the workshop, Haitian people in South Florida after the earthquake, I always enjoy brainstorming and having people like my ideas.

Lunch and dinner is an upward slope, I see it getting better tomorrow when the dining hall opens, but don't quote me on that.

The last day of the MOCA Photojournalism Institute was bittersweet as there was a party in the last hour. I thoroughly enjoyed that class and might take up(time permitting) the Journalism and Photo Fall Courses at MOCA on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Overall, a pretty solid start as I am looking forward to the week ahead.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Bylines!

http://www.southflorida.com/specialsection/teenlink/fl-tl-rev-eclipse-20100629,0,3587366.story

http://www.southflorida.com/specialsection/teenlink/fl-tl-rev-karatekid-20100625,0,7391906.story

http://www.outloud.com/2010/issue101/cyber.html


One of the best things about being a journalist is what is posted above, stories with my names on them!

Above is two of my published movie reviews, "The Karate Kid" and "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse." I also have a story on the Google vs. China battle, and many more to come as I continue to write everyday!

My photojournalism class at MOCA was wonderful today, took pictures along South Beach, even though the heat was unbearable. Keep looking out for more of my work, this is just the beginning!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Day 5 at UF Summer Journalism Institute

I've gotten very little sleep, but the last full day of this workshop was great.

I'm so sick of Gator Dining so there is no use explaining how the food was. After I finished my feature story in the writing session, I began walking across campus to find a news story, it ended up being a brief but minus some verb errors it was very well written.

I've now realized I'll need some serious equipment that is Mac related, so I'm hoping to get a Macbook soon among other things(Final Cut Pro, DSLR Camera, etc). I need to be a complete journalist, as soon as possible.

The only issue I have with my writing is not having it ordered. My AP Style is solid as well as my journalism fundamentals like the lede being 35 words or less and what have you. That is definitely something I'll need to work on to improve my aspiring career in journalism, as I believe writing is the core of journalism(for now at least).

Looking forward to getting back to Miami today, I have an editing workshop with Teenlink, MOCA Photojournalism class, and a online story due all on Friday.

On a sports note, what a win by the USA. FIFA really needs to evaluate their referees(Dempsey 1st half goal called back), but looking forward to the US playing Ghana on Saturday. Ghana is the last African nation in the World Cup, so the place will be crazy with those annoying Vuvuzelas.

My journalism summer continues after I get back at 11pm tonight, unfortunately, sleep doesn't accompany that.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Day 4 at the UF Summer Journalism Institute

Pretty awesome. Today was a great day.

Breakfast wasn't bad to start the day, and the class sessions were good as well, got some good input on a feature story I wrote.

Lunch wasn't bad, and the afternoon session featured the veteran Mike Foley, he really knew his stuff, but who wouldn't when working at the St. Pete Times for 30 years.

The Question and Answer session on colleges were great, now I have some insight on narrowing down which colleges I want to go to.

The evening featured a scavenger hunt, which is cool because after running across the UF campus, I won't have to walk to breakfast or the afternoon session tomorrow, taking the shuttle! Those walks seemed unbearable.

Tomorrow is the last full day, looking forward to closing out my trip and seeing what is else is on tap.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Day 3 at UF Summer Journalism Institute

Solid. Today went well during day 3 of the UF Summer Journalism Institute. The speakers were great and I established some key connections there, I have learned more this summer than my first two years of high school it seems.

Breakfast wasn't bad, lunch and dinner were surprisingly good as well. The only con was walking about 10 blocks in the rain to the Alligator news room which seems to be on the other side of town.

Looking forward to tomorrow, on the schedule is a campus tour, hopefully the weather clears up.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Day 2 at UF Summer Journalism Institute

Much much better, that's how today went during Day 2 of my Summer Journalism Institute at UF.

Starting the day by waking up at my own lesiurely pace is always a plus, I won't have that luxury for the next 4 days, so I savored it.

I woke up at 9am, showered, went downstairs and watched the first half of Italy vs New Zealand, I missed breakfast which was optional(who would want to walk a mile and get up at the ungodly hour of 7:15am is beyond me). The guest speaker spoke after lunch, got a couple key resources for my multimedia relations with journalism.

The writing workshop was quite engaging today as well, you can find out a lot by googling someone. The afternoon talk with the SJI talk was very "innovative" and I had a great time with that as well.

Overall, it was a pretty A- day. (food was sub-par, but I won't complain)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Journalism Summer: Moca Week 1 Recap/1st day at UF Institute

Interesting. That's how I would describe my experience this past week. I started the week by attending a Photojournalism class at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, which runs from 1-5pm until July 2nd.

The class is very insightful, I have learned a lot so far, and my instructor appreciates my leadership skills as I headed a business discussion towards the conclusion of the week. There was also an assignment to cover the World Cup, which was a nice sports-related point of view, to cover the Mexico vs France game at a local shop on 125th.(Touche to Mexico for winning by the way, France was a disappointment)

Flash forward to Gainesville today, got up at 4:45am, and spend 9 hours eating reststop food, and transferring Greyhound buses before finally making it to UF at 2:30 for the Summer Journalism Institute which runs until June 24th.

I'd have to say that so far, I'm a little disappointed. My first writing session was spent doing icebreakers, which I wouldn't mind if my parents weren't paying $500($651 w/bus) to learn some journalism, not breaking the ice. The food didn't excite me either, some generic roasted chicken, not worth $100 a day.

So to wrap it up, things have been interesting, but we will see how things progress on all aspects.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Iron Man 2 “Starks” the summer with a bang!

Tony Stark(Robert Downey Jr) and some new faces are back in this Blockbuster sequel from Marvel Comics. Starting off with the CEO of Stark Industries refusing to give over the Iron Man weapon, he faces the same techonology in his own backyard. Led by his leading lady, Pepper Potts(Gwenth Palthrow), he soon faces the Russian villian Vlad, who hopes to take down Stark. Although this sequel was heavy on run-time, it features impressive action scenes featuring Don Cheadle(General Bridges) and the foxy Scarlett Johansson who plays Pepper's assistant Natalie. Overall, this movie is the perfect start to the summer season, and stick around for the credits, it is not something you'll want to miss.

Runtime: 124 Minutes

My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Opens Friday, May 7th, 2010

Friday, April 30, 2010

FSPA 2010!

FSPA was a great experience this year and I hope to build on future successes in my senior year.

The quality of workshops were excellent and I met professionals who knew what they were doing as they provided valuable resources which I hope to carry over into my future career as a journalist.

The most influential professional I met was University of Florida student and ESPN photographer Stephen Johnson. He opened my eyes to journalism even more so with his "unique" style. While the dinner was sub-par at best, our newspaper took home the biggest awards.

I am looking forward to 2011 as I hope to bring even more success to our paper and better myself as a journalist.

Orlando 2011!