This is it. I’m finally graduating.

I waited so long for this time to come where I can say I accomplished so much in just three years of school here at Skyline. I’ve learned a lot about journalism, made good friends and strong connections with people, and applied for my AA degree in journalism.

I’m so excited to have reached this milestone in my life at only 20 years old too. I feel like I have grown a lot as a person and as a future journalist. There are so many things I have learned while being in the newsroom and in Nancy’s classes. I think my writing skills have improved more from being on the newspaper staff for three semesters, and my skill at editing videos and audio clips have progressed over the semester I was the multimedia reporter.

Learning new journalism skills and tools to improve my knowledge of the field in which I want to pursue a career has been a good experience. I really do enjoy writing articles on news and entertainment because it’s fun and you get to inform people on issues that are important to know. That’s what makes journalism fun. Also, the feeling of having my byline (name) on an article I wrote is very rewarding.

Reflecting on my years at Skyline, I feel like I got a good education and utilized the resources I had to the best of my ability. One thing I definitely learned is to reach out and ask for help if needed. As an adult, no one is going to be there to hold your hand. You have to have your own back, and do whatever it takes to get the help you need to succeed and to achieve your own goals.

As a journalism major, I learned that putting yourself out there is important. Communication is a major key to success in journalism (word to DJ Khaled). For most people, it takes a good amount of courage to reach out to professors or even just go up to students on campus for an interview. However, all the shyness goes away eventually and once you become accustomed to the routine of approaching strangers, everything gets easier from there. I’ll admit it was very awkward for me to do that when I was a staff writer, but after the first few times, it became normal to me.

Reflecting on my three semesters on The Skyline View staff, I’ve come to realize that journalism is very time-consuming from writing articles to working on putting the paper together. Although I never worked on the layout for the newspaper, I watched the other editors put in so much time on all of it. The late nights and dedication they put in to producing a paper for all students and even communities beyond Skyline were well worth it (they really should get paid for that though, but it’s just a thought).

Overall, I took some time to sit back and think about the choices I have made as far as school, my future career and life in general. I’m happy with where I have ended up, and I’m even more happy that I choice to become a part of The Skyline View newspaper staff. Now, it’s time for me to transfer and to start making bigger and better moves. I will definitely miss this amazing, yet crazy staff of super cool, dedicated individuals.

Good luck everyone, and good bye Skyline.

Katelyn Payne
TSV Social Media Editor

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From a writer to photographer and learning manual control

When I first joined The Skyline View, I hadn’t even considered becoming a photographer, or for that matter, being anything but a writer. But, as I quickly learned during my first semester, in this day and age journalists can’t afford to be a one trick pony anymore.

Media outlets want reporters who can write, edit video/audio, take photos, and more. They want reporters with different skills, reporters they can throw at different assignments with the knowledge that they can do whatever is required of them. Instagram? Twitter? YouTube? Live streaming? Vine? Soundcloud? Blog? Podcasts? Some people can do it all, and they’re the ones getting hired.

No longer is a reporter just a reporter. Rather, a reporter’s workload has increased with the additions of social media, video, and audio sites. And, depending on what platforms a media organization is on, editors may require a story, social media posts, and multimedia product. And the reporter may be required to do all of them when covering an event, if there aren’t enough reporters to cover it.

Anyway, my point in mentioning all of this is that I’m thankful for it. It has forced me to take my own photos when covering a story. I was forced to learn from each image I took, while also learning from each story that I wrote, and every mistake that I made. Then, I would take those mistakes and apply them to the next photos I took for the paper.

When I first started taking photos, I took them using my own digital camera before I started using the newsroom Canon Rebel camera. It reminds me, that when I first took photos, my friend @JoeBarrack had to set up the manual controls for me, and between switching between it and the other settings available on the Rebel camera, it was a semester or two before I started adjusting the manual controls myself. Mainly because I was busy learning other skills in the newsroom, but in any case.

It took a while of learning, from doing test photo shoots in the newsroom and experimenting with the Rebel camera manual controls, before I finally got the hang of the shutter speed, ISO, and everything else.

So, taking photos on sunny and cloudy days? Got that quickly enough, but there were two areas of trouble that I quickly ran into. Taking photos during really dark places (like the Skyline College theater and night) and sports photos, where players are always moving very quickly.

Both proved very annoying, and seeing the failures pile up did leave me with a sense of dread. But I’m happier for having gone through the pain of learning, because in the end, I have become a better photographer for it. Now I can take photos inside the theater and at night, fast moving sports photos, and all sorts of other things. Although, I do still have problems with adjusting for motion, but that is a work in progess.

In the end, I’m happy that I’ve done countless photo assignments for The Skyline View. I’ve learned from each experience, and in doing so I’ve built up the set of photos that I can use professionally and for my resume.

If you’re interested in seeing the photos I’ve taken, you can click here to be taken to my Flickr account. If you’re interested in using my photos, just drop a comment or message me on Flickr and we can talk about it.

Will Nacouzi
TSV Website Designer

Why do I love making videos?

So I’m back, as The Skyline View’s multimedia editor, even though I’ve been the multimedia editor two semesters now and have been working on multimedia for more than two years straight. So you have to ask me the burning question, what is it like editing videos and multimedia, and how do you keep doing it?

I just love videos.

I was one of those kids who always wanted to create content for others to see, and growing up with YouTube inspired me to make videos and post them online. I didn’t get into filmography until recently either, as I used to be an engineering major, which is a huge jump too.

Watching YouTube channels like CorridorDigital and RocketJump, I was inspired to work with videos, albeit not in the Special Effects department. Just as long as I’m making edits to videos, cutting and trimming, mixing audio, all that jazz. It’s fun to see the fruits of my labor, to see something work so well even when I unintentionally make an edit and it turns out to be perfect. It just makes me really happy and proud about my work.

I joined the news room two years ago, not expecting to want to do multimedia and make videos. I really jumped in as a writer, expecting to write stories, to interview people, and all things journalism. But after one semester of being the multimedia editor, I fell in love. I didn’t realize that making videos could be so fun, that editing was what I wanted to do. Even if I still am not a journalism major, I wouldn’t mind doing broadcast or being a video editor for a news publication.

Here I am now, making videos, learning as I go. Unfortunately, Skyline College doesn’t have a film program, so I can’t expand my horizons here. I’m going to transfer, maybe to San Francisco State University or San Jose State University. Or Academy of Arts, who knows.

Either way, one of my professors is the one who got me into making videos. He was a film major before he decided to go all the way around and become a Biology major and teach. But he said it was a fun experience, even though it was taxing on his personal life. I feel like I could totally handle that, and I wouldn’t mind the stress video editing as a profession can bring. So I’m going strong with this, and sticking as a film major.

Miguel Garcia
TSV Multimedia Editor

Surprisingly easy to be a copy editor

As the chief copy editor for The Skyline View, I have to read every article written before it can be published. You’d think my job would be hard, what with having to know the ins and outs of every bit of the AP Style book (basically a journalistic dictionary) and basic English, among other things. Shockingly, it’s actually pretty easy. That doesn’t mean it isn’t incredibly frustrating though.

At this point in my education, it has become very clear to me that many students don’t have the same grasp of language that I do. While I can write an essay or article with ease in an hour or two, it is a chore to many. This little tidbit is what makes my job hard. It is the easiest thing in the world placing an appropriate comma, but only if the sentence makes enough sense to clearly need a comma.

At this point I don’t know if it is because the educational system of the United States is in a rapid state of decay or if Internet short hand has taken over, but the amount of spelling mistakes and scattered thoughts in the articles I read is impressive and mildly frightening. It shouldn’t be so hard to write a coherent English sentence when you’ve been taking English classes since Kindergarten.

On the plus side though, the amount of simple mistakes are easily remedied if given the proper attention.

First of all, the most important lesson is to not sweat the small things. As the copy editor, it’s my job to make sure all of the colons, periods and commas are in the right place. As a writer, it is your job to make sure I can understand what you’re saying enough to place those periods and commas. It doesn’t matter how many commas you have if all you did was spill a can of alphabet soup and copy down the results.

The second tip works similarly to the first: your phone’s auto-correct is not your friend. It will sooner predict words you use frequently than the words you actually want. I can’t edit something that should have said “The governors picked up the pieces” if it says “The giraffes licked up the pizzas.” Context clues can only lead me so far, your article shouldn’t be a treasure map to your point.

Lastly, try reading a well-written book. Reading a good book (critically acclaimed or well-reviewed) can help teach you appropriate thought routes and streamline your own writing process. Find a book renowned for it’s plot and study how it is written. Seeing examples of ordered plot may help prevent deviations in your own writing, preventing a jumble of paragraphs that seem like puzzle pieces for me to rearrange.

Overall, the worst part of being a copy editor is getting to see the failure of education in action. Having to read literally everything exposes me to some of the worst writing I have ever seen, but the improvements I notice over the course of a semester only serve to enforce the benefits of one final tip: practice.

The more writing that happens, the better the writing will be. Obviously I can write well, I spend all my time writing. My job is literally perfecting writing. Now all I need is for everyone else to perfect spelling.

Haley Holmes
TSV Chief Copy Editor

Sports turns out to be entertaining.

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Jordan Sweidan enjoying being sports editor for the first time. Photo courtesy of Will Nacouzi

Being the Sports Editor for The Skyline View has been quite a game-changer for me on staff this past semester.
Switching over from the title of Entertainment Editor, I feel that I could have a bit more of a creative side, as I’m guaranteed to have a color page and have a typical layout that remains similar for each print issue. Over the past few months I feel that I’ve gained more responsibility as just about every story is time sensitive in regards to sports, more specifically news and game coverage.
Nevertheless, laying out my section with InDesign every other week has been a simultaneously enjoyable and tedious experience. Reason being that although my assigned stories aren’t usually completed and back at my doorstep until a couple or so days from print production. I end up with some great photos from my favorite photographer Renee, and these are used to assist me in text-wrapping my articles.
In reviewing each of our issues this semester, a small part of me misses being Entertainment Editor as I see how Ray has taken on my role and does a spectacular job each time he lays out. His work would have me thinking “Wow, why didn’t I think of that?” Specifically when he would print QR codes for stories that couldn’t make it to print due to lack of space. Despite my nostalgia for entertainment, I’m still glad that my adviser Nancy was able to convince me to leave my comfort zone and try out the position of sports editor.
I also have come to realize that I’ve stuck with more Skyline-affiliated sports in my section, as I’ve limited the use of national sports leagues and opinion articles (unless they were necessary due to lack of published content).
I’m not entirely sure if I’ll be back with a significant role on staff next school year, as I’ll have to proceed with completing units in order to hopefully transfer out soon. I will definitely continue to be a part of the staff though, even if I have to take 690. I’d love to be a tutor or assistant to current staffers that want to take on the role of a section editor next year. Until then, with two more print issues to go, we gotta finish this semester as strong as we started it.

By Jordan Sweidan

TSV Sports Editor

“Why is patience a virtue? Why can’t ‘hurry the (bleep) up’ be a virtue?”

One editor’s road to a coveted role.

Howdy! Allow me to introduce myself, as this is my first time writing for the TSV’s blog. (Don’t worry, this will lead into my topic of discussion). My name is Ray Garcia, and I am the 2014 spring entertainment editor of The Skyline View, finally, if I might add. (Told you! Also, hence the title).

In the past I’ve been the sports editor and the opinions editor before that. But after a long wait, I’m finally the entertainment editor. Now what does the entertainment editor do you ask? Well, let me tell ya.

I’m in charge of the Entertainment section, so I assign entertainment-type stories, (movie, music, and video game reviews, or anything else that is entertaining that needs to be reviewed), and then I lay out those stories on a software called InDesign as creatively as I want to.

Now again, for a few semester I’ve been biding my time, waiting for the chance to finally get a shot at being entertainment editor. This has been something I’ve wanted to do since my first semester.

Throughout my tenures as other section editors, I’ve been brewing ideas on how to operate and design the Entertainment section. So while I set up box scores for the Sports section during my tenure there, I also thought of incorporating a box office weekend results on Entertainment, which is just one of my many ideas that I have implanted this semester.

I’m having a blast this semester. Not only am I the section editor that I’ve been coveting, but we’ve got a great staff this semester. Being able to work with these great individuals is highlight of my Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Our very own blog editor, Shaq, and Production Manager Renee have helped me put my ideas on InDesign, and give feedback on my layout.

As always, I would like to think that my section is the best looking one, even when I was opinions and sports editor, and by the feedback I get it sounds like I’m doing a pretty decent job, I guess.

But layout wasn’t always something that came easy to me. I remember my first semester, when I was opinions editor, I was thrown into the fire. I was a late signee

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Ray Garcia working on layout during print production #6 photo courtesy of Shaquill Stewart

to the staff, and in the second class I attended the staff was already deciding which role they would take for the semester.

Nobody wanted to do opinions, so I was basically gifted opinions. And wow was I overwhelmed. On my first production, I sat in front of the computer, literally just staring into the screen. I had no idea what to do. All I could think was “what did I get myself into.”

I clicked random buttons and stuff, thinking back on it now I don’t know how I got through that. I was too shy to ask for help, so really I don’t know how I made it through.

But of course I familiarized myself with InDesign and got more confident with the software. Up until now, I feel the most confident on my InDesign skills. And I have enjoyed every moment of being entertainment editor. I can now apply my sharpened skills and ideas into making a great section.

By Ray Garcia

TSV Entertainment Editor