Writing for a semester: reflections

During my time as a writer on The Skyline View, I’ve published tons of different types of stories relating to all different kinds of subjects, even if I wasn’t interested in the topic beforehand. Sure, there have been some snags, but the overall process is pretty fulfilling in the long run. I can recall at least a few nights of general tomfoolery interspersed with working on articles. Granted, there are a lot of things that I don’t like in my writing looking back, but there are a few articles that I really like that are evident of the type of writing I’d like to do in the future.

I’m also surprised that my editors haven’t gone after me since I ramble so much when I write. Most of the people at The Skyline View are nice enough to at least give your work a try, and they’re pretty good at telling you where your work can improve. If you come in and do what you’re supposed to do, most of the people on The Skyline View will give you the respect you deserve, and it’s been rewarding the entire way.

Sure, working on the Skyline View isn’t without its problems, especially as someone who usually has an inclination to procrastinate. When everyone isn’t doing their job, the newspaper usually takes much longer to produce than it should, but it’s usually worth it in the end. Producing stories constantly is also another challenge in itself, especially trying to interview the right experts when it comes to your particular story, since they don’t always seem to respond on time. But when everything comes together, the story is its own reward when it gets published, and if you put your mind to a story, it usually comes out to be readable, and sometimes you get very proud of it.

In the end, it’s still worth it to keep working at The Skyline View. Next semester, I’ll primarily be editing other people’s’ work rather than writing stories. I’ll see what I can do when it comes to writing even further. I definitely look forward to writing stories for The Skyline View when I can. I’m not entirely sure when I’m going to transfer yet, but I also continue to look forward to writing even more stories as I transfer. It’s been a good ride so far at The Skyline View, and I think it’ll only get better.

Joshua Chan
TSV Staff Writer

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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

Stress less

Running a hot bath
hearing a best friend’s laugh
sipping a warm cup of tea
having a day just for me
smelling the lit incense
taking a dew deep breaths
belting out my favorite tune
(believe it or not) cleaning my room
pigging out on comfort food
writing a song, if i’m in the mood
running one mile, or three, or five
remembering to be grateful to be alive

various ways to take stress away
the easiest way is to say
it will all be okay

Michelle Brignoli
TSV Editor in Chief

What we learnt at the JACC 2015 State Convention!!

Joshua Collier, TSV Focal Point Editor

This past weekend, a large portion of The Skyline View staff attended the Journalism Association of Community Colleges or JACC. This was my second time at such an event; I have to admit I had gone into this event with jaded eyes.

It’s safe to say I didn’t enjoy my first outing. I had originally gotten the air of muscle flexing and ego stroking. But I must say, my outlook on JACC has changed quite a bit. I’ve come to a deep understanding that this event isn’t just a bunch of people trying to show each other up.

At its roots, JACC is a giant networking fiesta that allows aspiring journalists the chance to learn a myriad of tricks within the field, all while having the opportunity to meet new faces that they may someday work with in a professional setting.

Nick Major, TSV Staff Writer

This past weekend marked my second experience at a JACC conference, and it was a mixed bag. On one hand, I met titans in the field of journalism. Some were kids my own age paving the way for what the future of the profession will become, others were the veterans sharing their decades of journalistic knowledge and experience with the throngs of hungry writers.

On the other hand, there was this great whisper hanging heavy in everyone’s ears, a public secret that most of us dared to share but not take seriously.

“I have no idea how you guys will make it,” one presenter told us, “but I’m certain that you will. Probably.” – Kel Munger.

News reporting, as we currently define it, is changing so drastically that nobody knows how to advise us on what to do next.

Katelyn Payne, TSV Staff Writer

This has been my third JACC convention so far, and I thought that this past weekend was even better than last year. I came to Sacramento with more knowledge and experience with journalism compared to one year ago. From last weekend, I learned more about the how reporting news is changing, specifically through social media.

Also, from a specific workshop about learning basic things journalists should know, the speaker George Medina gave advice about putting ourselves out there. According to Medina, if we were all really passionate about journalism, then we would all go out and try to find jobs by emailing, calling, or even just talking to people in this field. And he’s right. That’s the only way we’ll make it, and it’s ultimately our choices that make our dreams come true.

Michelle Brignoli, TSV Staff Writer

I usually enjoy educational conferences, and JACC didn’t stop that trend. Seeing as I don’t know that many things, I love to learn about new things when I can. Meeting my colleagues in journalism at the community college level was radical.

I learned about different aspects of journalism that I didn’t know anything about before the conference. Even if the contests were slightly scary, they presented me with knowledge about new tools I can use in my writing. Oh, and quality time with my fellow Skyline View mates is always a blast.

Laurel Lujan, TSV Staff Writer

I felt that this conference was successful and that I learned many things about journalism including on how to be successful at it. The event had many great guest speakers who were mostly lively and interesting.

The workshops were fun to participate in and were a great time to pick professional journalists brains. It was great to see the other community colleges, also to get to look at their papers. This has opened my eyes to the possibilities on what I am to do with my major in journalism.

Michelle Kelly, TSV Editor-in-Chief

JACC 2015 was my third trip on a three day journalism conference. I have competed a number of times in news writing and this time was the first I decided to be more laid back and try something different. I went with News Layout/Judgement and took a different approach: I would try my best and have fun. It worked and I was a finalist and ultimately placed third. While I learned to be easier on myself in competitions, I learned the opposite during workshops.

Speakers emphasized the need to stay relevant and keep yourself in touch with the latest apps because that’s where our readers are. I had sort of an awakening to what the future of journalism will look like and it’s not going to be the reporting job at a daily like I had always wished. Those business models are falling apart and it’s on us to find what replaces it. It’s an exciting and intimidating time to be a journalist.

Jeanita Lyman, TSV News Editor

It was my first trip to a JACC convention, and while it was exhausting and overwhelming at times, it was a much-needed source of inspiration toward the middle of the semester. Meeting other student journalists and gleaning wisdom from seasoned professionals and educators was a highly enriching experience, and has helped me to refocus and buckle down for the rest of the semester while thinking about journalism from a fresh perspective.

Miguel Garcia, TSV Editor-At-Large

It was my first time at JACC and I have to say that I have mixed feelings about it. It was a very educational experience; I learned a lot of tricks to multimedia and especially social media. But on the other hand, I was so drained and I essentially wanted to sleep for more than half of the day for the most part. The first day was horrible. Everything was starting late; it was so hot and all I wanted to do was rest. I felt so tired during the keynote. But I tried my best to stay awake, since Jason Wells made a lot of really good points.

I also learned that BuzzFeed is a lot less annoying than I originally thought and that they are also a news publication. I always see the viral and “fun” things that go around instead of their news stories, which is why I had a different opinion of BuzzFeed originally. I think now that I know that they are also a viable news source I can rely on them for my news as well. I also became so much more active in social media thanks to JACC. My Instagram is starting to grow and I’m posting more often. Our Vine slowed down a bit, but I’ve figured new ways to garner more viewers. Our YouTube videos are getting better too, with new ways for people to find them.

Between that and sharing articles across our personal accounts, I can see the rapid spread of our multimedia and articles coming about. All in all, JACC was a very positive experience for me, albeit excruciating.

Your weekly host sounds off

How’s it going, Skyline? I’m Miguel Garcia and welcome to another weekly roundup of the news brought to you by The Skyline View.

That’s normally how it goes every Wednesday for me, hosting the news briefs(NB). I took on hosting last semester and I decided to continue it this semester. I’m actually enjoying hosting the news briefs (NB). I guess I just like being in front of a camera hosting anything, really. It was a little weird when I first started out, but after a couple of NB, when we finally got the format we wanted, it became natural for me. I’m not really sure who it started out with. It might have been with Nico. Anyway, carrying it on was kind of a surprise to me. I didn’t really think about doing it at first but then, I was the only one willing to, so here I am now.

I enjoy talking in front of people and I like emceeing, so this was perfect for me. Because of the NB, I’ve considered majoring in broadcast journalism. I’m currently an engineering major but I can really see myself doing something like this, or radio, or television, way more than being an engineer.

So how is it being the host of the NB? Well, I tend to screw up a lot. Thank goodness we never worked on a blooper reel, because I know I’d take more than ten minutes if there were to be highlights of my screw-ups. But even then, I still look forward to being on camera. Honestly, I never dressed to impress, but lately I have. Not only because I am trying to impress, but also because of the NB, I’ve been trying to look as presentable as possible every Wednesday. I mean, we switched the schedule a bit now, so I have to look presentable Mondays and Wednesdays now. I guess Will is doing me a favor this way.

It’s really fun to be the host of the NB, honestly. I don’t know why people aren’t willing to do it. I just hope I can move on to something even bigger in the future. Who knows, maybe I can be a voice actor or a radio talk show host. I really like talking, but not just talking, also hosting and emceeing and all that. It’s really something I would love to do. Thanks to hosting the NB, I’ve found what I really want to do.

Miguel Garcia
TSV Editor at Large

The trials and tribulations of TSV’s assistant news editor

Last semester was my introduction to the news world. I wrote articles, took pictures, yelled out punny ideas for headlines, and it was great.

This semester however, my title has changed, and with it so have my responsibilities.

Currently, I am the assistant news editor. I know, you may be thinking, “But Erin, what does the assistant news editor do?”

Why, I assist of course. While the news editor finds stories, assigns them and edits them, I add an extra pair of eyes to the editing process and I focus entirely on the layout of the pages.

Layout has been the scariest part of all this. As a technologically impaired person, learning how to move things around on a computer screen can be a frustrating and baffling process. And with the addition of never having used the program that we use for layout, some days can be more difficult than others.

There is a very rewarding side to this all, however. Doing layout can be like painting; you get to start with an empty canvas and spend time seeing how you can make it into something appealing to the readers. There are so many analogies that I can compare layout to that depict the different emotions and gratification you get from it. At times, it’s like a puzzle, and you spend time fitting stories and pictures onto the page in the most appropriate manner. In other instances, it’s an analytical process of cutting and pasting obscure lines and boxes around a word-splattered page.

On the left is the image of the front page, before layout started while the right is the finished layout. (Will Nacouzi/The Skyline View)
On the left is the image of the front page, before layout started while the right is the finished layout. (Will Nacouzi/The Skyline View)

Despite the frustrations that layout can cause, there is an evident feeling of connection that editors have with a page that they design. So much effort and personality can be put into designing a page that seeing the finished project treads on a thin line of joy and regret.

The main thing I haven’t gotten used to is the critique portion of being assistant news editor. This is where the regret can come into play. We read over the paper in depth and find flaws or successes of the issue, and finding flaws on my pages is something I still haven’t adapted to. Errors, when found later, always feel like such unavoidable thing, so it can be really disheartening to see any on a page that I’ve done the layout or copy-editing for. However, each error that occurs has been a new lesson learned and an adaptation to make in future issues.

This relates to my overall opinion about being the assistant news editor. Since becoming this, I have learned so much. Each week I feel more and more confident working with the program to layout. And I enter each print production with a better understanding of how building a newspaper works.

I personally think that putting yourself in situations that let you learn new things, especially hands-on, can only benefit you. And this position has given me that kind of experience. The best part about it is the variety of work I am getting to try out. It helps me see what I enjoy doing and compare it to the things that I don’t quite have a grasp on.

Erin Perry
TSV Assistant News Editor