In a call for unity and rights for all, people came together in Sacramento for the Cesar Chavez march.
For the past few months I’ve been working for Access local.TV as a neighborhood news correspondent. Although the experience was short lived, I can certainly say that the skills that I’ve gained from working here and the people I’ve met have really helped me to branch out my abilities as a content creator.
Prior to my time here I had no real world experience as a journalist outside of school. I was very shy to simply show up to a place or an event as part of the media. I wasn’t comfortable with capturing footage or photography of the event and interviewing key participants in the story. But since working as a journalist for access local, I’ve become incredibly more comfortable with being on the scene and more confident as a journalist. On top of that I’ve also written many articles and have continued to do what it is that I do best, which is producing and editing videos.
Some of my favorite articles that I’ve written the past couple of months are the Boys and Men of Color, RYSE: Film Festival, and my personal thoughts on what’s important about voting to name a few. These were important to me because it felt great to write about something of real significance in my community. Being able to learn how to strengthen my writing skills as I produced these articles was a great lesson for me.
Although I still have much to master in the realm of writing, just being able to say that I have experience in journalism is important to me and to my resume. As for any advice that I would give to any future neighborhood news correspondents, I would say to always give your best effort in every written work or video made, as each piece reflects who you are as a creator or as a digital media producer.
So my name is Ivan Caballero. I’ve worked with Isaac Gonzalez in this program for 10 months now. I’ve learned a lot throughout those 10 months. The most significant being that I know how to write. Before I began this job, I honestly had zero experience with writing whatsoever (besides school of course). I had never written for anyone or anything. I didn’t even know how to do an article for news. That all changed when I joined this program.
Looking back at my very first article, I can see that I have improved a lot in my writing. When I first started to write, it would take me hours to write a 250 word essay. Now it just takes me around 15 minutes. I don’t find writing as hard as I used to. Now it’s one of my favorite things to do in my spare time, and I get to do it with Isaac and get paid for it which is always really cool.
I used to be told by my older sister that I wouldn’t be very good at writing because I wasn’t always very good with speaking to people or I would never actually want to read one of her Harry Potter books (eventually I read those books later on). It’s a very good feeling to be able to show my sister (who was the first to graduate college in the family) that now I can write better than her.
I still have a lot to learn though. I’m not the best writer by far, it’s just great to see that I’m doing better than I or anyone else would’ve expected. I’m a guy who is perceived to automatically become a failure just by the color of my skin or the area I was raised in. As a dreamer, I’ve been trying so hard to defeat that stereotype. I like to think that I’m headed the right direction.
Working with this team of five people, Trajan Susa, Ronnie Swinburn, Asimi Guma, and Rose Vega- it’s been a blast. They’re a very sophisticated and nice group of people. They’ve taught me a lot in the time of working here- mainly by guiding me morally. I’ve developed a very strong relationship with them and I’m glad that I had the opportunity to do so.
Throughout the entire time I have been working here, from when I covered my very first event at the Crocker Art Museum to when I was flown out to Los Angeles, I have gained a sense of confidence that I would have never thought I would ever have. I think that this job has changed me in so many ways to the point you wouldn’t find me to be the same person I used to be.
So far my favorite article has been my report on the Donald Trump’s deportation plan. In that article I explained the specifics of the situations on a medical level, such as how this would affect the local area of Sacramento medically. It was basically a short summary on Donald Trump’s deportation plan would make Sacramento sick because illegal immigrants would take fear in going to hospitals to avoid being deported. Immigrants not being able to go to the hospital could lead to widespread illness spread. Coming from a Mexican family that has witnessed the horrors of when it comes to deportation, I can see why my family and other would be afraid to go to the hospital and avoid deportation.
My advice for future reporters here at AccessLocal.Tv is complicated. I’m not even sure what got me through everything. All I know is that I now have better communications skills than I did before. Things that I wish I could’ve started out with though is a different story. When you first begin, I know it might be scary to get into the public and ask someone for an interview, but it’s actually pretty easy. Just ask, If they say no, then they say no. If they say yes, you got yourself an interview! Now before going out to ask someone for an interview, it’s a good idea to at least have written down an idea of what you want to ask.
When you’re out making a video, take more footage than you need! If you think you have enough, you don’t. Take more! This has always been a common problem with me that I take way less footage than I needed, thus making me work harder while editing. It’s best to work hard on the spot and work easier later. Take lots of pictures as well. Pictures make for a great showcase in your articles and videos. So get snapping.
Don’t procrastinate. I will admit, I still have this problem. Get out of the habit of doing it. If you have an article to do, it’s best to start right away instead of having to rush later and panic when you can’t find the sources and information you need. Don’t procrastinate especially with videos. That’s not good at all, It’s the hardest task to complete when all you have left is a day. I’m not going to lie though, most of my videos have been done with only with 3 days or less. But don’t be me, trust me it’s not pretty.
Okay this is my final tip. Just have fun! I know it can be stressful when you can’t capture footage or find it really hard to find sources or even just have a blank head. Just the most important thing is to remember that you should be having fun while working on these projects. Don’t take every assignment like a chore, take it as an adventure. An adventure full of knowledge and experience.
To conclude, this has been the best opportunity I could have ever imagined having. I have had such a blast and I hope to pursue journalism as a career. I hope to get a job similar to this in the near future because I have had such an amazing experience working with Isaac and the first and second teams. If could go for a third time, I would without even thinking about it. Unfortunately though, my time has ended here at AccessLocal.Tv. It was an honor to represent this website and be officially a part of it. This program has given me something that nothing else has; and that’s the knowledge that I will carry for the rest of my life. Thank you.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is the ongoing process in which children and adults learn and correctly apply the knowledge, attitude, and skills they need to manage their own emotions. They also learn how to be able to show empathy and understand people other than themselves. SEL’s goal is to help children and adults to make responsible decisions overall.
According to a recent article on casel.org, “Social and emotional skills are critical to being a good student, citizen, and worker. Many risky behaviors (e.g., drug use, violence, bullying, and dropping out) can be prevented or reduced when multi-year, integrated efforts are used to develop students’ social and emotional skills.”
It is believed by many people that understanding that the best way to learn to control and make responsible decisions is by having supportive relationships that make learning engaging and meaningful and that social and emotional skills are crucial to the foundation and formation of a person as they grow older.
According to Casel.org, at least 1 child in 10 suffers from a mental illness that severely disrupts daily functioning at home, in school, or in the community. Another study from Casel.org suggests that 70-80% of children in need don’t receive appropriate mental health services.
“What skills do socially and emotionally competent children and youth have?” an anonymous individual asked on Casel.org. They responded, “They are self-aware. They are able to recognize their emotions, describe their interests and values, and accurately assess their strengths. They have a well- grounded sense of self-confidence and hope for the future.”
On October 24th, I was in Los Angeles at the Boyle Heights Wellness Center for a California Endowment youth media news conference. Overall, my youth media news team was given information on how to become better and more efficient journalists. It was great to have this type of knowledge given to us, especially for us still-aspiring journalists.
During this event I was in a workshop with Julia Landau, a freelance reporter and filmmaker, concerning having the power to be able to back up your opinions with facts for a strong commentary. Landau met with a few other youth reporters and myself in an office to discuss how important commentaries are with data.
She started off with handing us a paper that had an op-ed by a young journalist in California. Landau told us to spot the errors in this op-ed and to find ways to make it more credible. We spent about ten minutes reading and writing notes on this paper, correcting everything could find as we read.
After the ten minutes, Landau asked everyone what their opinions were on the op-ed then went straight to explaining how she could have made it more reliable and credible. In the end, the workshop explained that being able to back up your opinions with facts and credibility is very important.
In the workshop, Landau also mentioned that you must have a trustworthy study to defend your opinions. You may have all the data in world to go with your opinions but if they aren’t very trustworthy, your op-ed could fall apart.
I am always told by my news editor, Isaac Gonzalez, that I must be able to have truthful facts and that my statements must be provable. Gonzalez occasionally corrects me when I use words such as “most” but to instead use a word such as “many” unless I have data and a credible study to back that word up. He tells me from time and time to use facts and figures instead of assumptions and guesses in my articles. If you don’t have your data to back up your opinions, you could end up with a lot of criticism. Your readers would debate if you’re credible or even reliable as they reviewed your articles. If they conclude that you’re not either of those things, it could hurt the work you do and result with people not trusting your work.
“Articles with fantastic statements and no data to back them up, lose all credibility in my opinion,” says Gonzalez. “I want the article that my youth reporters write to be backed up with irrefutable facts, so that our readers are sure about what they are gleaning.”
A new study by Californiastatisticsrus.com has found out that being alive increases the risk of cancer by 100%.
“After studying for hours and hours I have came to a conclusion that the only people who have cancer have been alive while people who are now deceased do not,” said Doctor Stevens, a Endocrinologist.
Obviously, what I just said made absolutely no sense. I pointed out a study that seems to be pretty unreliable. I also cited a website that does not exist. Then I made up a quote from a person who also doesn’t exist. This all points to my sources not being credible or reliable at all.
To anyone who would have read this article with such an awful citing of sources would not use it as reliable source nor believe anything you wrote. That is why it is incredibly important to make your articles or op-ed’s as credible and reliable as possible.
Covered California is hosting the Healthy Kids Day event on Saturday, October 3rd from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Sleep Train Arena. Healthy Kids Day is aimed to help the community of Sacramento gather information on matters such as dental, medical and vision services for children.
The Healthy Kids Day event will have various activities to help keep children stay safe and healthy such as flu shots for all ages, healthy lunches, a free farmers market, and much more.
“We’re doing dental screening for children and adults and of course, we’re providing health coverage information for everyone eligible for medi-cal or covered california,” says Kelly Bennett-Wofford, the Executive Director with Covered California. “We’re also enrolling (people in) a nutrition program such as Calfresh.”
Last year’s 14th annual event had many fun activities for children such as a smoothie bike, a hula hoop contest, and more. They also had the Sacramento Kings Dancers and the Grant High School drumline. If you need assistance on traveling to this event, there is a free shuttle service that will take people from South Sacramento straight to the event.
For more information on The Healthy Kids Day event at Sleep Train Arena, visit http://sacramentocovered.org/healthykidsday2015/
With all the technological advances available to us today, such as smartphones, smart cars, aerial drones, and so on, what are schools doing for their students to make up missing work easier?
Missing school is never something good to do because it causes students to fall behind on valuable lessons that are difficult to make up. But what about when it’s unavoidable, like when you come down with the flu or experience a family emergency?
I recently missed six days of school because I had the flu; that is 3% percent of the entire school year. When I went back to school, it was all the work waiting for me that became an issue.
Nearly everything is web based in our generation; we don’t mail letters to each other we text, doctor appointments can be made online, news is read online. A study on sciencedaily.com shows that 77.4% of people between the ages of 16 to 30 use social networks to stay informed, only 28.8% of the entire population reads newspapers.
With all the advancements in technology why doesn’t the Sacramento City Unified School District create a website where teachers can post all the homework for students who miss class? Emergencies are inevitable, and coming back to school and having six days worth of work makes it hard to catch up. I believe that’s why kids tend to fall behind sometimes, and it could even lead to dropping out.
Dosomething.org talks about the background of high school dropouts and one of the reasons they mention is high absenteeism.
Isai Gonzalez is an Oak Park resident who used to miss school for weeks at a time because he was constantly sick.
“It wasn’t too difficult to get back on track however it would have been very convenient to have my assignments online so that I wouldn’t waste time at school trying to figure out what the teacher is talking about, ” said Gonzalez.
Making this sort of website would help students stay in school and keep up with their work, both in the short term and long term.
By Kim Spencer – Chief Content Officer & Founder, Link TV
September 11, 2001 was a day of anger and grief. But perhaps the
overriding emotion after 9/11 was confusion. Like the smoke obscuring the
skyline of lower Manhattan, Americans seemed to live in a fog of disorientation.
As the smoke cleared, we began to ask ourselves disturbing questions. What
happened and why? What is the cause for the attacks? Are we somehow responsible?
Why do “they” hate us?
Certainly, the big cable networks gave us the who, where and when —
often in gory detail. But what about the why and how? There was
another side to the story that wasn’t making it onto the nightly news. We knew
America wasn’t seeing the whole picture.
Here at Link, we knew we had to find other perspectives on the events
that contributed to 9/11. That’s why we launched our program Mosaic: World News from the Middle East. Almost 10 years
later, Mosaic continues to serve as a vital link to the region for
you and millions of Americans.
Today, Link continues to provide the best news coverage from across
North Africa and the Mideast, including reports from Al Jazeera English. With the events of the Arab Spring
transforming the Middle East this year, you know you can continue to count on
Mosaic‘s unique format to give you unfiltered reports from
over 40 broadcasters in the region. Mosaic continues to give
you the context and perspective you need to understand what’s really happening
in the Middle East.
Watch Mosaic on Access Sacramento channel 17 Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday, and Friday at 5:00 PM and 1:00 AM.