So I re-themed the ol’ blog. Take a look. That photo, up there, at the top? Yup. I’m that cool.

Kinda looks like I’m … well, take what you want from the photo, but I guarantee it’s not THAT. My editor was trying out a new lens on a camera at work and needed a test subject; I made a face that made the photo absolutely not usable. But then I liked it and stole it.

That was months ago.

Also, follow @dailyevergreen on Twitter (if, yanno, you’re into journalism or Washington State University or whatever). Editor-in-chief Rikki made the account for my college newspaper, where I worked as a reporter for a bit but mainly as a copy editor.

Aaaaand since it’s been awhile …

Grace in Small Things: Join the battle against embitterment.

  1. Playing fetch with the world’s cutest dogs.
  2. Driving through town and feeling the sun on your skin.
  3. Your boy moving from night crew to day crew.
  4. Meeting nice people because (and only because) of your job.
  5. Surprise text messages from a good friend.

Daily Evergreen Grace in Small Things Journalism

Because I have so much to catch up on (and because I don’t want my brain to explode from trying to organize it into something that makes a little bit of sense), you get a nice bulleted list of… me.

  • Rikki came to visit Friday and she showed up in the middle of a shitshow. What do I mean, a shitshow, you ask? I mean I don’t get any internets at home. Like, ever. Unless we do some sort of serious alterations to the property, of course. And oh hey, hi, we’re RENTERS. We don’t own the joint and I don’t think we’re going to be there long enough (unfortunately) to put that much work into it. So anyway, Rikki shows up and I’m talking to this guy who is trying his little heart out to give me internets (even though, as he said, “It’s hard for you.” Hey. Give the guy a break. He’s learning English.) and I’m all sorts of delirious/pissed off. So that was fun. Luckily, she brought beer.
  • Friday night. Rikki and I showed Ephrata what’s up. All I’m sayin’ is it’s probably a good thing there were no photos taken. And I think she mentioned somewhere that our physical evidence of the night was consumed by a living being. … Annnnd moving on!
  • I had to work almost all day Saturday. I covered a bike rally in Soap Lake and a car show in Othello. Sorry, the story for the car show won’t go online. I had a lot of fun, but it definitely wore me out. No trouble for this girl Saturday night. But some of my favorite shots from the events are after the jump.

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Etc. Journalism

10,000 Words: Where journalism and technology meet recently (eh, a week and a half ago is recent, right?) published a list of 30 things journalism graduates should do this summer.

Granted, I graduated last summer. But like Rikki said, there are some good points listed, no matter where you stand in the journalism world.

Let’s see where I stand:

  1. Start a blog and post at least twice a week.
    Done and… done, when possible.
  2. If you already have a blog, write a post that gets retweeted 20 times.
    Oh. Umm… yeah. I’ll work on that.
  3. Shoot 100 amazing photos and post them on Flickr.
    I’ll need a Flickr account first. But hey, that sounds like a good project.
  4. Friend at least 50 journalists on Twitter who in turn follow you back.
  5. Become a part of a crowdsourcing project.
    I don’t even know what that means.
  6. Improve at least 5 Wikipedia entries.
    I think I’ve done, like… one.
  7. Create an audio slideshow using Soundslides.
    Sounds like I’d need more equipment than I have. Buy it for me and I’ll give it a shot.
  8. Shoot and edit a 3-minute video and post it to YouTube.
    See #7.
  9. Design a website from scratch using HTML and CSS.
    Why, when I have WordPress for free?
  10. Create and maintain a Delicious account with at least 50 links that you find interesting.
  11. Create an online portfolio.
    … That would be good for a journalist, huh?
  12. Learn at least one other form of blogging (e.g. photoblogging, videoblogging, liveblogging).
    I’ll attempt the photoblogging… maybe. Sometime.
  13. Crop, resize and color correct 50 photos using photo editing software.
    I do this daily at work. Done.
  14. Start your own podcast.
  15. Create a profile on LinkedIn.
    Done. Check me out here.
  16. Learn another computer language besides HTML (e.g. XML, PHP, MySQL).
    Doesn’t that mean I’d have to know HTML first?
  17. Create an avatar and use it on all your social networking profiles.
    Got it. It’s called… a square picture. Of me.
  18. Learn how to create a basic slideshow in Flash.
    I met Flash once. We had a brief encounter in high school and it scarred me.
  19. Subscribe to at least 25 non-journalism blogs using an RSS reader.
    Done. WAYYYY done.
  20. Record, edit and embed a 3-minute piece of audio.
  21. Interview 10 people using a handheld audio recorder.
    See #7.
  22. Interview 10 people using a video camera.
    See #7.
  23. Create a map mashup using a CSV file.
    Sounds fun. Train me.
  24. Set your social network profiles to private or remove any incriminating evidence.
    Done and … it’s a process.
  25. Create a multimedia project that incorporates video, audio and text.
    Sounds fun. And slightly exhausting.
  26. Create a Flash project that uses ActionScript 3.0.
    See #18.
  27. Write a blog post that is Dugg at least 20 times.
    Ha! Yeah, I’ll get right on that.
  28. Join Wired Journalists.
    Ya know, I might have signed up for that once. Don’t use it, though.
  29. Attend a multimedia training workshop or take an online course.
    OK… if you pay for it.
  30. Remind yourself why you want to be a journalist.
    I do that almost every day…

Thanks to Rikki for bringing this to my attention. Except, 10,000 Words is definitely in my reader, so I can’t give her too much credit. She reminded me of it, though.