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As an aspiring journalist/ computer technician you don’t understand how monumental it was for Obama to only call on women. We are constantly crapped on in our own industry and viewed as not as valuable as our male counterparts. The reason why there are mostly men at most of these political press conferences is because employers believe that men will be taken more seriously and thus be called upon more. If more politicians keep doing what the President did for us it can have a HUGE impact on the industry. Companies will employ more females, they will then send out more females to press conferences since they will have more assurance that they’ll be called on, and then we will finally be taken seriously for the beautiful work we produce.

17. I’ve been trying to be a journalist for years and this summer in Kyiv taught me how irredeemably damaging and damaged and vicious and hollow journalists can be. What’s the statistic for sociopathy rates among journalists? I bet it is high. Disturbingly high. I remember seeing a table of ‘professions where the least and most empathetic people work’ and ‘journalism’ was the only one that repeated in both — the most empathetic and the least. For all the good of it, there’s as much punching-down & bullying as whatever romanticised punching-up & speaking-truth-to-power journalists tell themselves they’re doing to justify their shitty behaviour. People who can’t tell the difference between punching-up and punching-down are something frightening.
—  Because Nothing Else Has Worked, Heather McRobie

Please welcome intern Raylene Castillote to the HRDCVR team!

tweets: @whoisraylene | born: Lynnwood, WA | lives: Seattle, WA | graduate of: Seattle University | major: Communication Studies with a Sociology minor

What does HRDCVR represent for you?

growth, growth, growth. potential. innovation. a chance for different and unknown creatives to come to light and share their gifts. a chance for the public to gain a different type of awareness and new perspectives. the beginning of a movement that will help inspire greater moments of impact.

How did you hear about HRDCVR—and what attracted you?

a friend of mine, DJ Hyphen, runs a dope radio segment every Sunday night on Seattle’s KUBE93, called Sunday Night Sound Session. he plays dope upcoming, underground music in the hip-hop, rap and r&b scene—some local, some not. one night he was interviewing Danyel and Elliott about HRDCVR. the moment I heard their mission—HRDCVR being something “by and for the new everyone”—I was immediately intrigued. I hit up Hyphen and was like, Yo this sounds really dope, how do i get more information, i need to get involved, tell me how i can get involved? he hit up Danyel. Danyel told him to have me email her. she emailed me back with the most inspiring and motivating email i could have ever gotten from a female that i’d look up to as a mentor, then Darian and i just clicked over the phone through a phone interview, and the next thing i know i’m HRDCVR’s newest intern. now—actually being able to really go through that whole process is what attracted me. the fact that HRDCVR is really sticking to their mission statement of being BY and FOR the NEW everyone in a sense that they want to make themselves accessible to anyone who wants to connect and who is down with the mission is really amazing and touching to me.

What are you hoping to take from your internship at HRDCVR?

i view this opportunity as a big learning experience that can help me transcend and get more involved with what’s going on in our world. i want to be a part of something bigger than myself, something that can help make an impact on people’s lives and change the way they experience a piece of art, a feature or an article, an interview, or an intro to a certain culture or lifestyle.

What does a “creative” mean to you? And do you consider yourself one?

to me a “creative” means being able to articulate or present how you naturally feel inside and externalizing that into something you can share with other people. it’s allowing yourself to become an expressionist without being a victim of worrying about what others will think of you. it’s honing in on the craft you were blessed with, and offering that to the world in whatever way you can to share and spread the inspiration. i definitely consider myself a creative. i strive to do all of the above everyday. 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

happy. with sharper skill sets and a wider range of knowledge and understanding. living to my fullest potential. somewhere inspiring people and touching them in positive ways. and in love, probably with the love of my life. 

What do you love about Seattle?

how i’m still in the process of falling in love with a place i’ve been in all my life. over time i’ve found myself beginning to appreciate things i hadn’t before, like the weather we get, and the rich culture, art and music Seattle has to offer. oh and the air almost always smells so fresh and crisp. and our tap water is good, too!

Tell us about your passion for writing.

my passion for writing has been there since middle school, i have a thing for words. i’m fascinated by word play, whether with metaphors or analogies or finding different ways to communicate the same message. 

Twitter? Instagram? Love ‘em? Like ‘em?

i like them in a sense that they can be used as resources and tools to help people connect all around the world. as much meaningless noise that there is on Twitter and Instagram, there’s still meaningful, substance-filled content. i’ve seen social media be a lowkey assassin to the newspaper industry, causing some people to be simple-minded and ignorant to the greater issues going on in the world. i’ve also seen social media help give rise and awareness to protests and movements that stand for unity and justice. we create the dynamic between social media coverage and journalism. do you think it’s the Twitter app’s fault that some people are paying attention to the next celebrity’s leaked nude pictures more than social justice movements going on around the world? no, it’s the people behind those social media outlets that are responsible. so how do we find a way to get people to pay attention to and be intrigued by quality journalism? i think HRDCVR is trying to answer that question. 

What’s your favorite way to spend downtime?

sleeping in a comfy space. eating good food with tasty dessert after. writing. singing with passionate feeling. listening to music—‘90s old school hip-hop and r&b, or an artist’s latest project that just dropped. spending quality time with my goofy and loving family and friends. sometimes hooping, sometimes dancing. 

Best concert you’ve been to? Why?

J.Cole’s “What Dreams May Come True” Tour in 2013 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, because he’s my favorite rapper. i’ve listened to J.Cole since his 2007 tape “The Come Up” came out, and have followed his journey ever since. the raw emotions he conveys through his story-telling and the way he connects with his fans on an accessible, loving level is crazy inspiring. i could go on and on about what i think about his craft. people should just go listen to his latest interview on NPR’s Microphone Check (http://n.pr/1zVi0vH) and they should go buy 2014 Forest Hills Drive. 

The Rebuilding Phase of #GamerGate

The Rebuilding Phase of #GamerGate

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Paro nacional

Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México

20/11/2014

No más asesinatos

no más secuestros

no más abuso

no más tiranía

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‘This cat is named Bublik’, my interpreter tells me and she goes on ‘A bublik is a small cookie, a round cookie with a hole in the middle.’,’like a donut?’ I ask. ‘No, no, it is really a sweet hard sugar cookie with a hole in the middle’ she smiles.

The next three days I found out that this Bublik kitten is the one that keeps up the peace and makes the war a little bit more bearable for anyone. Even the biggest soldier, just coming back from the frontline, softens up as little cute Bublik sits in front of their feet and making high pitched meowing sounds up. 

I realized that, for them, this tiny Bublik kitty is somewhat like a rock of sanity in a big sea of shit. And for a few days Bublik also became mine.

- The Unknown Photographer

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Chihuahua con Ayotzinapa

México

10/11/2014

Protest claiming justice and halt to murders and kidnappings committed by government and/or organized crime (who are the same anyways).

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CNN (rightfully so) covered the Sydney Siege nearly nonstop while it was happening, and afterward, as it should have. However, I do not see CNN talking about the attack on Pakistan right now. They just posted a Breaking News headline to say that Jeb Bush has decided to explore the possibility of a 2016 presidential run. THAT IS NOT IMPORTANT. THAT IS NOT BREAKING NEWS. Over 100 CHILDREN were killed in Pakistan. Children. That is what’s important. I do not understand news, or journalism, anymore. It’s embarrassing. We’ve lost sight of what’s important, what matters. Makes me sick, we should be giving the same amount of airtime we gave to Sydney, if not more, to what’s happening in Pakistan. It’s disgraceful. This attack makes me physically sick. This kind of violence needs to stop, it has to, it can’t go on like this. Horrifying.

How to change your mind and murder your darlings – John Steinbeck's exquisite letter to his editor on creative integrity, the humanistic duty of writers, and why he destroyed the major book that preceded The Grapes of Wrath. What a magnificent ideal by which to be writer – especially sorely needed today, in our age of clickbait’s deliberate “partial understanding” and a news establishment built on riling hate rather than fostering mutual understanding between groups.

Well worth a read in full.

Surprise! Woman who started viral "I'll ride with you" story admits it was a complete fake

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And here we go with yet another viral story that virtually every media outlet drooled over, and none of them cared to fact check it.  As it turns out, that viral story about an Australian woman offering to ride the train with a Muslim woman who was self-conscious about wearing her hijab after the Sydney Siege never happened. 

The story is a complete fantasy, so admits Rachael Jacobs, the woman who started the whole thing.

from Quartz:

Confession time. In my Facebook status, I editorialised. She wasn’t sitting next to me. She was a bit away, towards the other end of the carriage. Like most people she had been looking at her phone, then slowly started to unpin her scarf.
Tears sprang to my eyes and I was struck by feelings of anger, sadness and bitterness. It was in this mindset that I punched the first status update into my phone, hoping my friends would take a moment to think about the victims of the siege who were not in the cafe.

I spent the rest of the journey staring—rudely—at the back of her uncovered head. I wanted to talk to her, but had no idea what to say. Anything that came to mind seemed tokenistic and patronising. She might not even be Muslim or she could have just been warm! Besides, I was in the “quiet carriage” where even conversation is banned.

By sheer fluke, we got off at the same station, and some part of me decided saying something would be a good thing. Rather than quiz her about her choice of clothing, I thought if I simply offered to walk her to her destination, it might help.
It’s hard to describe the moment when humans, and complete strangers, have a conversation with no words. I wanted to tell her I was sorry for so many things—for overstepping the mark, for making assumptions about a complete stranger and for belonging to a culture where racism was part of her everyday experience.

But none of those words came out, and our near silent encounter was over in a moment.

My second status was written as a heartbreaking postscript to my first. While the woman appeared to appreciate my gesture, we had both left defeated and deflated. What good is one small action against an avalanche of ignorance?

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So, the woman’s head scarf may not have been a hijab, and she may not have been a Muslim, and she may not have been self-conscious about riding the train. All of that was pure bleeding-heart fantasy from a university professor who wanted some attention online. 

And boy, did she get it!

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I could keep going, but you get the picture.  Virtually every news outlet in America covered the story and reported Rachael Jacobs’s story as if it were fact. None of them bothered to fact check the story. They swallowed a lie that fit a narrative they liked and then regurgitated it all over the world.

This is the state of “journalism” today.

#illLIEtoyou

UPDATE: Just for comparison’s sake, here’s her original story:

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There was no “put it back on.”  There was no crying.  There was no hugging.  This story simply did not happen. 

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Stephen Colbert Says Goodbye to The Report 

Only one news show could end with the host climbing into a sleigh with Santa Claus, Abraham Lincoln and Alex Trebek — and that news show is The Colbert Report, which has it’s final episode last night. The finale marks the end of 9 years of Stephen Colbert’s reign as the conservative foil to Jon Stewart, a beloved anchorman to his devoted fans (The Colbert Nation), and as one of Comedy Central’s biggest hits ever. 

During the course of the finale, Colbert cheated Death, became immortal, did one final segment of “The Word” on the topic of the show’s legacy, and led a celebrity-filled sing-a-long to “We’ll Meet Again” with some of his favorite guests and friends of the show (literally too many celebrities to list here). 

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In true Colbert fashion, Stephen didn’t break character at all, not once alluding to his move to take over as host of The Late Show on CBS next summer. Sadly, that’s how viewers know this is the last they will see of this version of Stephen. 

For long-time fans of The Report and The Daily Show, Stephen’s final send-off to Jon Stewart might be too bittersweet to watch. But you should watch it anyway here. Try not to get emotional. 

Images: Stephen meeting Santa Claus, Stewart handing off to Colbert one last time, via Comedy Central