Bucket List for Traits that Everyone Should Own an OC of

-Native American
-Shaved head
-Gender Binary
-Has a system
-Tulpas man
-On the spectrum [[ Autistic/ADD/ADHD/etc. ]]
-That one who literally will go out with anyone and like doesn’t care but if they get into a stable relationship they stay in it
-Loves robots to bits but also likes the environment and makes Eco friendly robots that like grow flowers
-Runs a tumblr cosplay blog for [[ insert fandoms here ]]
-Really loves pillows
-Has a pet hamster and/or rabbit
-Lives in an artist flat
-Is in college while running social media
-Has fans on tumblr that are really sweet bc the oc is really nice
-Running for mayor
-Works with kids on the spectrum and has bracelets made by the students
-Has a mixed family
-Parents are divorced but dating
-Siblings that are like actual siblings
-Works with kids in general


Comic Book Apocalypse:
The Graphic World of Jack Kirby

It’s Jack Kirby’s birthday today, and I figured a great way to celebrate it would be to take a drive into the Valley (102°F - ugh) to see the just-opened retrospective of the King’s (later) career!

This exhibition will run through October 10th, so if you’re a fan of the King and will be in the Los Angeles area, it’s a great opportunity to see a huge selection of his pages in real life!



… All Feminism, Racism & Sexism ORGANIZERS TAKE NOTICE

1. Orgs waste so much time, effort & $$$ getting agreement on every aspect.  Don’t re-invent the wheel when Beyonce’s already made the best we could every dream of.

2. We don’t have to spend one cent on production or distribution. This is exactly where most of your funds will be wasted.   Not one cent will have to be spent on advertising.

3. It’s both the recruitment film & instruction manual on how to duplicate it in every city. From the dance routine to the appropriate costumes, it’s right there.

4.  Every city/school/college has thousands of women who can learn this dance routine in no time, flat.  Quick deployment. Every police station, media org, college, city hall and political campaign.

5.  Easy Cohesiveness between all cities.  Imagine the powerful message as flash dance mob pop up in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, LA, Seattle, Houston, etc.  It will catch on faster than a Santa Ana wind fueling a wild fire.

6.  It’s the right amount of “Fuck You” & “Sexual femininity” combination.  It’s the new an improved next generation “Slut-Walk”.  It’s soft & it’s hard.

7. It will attract easily a huge social media following.  Everyone will want to record and post their local dance flash mob.  

  • Only give an hour pre-notification of time & location and dancers never talk to the media.  
  • Let the crowd interpret it.

8.  Easily reproducible, over & over with no additional cost, except getting the dancers to the location.  

  • Dancers never stick around.
  • 3 mins and gone!  

It will happen so fast, even if you block Times Square by the time they get there all that is left is the hyped up crowd.  This is guerrilla matriarchal tactics for warfare at it’s best.

9. Mass Public Promotion & Involvement.  Supporters will find it to be a game & make their own costume & join in.   This will easily explode into mass participation & excitement and again you don’t have to spend one penny on production, organization, or promotion to achieve this.  It will just happen.

9.  The main stream media will either love it or hate it.  Never explain it to the media. That’s their problem if they don’t get it. “Geeks!”

10. Eventually, Beyonce’ will make a statement or join in and at that point you control the media; world-wide.

11. #BLACKlivesMATTER can benefit off the corporate sponsorship that will materialize from this.  Here’s your mass $$$ funding source. Corporate sponsorship money.

If I do one thing for this movement; it’s convincing you how easy this idea will mobilize everyone.
Poynter: 10 ways to prevent plagiarism in college newsrooms (and other newsrooms, too)

From the article linked above from Poynter:

  1. Define plagiarism/fabrication
  2. Set clear expectations
  3. Offer training to writers and editors
  4. Seek teachable moments, let students know help is available
  5. Create sourcing notes, accuracy surveys
  6. Have multiple editors look at each story
  7. Involve students in the editing process
  8. Revise the newspaper’s ethics guidelines
  9. Use plagiarism software
  10. Determine how the paper’s adviser can help
When I was in college, my newspaper only did about 5-6 of these things that Poynter recommends. I wish we had done more because not only does it make plagiarism less likely, it makes the newspaper stronger — something that all newspapers need right now.

Several members of the Wright Times attended the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Orlando!

Last photo, from left to right: Shane Dunn, Editor-in-Chief; Remy Spencer, Arts and Culture Editor; Kris Long, Opinions Editor; Erica Harlston, Managing Editor; José Capetillo, Senior Reporter; Willie Ikerd, Comics Editor; and Terrence Doherty, Advisor.

We placed 6th in Best of Show! Thanks to the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention for the honor!

Photos by: Willie Ikerd and Kris Long
R.I.P. Dan Reimold, a top scholar of how college media is evolving
Dan Reimold, a journalism professor whose site College Media Matters was a go-to source for news and smart thinking about how college journalism is changing, has died. He was 34. From a release by the College Media Association: What Jim Romenesko did for professional media, Dan Reimold did for c…

I am saddened by the loss of Dan Reimold.

I spoke to him a few weeks ago for a blog post he had me write about the future of collegiate media. (  Previously, I wrote for Dan’s blog, College Media Matters, this past spring and he had me write a little bit for a book he was planning to publish within the next year. 

He was a big supporter of my student work for The University of Oklahoma’s student newspaper, The Oklahoma Daily.  I remember him emailing multiple times and writing about the lawsuit over student parking tickets at OU. He was supportive when others were distant about voicing an opinion about the lawsuit. 

Dan Reimold had a nose for college news. He sent me a joking email last spring about not alerting him quicker about an event that transpired with a musician and The Daily.

I am incredibly lucky I had a chance to interact with Dan. It’s unfortunate other college journalists won’t be able to have similar opportunities. 

My aunt told me last month that behind every successful woman is a man who serves as a mentor. While I wouldn’t presume to call myself successful just yet, I am working in journalism and making enough that I can pay my rent next month, so that’s a start.

In my case, there’s quite a few mentors without any of whom I probably wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now. Jason Manning, publisher of The State Press, who challenged me and countless other student journalists to be the best through sage advice and the occasional sparring match. Tom Blodgett, ASU student media adviser, who helped me become a leader. Steve Elliott of Cronkite News and Michael Squires of the Arizona Republic, who trained me to be a government watchdog. Cronkite professor Stephen Harding, who introduced me to most digital media concepts, taught me the skills I needed to call myself a “digital journalist” on my résumé without lying and got me my first official internship at the Republic. Denise Hawken-Collins, whose design class is one of the main reasons I have my job at the Hawk Eye. John Leach, who taught me so much about editing but also, more importantly, often stayed after class to talk real-world application of his lessons and honestly critique stories he saw in The State Press.

Along with this septet of multitalented journalists, one of the most important influences I had during school was someone I’ve never met and hadn’t talked to outside of Twitter until July. Dan Reimold ran College Media Matters,  a blog that religiously chronicled student media in the same devoted way Jim Romenesko handled grown-up journalism until his retirement earlier this year.

I’ve followed the blog just as religiously, and many a conversation in the State Press newsroom or on social media was sparked by posts we saw about other schools. In a section of media that’s defined so much by its transience — you get a semester or a year, maybe two, as an editor and then you’re out — having this exhaustive chronicle of trends and collection of cool ideas was an invaluable resource. 

And where Romenesko often came with a bit of the cynicism and worry over what the changing face of journalism means for people’s livelihoods that’s so engrained in grown-up media, CMM kept the spirit of the boundless optimism and innovation found in student newsrooms, where the only restrictions were sleep, budgets and the occasional tyrannical administration. 

This summer, Dan began hosting weekly #collegemedia chats on Twitter, bringing together student editors, advisers and alumni to share their thoughts on media and stories about what worked or didn’t. The resulting conversations are full of invaluable advice from how to cover the 2016 elections to how to handle inevitable fuck-ups to what you get the editor or adviser who has everything.

After one of these early Twitter chats, Dan reached out to me for an interview for the CMM podcast about SP and our transition to an entirely digital structure. It’s  a story I’ve told so many times, in interviews with other media bloggers and bored journalism students who inexplicably chose to write about it for class, job and internship interviews and conversations with family and friends, but this was the first time the interviewer seemed as excited as I was about the story.

If you listen to any of the other recordings on that Soundcloud account, you’ll hear the same excitement over and over again. What you won’t hear on the recordings are the conversations he had once he turned off the recorder. In my case, we talked about Donald Trump, Gannett and what I wanted to do if I grow up, and Dan told me he’d send along any job opportunities he heard about. For this former student media star who ran in the summer to a relative’s Midwestern farm with her tail between her legs, it meant a lot to have someone I’d looked up to for ages validate my work again.

College media was lucky to have such a passionate scholar devoted to covering it, and with Dan’s unexpected and far too early death this week, it lost a lot. 

The Twitter chat will continue as scheduled on Sunday, with Washington State adviser Candace Baltz and Brett Fera, the interim Daily Wildcat adviser and former managing editor of the East Valley Tribune (Brett’s another one of the fantastic editors I was able to work with in college, and he’s been doing great stuff at the school down south) running it. It’s going to be dedicated to sharing the best advice and inspiration Dan gave student journos.

After Sunday, I really hope someone or some people are able to step up and continue the college media coverage and connections he facilitated since beginning his blog. It matters.

That’s why it’s so hard to leave now, because we didn’t just work at the Collegian. We grew up at the Collegian, and now we’re going away, to St. Petersburg and Allentown and Paris and Gainesville and a million, million other places, a million other newsrooms.
Ladies of the Board

The non-profit Skate Like A Girl helps to empower girls and women through skateboarding.

“Among the sea of men at the skate park, a young girl with long blonde hair breaks the boundaries. The boys are eyeing her to see if she is any good. Dressed in camo pants, a T-shirt, and a helmet adorned with stickers, she races down the bowl. Her lips purse as she rides down with fixated eyes.

Despite her small size, Zoe Safanda isn’t afraid of the bowl. The eleven-year-old has been skateboarding since she was five. She’s here to break all the ideas you have about skateboarding, and she’s not the only woman set on doing this.

Skateboarding is often seen as a sport for men, but thanks to organizations like Skate Like A Girl, more girls are getting involved in the skate scene. Skate Like a Girl (SLAG) founded in Olympia, Washington in 2000, is a non-profit committed to empowering girls, and women, through skateboarding clinics and classes. Since its establishment, the organization has relocated to Seattle and expanded with chapters in Portland and San Francisco.”

Story by Catherine Uy

Photo by Zhenya Sokolova

Read more about our cover story at 


This is how I spent my summer.

As the campus editor for my school’s independently student-produced newspaper. This is the editorial staff and the adviser.

It’s been a lot of ups and downs, but let me tell you—it was so worth it. From covering the breaking news of a student death on campus, to attending various workshops and getting to meet other media professionals from around the state, I’ve learned so much about this profession and just fallen even more in love with it.

I’ll refrain from getting any sappier and boring now.

CMANYC13 Day 1: Warm Up


This weekend, I’ve been given the oppurtunity of a lifetime, and from perhaps one of the most unexpected sources. I’m attending the College Media Conference (everything journalism, media and publication graphic design), the largest of its kind in the world, with other staff members of The Owl (PGCC’s newspaper). It’s all a bit hard for me to take it all in, but I’m just deciding to live in the moment- dream or not. It’s taking place at the same place we’re staying at-the Sheraton Times Square Hotel overlooking the media center of the world. The most unreal part of it all is that the commute, stay, and all meals, along with quite some spending money for other food and drinks here and there are covered by the college. Yes, this means I’m hitting every Starbucks in short radius and am returning a coffee expert.

I’m just here, able to do what I love- seeing, talking, relating, and connecting with some of the most incredibly creative and beautiful people I’ve ever met and enjoying the comfort of being surrounded by millions of strangers in an ideal urban setting.

Yes, I wish you were here. I wish quite a few of you were here to share this experience with me but, for some reason, it feels right knowing that I was meant to be here alone for this one.

Overwhelming Fanciness

Basically me at dinner a moment ago.

We went to Olive Garden (my first time at a “real” restaurant). I was never so lost before in my life when it comes to food. I don’t remember being trumped by SAT questions back in high school as I was by the menu at this place. Consider that I'm a guy that goes to Starbucks, points at pictures and says “I’ll have one of those!"  The fanciest stuff I’ve ever had in life was topped by the appetizers alone. And that in itself was odd to me completely- having three parts to a meal, each of which could fill me by itself. Quite frankly, the unnecessary fanciness was annoying the hell out of me. What? I very much enjoy the simplicities of life- sue me! Regardless, it was a lovely experience, but definitely not something I’d prefer doing too much. It made me happy to remember that I’m not really a food person.

The Conversation with CJ

While waiting for a table at Olive Garden (the wait time was 2 hours), we went walking about the area. We saw Mickey, Minnie, Elmo, Cookie Monster, and overly buff dudes. The street performers, including the best B-boys I’ve seen in person, were on-point and exactly how I expected them to be. 

But right outside the Olive Garden, as we waited to be joined by one of Chaz’s (our adviser) friends, someone caught my ear and then eye. I’ve never seen more of an improv. genius before. His job was to just promote a comedy club. It’s what he does these nights to get by. So as people walked by, he’d improv quick-fire conversations and remarks and just bounce off people’s energy, looks, and expressions. There were about 10 other people doing the same job for the same club at other ends of the blocks. He was different. And although the improv was incredible, it wasn’t what caught my attention. What caught me was what he was saying at a point. He started going on about how he just wants "everyone to smile, dammit!” He talked about how “everyone was taking things too seriously” and how “life’s really simpler than that” how everyone was just buying what they couldn’t afford and looking for happiness in the wrong places. He wasn’t just saying these things to say them. He meant them. It was what he stood for and those- those ideas and themes that he was going on about and getting chuckles out of people with, were what he learned in life. And I saw it. It was because of this that after everything was said, eaten, and done with the Owl crew, I decided to go looking for him again.

So we stood, at 12 a.m in the middle of Times Square, connecting. And though he didn’t have a penny to his name, he understood life. I truly believe he did. He had that intellectual maturity that almost everyone I know (albeit one other person so far- the one that opened my eyes) lacks. He said he was “in New York, living the dream,” and just doing what made him happy. He understood the simplicities in life and what really mattered. He talked about how people annoy him in general, but how he loves and appreciates the induvidual, and how he avoided people in groups because of what group-mentality does. It was perfect. Everything he said was just right. I believe that this conversation was what I was meant to wander the Square for tonight.

CJ was my “welcome to New York.” My warm-up.

To-Do List for Day 2 (for when I wake up in three hours) includes:

  1. Attending at least three design workshops.
  2. Getting my design work critiqued/torn up by some of the most badass people in the industry.
  3. Grabbing another cool cat (at least) and just roaming the town with him/her. Grabbing a drink, for sure. Hitting a comedy club or major store, maybe. Jumping into a street performance and joining for the hell of it. Something.
  4. Connecting with at least five designers or like-minded people at workshops and keeping up with them through social media networks as well. Making “insta-mates”, if you will.