Sunday, January 31, 2010

Happiness

In my Management Communications class we were assigned to write and explain the most important word to us and why. I believe the most important word is HAPPINESS. It means different things to different people. To me, happiness is being with close friends and family.

Happiness is being content. It's flying into Sky Harbor Airport and realizing I'm almost home.
It's sitting by a fire and playing my favorite game, CatchPhrase, with all of my favorite people. And winning. It's eating an entire Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad. It's meeting new people and forming new relationships.
Happiness is traveling, seeing new places, and learning new things.

Happiness is accomplishing something I once viewed unattainable. It's getting good grades. It's walking out of the Testing Center having taken my last final of the semester.It's making to-do lists and crossing each item off.
Happiness is wearing Rainbows and shorts, and riding bikes in the summertime.

Happiness is baseball games. It's Mesa in March when the orange blossoms are in full bloom. It's Tia Rosa's Salsa Verde. Happiness is coming home to Apt. #426.
Happiness is late night talks with my main man, Con.

Happiness entails many things. And for that, I am so grateful, because most days are extremely happy.
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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Help Haiti

While getting ready on Friday night I tuned into "Hope for Haiti Now". Over 25 networks worldwide aired the 2-hour telethon, organized by George Clooney. I honestly just sat on my couch and cried as celebrities told stories of individuals suffering in Haiti. Anderson Cooper reported live from Haiti throughout the night, interviewing children who were rescued days after the earthquake only to learn all of their family members had been killed. My heart aches for Haiti. I feel sick inside when I watch the news or read articles about the fatalities. Besides setting a record for the most money raised by a disaster relief telethon, the charity's Hope for Haiti album - featuring performances on the telethon by Beyonce, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Madonna, T. Swift, Bruce Spingsteen, Christina Aguilera, Coldplay, etc., became the largest one-day album pre-order in iTunes history. Quite impressive.

I can't believe the tragedy. With death estimates ranging from 50,000-200,000, bodies were first piled in front of the morgue, just to be relocated to mass graves. Most are unidentifiable. All are laid to rest without proper Haitain burial rituals, an extremely significant aspect of their culture. Haitians are known to spend more money on burial procedures than their living conditions.



A recent NY Times article quoted Anderson Cooper one of the first nights he arrived in Haiti. "Hug a loved one close and thank God you are not in Port-au-Prince tonight."

I hear it's caos. I hear survivors are struggling to find food, water, and adequate medical attention. I can't even imagine the difficulties they are facing. And as I sit in my comfortable apartment I feel guilty. I feel fortunate. I feel blessed. I wonder how I got so lucky.

Haiti, I am so sorry. I cry for you. I pray for you. My heart goes out to you. There are people everywhere pulling for you.
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The Debut Of The New Do...

Okay...here it is...the "I Had To Cut My Hair In Order To Be A Weather Anchor" haircut. It has been a long time coming. I go live on the BYU Daily News on Monday, so I definitely waited until the LAST minute. Our News Director said that shoulder-length hair will not only be encouraged, but also enforced. So, I gave in. People in the Broadcast program have asked, "Do you want the date or do you want the job?" My response, "Why can't I have both?!" For now, four hours and four inches later, looks like I chose the job.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Cute Cupcakes

Look out Provo…a new hang out has hit the scene this year. The Cocoa Bean Cupcake Café is my new favorite dessert place. Bold statement, I know. For those of you who know me well, know I L-O-V-E my treats and never pass an opportunity for a late night dessert run. So naturally, after a hefty meal at Goodwood on Saturday night, we decided to give the Cocoa Bean Cupcake Café a try. My good friend, Emily, works there and she surprised us one day and brought home some samples. Needless to say, I was hooked.

The Café has select cupcakes they make each day in mini, regular, and jumbo sizes. From their “Better Than Whatever” to “Red Velvet” flavors they are sure to please. Additionally, they also make Italian Sodas and Lattés made from cocoa beans instead of coffee beans, a real selling point to the Provo crowd. As of yet, I can’t get enough. Sweet Tooth Fairy, you now have some competition. Best of wishes Cocoa Bean, I hope you have a successful first year on University Avenue. I’m sure my personal frequent visits will keep you in business.
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Thursday, January 7, 2010

What Is Journalism? Who Is A Journalist?

This is my first assignment for my Principles of Journalism and Management Communications classes. It reminds me of something Socrates might ask a Broadcast Journalism student. He was known to pose simple, yet complex questions to people regarding the heart of what they study. For instance, he would ask lawyers, "What is ethics?" or artists, "What is beauty?" I assume he was trying to question their real knowledge in their chosen field. He would ask questions, and in turn hope that would create more questions. There it is - The Socratic Method. So now, as a budding broadcast student, it is my turn. I learn something new about my major each day, so I don't claim to be an expert, or anything close to it. Nevertheless, here is my best attempt.

I feel that journalism is ever changing, especially in today's world with new technology and mass media. Journalism is the skill of conveying news and information through different mediums, including television, newspapers, magazines, radio, and the Internet. It is the process of gathering information, performing intense research - sometimes on a time crunch, and presenting it to the public in a way that will be informative and beneficial to them. In a way, it enables the public to stay free and self-governing. It is the government's watchdog. And a journalist is someone who seeks the truth, does everything in their capacity to find it, and then presents it in a timely, interesting manner. This may sound broad and maybe even vague. But from my personal, extremely amateur experience, broadcast journalism is so much more than that. It's finding compelling, significant story ideas. It's researching, learning about the topic. It's calling, conducting interviews, filming. And that's just the beginning. Then, writing conversationally. Then voicing, editing. And finally, going live and telling your viewer to listen up - this is what I've been working on all day - and here's why it's important to you. So, there...as of now, this is what I want to do with my life! Hopefully you find that satisfactory, Socrates.
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New Semester, New Blog

Since I returned from my London Study Abroad this past summer, I have been MIA from the blogging world. However, now with a new semester, new courses, new memories, I have decided to start things back up again! It may also have everything to do with blogging requirements for two of my classes this semester. Comms 239 - Principles of Journalism, which I have put off until the end of my program, and also Mcom 320 - Business and Management Communications, which is my very last, final General Education Course here at beloved BYU. So here goes. Here's to another semester, my sixth as a Cougar to be exact. Only three left. Yes, you heard me, three. Then, I guess it's time to grow up...or to get more education. We will see. As for now, I will post things for classes as well for fun too. Go Cougs.
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