The media’s rapid coverage of the #NavyYardShooting

Even as SWAT teams, snipers and armed Metropolitan Police officers were swarming the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., news of the #NavyYardShooting was trending worldwide on Twitter. At least one gunman, but perhaps two more, killed multiple people and injured several others on Monday morning at or near the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters…

The Life and Death of a Bill at a State College

“Cal State Fullerton Email Policy” is a bill that was never meant to be. Its first public appearance, in a Sept. 5, 2002 Cal State Fullerton Academic Senate document, simply informs the senators that an email policy is being drafted. Its next appearance, two weeks later, however, foreshadows the bill’s muddled future: “The proposed e-mail (sic)…

A reporter is being forced to testify against his source

U.S. Circuit Court says reporter must testify against CIA leaker A New York Times reporter who wrote a book on national security using an anonymous CIA agent who leaked him classified documents is being forced to testify in court. The U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, in Virginia, said on Friday that reporter James Risen,…

Journalism is adapting in the 21st century

You don’t have to work at a news organization with a fancy news van to be a journalist. A journalist is one who writes about current topics, local or national, and can be a blogger, a CNN reporter, or just a citizen writing down government proceedings. The caveat, however, is that a journalist adheres to…

Letter to a college journalist

And 7 tips to become a better reporter _____________________ I have been a serious journalist for nearly a year now, beginning as a staff writer last spring then moving up to a copy editor this fall for my school newspaper at Cal State Fullerton. Editing has given me an acute sense of how journalism works…

Journalists play word of the day

Fire! We started playing word of the day at the newspaper. Basically we have a word and try to cram it into the newspaper somewhere. For those unfamiliar, I’m a copy editor at the Daily Titan in and the copy desk edits and proofreads the entire newspaper. We started the game Sunday when our teaser…

Writing tip: Captivate readers with an interesting lead

Wells Fargo Orange County President Ben Alvarado presents a new car to a Cal State Fullerton student who won a contest. Here’s how I covered the story. Photos by Tim Worden. Traditionally, creative leads are shunned from hard news stories. Those are for features, we think. Absolutely not. Creative leads can be used in news…

Photo Challenge: Mine (the Newsroom)

This is my newsroom, where I work as a copy editor for The Daily Titan, my college newspaper. I took these tonight during production to show a few of the editors as well as my computer and workspace. The guy in the white with a pen in his mouth in the first and last picture…

Learning to be a newspaper Copy Editor

You know the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld? Yeah, this isn’t about him, except I was thinking of him since I now work as a Grammar Nazi. I am a Copy Editor at Cal State Fullerton’s newspaper, The Daily Titan, where I ensure that the newspaper has proper facts, grammar and style. Journalists are a passionate…