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,…

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…

Fourth CSUF lockdown suspect arrested

Police arrested a fourth robbery suspect who caused a Cal State Fullerton lockdown as he and four other suspects fled onto campus after a pawn shop robbery, spurring a six-hour search in several buildings earlier this month. Roosevelt Andrew Fernandez, 26, of Compton was arrested Wednesday, Dec. 26. and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center…

Social War: A ‘Like’ and a Prayer

Social media mingles with war in the 21st century, and social media and war are just beginning to realize just how bizarre that is. This is an account of the 8-day conflict between Israel and Palestine in November 2012 that saw more than 150 casualties. It is the first Social War, a war centered on…

Tweeting the CSUF lockdown (Part I: Chaos)

A SWAT team roamed the campus, a helicopter flooded a searchlight onto Mihaylo Hall and students barricaded entrances to classrooms at Cal State Fullerton Wednesday as the campus went into lockdown. It was like Black Hawk Down. I was at the sixth floor of College Park, the building in the background in the photo above….

Better Days

“And you asked me what I want this year, And I try to make this kind and clear, Just the chance that maybe we’ll find better days. “I wish everyone was loved tonight And somehow stop this endless fight Just a chance that maybe we’ll find better days “So take these words and sing out…

Snow Day!

Students enjoy the snow slide in the Quad. Associated Students Inc. sponsored the annual Snow Day event at Cal State Fullerton Thursday.

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…

Captain America for President

Published in Tuesday’s Daily Titan. It’s October and the presidential election is in full swing. We watch as President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney debate, cheering our respective candidate while blotting out the other. And soon, perhaps during last night’s presidential debate, undecided voters must make their final decision with the election only 16…

Hispanic Heritage Week at CSUF

Students embrace the crowd after dancing to mariachi music in the front of the Humanities Building at Cal State Fullerton Thursday around 1 p.m. As part of Latino Heritage Week at CSUF (celebrating Latino Heritage Month), today was “El Mariachi Showcase.” The event continues tomorrow with a Chicano and Latino pep rally, 11 a.m. to…