More Newsy News


So this post is going to be a little more serious than my other, because it involves the video that I am going to be using for my 4th project of this class. Sadly I decided I wanted to be serious and do my project on the acquittance and dash cam footage of Jeronimo Yanez, the man who killed Philando Castile.

On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile was shot dead at the hands of a police officer pulling him over. The video of his wife live streaming the aftermath went viral within hours and Officer Yanez was detained for questioning soon thereafter.

After almost a year of trials and court hearing, on June 16, 2017, Yanez was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter. On the  Tuesday after, authorities released the webcam footage showing the incident.

Both videos can be seen below.

Here’s the dash cam footage of what happened before Philando Castile was shot.


So that’s that, here’s a tweet.



News News Newsy News News

Wow, I’m losing my title touch. That was terrible.

Anyways. So for this blog I’m going to talk about a popular news site called Newsy.

So is a video news site that focuses on context more than the story. They do a lot of research and make sure that they are presenting the facts instead of just trying to evoke an emotion in people.

Just from going through the site and viewing some of the videos, I can tell that the people that work here REALLY care about news. Not like other people that only care about the attention that the news gets them.

Newsy compresses long stories into 1-2 minute clips that just explains what the news is and doesn’t add all of the extra stuff that normal news outlets add just to have it in there.

Definitely liking Newsy and I think I’m going to be checking them out more often now that I’m aware of them.

Time for a tweet.


Ayyyeee Margaritas!!! Jk I’m not 21…

Hey y’all

Do I always start my blogs like that? I didn’t mean to make that my brand but I guess here we are. Let’s go with it.

So I’m here, I’m sober, but nobody else was at the 2017 Tampa Bay Margarita Festival last Saturday, May 27th, 2017. So that was fun.

Technically I wasn’t even supposed to be there because you have to be 21+ to get in, and at the time I was 19 years and 363 days old. (I’m 20 now so comment Happy Birthday so that I can feel better about myself.)

But, since I’m currently interning with Media Cre8tors, the media company for MEGA TV, they got me in. The people at the front didn’t even ID me so that was great. Even better was that we got ‘sponsor’ RFID bracelets that would give us unlimited drinks at the festival. So of course being the good little boy I was I drank like 10 bottles of water because it was over 95 degrees that day and I almost had a heat stroke. But that’s not the point of this blog post and now I’m just basically complaining.

The point is that we took a lot of pictures. More to the point is that I took a lot of pictures. So that’s what my photo journalism project is going to be about.

I’m going to try to tell the story of happy people drinking margaritas. I want to show the superficial and alcohol-induced joy that the people that attended the 2017 Tampa Bay Margarita Festival felt.

Yippee, here’s a tweet.


Lol this is going to be good…

Hey y’all I’m back.

How was you’re Memorial Day weekend? Did you have fun? I hope you didn’t go to the beach. That’s pretty much a plead for insanity.

You know what I never understood. Why do people that literally live 0-30 minutes away from the beach decide to go the the beach on federal holidays. Like I get why people that are from other parts of the country go on vacation to the beach, because they can’t usually go and 3 day weekends make that trip less stressful. By why in the world would somebody from the Tampa Bay area literally go through all of the traffic and parking and crowds and trouble to go somewhere that they could literally go any f**king day of the year??? Like it just grinds all of my gears.

Sorry I got off topic, rant over. What even is this blog post about? Oh yeah.

So for my service journalism project I want to do probably the most controversial article I have ever written, “20 Reasons Why You Should Be A Feminist.”

I have written something of this sort before but it was a lot shorter and a while ago. It was more of a ‘why I am a feminist’ kind of story and it was before I learned about a lot of other stuff that has happened in more recent years. So I want to redo and rewrite this concept into more of a persuasive service journalism article.

I can’t wait to start on it, I just wish I had more time and space to work EVERYTHING in. But I guess for now I’ll shorten the list down to 20 to make my life easier.

Time for a tweet.

^^^ Funny part is I did and I didn’t get on it.


Cause I may be bad, but I’m perfectly good at interviews…

Sex in the air, I don’t care I love the smell of interviews.

Honestly sing those lyrics instead Riri. Glad you’re reading. Looking forward to hearing it.

Hey how’s it going. I’m back. The boy is back. The boys are back? That’s a song right? I mean I’m on a computer so I could look it up. But I won’t. I love a good mystery.

So like I mentioned before I did my interview the other day woohoo.

It was fun. Like I said, Victoria Beltran (the person I interviewed if you still are not aware) was really nice and she gave me a great topic to write about. I was really happy that I interviewed her.

So how did I prepare you may be asking. I mean you probably aren’t but here you go anyways.

So my first step in getting ready for this interview was basically watching and re-watching Victoria’s (yes we’re on a first name basis, ooh how scandalous) TEDx talk video. I wanted to know as much as I could about the topic before I went into the interview. Interestingly enough, I’ve actually studied this kind of stuff before. In turn, I knew a lot of what she was talking about but I still did a lot of research on the subject. I spent a couple of hours going through other articles and interviews and stories and statistics on sex education and by the end, I knew I was ready. I went into the interview comfortable and confident.

Thankfully, the whole process went pretty smoothly. I didn’t run into any troubles before, during, or after the interview so I’m very happy about how it turned out. And because it went so smoothly, I was able to write the article in a few hours!

I am very happy with how this story turned out and I hope that other people see the importance in the subject. I really hope that the Hawkeye wants to publish my story, in all honesty that would make me feel amazing.

Anyways, that was way too sappy for me here’s another stupid tweet:


So Let Me Hold You, Girl Caress My Body. I Got Some Questions For You. Turn Me On, Turn Me On…

Geez Louise that was a long title.

Who exactly is Louise? What did she do to become a Wisconsin meme? Is she okay? I’m so sorry girl. I hope you’re reading this.

Anyways, so I did my interview.

It was actually a lot of fun, Victoria was really nice and she was a great person to interview. She talked A LOT, which was awesome because I got so much information that I was looking for. I barely had to ask her questions because she started hitting all of the points I wanted to get to! The only real questions I asked her were the same ones I had in my last blog post, which included:

  • Why are you interested in reforming sex education?
  • What in your opinion is wrong about our current system for sex education?
  • What effects does the current system of sex education have on students?
  • (If not mentioned in previous answer) What about for LGBT+ youth?
  • What do you have to say to people that say a more comprehensive sex education is unethical?

But it was great! I got so many amazing quotes from her and the conversation showed me exactly what direction I wanted to take with the story.

I did my interview on Friday and I was able to write the article over the weekend.

Here’s a sneak peak at the beginning 😉

It’s on everyone’s mind, but not on everyone’s lips.


The one thing that can turn any conversation awkward immediately. The thing that no one really wants to talk about. The thing that people have made up words for so they don’t have to say it.

Words and phrases like “doing the do”, “doing it”, and even “fradoodling” or “scoodilypooping” (yes, I have personally heard people using that word before) are all different euphemisms that are used because, well, it’s weird to openly talk about sex.

Why is that? …

The rest is great too.

I love it so much and although it isn’t specifically required, I’ll probably post the whole thing on this site if it doesn’t get published to the Hawkeye. So if you are interested in reading the whole thing, keep your eye out!

Time for your daily dose of my 140 character thought process:



Sex Baby, Let’s Ask Some Questions…y

Hey what’s up I’m back. So in this post I’m going to talk about an interview that I’m planning.

So first off an introduction to who I’m interviewing. I want to interview Victoria Beltran, the Public Health Educator at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

Just a little background, Victoria Beltran, M.P.H., C.H.E.S., joined the USFSP Wellness Center in 2013 as the Public Health Educator. She received her B.A. in Psychology from New York University, her Master of Public  Health degree from Emory University, is a Certified Health Education Specialist, and received a certification in Sexuality Education from the University of Michigan. Beltran has worked at the CDC, non-profit organizations, and hospitals. According to her biography on the USFSP Wellness Center website, her areas of interest include sexual health, alcohol and other drugs, LGBTQIA+ health issues, healthy relationships, domestic and relationship violence prevention, nutrition and healthy cooking, program planning, and evaluation. [SOURCE]

Beltran did a TEDx talk a little over a year ago about reforming sex education that I watched and was very interested in. You can watch the TEDx talk here:

I love what she had to say so I want to talk to her a little more about the topic and write an article based off of it.

This is a list of the questions I want to ask during our interview:

  • Why are you interested in reforming sex education?
  • What in your opinion is wrong about our current system for sex education?
  • What effects does the current system of sex education have on students?
  • (If not mentioned in previous answer) What about for LGBT+ youth?
  • What do you have to say to people that say a more comprehensive sex education is unethical?

I’m very excited to have this interview and get her in-depth opinion on this topic.

Ok well fun time is over time to get on a more serious note with a very serious tweet:

Till next time.