Thoughts on Journalism as a Career

Assistant professor at University of Oregon, Hector Tobar, expresses his positive stance on journalism as a career.

He believes, the best journalist have the capability to, “connect with readers, viewers and listeners by being open-minded and compassionate”.

Tobar does not sugar-coat the whole career as very rewarding experience he does explain the consequences of being a journalist could be sometimes your own life.

Tobar talks about numerous journalist that put themselves in harms way just for the story, and ultimately end up dying.

With that being said, Tobar says, “ignore the gloom that surrounds the profession and its future. People will always have an appetite for true stories well told”.

He wants young journalist to get out there are tell the stories that need to be told for the world to know.

He says, “[The people] will never stop wanting essential information, delivered quickly and accurately”, so basically there will always be a need for the news.


Thoughts on Journalism as a Career

MCOM 100W Likes & Dislikes

I enjoyed the semester in our quaint MCOM 100W class, but there was an assignment I did not enjoy as much.

I absolutely dreaded our very first assignment, the All About Me assignment, because I hate to write about myself.

I disliked this assignment because not only did I have to write about myself, but I had to tell a story about the most compelling experience I have had that represents who I am.

At 23 years old, I have lived in the Bay Area all my life and under comfortable conditions, so that doesn’t exactly scream wild adventures every day.

There are people my age that probably have had an amazing experience or story to tell, but I struggled with finding my compelling experience.

Not only did I have a hard time choosing a topic, but writing the assignment in the correct format a little hard at first.

Since this was our first blog assignment I had to make sure it was in the correct format, which I have never used before,  and use the correct APA style format which I wasn’t too familiar with.

Enough with the bad and on to the good.

My favorite assignment this semester was the Mystery Character assignment, because I enjoyed thinking of clever and descriptive ways of how to describe my character.

I also thought it was fun listening to my other classmate’s creative descriptions of their characters.

I think everyone really got to have fun with this assignment because we could pick any character we wanted.

I liked that we also got to guess in class each other’s mystery characters for extra credit points!

It was hard trying to make it class on a Friday every week, since I’ve never had a Friday class before, but I really enjoyed this semester.

I learned a lot more about grammar this year and proper APA style.

It was hard at first to get used to the different styles of writing, but I finally feel more confident with this writing style.

I feel that I am not the best writer I can be because there is always room for improvement, but I do see that I’m doing better than when I started writing in the beginning of the semester.

MCOM 100W Likes & Dislikes


Family and friends mourn the loss of the beloved Foodie Adventures YouTuber and blogger, Allison Tsukamoto.

Tsukamoto died, on Friday, Oct. 30, 2030, from choking on a slice of cheese pizza in Florence, Italy.

She was filming for a new YouTube episode, and when taking the first bite of this delectable, and highly raved about pizza, unfortunately it was her last.

Tsukamoto was accompanied by childhood friend, Natalie Alexander, who was helping her film.

“I didn’t know what to do?!…We tried helping her but it was too late,” Alexander solemnly said.

Before Tsukamoto became the YouTube sensation host for Foodie Adventures; she grew up and spent most of her life in the Bay Area.

In her earlier years, she lived with her sister, Samantha, and parents Kyle and Pamela Tsukamoto in San Mateo, Calif.

Then moved out of the house to attend college at SJSU, where she graduated as a public relations student in 2016.

Once Tsukamoto graduated, she began traveling and posting her adventures on a YouTube channel which soon gathered a large following.

She blogged detailed descriptions of her food, where you can find it and how to get it.

While creating Foodie Guides for popular tourist locations, like the Disneyland Resort.

In the Foodie Guides she explains the best places to eat at a specific location arranged by cuisines or prices.

She left us too soon, at 38.

She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and foodie followers.


Japanese Internment Camp Memorial

Ruth Asawa created a bronze sculpture with vignettes depicting life for the Japanese before and during the internment camps.

The memorial has two stories life of Japanese coming to America and starting their life.

The other side of the memorial shows the life of Japanese Americans living in internment camps.

On the side where Japanese begin their life in America, vignettes show families walking across a bridge of water to farm environment.

The families are carrying some small bags with whatever belongings they could take from their original home.

As you scan the vignettes from left to right, the people go from moving in to working in farms, and then you see people being put in buses and having evacuation sales.

A Japanese family has a small fire in front of their home burning all Japanese related items from the flag, to lanterns, and even a little girl’s doll.

A little girl is hurled onto her father’s back trying to stop him from putting her doll in the flames.

A woman covering her face as her husband is about to toss a lantern, and samurai sword in the fire.

Next to them a large sign reads, EVACTUATION SALE.

The little girl next to the sign holding her doll is crying into her arm as she walks towards her father.

On the far right of this image there is a soldier hammering the notice to Japanese Americans they will be evacuating their homes on May 23, 1942.

There are two Japanese business men watching the soldier.

Their expressions are upset because they will have to leave everything they have done behind because they are being moved to “relocation sites”.

On the other side of the memorial, the camps looks very crowded, and where people can get food shows two people fighting over the table.

Adults do not seem to be pleased with where they are but most children don’t seem too upset.

Two small boys are shown walking in baseball uniforms one with a bat over his shoulder, and the other with a glove on his hand.

The boys are happy and smiling.

Another vignette shows people getting a drawing or painting lesson.

I would not say because these images are pleasant that what happened in all the internment camps was like this.

We should not forget this memorial was made and dedicated to the Japanese Americans that were denied their constitutional rights because they had Japanese ancestry.

Asawa says, “Let their story remind us of our shared responsibility to uphold the moral rights of all individuals at all times.”


Japanese Internment Camp Memorial