The Life of a College Journalist

Journalism is a lifestyle, not a job. Everyday you prepare for news. If you’re not updated with popular news then you are left behind like a dust in the air. Everything from public relation skills, communicating, expecting arrogance from professional athletes and public figures, it’s all an everyday lifestyle.

This field requires every person to have thick skin.

Being in college, especially if you’re motivated and hungry to excel at your craft, this field can be a headache, but it’s promising. Probably the most competitive field out there. The closest lifestyle to being a professional athlete or public figure there is. Deadlines are a priority. If you miss a deadline whether for a sports gig, newspaper article, or any story idea, then there is somebody else out there that is that much closer to eclipsing you as a talent. No babies or little boys in the field. It’s a grown man and grown woman field. Only the strong survive. You must have thick skin.

If you are true to your craft then you’ll enjoy every bit of your curriculum. It may not be easy work, but you will soak everything you learn, grind, and look forward to class discussions and hands on activity.

*If you are a lazy person, then this lifestyle is not for you.

*You must study the established and pros in your field. People who are successful and cam from the same shoes as you.

*Live your college life like you’re already in the career. Be everywhere, know what’s going on.

*Get as many highlight reels, hands on opportunities, and develop a well-rounded skill-set.

*CONNECT, NETWORK, MEET AS MANY PEOPLE in your field EVERYWHERE. More times than not it’s about who you know.

*Be social media engaged.

*Portfolio is everything. The employers want to see what you can do instantly.

The opportunities are very competitive and scarce, so this field requires the best of the best. Or in some cases getting your feet into the door. The last thing you want is for somebody who is not qualified or somebody you’re better than to get an opportunity over you because you didn’t meet the right people.

 

 

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Dr. Almeida knows what he’s talking about

Life is a journey that we must enjoy. It is pointless for anyone to truly plan what their next step is. The former, my friends, is really up to God, not you or me. I live my life to the fullest under the label “Carpe Diem,” which in Latin means seize the day. I love to […]

via Don’t Complain About Life. Seek Alternatives, Instead. — Dr. Luis C. Almeida

Reggie Jackson May Be On One Way Ticket Elsewhere

It is time for the Pistons to trade their starting point guard Reggie Jackson and allow the backup floor general Ish Smith to run the offense.

The Pistons started the season without Jackson due to a knee injury. During that time the Pistons were a top 5 defensive team and had an overall record of 11-10. They are currently 25-28 and the number 8th seed in the Eastern Conference with Jackson returning as the head man.

Jackson is more of the prototypical “modern-day point guard”. He’s  6’3 208lbs, averaging 16 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists per game, with a score first mentality . Ish Smith is a tradional pass first point guard who thrives in getting the entire team involved and pushing the tempo. He’s only listed at 6’0 but regardless of his size, he’s the better defender.

The players have expressed more happiness with Ish on the floor rather than Reggie. Reggie is a solid player, but he tends to have the tunnel vision and head-strong mentality and shot selection that his former teammate Russell Westbrook plays with every game. Ish is a below average offensive player, but with him on the floor players like Marcus Morris, Jon Leuer and Tobias Harris played some of the best basketball of their careers.

NBA Analyst and former hall of fame player Charles Barkley stated on TNT after a Detroit loss to Boston that “the problem with Detroit is that they have players there who thinks they’re better than what they really are.”

Self-explanatory.

Head Coach Stan Van Gundy signed Reggie Jackson two seasons ago to a 5-year 80 million dollar contract. The Pistons reached the playoffs and were expected to make that leap into conference contention this season. It has easily been the exact opposite and it all starts with the primary decision maker.

Starting shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is in his contract year. He’s averaging 14 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists, and he’s only 23 years old. Sources have confirmed that he will be demanding 20 million dollars this upcoming offseason. With the core being young the Pistons have major decisions to make about the future.

Tom Brady is the Greatest QB of All-Time

Tom Brady improves to 5-2 in SuperBowl games as the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Houston.

It was the first overtime game in a SuperBowl game in NFL history. It was one of the most dramatical games you will ever watch. The Falcons scored the first two touchdowns and led 28-3 going into the 3rd quarter.

A Matt Ryan’ led Falcons team seemed as if they have arrived and were on their way to a championship. The team seemed too young, too athletic and too explosive for the veteran Patriots from the first hike. Patriots’ running back LeGarrette Blount was benched after the 1st quarter because he could not find any offense.

The Falcons’ defense and offense was burned out during the entire 2nd half.

Tom Brady threw for 466 yards, 62 pass attempts and scored 2 touchdowns for the entire game. The Falcons did not score during the second half.

If Tom Brady were to retire today his legacy would be set and stoned as being the greatest quarterback of all-time. He accomplished what players like Payton Manning, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, John Elway, Brett Favre, and the other all-time greats could not. 5 championships with 1 team.

Hot Rubber In The Bulls Front Office

The Bulls front office should be under a telescope, if not now then very soon if things don’t change.

They signed Derrick Rose to a 94 million dollar contract in 2012, which you really can’t fault because it was fresh after his MVP season. He gets injured and misses nearly two full seasons. Sources have said that there were times that he was able to play, but chose not to. Basically getting paid to sit on the bench and watch his team compete, and watch Jimmy Bulter emerge into a star. The Bulls have went through a plethora of point guards including Nate Robinson, D.J. Augstin, and Aaron Brooks, while reaching the playoffs each year under Tom Tibbs.

They signed Pau Gasol in the summer of 2015, in hopes of knocking off the Cleveland Cavaliers featuring LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Pau Gasol was not enough. Then they fired head coach Tom Thibbs, who had the Bulls a top 5 defensive team every season. Then they hired rookie head coach Fred Holberg.

The summer of 2016 they signed Rajon Rondo and an aging Dwayne Wade. Two credible veterans and champions, but they have a history of injuries, and neither player spreads the floor, which has always been a concern in Chicago. Not to mention, they’re both ball dominate guards. Oh, I forgot, Jimmy Butler is also on that team. One of the main reasons why they release Derrick Rose was to give the team to Jimmy Butler as the franchise player.

The team is mediocre, they’re fighting just to stay in the playoff picture, there are chemistry and locker room issues. Rondo, Butler, and Wade have publicly spoken out to the media about their inputs on the teams’ mindset and thoughts. Now it seems as if it is Dwayne Wade and Jimmy Butler against the entire team, because the younger players have said that they wish that those two would practice more, and Rondo basically questioned their leadership.

The team is exactly where most experts and journalists predicted they would be. Fighting for a final playoff position. They are not a super team, since that seems to have became the narrative with every team that puts together former all-stars.

If the Bulls wish to have any hopes of improving for the future they should trade both Wade and Rondo for younger athletic players and build around Jimmy Butler and 2015 and 2016 draft picks Doug Mcdermott and Denzel Valentine. Both players are younger, and decent shooters from the perimeter.

Jimmy Butler is in his prime and he’s not getting any younger. It would be a crime to waste a talent like that.