Last days of MOSAIC

Margaret Lin // Mosaic Staff Photographer
The Mosaic Class of 2012 walks through downtown San Jose.

By Silvia Cardona-Tapia // Mosaic Staff Writer

The last days of mosaic have been GOING BY FAST and I can’t believe that tomorrow is the last day. I know I’m going to miss our Mosaic family. This Mosaic class of 2012 is by far the best class of Mosaic EVER! My roommates have shown that they will be there thick or thin, day or night. They will be there crying with you or laughing with you, showing their emotions to you. Tears run down my face knowing that I might not see them a year from now. Joe, our dorm dad and Mosaic director, taught me to be myself, be loud, and ask a lot of questions. I came with an open mind and curiosity about being a reporter, but now I really do think this is the job for me. Thank you Mosaic Class of 2012 for being another family to me. SEE YA NEXT YEAR FOR THE REUNION. SIGNING OFF SILVIA.

Deadline = Daisies and rainbows?

Margaret Lin // Mosaic Staff Photographer
Lexy Brown clowns around at dinner.

By Walter Teng-Tran // Mosaic Staff Writer

Deadline. I had it all together, all it needed was a few small touches and that’s it, and it’ll be all daisies and rainbows.

Well, that’s how I thought it would go.
I was soon met with my editor and my story drowned in blue ink. I wasn’t thinking properly as she walked towards me as I was mentally slapping myself silly. However, my editor showed only mercy, patting my back softly as I banged my head on the desk repeatedly.

Well, it’s not as bad as I’m over exaggerating it to be, it was a learning experience. I have an idea of what to do now to fix it, and everything shall be well.

Deadline Day is not so dead.

Gabe Quintela interviews professional soccer player Chris Wondolowski.
Margaret Lin // Mosaic Staff Photographer

By Gabe Quintela // Mosaic Staff Writer

I have no intention of being obnoxious or self-centered but today wasn’t an extremely stressful day for me. I went into today having already turned in two drafts and instead spent the day finishing up my second article. I wrote about Ariel Hsing, a 16 year old table tennis player who is going to the Olympics to represent the U.S. The focus of the article was how Hsing is able to manage playing table tennis at an Olympic level and keep her excellent grades. Hsing has committed everything to the sport she loves and is really an inspiring story.

Later in the day I partook in a conference call with several professional journalists in which we held a press call with Frank Yallop and Jon Busch the coach and starting goalkeeper of the Earthquakes respectively. This was an amazing experience for me because I got to listen to how professional journalists operate and how I fit in with the crowd. I’ve grown a lot from today’s responsibility and each day I’m more impressed with the program.

Not enough time

Jasna Hodzic cuddles Mr. Wizard Jr.
Margaret Lin // Mosaic Staff Photographer

By Silvia Cardona-Tapia // Mosaic Staff Writer

As the first week of Mosaic is almost done, I keeping thinking why is Mosaic not a year-round school? I wish I had more than two weeks with these amazing people. Nobody in the class of 2012 of Mosaic is going to forget anyone and everyone will remember our silly adventures. I know I will not forget all these amazing, kind, and wonderful people.

A Photographer’s POV

Jewel Devorawood taking pictures of her fellow staffers.
Margaret Lin // Mosaic Staff Photographer

By Jewel Devorawood // Mosaic Staff Photographer

Now that you’ve had a chance to be introduced to the reporters on staff, let me give you little bit of a photographic perspective.

Aside from myself there are four other photographers this year. Nhat, our teacher has definitely let us have free reign of the cameras and photo assignments, essentially sending us off into the world to experiment and learn through trial and error.

This approach to teaching has helped me learn to self-correct and really think about my shots before I take them.

The thing that people don’t realize about photojournalism is that it is much more then just pressing a button or, as my school friends seem to believe, just having a nice camera to make all your shots look amazing.

Photojournalism is all about capturing that moment, and really working with the reporters to convey the emotions that they are writing about in their stories.

So far I’ve been on two assignments one to a local Ethiopian restaurant to take some delicious food photos, and another to photograph an Olympic athlete.

No big deal, just a five time gold medalist for the United States of America, Kerri Walsh, a six-foot three beach volleyball all-star.

I got the chance thanks to Mr. Elliott Almond to photograph Ms. Walsh during a private farewell party in Saratoga California.

This photo assignment has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I have watched her on ESPN do her volleyball thing, but actually seeing her in person?!?! That was a different story.

She definitely lives up to her nickname, “Six feet of sunshine.” Her naturally calm aura and her visibly open-heart were so easy to capture on my Canon.

Looking back at the photos she seemed to be glowing, and in every single shot Kerri was all smiles. She had the elegance of a true Olympian.

Meeting Kerri Walsh, actually photographing her, and getting the chance to have a conversation with the volleyball champion is an experience I will never forget.

So I’d say, for only being day three and having shot multiple pictures of a volleyball legend, Mosaic is definitely going to be a really great experience.

Until next time, blogosphere.

I feel like a real journalist

Nashra Anwer walks to an assignment with fellow reporters.
Margaret Lin // Mosaic Staff Photographer

By Tanya Raja // Mosaic Staff Writer

I feel like a real journalist.

After conducting a lovely interview with a friendly student entrepreneur, I walked back into the news room feeling successful and satisfied.

This isn’t hard, I thought.

Then, I found out that the person I interviewed was allegedly fired from an internship two years ago for participating in some sketchy business.

After calling him again to ask about the veracity of this accusation, I received strange and hesitant answers.

Now I have to figure out whether to include this information or take him completely out of my article.

Okay, so it may not be the most exciting of adventures, but today has definitely rekindled my “little kid” curiosity and interest in finding answers.

Also, the kitchen has a lot of food, so that’s awesome.