These articles, in PDF format, represent my work as a freshman at Truckee Meadows Community College. They were published in the school’s student paper, The Echo throughout 2009.
I have lost a few of the articles I wrote and some of the dates are missing.
Many of these articles are single-source news articles and film reviews. I have provided additional comments under the link when I feel it is required. For example, there are editing errors that are not in my original submissions. Also, I did not write the headlines unless I state otherwise in my comments.
Published News Articles
My first published news article.
Front page! Above the crease!
This is really a book review, but it served as an advance for an upcoming speech at TMCC in 2009.
This article represents my first try at covering an advance and then the follow-up. It was also the first time I took pictures for an article. The pictures are not shown here, but I will post them soon.
This was an article I pocketed because I knew I would run short on stories the week after Dogtoberfest.
Editing note: The first word of this article should be “Government.” My original submission was correct. This is a printing error.
This was my final for the class, which focused on finding multiple sources.
This review of the free music website is clunky, but was a good exercise. I seem to spend more time promoting my musical tastes instead of explaining how the service works.
My last paragraph is cut off due to an error in the editing process after I submitted the article. I did not fall asleep at my computer. A bit too long for a film review, but I stand by my opinion.
My negative review of this film was published next to a review that loved the film. It was an interesting contrast, but I stand by my review. I watched the film again about a year ago, thinking I was perhaps a bit harsh toward Spike Jonze’s approach. It turns out I was being nice the first time!
This is one of those films no one remembers and for good reason.
I have always wanted to be a movie critic. As a child I would watch Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert talk about movies and thought they had the greatest job in the world. Critics get to watch movies and then get paid to write about them.
I would still love to do this.
However, like many people, I always thought that many negative reviews were being a bit smug or elitist. After all, can’t a film just be fun to watch? After “2012,” I began to understand that, yes; critics enjoy making clever quips about bad movies. However, this is because the film was worthy of such derision.