Video produced for SF State's Golden Gate Xpress
By James Wyatt and Shaylyn Martos
A fire began to rapidly spread overnight on Sept. 27 at 3:48 a.m. in Sonoma County. Originating from a bushfire near Deer Park, two additional fires have started alongside it and have quickly grown to 11,000 acres. According to CAL Fire, the fire has been burning at a dangerous rate and had spread across Sonoma County. A red-flag warning was put to effect Sunday morning for strong and gusty offshore winds, low humidity and dry fuels. Certain parts of Napa and Sonoma county have already issued evacuation orders, including cities of Calistoga and Santa Rosa. The fires currently not contained at all, and the cause is still under investigation.
There is an infinite amount of information available to us online, from #StormArea51 to #BlackoutTuesday, Fox News to Al Jazeera, and every meme you could ever think of. Who, and what can we trust? How can we help? These issues apply to all people, not just journalists like our staff at the Golden Gate Xpress.
So here are five steps to building your media literacy skills for revolution. These are meant to be done in order; if you can’t finish one step, you can’t move on to the next.
1. Trust your instincts, Trust your gut
2. Find the source
3. Check their reputation
4. See previous work, Ask what’s missing
5. Choose to share, subscribe or ignore
It is easy to get lost or overwhelmed. Journalists receive years of training in analyzing information, but others rarely get the experience. But as with every skill, with time you become faster and faster and more adept at figuring out what’s been said, what hasn’t, and what you should do about it. Here’s your first five steps.
Check out the written feature of this story for Xpress Magazine here. Happy analyzing!
The National Press Photographer's Association chapter at SF State holds tons of events like this #DollarStore photo shoot for student photographers to explore new techniques. This semester I am serving as the chapter treasurer.
Last week our shoot focused on experimenting with colored gels with our chapter president, Maddison October, and another member Matt Orso, who likes to stay strictly behind the lens. Sometimes photogs make the best models, but not often!
In the summer of 2019 I bought my first film camera, a Canon FTb from the 70s.
And I fell. Through each click and klunk I fell harder for the feeling of permanence, the sureness of film photography. Here are some of my favorite moments captured on my first roll, Ilford HP5 Plus, printed on June 12.
PS. I showed my new purchase to two photography professors who both gasped and said excitedly, "That was my first camera!"
Loving and letting go
Bonnie Law doesn't fit into the mold of what society thinks a girl should be. She's a queer, androgynous teenager from Hong Kong who moved to the United States for university. Bonnie studies music at San Francisco State and uses her connections with resource groups on campus to educate her peers about the LGBTQ+ community. Though she is out and proud stateside, Bonnie still hasn't shared this major part of her life with her family.
These photos were published on Sept. 20, 2017.
Tensions were high on Sept. 3 in Barrio Logan, San Diego when a white nationalist Facebook group planned to have a pizza picnic in the community-made Chicano Park. According to a leaked email chain, the group wanted to protest the murals in the park.
The group was met with hundreds of the Barrio Logan Community as well as the San Diego Police Department and was quickly escorted out of the park. The Brown Berets De Aztlan, a Chicano nationalist group founded in East Los Angeles, was present and provided security for the community.
These photos were published on April 30, 2018.
This photo set was fun but challenging to shoot. It began when my old managing editor was given the opportunity to review the Esthetician Department at San Diego City College. She jumped at the opportunity, and asked me to photograph her facial.
We went into the appointment a bit apprehensive, although our student esthetician, Kameal Thomas, set us both at ease. The environment was both clinical and calming, and my colleague's skin looked great after her service.
The musical put on by the Drama Department my last semester at San Diego City College was one of my favorites, "The Rocky Horror Show." I had great pleasure in photographing the show and getting to know the cast.
A truly moving and memorable stint, "The Rock Horror Show" ran from April 20-28 and was directed by department head Katie Rhodda. Trevor Peringer played the eccentric Dr. Frank-N-Furter, and David McKenna and Alyssa Salacup shined as naïve couple Brad and Janet.
These photos were published on April 18, 2018.
"Newscene," San Diego City College's weekly student-run newscast
From January 2017 to May 2018 I was a part of SDCC's award winning 30-minute newscast, "Newscene." This was such a fulfilling and eye-opening part of my education in multimedia journalism, and I am very glad I got to learn among such a talented team. We would rotate positions on the show, so I gained experience anchoring, producing, directing, and operation a weekly newscast. At this time, I was also the editor-in-chief of SDCC's newspaper City Times and our magazine Legend.