Day 8 – Some lemon Hot Cheetos and a sunset

A sunset view from Joe West // Photo by Maya Diaz, Mosaic Staff

A sunset view from Joe West // Photo by Maya Diaz, Mosaic Staff

A portrait of the evening's spoils: Hot Cheetos Lime

A portrait of the evening’s spoils: Hot Cheetos Lime

By Maya Diaz, Mosaic Staff

Today was the day that I got my final edits on my first news story!! That’s pretty exciting I mean I wasn’t even sure I would get one news story done. On to the next one, but I’m still trying to figure out what my next story will be. Today Joe gave us the good, the bad, and the ugly lesson on writing op eds, and to be honest I was really excited that we were given the chance to write one. The problem is though, I don’t know what to write about.

Some good things that happened: the sunset was wonderful, Shy bought me some LEMON Hot Cheetos, and we have story time with Joe. I’m kind of sad that MOSAIC is almost over. I’m going to miss everyone a lot.


Day 8 – The value of sleep

Mosaic staff Lauryn Luescher and Sophie Penn pose for a photo between stories.

Mosaic staff Lauryn Luescher and Sophie Penn pose for a photo between stories.

By Lauryn Luescher, Mosaic Staff

We have now been in Mosaic for about nine days and the most important thing I have learned here is the value of sleep. We are just beginning week two and we are all really good friends and we want to talk and hang out all night, but that doesn’t leave much room for sleep. The funniest thing is that when we are all in the lounge really late at night we are so exhausted yet we continue to talk and laugh all night long. This morning we had Joe’s opinion writing lecture, and it was very informative and funny, but I couldn’t keep my eyes open. Joe is a great teacher and even let us throw paper balls at him. I hope I have time to write an Op-Ed because Joe really sold it and got everyone excited about it. The only issue is that deadline is quickly approaching and the next couple of days will be crazy, but stress produces some of the most amazing work and I can’t wait to see the finished product.

Day 8 – Two (not)Broke Girls and a Very Elusive Light Rail

By Emily Luong, Mosaic Staff

The first half of today was ordinary. We basically stayed in the newsroom, ate vegan food for lunch (it actually wasn’t bad at all), and worked until 5. But at 5, the day’s adventures began.

My second article is about the rise of food trucks in the Bay Area, so Creo took Sophie and me to Moveable Feast at Blossom Hill, where we were greeted with…four food trucks and seven attendees. Immediate flashbacks to the disaster that was Off the Grid began, but Sophie and I ventured into the fray anyways. We grabbed some pork-covered tater tots and Sophie took pictures that made it seem like there were more people there than there actually were. We started profiling the people there like how Joe does whenever we go anywhere, and determined that everyone that was present was young and white. Jazz music was playing and business was really slow, so we were worried that the escapade would be unsuccessful.

Then, out of nowhere, the people started flocking in and EDM started playing. It was like Moveable Feast did a complete 180…the parking lot was full of minorities and people were walking around everywhere. The waffle truck and Porky’s SJ got the most business, so after taking a few pictures, Sophie and I grabbed a Waffle Your Way and demolished it in 5 minutes. Then we got a text from Creo that there was too much traffic, so we should take the light rail. Simple enough, right? Not for Sophie and me…

We sat…at a bus station…for 15 minutes. A Bus. Station. And we were completely oblivious to why the only buses coming by were…buses…and not light rails….I couldn’t make this up if I tried. Then, we went exploring to see if maybe the light rail came in at a different section, and FINALLY found it. The light rail experience didn’t end there, though. We couldn’t figure out which one went toward San Jose, and eventually, if it was a light rail at all. When the Santa Teresa light rail came by, Sophie and I flagged down two guys who came out of it. The conversation went something like this:

Sophie: Excuse me?

Guys: Yeah?

Sophie: What’s a light rail? I mean, is this the light rail?

Guys: Yes…………………………..

So finally, we discerned that, indeed, we were in the right place, bought tickets, and got onto the correct light rail. Inside, we found a guy with a puppy inside his backpack and a guy who was late to meet his wife (as we found out from his very audible phone conversation).

When we reached our destination and walked back to SJSU, Sophie had an epiphany that required energy drinks. Off to Safeway. However, outside of Safeway, a young homeless woman asked for a quarter. There, the second adventure of the night began.

Inside of Safeway, Sophie grabbed her energy drink, but could not stop thinking about the homeless woman. She of the golden heart was compelled to buy something for the woman to eat for dinner, so we went on a cruise around the store to find some sort of packaged sandwich, which we eventually tracked down near the cash register.

Of course, Sophie was more than excited to give the sandwich away. One problem: the woman was gone. In her place was a police officer, patrolling the store for panhandlers. My girl was heartbroken, and I mean heartbroken. She wandered aimlessly around for a few minutes, trying in vain to find the woman. Then, we turned the corner.

There, we found the Honeymooners: the homeless couple that most of Mosaic had met during Joe’s Nightlife Tour. Sophie hadn’t met them, but had heard a lot about them, so we went over, introduced each other, and had a nice conversation about how Mosaic was going and possible sources for stories on the homeless. Sophie produced her sandwich, gave it to the Honeymooners, and then we finally left for dorms, closing our two-hour adventure finding our way back home.


Day 6 – Finally, a day off

The staff pore over their stories after deadline. // Photo by Sheyenne Rowel, Mosaic Staff

The staff pore over their stories after deadline. // Photo by Sheyenne Rowel, Mosaic Staff

By Sheyenne Rowel, Mosaic Staff

Today is the aftermath of the first deadline. Tension in the newsroom is low, but it’s building up again as we approach our next stories. Submitting our drafts was a huge boulder lifted from our necks. Now, editors are red marking our documents. We are fixing the mistakes to perfection. Chuck, a proofreading guru, has been very helpful in this process. Journalism is a new ground I walk on, but I’ve been able to stay on path with his guidance.

Tomorrow we are taking a much needed trip to San Francisco. Fun in the fog could inspire a new chronicle. The Castro, Tenderloin, Mission, Fillmore, and Bayview District hold endless uncovered stories. I am excited to take a day off in the city I was borned and raised. It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to show off that I have a sense of direction.

Our day in the newsroom ends at 3:00pm, but we know news never stops.