Mercury News Staff Writer David Early shares stories from the field with the Mosaic class. // Photo by Imran Najam
By Mitchell Lai, Mosaic Staff Writer
Today was the first day in the newsroom, and I can simply describe this experience as inspiring. Rather than writing about everything that went on today, I want to focus in on something that altered my perspective on journalism, our talk with David Early. I felt as though our talk with David Early is something I will carry with me for the rest of this program and probably for the rest of my life. I remember asking him the question, “What is the biggest takeaway or lesson from being a news reporter for all these years?” “It’s the ability to tell a good story,” he replied. “Everything has a story, and it’s your job as a reporter to tell that story.” I think that reply will change the way I approach journalism for the rest of my life. Rather than looking for facts per se, Early emphasized the importance of finding some memorable detail, or in other words, finding the “magic” of journalism. I think this mindset will play a large role in my first story, which will be about teen homelessness in San Jose and the impacts of affordable housing on teen homelessness. Anyway, I’m looking forward to working with Rob (my editor) and my peers for the remainder of the program.
The 2016 Mosaic staff listens intently to David Early’s words of wisdom. // Photo by Imran Najam
By Sophie Penn, Mosaic Staff Writer
Starting my first day of work at Mosaic was a little overwhelming at first. Coming into the program for photography when I have almost no experience taking pictures was daunting to say the least.
In the morning, David Early spoke to us about journalism and the Mercury News. His stories of his experiences writing, and his obvious passion for journalism was inspiring. By the time he had finished talking, I was ready to jump out of my seat and set out to change the world.
After we took a quick lunch break, we met with our editors. There are only 3 photographers, which means we will probably be spread a little thin the next two weeks. After getting my camera and playing around with the settings for a while, I began to grow more comfortable with the instrument. I’m looking forward to starting assignments, and I hope to be able to incorporate video journalism into my projects as well. I can’t wait to see what the next two weeks will bring!
Mosaic staff writers Shauli Bar-On and Avni Prasad work on their stories in the Spartan Daily newsroom. // Photo by Imran Najam
By Shauli Bar-On, Mosaic Staff Writer
Pre Day 1 — June 12th
Checked into wrong dorm in the female wing… whoops. Not a problem; I switched rooms right away and was happy to meet my roommate Mitchell. We clicked right away. Can’t wait to spend two weeks sharing a room with him!
Day 1 — June 13
Met my editor Claudia and began working on my story right away with Avni. We’re focussing on sexual consent being taught in high schools. We’re trying to answer the question “how do you teach about rape when sex is such a taboo subject?”
I made my first call for Mosaic today. I’ve been talking to district superintendents, California legislators and concerned students and parents. They are always very impressed and honored to be contacted from Mosaic and take us reporters seriously. Lot’s of quality work on the way!
Mosaic instructor Rob Salonga meets with his reporters // Photo by Imran Najam
By Everett Bang, Mosaic Staff Writer
“Put anything on it. Like you can put, ‘God it feels good to be a gangster.’ Put a joke or something.” Thanks Imran, that really narrows it down. Meeting people and trying to remember names of 17 other individuals is a difficult task, but I’m trying my best and I want to spend more time with the others on different days.
David Early, quite a character with such a plethora of knowledge, and a reporter who can get to the “guts” of an interviewee. I was quite in awe of such a person who would gladly depart with such imagery and great storytelling capabilities.
Mitchell and I spent our lunch at Dakao, a place with superb banh mi (Vietnamese Sandwiches) and it was heaven. For $3.00, a sandwich with a variety of meats from pork to meatballs, to vegetarians and pate. It was far, but time and effort well spent. Check off for lunch!
It was time. Meeting our editors. Names started to be picked off and there was a tense moment that hung around the room. “Mitchell… Maya… Wfah… Everett. With Rob!” Shoot, I was stuck with the guy with the reputation of graphic language. Alright, sure. I can work with this. Crime. The basic theme, I can work with that.