Ex Blog #3: Rivalry Week in College Football

Most professors I’ve had in the past that had the task of teaching us the do’s and don’ts in academic and professional writing, would cringe at me writing choosing to use a cliche such as this one: it’s that time of year. Well the heck with that portion of the doctrine because in sports, by golly cliches seem part of the game. In the last week of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, universities across the country typically compete against each other’s fiercest rival. For my Florida Gators, it is the garnet and gold wearing Florida State Seminoles, for Michigan it’s Ohio State, for Harvard it’s Yale. You get the idea. At this point I would prefer you those to keep reading who thoroughly enjoy college football.

What I love about college football more so than the NFL, is the passion from my fellow die-hard fans. A Tennessee Titans jersey for instance, doesn’t go beyond it’s layers of blue to represent decades of school tradition, be it song, dance, and any tradition passed down over the years. Every player and every game is a representation of your school and thus you in a way, leaving a connection stronger than any glitzy over produced Jerry Dome. Then there are the statistics. Of course we sport robots only recount them once a year, usually at the same predictable time every year.

This year hasn’t seen a great deal of regular season upsets, however tomorrows list of rivalry games, just may come with a few shocking climaxes. One upset we’re not looking for is any against the Florida Gators. The Tampa Times this morning, confirms we haven’t beat the Seminoles in Gainesville since 2009! The last ten years can really be summed up to Alabama’s dominance over the rest of the league. The Tide didn’t take home a national championship last year however, and the loss of their Hawaiian gun-slinger, leaves may believing they will fall on the road to rival Auburn Saturday night. That means not winning a title in back to back seasons, the first time that has happened since the arrival of Nick Saban. Speaking of dominance, Ohio State has beaten rival Michigan 14 of their last 15 meetings. Home field advantage may be another winner this weekend, and serve as a long awaited upset. Most of the games tomorrow don’t hold alot of weight when it comes to playoff implications. One game that may be overlooked though that not many are focusing on, #12 Wisconsin at #8 Minnesota. Just watch it, and the golden gophers may have a cinderalla story worth seeing.

Ex Blog #2: Messianic Judaism

Setting, place, destination, what are our surroundings? Well I can paint the scene for you from my converted-garage-now bedroom, where I am looking out the white three pannel window at a cozy Temple Terrace neighborhood. The birds are certainly singing, and the squirrels are letting out whatever one might call the sound they make. The point is, we’re not at a bar, WHEW; it’s safe to talk about politics or religion.

One of my best friends lives in northern Idaho with his wife and small dog. They He absoultely loves it, except for his recent job where he’s been working at a small mom n’ pop restaurant owned and operated by a large Irish-American family. The family is huge, big enough to assume they are Catholic, but they’re not, they practice what is called Messianic Judaism. From my understanding before looking this up, it means Christians that also partake in Jewish traditions. One of Wikipedia’s sources on the issue notes that “Messianic believers generally consider the written Torah, the five books of Moses, to remain in force as a continuing covenant, revised by Jesus and the Apostles in the New Testament, that is to be observed both morally and ritually” (“Defining the Old and New Covenant”).

As a Catholic, I was always taught to revere God in a way that stays true to sacraments and older tradition, but following the Old Testament seems to be almost counterintuitive. The obvious question stemming from this topic overall, is it realistically possible to truly be both a Jew and a Christian? Of course one can trace their Jewish heritage to a group of people, thereby creating a distinction in an factual race than only a religion as with Christianity. I was taught that Jesus came down to earth to acknowledge the old, but firmly stand by the new way. I’m interested to see what you all think. As Christmas approaches, we remember and honor the time that Jesus was born and came into the world to redeem the world. After his time on earth was finished, did Jesus want his followers to stick to Jewish customs or adopt more liberal practices (happy-go-lucky approach in some cases), focusing only on Jesus and their church’s interpretations?

Ex Blog #1: Adobe Rush

For those not innately gifted with audio and or video editing ability, a user friendly program is crucial. Growing up, the early going Microsoft video editor software were at times of course simplistic for their time for what you could create, however the layout itself was typically confusing and time consuming.

The idea of cropping images used to be a chore, but with Rush, all clips and images are on a visible timeline. Easy to use dragging tools allow the user to minimize sections of a clip they want to view or have hidden. The scissors tool makes it so clips can be split, making them easier to trim down. Once you find a site that allows for downloading YouTube clips effectively, it is a one-step click to add media clips into your project. I really enjoyed working with the title slides and transitions. The right side of the program features tabs like titles, audio, transitions. Each tab has easy to use templates to choose from and simply drag into your video. The audio was easy to import and also trim down. The great feature with audio, was the ducting feature, where you could have a soundbite or music play in the background underneath any audio. I can’t reiterate it enough, Adobe Rush is the first video editing software that brings users of all levels together.

Blog 10

“Ten presidential candidates will make their case to voters during the fifth Democratic debate in Atlanta”.


Drum roll please…It’s a big surprise I chose a story on Andrew Yang and or politics. It seems so natural, and natural that it is yet time again for another democratic presidential debate. While Georgia almost lost its governor race to a Democrat in 2018, trends are on the upward for the party even in the south. This is probably why the debate is in the Georgia tomorrow, apart from just having to travel around the country. Is the southern part of the country ready for a leader like Yang or Bernie Sanders? Time will tell, and so will the televisions tomorrow night. The video does a great job hyping up the debate but with facts and keeps things honest.


Well, I don’t exactly have the most experience in photojournalism. In fact, while I find it quite interesting, photography has never been my thing. Despite media convergence and the advanced technologies with camera phones for instance, I still can’t manage to snap that perfect image or photo.

My audio story is involves country music, and I thought I could carry on the theme with our photojournalism stories. But how can I obtain a picture that tells this story of country pop and this evolution of country music that has heavily changed in the last decade?

Looking back at the powerpoint, the images are captivating. They draw the viewer or reader in. Be it Tiananmen Square, V-J Day, celebrating the end of WWII, or the picture of Albert Einstein, each photo captures a story.

I think instead of going the country music route, I may try to capture a photo of the sunset at the riverwalk, adjacent to the newly developed Armature Works. I work on the property and the scene during the early evening right by the water is amazing! The right photo would tell a story about the beauty of the area, how far it has come in the last few years, and the potential for other areas in Tampa to reestablish themselves.

Service Learning Story

If one were to write about a politician, I would think it would fall under a background or personality profile piece. Andrew Yang is the talk of the town. If you forgot I was thinking about writing about the crowd-surfing entrepreneur, maybe you have set eyes on my #YangGang navy blue t-shirt.

My service-learning story could fall under three different categories in our class study: research studies, background, and personality profile. Since I am promoting one individual, naturally the burden is one me to describe who Andrew Yang is today, and details about his background that led him to run for president. The greatest challenge and meat of the piece is the research aspect. CNN asks on YouTube, “How far can $1,000 a month take Andrew Yang?”, and Yang’s proposed freedom dividend will be a solid portion of the research. I will explain what universal basic income is and how Yang proposes to pay for it. The data from the research highlights restructuring our economy to better assess the mental health and well being of every American citizen. As I have previously mentioned, the next presidential election draws closer and closer. It is important to feature that candidate that is a breath of fresh air, and perhaps has real solutions to America’s toughest problems.

Let’s Focus!

Whether you are a fan of the signature red hat or are praying for impeachment, informed citizens collectively want to know if President Trump will win reelection in 2020. For the moment, the president and first lady lie comfortably in their oval office oasis, while what felt like one hundred democratic presidential candidate hopefuls, thought it would be a good idea to all run for president at the same time. What began as nearly a 30 person confused and muddled pool of skilled manipulators trying to somehow stand out, only one truly has. He is businessman and entrepreneur, Andrew Yang.

With three debates in and finally down to 10 candidates, Yang has more than stood out. He isn’t a politician, he’s a problem solver. Appearing on every talk show imaginable, many being conservative platforms, Yang consistently and calmly provides concrete, logical answers to the tough questions. As a problem solver, Yang seeks to help prevent a real and ever reaching threat, job loss due to automation from technology. This isn’t a Terminator movie, it is everyday life. It’s working at call centers, retail, banks, movie theaters, truck drivers, fast food and food service jobs that will see be replaced by technology and artificial intelligence in the coming decades.

While the election is 11 months away, it is getting closer, and one can feel it in the air. Andrew Yang is feeling it too, his status is currently rising in the polls, recently polling higher than Senator Kamala Harris in her own state of California.

If you must takeaway one thing, it’s Yang’s proposal of the freedom dividend. Why should you care? Well if Yang’s proposal of $1,000 a month to every adult goes through, it would help pay financial aid, help eliminate student loan debt, help pay the rent while being able to focus on school and other duties, etc.

Getting the support from recognized economists and local citizen opinion of local economists on both sides as well as how local citizens feel about a freedom dividend is key to the success of Yang’s story.