Channels editors reminisce about spring semester 2022 – The Channels

Rodrigo Hernandez

From left, photo editor August Lawrence, sports editor Eric Evelhoch, editor Rodrigo Hernandez and editor Bianca Ascencio on Wednesday, April 27 at the Winslow-Maxwell Overlook at City College in Santa Barbara, Calif. first and foremost looking back to the spring semester, with Ascencio returning as editor for fall 2022.

Another semester has passed, part online and part in person, and for many editors this will be their last term. Each semester offers new challenges and opportunities for Channels staff members to learn and deepen their journalistic knowledge, and this semester was no different. Through the highs, lows and everything in between, The Channels editorial board shares its most memorable moments from the spring semester 2022.

Rodrigo Hernandez, Chief Editor

The last five semesters I have spent at The Channels have been the most formative experiences of my life so far. Saying goodbye after a year as editor has been a bit surreal since I started as an editor in the spring of 2020. My first semester at the online journal was rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the rest of the world. Reporting from home was a challenge our former editorial boards quickly adapted to, but it’s refreshing to be back in person, even if we have to wear masks. The first five weeks of this Spring 2022 semester were spent online before reporting on campus. While it may have seemed daunting, past experiences reporting online made for a smooth transition back to the newsroom.

Although each semester is full of challenges, like not having an editor and most editors do double duty, I can honestly say that this team was the most efficient team I have worked with. Having only three other editors to copy articles last semester caused long hours in the newsroom, often ending at 3 or 4 p.m. Adding four copy editors to our production this semester has greatly improved our productivity, finishing by 1:30 or 2:00 p.m. at the latest. . Along with the production progress, each of our writers was able to approach their pace with confidence and had the opportunity to take photos or be part of a Voices video. My biggest highlight of this semester was attending the JACC Conference in Long Beach and be able to connect with my team, learn from other student journalists and professionals in the field, and lead The Channels to win 16 awards in total. It was my second time shooting a baseball game, and I ended up taking first place in the sports photo contest, second place for feature film writing, and an honorable mention for feature film photography. . As someone who doesn’t follow sports, it definitely came as a surprise. Being able to take more photos this semester is also another of my highlights because it was a skill I didn’t know I had but wanted to hone.

Now that I am a graduate and heading to CSUN in the fall, it gives me great pleasure to announce that Editor-in-Chief Bianca Ascencio will be the new Editor-in-Chief of The Channels, with an all-female Editorial Board . My goal as a publisher was to cultivate an environment where everyone felt like they were not just part of a class, but part of a team where everyone can be themselves and produce phenomenal content by doing it. doing. It has been an honor to hold responsibility for this title for a year and to continue The Channels’ decades-long legacy.

August Laurent, photo editor

Having attended The Channels for six semesters, I can safely say that my time here brought back fond memories. From covering my first Associate Student Government meetings and jazz performances during my first semester as a writer, to dispatching as a photo editor to capture events for full photo essays. The opportunities and learning moments I have had during my time have been incredible and that is something I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. This semester, partly online and partly in person, forced me to learn how to quickly adapt and change with the environment. The people I met through The Channels also changed my life. I’d like to thank Channels Lab tech assistant John Rose for always being willing to answer my ignorant camera questions and for almost always being willing to help. I would also like to thank Darleene Principe, Channels Advisor, for her kindness and openness to me and my learning style. I have thrived more in these past two semesters than any other in my educational career. This past semester has also been special, in part because it was my last as a Channels staff member. I will miss the daily interactions with other students and the energy you get after seeing your work published. I’m excited for my future but grateful for all my experiences at The Channels student newspaper.

Eric Evelhoch, sports editor

I am more than happy to leave The Channels in the hands of so many talented writers and editors. One of my favorite things this semester was seeing how our writers took on the challenge of being journalists, and not only accepted the role, but embraced it. I’m glad we have leaders from every sports season who are willing to tell the story of the teams they’ve covered.

Staff writer Ally Budde has gone from a mid-block defender to a writer who shuts down opponents so she can reboot them and tell their stories, while adding an extra analytical lens. Returning writer Robert Gormish learned how game-by-game can create even more impactful game stories.

As a sports team, we decided we could recap multi-day events so we could credit people like Ensley Letterman and Irey Sandholt for their best individual results. We recognize teams like track and field, women’s swimming and diving, and golf teams as they continue to set the standard for their sport. We gave the game coverage people expect from The Channels, but we also got some Rebound stuff that’s the kind of global coverage the teams deserve.

Sports at City College have been in a strange situation for several seasons, not thanks to the difficulties imposed by the pandemic. Still, student-athletes and squads have flourished and continue to put the Vaqueros in good stead.

It was an honor to cover City College sports.

Bianca Ascensio, Feature Editor

This semester has been by far one of my most memorable on The Channels and I am so grateful to have had such a motivated team. I must assume the role Arts and Entertainment and Feature Editor this semester and discovered my passion for feature writing. With that, this semester, I was able to bring the voices of unsung heroes to City College with Vital Vaqueros. It was important to me because I think during the pandemic a lot of people have been asked to step in and take on a lot of roles to build the potential of City College. I am very grateful for this experience and for the authors who contributed to this section.

Another highlight of my semester was being able to attend my first JACC in Long Beach. It was such a fun experience and I think it really helped to bond as a team with those who went. It brought us all closer and also made me appreciate my team because of how they comforted me after not winning any awards. Another first for me was being part of a Voices team with Rodrigo and Eric. It was a super cool experience because in my previous three semesters I had never done one. I’m super proud of the team, especially after we all went through our own tough times, it was nice to know the news team was always behind us and there to talk. I really took into consideration not only my sanity, but also the sanity of the writers and other editors during this semester and did the usual “vibe checks”. This team was able to produce under pressure and we came out on top, even after having to start the first five weeks of the semester online.

After this semester, I will graduate with a liberal arts degree, but after much encouragement from my advisor, family, and friends, I will return to The Channels in the fall as editor. I look forward to what fall has in store for us with a brand new team.

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