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Alumnus is first on scene at San Bernardino shooting

Alumnus is first on scene at San Bernardino shooting
University of La Verne alumnus Alex Vasquez, one of KNBC’s Inland Empire reporters, was the first journalist to arrive at the scene of the San Bernardino shooting Dec. 2 at the Inland Regional Center. The news van that Vasquez drives is the only one of its kind, with all-wheel drive. He says NBC gave him the van because he is ambitious and will go wherever he needs to get the story. / photo by Helen... 

Hunger challenge mocks poverty

Hunger challenge mocks poverty
editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff Buzzfeed writer Matthew Guiver recently took on a hunger challenge, in which he lived off food stamps for five days and wrote about his experiences. He is just the latest in a long line of journalists, politicians and celebrities who have done the same to raise awareness about poverty and hunger in the United States. While they have had good intentions, Guiver and... 

Commentary: There is room for women in sports, too

<i>Commentary</i>: There is room for women in sports, too
Jolene Nacapuy, Editor in Chief Women are not acknowledged enough or shown much respect in the sports world. This has gone on long enough. Women are starting to break the barriers, but it seems they remain in a man’s world, and that needs to change. Women are constantly treated as second-class citizens in the sports world. They have a limited role in professional sports and to me, that is not OK. The... 

Campus Times Podcast, Ep. 4: Charlie Neff

  TMZ News Desk Producer and University of La Verne graduate Charlie Neff stopped by our studio to chat about news gathering ethics, her journey to the entertainment business and Justin Bieber.  Read More →

Foolish news overshadows real issues

Foolish news overshadows real issues
Editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff and Des Delgadillo What began as a slow news day quickly became an internet free for all a few weeks ago, after some llamas got loose and a dress left people baffled. But as much as the headlines proclaimed the “Alpacalypse” or “What color is this dress?” the real takeaway from the most recent media frenzy sees too much focus on the absurd and too little... 

Williams deserved suspension

Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, has been suspended for six months without pay due to his fabrication of his personal experience during the Iraq War. Williams admitted to fabricating a story in which he said he was in a helicopter that was hit in 2003 while reporting on the Iraq War. However, he was actually in a separate helicopter one hour later and a war veteran revealed... 

FCC regulations threaten liberty

The Federal Communications Commission closed a study on how newsrooms operate after journalists and lawmakers protested saying the FCC was violating First Amendment rights. This was a failed trial run for the Multi Market Study of Critical Information Needs, or CIN, which the FCC planned to conduct every three years for Congress. The study included a survey that asked newsrooms how stories are selected... 

Get it right the first time

In times of terror, such as last week when the Boston Marathon bombings erupted into random attacks of violence by two unidentified suspects, citizens drew conclusions from past events to assume the cultural background of criminals and the reason for their attacks. When it was confirmed that the bombings were in fact a terror attack, the automatic reaction from some Americans was to assume that Muslims... 

Commentary: Media outlets: Stop objectifying women

<i>Commentary</i>: Media outlets: Stop objectifying women
Mariela Patron, News Editor Compared to past decades, women are now reaching new levels professionally as well as being further acknowledged for their capabilities and accomplishments. By becoming important figures in industries generally led by men, the impact women are making in America is undeniable. However, media outlets have been limiting the way women are represented intellectually by focusing... 

Fine journalism should be free

Set the scene: you are sitting at your computer, browsing the Los Angeles Times website and soaking in the various articles when suddenly a box appears asking if you want to have an online membership. Damn, that’s right you hit the allotted limit of articles for that month, which now means you either pay the subscription fee or scrounge around at another news site. In an article on Feb. 24 it was... 
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