Archive for March, 2011

Devil’s Playground Confrontation

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Arcata Eye Editor Visits CR Journalism Class

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

A rainy Wednesday turns up as one hell of an lesson-plan when Arcata Eye’s very own Kevin Hoover comes to speak to a journalism class in Arcata. A friend of instructor Dave Silverbrand shares his own on his new paper The Arcata Eye, he describes journalism in Arcata “a lot of fun” because “ you don’t have to pull teeth to get information“. Imagine a dentist with a broadcasting camera; maybe a good story in itself! He continues to express his passion for extracting interesting stories through out the city of Arcata. His goal is to “capture the essence” of the culture for his weekly paper, thus constantly required to stay on the ball and collect mind-magnet articles. Although he doesn’t tackle this on his own, he is constantly looking for what he calls “Stringers” Stringers can write up an article, set at a high bar of course, and send it over to him for an acceptance or a denial; he even talks good pay. If you think you have what it takes and you take your self seriously about writing, he is a contact you want to connect with for the benefit of your own opportunity, which remains completely unpredictable, or perhaps you merely like to see your name in print. Kevin goes on praising his hobby and work, “the fun side of journalism is that the door is always open”, all though it’s not all fun and games as Kevin also explains that “deadlines are unavoidable, the printing press is going to run no matter what, so it is up to you to feed it. It is an incredible discipline”. Although at times challenging, those experienced in journalism strongly believe that the grind never fails their craving for a good grounding.If interested you may want to visit www.arcataeye.com.

Article by Stephanie Diegan

Local Drowning Tragedy — Why No Coverage?

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Local radio is supposed to provide a community feel and immediacy that paints a picture that citizens are comfortable with and something that they can count on.  That is why I was so surprised yesterday (March 6) that I could not find adequate coverage on the local stations in regards to the drowning death of a 21 month old baby in a stroller at the Bonnie Gool Pier.  I happened to be down near the scene when it happened, rowing a boat only 100 feet from the incident, one that unfortunately I did not see.  I noticed a gathering at the Pier of concerned citizens and a plethora of coast guard officials along with Eureka police.  Nobody quite knew what was happening, a coast guard employee would not tell me, but the rumors ranged from the stroller rolling off the pier (out of sight of the father) – to the baby being stolen – to the whole thing being a hoax.  

An hour after the incident was called in, and while coast guard officials had still not found the baby, there finally appeared to be a man with a professional looking telephoto camera but I saw no news trucks or recording devices.  While officials were dragging the bottom of the bay near the pier and divers were suiting up, nobody was interviewing the crowd as far as I could see and when I got home I found no news on local radio.  Later that day on NBC 3 the Sunday evening news led off with the story which had some pictures but only about 30 seconds of copy and no interviews.  The Time-Standard had a couple of paragraphs that evening but nothing in-depth. 

While I watched this whole incident play out from the parking lot of the Adorni Center I thought to myself how this story would be one of the biggest of the year for a small town such as Eureka.  The bigger story appears to be the lack of news coverage to such a tragic event. 

 

CR News Students Profile Arcata Plaza

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011