Issue 3: Letter from the Editor

Alas, the crew is back from the ONA Conference in Los Angeles where we networked with professionals in the Journalism industry from all over the world. Over the course of three days there were various workshops, career fairs, mixers, all in order to help fellow journalists hone their craft. For some this meant moving into other ventures.

What I gathered from talking to representatives from the LA Times, Gannett, as well as others is that social media is key. I guess it's time to get purge the old tweets from high school and start using social media like Twitter and Instagram as a way to connect and gather news. I also learned from a colleague that journalists like their coffee, free food, and booze. It was an informative conference to say the least.

In this issue, we keep with the theme of social media by taking a closer look at the benefits of maintaining an active social media presence. While keeping your head in the sand about social media might seem like an easy way out, it is not quite logical. In fact, what I learned from my time at the conference is that job recruiters will research your social media footprint to gather your web skills and ability to properly utilize an online platform to promote or inform.

In other news, writer Jacob Hirsohn reviews the albums you've probably been obsessing over (for better or worse) as of recent.

While Drake's name undoubtedly elicits gasps and bowing motions, Jacob takes a less popular stance and explains why Drake's music has become overrated in recent years.

Equally anticipated album's include Fetty Wap's debut album, "1989" by Ryan Adams, and "Slim Season" by Young Thug. This is a popular time for hip hop music which seems to be dominating the mainstream.

Lastly, Health & Lifestyle Editor Bailey Peraita recounts the countless struggles in her life dealing with harassment from men. This is a persistent issue in society that women deal with and Bailey really drives it home with the message that men aren't entitled to sex and getting what they want. No example rings louder in my head then than the Isla Vista shootings last year in Santa Barbara.

While there may have been a mental illness in the case of Elliot Rogers, there is still the underlying issue of entitlement that certain men have that cause them to think that women belong to them or owe them something, as if they are property.

In Bailey's case, potentially dangerous situations didn't go much further than a general feeling of disgust or annoyance, but it only takes one tragedy to reevaluate society's problems.

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