2019 Fall STAFF
Dakota Castets-Didier is returning for his third semester on The Corsair staff. Acting as Editor-in-Chief last semester, Castets-Didier will be acting as the News Editor for the Fall semester. In addition to his work with media through The Corsair, Castets-Didier has been an assistant in TV writers offices for shows such as Hawaii Five-O and McGyver. Until his departure to Japan in January, Castets-Didier intends to spend the next several months improving the quality of The Corsair in any way that he can, drinking roughly 27 cups of coffee a day, and screaming at Red Sox games until his face turns as red as the team members' jerseys.
Hi, my name is Evan Minniti and this is my second year at Santa Monica College. I am a journalism major, and I am getting an associate’s degree in photography. Since my freshman year of high school, I have been involved in student journalism in one way, shape, or form. This is my second semester as Opinion Editor. Outside of class you can find me cooking, walking my dogs, reading too much, and procrastinating from doing my homework.
Hi, my name is Andrew Boone, and I'm the Design Editor for The Corsair. I'm getting my photography degree at SMC with hopes of making photography my career. I enjoy watching movies and analyzing cinematography and story structure, as well as learning new musical instruments, like piano, cello, and guitar.
-STAFF WRITER/ Photographer-
Originally from Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, Shayn Almeida attended Green Mountain College in Vermont as an English major before taking time off to travel.
He attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood CA., earned a degree in Recording & Sound Engineering, and worked as a sound engineer and product specialist for Native Instruments.
Writing throughout high school and college, Shayn continued to write from within the music industry covering music production techniques, hardware/software reviews, new music reviews, and personality profiles for magazines such as URB, BPM, Future Music Magazine and, most recently, covering Arts & Culture for The Santa Monica Daily and The Corsair Newspapers.
With a focus on Holistic Health, the Arts, Music, Yoga, DJ'ing, and writing about Dance Culture, Shayn Almeida is currently pursuing a degree in Journalism and Multimedia Storytelling from Santa Monica College.
Aleah Antonio is an SMC sophomore and a first-time staff writer for The Corsair. Aleah has written and edited past publications, such as her high school’s newspaper (Great Oak High School’s “Great Oak Gazette”), yearbook, and zines. When she isn’t writing, Aleah goes to local shows and concerts around Los Angeles or reads books under the big tree in SMC’s art complex.
-STAFF WRITER/ Photographer-
First and foremost, I would like to give a warm welcome to all my fellow Corsair readers. I’m Markeis Jefferson and this is my first semester with being a part of The Corsair. I’m currently a journalism major in my final semester at Santa Monica College. I decided to join The Corsair to gain a valuable experience within journalism. I feel like The Corsair could give me a great deal of challenge, excitement and teachable lessons that I can take with me for the rest of my life. As long as I could remember writing has always been a passion of mine. Within writing I'm able to express my inner most thoughts in the best way possible. I think that there is no greater feeling than writing something that comes straight from the heart. People can appreciate your writing more when they sense and feel the sincerity in your writing. My ultimate goal for joining The Corsair is to share my spin on Journalism. Overall, I'm looking forward to sharing my journalistic talents with you all this semester.
Josh Nicoloro is a photojournalist and videographer. He has experience working with subjects such as landscape photography, portraiture, music videos, documentaries, and event photography. Through his position as photographer with The Corsair this semester, Nicoloro hopes to broaden his portfolio and expand his range of coverage.
Maybelline is in her second year at Santa Monica College. She likes exploring new places and she enjoys hiking. She also enjoys learning about what's new in the fashion world. This year Maybelline hopes to cover some events happening in the community and get out of her comfort zone.
Michael Goldsmith recently relocated to his native Los Angeles after a decade in the Pacific Northwest. He is in his second year of studying political science and journalism at Santa Monica College. His interests include the environment, politics, sports, and current events.
Blake Atwell is the Editor-In-Chief of The Corsair. The 2019 Fall Semester marks his third at SMC and third on the editorial staff of The Corsair. Off campus, Blake works as an intern at NBC Los Angeles and covers USC football for USCScoop.com. He also edits and hosts a podcast for the Santa Monica Daily Press. With a passion for sports journalism and an overall zest for life, Blake plans to invigorate The Corsair with the same energetic spirit with which he approaches every day of his life.
-ARTS & CULTURE EDITOR-
Jackie Sedley is the Arts & Culture Editor for The Corsair Newspaper. The Fall 2019 semester marks Jackie’s second at Santa Monica College and with The Corsair. At Calabasas High School, she served as Editor-in-Chief of her school’s newspaper, The Courier. This fall, she’ll be interning at KCRW and with Create and Cultivate, a Los Angeles-based culture outlet. When she’s not in some kind of newsroom, you can find Jackie eating Triscuits on the beach.
-Social media editor-
A former behavioral science major from the Philippines, Joshua Gonzalez shifted his focus to journalism in order to develop and diversify his passion for writing. After a semester of covering student government news in Santa Monica College, he was able to see students fight for the issues most important to them. Gonzalez now works as The Corsair's Social Media Editor in his second semester. He aims to build the Corsair's audience engagement by drawing on the insights he's gained as a reporter in addition to interpreting data analytics.
A former Arts writer and Opinion Editor for The Aggie, UC Davis’s newspaper, Tanya Azari is a self-proclaimed “newspaper geek” who also edited their high school newspaper, The Pillar, where they later returned to teach and found the middle school newspaper, The Caryatid. They are now excited to be onboard The Corsair managing digital content and expanding The Corsair’s place in the digital world of journalism.
Outside of work, programming classes, and various self-enrichment activities, they can be found found riding their bike across LA and reading on the metro.
Hello there, my name is Fernando Duran and this is my first semester on the Corsair staff. I am a photojournalist major at SMC. I am very passionate about photography, music and film. Being born and raised in Los Angeles I’ve always been exposed to many cultures and now I will hopefully be able to share those here with all of you.
Though this is my first semester at The Corsair, I've been a Southern California local for a few decades now, having grown up in Topanga Canyon. I love writing, going on adventures and experimenting in the kitchen. You can catch me reading non-fiction, obsessing over television, and listening to NPR to stay up to date with our changing world! I will be brewing coffee any time I get the chance.
Much like his stand-up routine, there is nothing funny about Johnny Amato’s dedication to the truth. Born and raised on the sunny streets of Los Angeles, Amato wants to find himself in the heat of the action. Working at summer camps for the past few years, his communication with children is above average which makes him perfect for covering this era’s news. Santa Monica College is Johnny’s first true college experience and he is more than excited to be bring you the facts.
Eline Millenaar is a writer, photographer and Journalism major. She's born and raised in the Netherlands and recently relocated to Los Angeles after 7 years in Northern California. Her work experience in marketing, video production and design allows her combine multimedia elements to make a story come alive. She loves to travel and is addicted to exploring cultures and learning new things, which is why she has spent the majority of her college semesters in airplane seats and online classes. Her dream is to tell stories that advocate for human rights across the globe.
Marco Pallotti was born in London, England, and moved to the United States in 1981. He began taking photographs at the age of 7, and built his first darkroom while in his teens. Over the years, as he worked in a variety of occupations, he continued to make photographs and silver gelatin prints, and became a full-time photographer in 2002. He now lives in Santa Monica, California, and explores a variety of photographic genres, using both analog and digital technologies.
Martha Ramirez has had a life-long love affair with the written word. Having graduated from college with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, she spent the next several years concentrating on creative writing endeavors. During this time, she learned far more about 18th-century maritime practices than she thought possible. Last year, she returned to school and after a brief flirtation with the idea of attending grad school, set her sights on studying journalism.
Heeelllooo!! I’m Deshawn Pouper your Sports Editor for the Fall semester, this is my second semester here at The Corsair. I am a passionate sports fan as I believe sports can teach people things other than just the game itself like discipline, teamwork, hard work, etc. Surprisingly I love to write so I am a Journalism Major, my dream job would be a beat writer for the New England Patriots. When I’m not writing articles I liked to study the game if football in particular the Patriots because I believe they play the game the right way.
Conner Savage is this Fall semester's Multimedia Editor. Upon joining The Corsair staff last semester, Savage immediately immersed himself in the various video content produced by The Corsair and quickly became the leader of several multimedia projects. His main production was filming and editing “The Corsair Pulse,” a man-on-the-street style interview segment involving SMC's student body. This semester, Savage plans to produce more content through his position than ever before, hoping to support any staff member who wants to experience or gain confidence on camera or behind-the-scenes.
-Web Editor 2.0-
Clyde Bates Jr
Dorothy Alexanian is a journalism student at Santa Monica College who enjoys creating zines about politics, identity, and local artists. They are a third-generation Armenian-American with an enthusiasm for human rights, as well as a broke Barnes & Noble employee drowning in books.
My name is Mariely Alaniz. I'm 23 years old and was born and raised in Los Angeles, California (specifically in Echo Park). I started attending SMC shortly after I came back from living abroad in Southampton, England, U.K. in pursuit of a communications/ journalism degree to work in Public Relations in the long run. I'm a film buff, love photography (film and digital), have an eclectic taste for all types of music genres (holding alternative rock, new wave, and punk closer to heart) , and will most likely ramble on about my dog for ages. This is my last semester at SMC so let's make the most of it!
Hi my name is Jinea Cole. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, I’m a Journalism major and I’ve been at SMC for two years. I transferred to Pacific University in Oregon, now I’m back to get my AA degree in Journalism and transfer out again. I want to become a sports broadcaster for ESPN or any other Sports network because of the passion I have for sports. I would like to be an inspiration for young girls to see themselves in that type of field because there aren’t too many women. I would like to work with the sports column of the paper because I love sports, especially basketball. I believe that I can bring my own type of style to the paper and I can't wait to start.
This is my second semester at SMC. I grew up in New York City, New York. I'm passionate about voiceovers, writing and journalism. I intend to get my Associate's in Journalism. I look forward to a fulfilling career as a journalist, with voice acting on the side.