About being a journalist

I know there are days when you can’t help but bring your work home with you.

We’ve all done it and on certain occasions, it is truly unavoidable. I got into this industry to talk to people, learn about different lives and try my best to help others while experiencing new things . One thing a journalist strives to be is unbiased. Perhaps a bit unattached in order to present information in a way that is ready to be interpreted rather than instructed.

But some days, we all feel it.

Chris Cobler shared The Victoria Advocate’s status.

Our condolences to his family, friends. That has been a difficult day.
We just learned that Daniel Teinert passed away in this morning. According to his Facebook page, he was a firefighter. Do you know Daniel? I’d like to talk to you about his life and what kind of a person he was. Please message us or call us at 361-580-6504

Jennifer Lee Preyss via The Victoria Advocate

Father who beat man molesting 5-year-old will not be charged.

Angeli Wright

Today was awful. Why is it somehow easier when people do horrible things to other people? Today I had to deal with things that just happened, because things happen. Maybe it’s because it’s just the world, there is no one to blame. My heart goes out to everyone who lost someone on this tragic day, and to all the journalists that have to bring it home with them.

Carolina Astrain

Great story today by Sonny Long on the Shiner beating death. It was a crazy day for news. Three different wrecks, several fatalities and then this 911 call. The video should be up shortly.

Caty Hirst ‏@caty_belle

Hard second day at work; I’m so sorry to all the families who lost a loved one today @Vicadvocate

Dianna Wray

Today was so normal. And then it wasn’t.

John Hornberg

First, dead person in a motorcycle accident. Then dead teen in a car accident. Then decision not to prosecute the father that beat a man about to molest his daughter to death. Then two more dead kids. Then the dead mother. And there’s still two more hours to this day.

J.R. Ortega

Such a busy day. Such a sad day. My thoughts are with all the families involved in today’s wrecks. Six people killed in three wrecks. Also a family of three from our area killed. I have seen things today I would never wish anyone else to see. Please be careful on the roads.

There’s a video of the audio from the 911 call played during the press conference posted here.

Victoria firefighter, 22, dies in motorcycle wreck.

Mother of 2 boys shot in Laredo found dead in El Campo

Family of 4 killed in 3-vehicle wreck near Hallettsville

West senior dies in head-on crash on U.S. 87

My heart goes out to the people who suffered this day and to those who will continue to.


Would you work 60 hours a week for $2 an hour? Foxconn employees speak

A week ago, Apple announced that the Fair Labor Association would conduct special voluntary audits of Foxconn’s Chinese assembly factories at Apple’s request, according to Apple Insider.

This week ABC aired part of a video where a reporter was granted unrestricted access to Foxconn. There has been focus on the number of employee suicides and claims of overwork at the facility. The full video isn’t available yet but the 30 minute episode leaves you feeling dismayed and full of questions that Siri probably can’t answer this time around.

The Nightline episode shows the iPhone is basically handmade by employees in an efficient assembly line. Workers agree to live in dorm style rooms with up to seven coworkers. Their work day is roughly 12 hours and some have moved away from their homes and families just for a chance to work.

But they still pay for their own food and board. ABC reports it is about $0.70 per meal and $17.50 a month for the “spacious” dorm. Wages were apparently $1.78 an hour and new workers were required to go through three days of training and “team building” exercises before starting work.

All that being said, the video shows an assemblage of people huddled outside of Foxconn squirming in hopes of landing a job.

The video definitely leaves you wanting more. You can watch it here.

Does this change your mind about your smart phone or is it all fair in love and technology?


Will Google let Beyonce’s baby create a Google+ profile?

I’m online a lot.

Forget tattoos. The day they figure out how to hook people up to computers I will be the first in line.

That being said, there are some things about the “online” that really grind my gears.

Like most, I am a Google groupie. Those random moments when I don’t have wifi or battery life I live in fear that someone will ask me something really intriguing that I don’t know and I won’t be able to Google it!

Awkward attachments aside, Google can be weird sometimes.

In my endeavor to create a Google+ page for the Victoria Advocate, I was reprimanded and banished for violating the Google Name Policy.

Indications of membership in professional, educational, societal or religious entities, such as “Dr.”, “Rev.” or “Professor” are not allowed in the first or last name fields.

Google doesn’t care about your decade of schooling. Your real friends will know you are a doctor and if they don’t, they’re not your real friends.

Avoid unusual or unnecessary characters in your name. Violation examplex: John246 , XxxXShelleyXxxX, J@SON W@T$ON, ‘Rachel Smith/.

This rule I whole-heartedly encourage. It is a little discouraging that Google has to play mom though. You know when you have that shirt on that you know you grew out of three years ago and your mother divisively asks you what sort of image you are trying to create with that outfit? This rule is that mom question forcing you to reconsider your potentially terribly embarrassing life decisions.

Your profile and name must represent you as an individual. Violation examples: Jones Family, Jeremy & Mel Mason, Vegas the Dog, Brooklyn Bagels.

Okay, okay, maybe I spoke too soon. It looks like Google is just trying to avoid the ever persistent fetus books or pet pages that appear on Facebook. As much as I love my dog, I’m pretty sure he doesn’t need a Facebook page. I can barely keep him off Twitter.

Needless to say, Google gave me the boot because they didn’t believe I was really Ms. Victoria Advocate. Which makes me wonder if Blue Ivy has to put up with these sort of regulations?



Another new year’s resolution blog and this past year in pictures

Every day, I want to do something I’ve never done before.

I know this might sound ambitious, and it is, but it will surely lead to some interesting places.

Did you notice how incredibly vague this resolution is? I’m not a fan of boundaries.

That being said here are some of the things I want to do:

  • Travel to a place I’ve never been
  • Build something out of wood
  • Climb something I haven’t climbed yet
  • Corn Maze!
  • “Borrow” someone’s trampoline for the night
  • Make sushi
  • Dye my hair
  • Take photos of a whole bunch of fire extinguishers
  • Have that talk with dad
  • Build the glass terrariums
  • Jump in Hamilton Pool
  • Institute bring your dog to work day

It’s going to be harder every day so if you have any suggestions, please don’t be shy.

Here are some pictures of things I did this year I had never done before. Feel free to share your adventures and random experiences with me!

First front page byline
Met Clark freakin’ Gracie. And learned how to break people’s arms.

Random 2 a.m. adventure

I like to climb on things. And who puts a tractor in the middle of downtown?

Tried home made potato candies for the first time

Dyed someone's hair periwinkle. I have never dyed hair before.

Did a Reddit gift exchange for the first time. Can you tell how excited I was

I'm pretty sure this is the closest I have ever been to a helicopter

This year, I committed Monkicide.

More love please

This year, I climbed a Texas mountain

Deer, deer everywhere

Goofing off in a peacock cage

Les Givral's Kahve. Where they kitchen and bar are open until 3 a.m. and the bartender makes mini crème brûlée.

Panda cookie. Nuff said.

Starting off the new year in downtown Houston