Blog #8: Hyperlocal News

I visited three news sites; The Observer,, and the Bradenton Herald. When I explored all three sites I learned a lot of information about the local area that the site covered. All three sites had a lot of news stories about FEMA due to Hurricane Irma. All three sites covered many stories that may not be that important to larger scale papers and news sites but they cover stories that are important to the locals.  For example, The Observer covered a story on there being a new principal at Lennard High School this year. covered a story about a cafe in Big Pine Key which reopened their doors on October 3rd after the devastation left behind from Hurricane Irma. The Bradenton Herald has the latest information on the recent crimes in Bradenton such as the woman who was charged with the murder of her 82 year old neighbor. These are all important news stories to the locals of each paper however the information that is in the Bradenton Herald would not be important information to someone living in Big Pine Key.


Blog # 7

My family has a home in the Florida Keys which was largely impacted by hurricane Irma.  For my photography journalism story I think I would like to do my story on how the Florida Keys was impacted. My family and I have been making trips down to our house in Big Pine Key in order to mark off items on our repair list. Going down to the keys has given me the opportunity to take some pictures of some of the damage which I think would help make for a good story. Image may contain: outdoor

Blog 6: Story Assignment #2: Service Journalism

For so many years we were told to eliminate red meat from our diet due to the health risks that is may or may not cause.  Well new research studies show that adding lean beef into your diet can actually be good for your health. According to an article on Cattlemens Beef Board website ( which is funded by the Beef Checkoff program, “New research shows lean beef can help people lose weight while maintaining lean muscle and supporting a healthier heart.” For story assignment #2 I am going to be writing about the research studies completed about the health benefits of including red meat into your diet.


Blog #5: The Ruskin Family Drive In

One of the last 50’s Family Drive in’s and Keeping It Alive!

When you want to go somewhere for an affordable date night or a fun, family friendly place to take the kids, the place to go is the Ruskin Family Drive in.  My story is about the drive in itself and the struggles the owners have had to keep a precious piece of the 50’s alive. I personally have been going to the drive in for as long as I can remember and I have such sweet memories from all the times that I have been. But the drive in has been struggling financially and so I wanted to write about it to spread news about them so that they might get a few more customers.  The drive in isn’t just for families with small children it’s for everyone of all. College students, couples, children and the elderly have all found something unique and fun about the drive in. In Ruskin, it is known as one of the hot spots for young adults to go and hang out with their friends. To provide the information you want to know such as prices, snacks, what types of movies they show and customers overall experiences I spoke with the owner, an employee as well as a customer. I also did a lot of research on my own such as reading all of the reviews past customers have done and the overall verdict is that the Drive in has 4.8 out of 5 stars. So if you have the time you should definitely go an check it out!

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Blog #4: Interview Preparation

Once people turn a certain age and wrinkles and gray hair replace what was once someone who was youthful and full of hopes and dreams we forget that they were once our age and had a life before they were parents, grandparents or senior citizens. Once they turn into parents and then grandparents they begin to disappear into the background observing the lives of there kin.  I chose my grandfather because I too am to be blamed for this. I know my grandfather just as that, he is just Grandpa someone who has just always been there to support me.  But I don’t know anything about James Vaughn Sanchez I know nothing of his life before he became “Dad” or “Grandpa”.  So, I decided to take this opportunity to get to know who James is and what his life was like before he became a parent and a grandparent.

To prepare for my interview I thought about what I wanted to know about the man that I knew growing up and about what made him into that person.  I wrote down the ten questions that I wanted to know the most and some extra questions for back up in case I needed them.

The only challenge that I had was hurricane Irma. I originally was going to interview some other people who cancelled on me due to the weather.  My family and I then needed to prepare our farm as well as clean up afterwards. My solution to these challenges was to interview my grandfather and the second was to talk while we worked.  While we checked cattle, moved trees that had fallen, fixed fences and saved one of my calves that was about to drown in a ditch full of water, we talked. I was able to ask the questions that I needed to and was able to get to know the man I know as Grandpa. Overall even though I had some challenges in my opinion I had a successful interview/work day.


Interview Questions

I know for this assignment we weren’t supposed to pick someone that we know for our interview however due to weather conditions and deadlines the two people that I had lined up to interview bailed on me.  So, I decided to interview my grandfather in the meantime while I still search for someone to interview.

Lead: The Man of Many Hats

Thesis:  James Vaughn Sanchez, a man of many trades has been a hard worker his entire life and has had several physical and time demanding jobs to support his family.  He was “born to sweat” as he says, he was born on a farm and while in school that is where he worked beside his family. Later after high school he worked for a contractor and then went in to business with his father to own their own construction business which he retired from to start a fish farm.  After years of fish farming he retired and started his herd of cattle which he has been doing ever since. Along the way, he has started a family and has made a good life for himself living by words that he instills in his children and grandchildren; “It’s not what you make, but what you do with it”.


Some of the questions that I asked him included;

  • What was life like for you when you grew up?
  • What types of hobbies did you have while growing up?
  • What did you want to do for a job before you got out of high school?
  • Why did you decide to go intro construction?
  • What made you want to switch occupations from construction work to fish farming?
  • What was it like to work for/ with your father?
  • What was the reason you stopped fish farming?
  • In your opinion, what has been your biggest achievement so far?
  • What do you want your children and grandchildren to learn from you?
  • If you could go back and do something over again what would it be and why?

Who would I Interview?

If I could pick anyone to interview I think that it would be really cool to interview Adam Putnam.  Adam is the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture since 2011 and is currently running for Governor.  I would like to interview Adam because he has done a lot for Florida as the Commissioner of Agriculture and I would love to learn more about what he has planned if he is to become governor.  A couple questions that I would like to ask him if I ever got the opportunity to have an interview or even a conversation with him would be;

  • As the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture in your opinion what has been your biggest accomplishment?
  • What made you decide to run for governor?
  • Where do you see “Fresh From Florida” going in the upcoming years?
  • In your campaign one of your objectives is to help the economy. How do you plan on accomplishing this?
  • Where was your inspiration for Operation Outdoor Freedom?

These are just a few questions that I would like to ask him in an interview.  You can learn a lot about a persons campaign by doing research on them and their campaign but you learn a lot more when you can have an actual conversation with them. Image result for Adam Putnam