A chapter completed.
Yesterday was probably the last day in which I will have my core Viewpoints staff from the 2016 Spring Semester all in one room. While some of them will remain with the college newspaper to continue what has been started, others will be moving on including myself. For all stories we have written for the newspaper, the stories we all have with each other as a staff, not only from this semester but from my entire time with the program, are the stories I will remember most. Dare I say, the highs and lows we shared together is a book that could write itself.
None of this would of been possible without my family, who have always supported me. Which is something I was never really able to appreciate to the fullest until I found my passion and career. If it wasn’t for their support, I would be lost. So to Joy (mom), Clarence (dad), Michelle (sister) and Jesse (brother) I say thank you.
To my Viewpoints family (which includes just about everyone I ever worked with), I say thank you. As much as many of you have claimed to have learned from me….I learned just as much if not more from many of you! Just writing this is making me think of the people I have worked with during my time at Viewpoints.
Whether I was the Editor-In-Chief or just a section editor, I strived to be the best leader that I could be and serve as that support system for you guys as you guys were for me whether you knew it or not.
Alexis, Matt, Valerie, Laura, Jim and Luis are just some of the many that have helped make my time at Viewpoints a memorable experience.
Obviously this is not the end of my journalism career, I am just getting started and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if I work with some of you again in the future.
In closing, stay true to your gimmick and never trifle.
Well here it is!
As the event got closer and closer, I started to get this idea in my head but at the same time…I thought about something Jorge said at a JACC a few semesters back that really stuck with me.
“Leave a legacy,” he said.
While that was something I mentioned to my staff it was not my main focus.
You only get to celebrate a centennial once and for as much as I had heard about this centennial upon my arrival as a student here at Riverside City College…I knew I would be foolish to ignore it.
Along the way some valuable lessons were learned and I wouldn’t trade them for anything.
I am so proud of my staff and the way they handled this issue overall. I also thought it was a positive experience to see the college as a whole rally behind this issue and spreading the word about our coverage.
For as much as we tried to provide a service to the RCC community, they were just as giving with what they did for us.
I want to thank the members of my staff that went out of their way and canceled plans they may have had to contribute to this issue especially after we had already put together a print edition earlier this week.
These moments are what make my job enjoyable and worth doing.
Thank you all for your support whether you are a member of my staff or someone who has been in my corner for a long long time!
Shoutout to Alexis, Laura, Crystal, Tyler, Victor, Stacy, David, Brooke and everyone else that helped with this.
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James Williams currently works for Los Angeles News Group. He works on the sports desk for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, San Bernardino Sun, and Redlands Daily Facts newspapers. He also writes and covers events that appear in both print and online editions.
He has also created his own sports site called “Sports Minded“.
Williams also attends Riverside City College and is an editor for the campus newspaper, Viewpoints.
Aside from writing for several other publications, he has also hosted radio, live broadcast and television shows.
He has produces and shoots content as a field producer for a local live-to-tape student news show.
James also has social media experience and knows the ins and outs of the most popular platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook.
He also has experience managing and creating his own websites with WordPress.