Hi I’m Claire! I am a Cinema major with a minor in Philosophy and Creative Writing. I enjoy making movies, writing screenplays and cats. I signed up for this class to save money on tuition since I am an out-of-state student. I’m from South Carolina. I actually can’t ride a bike. However, my brother was recently in a bicycle accident and broke his leg. So I am a strong advocate for bike safety and helmets! I use Instagram and Snapchat to connect with my friends. I use Facebook to connect with my family and other VCU students.
Thrilled that the 25 Bike Race courses are open to VCU staff the same way they are open to students. On first perusal of the varied offerings I knew which one I wanted. Crowdsourcing the Worlds promises to help us improve at framing stories for impact and meaning – a worthwhile skill to carry away from this once-in-a-generation event.
In my 11th year of working for VCU in facilities management this is the 16th course I am taking for credit. The first 12 resulted in an MPA degree. Then there was 1 credit Personal Finance and 1 credit Conversational Spanish, followed by Fall 2014 MASC 101 (Mass Communications) with Fulbright-award winning teacher-of-note Jeff South who is co-teaching this course.
Taking this course is a way to be a part of something that is unique, local, and big-time. Attractive for someone like me who is a nerd for ideas, current events, pop culture, RVA, and indie bands including local ones like Avers and Manatree.
Bicycle riding, forget about racing, is something I have not done this century. But I am registered to be a Course Marshall on the Monday and the Wednesday of Bike Week, and I expect that material for course assignments will appear before my eyes throughout those days. (I have been a course marshall many times this century for Richmond Sportsbackers running events.)
This post concludes with 1) mention that my social media include facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, with plans to add Instagram later this very week 2) a photo of the pedestrian bridge installation at Main St. and Linden St. that started this morning.
My name is Eurah Lee and I am a broadcast journalism major here at VCU. This is my last semester so I am currently doing my best to make it count. I have a minor in Spanish and maybe another minor in Mandarin. Also, I am a Korean-American who speaks survival Korean, or Konglish.
When I am not on my school grind, I enjoy traveling, documenting, and creating visual experiences. I find myself an addict for lone adventures. I have backpacked alone all across Europe and Asia. Truth be told, I’ve been in countless situations where I wonder how I am still alive today. Nevertheless, throughout all of those risky ‘Taken’ moments, I’ve learned to have a LITTLE trust in the world . Other than that, I like to run outside and satisfy my sweet tooth. Also, I like my food SO SPICY that it skews my senses to hear.
I am humbly honored to have been chosen as an Intern for the Richmond Times Dispatch. I will be covering the UCI Bike Race, held this September here in Richmond. I am eager to cover the high and lowlights of the race, and more importantly, interact with all the international racers and supporters. Why travel outside of Richmond when the travel is coming to you!
However, I am not a professional bicyclist nor racer. I can be a little too reckless on wheels and would prefer not to endanger my community.
These days I mainly just stick to Instagram and Snapchat. Essentially I use the gram to show my followers where I am and what I’m doing. I also use it to follow talents that I like and find events that I am near. I spent this past summer interning for a Brand Management and consulting group in Los Angeles, so during my little to none free time, I really utilized Instagram to find the hippest local foodie spots and concerts.
I am eager to create, explore, and build with everyone!
Hello my name is Hector Miranda-Castro. I am a Political Science major and Media Studies minor here at VCU. Currently I am at some weird point between being considered a junior or a senior.
Outside of school my interests are all over the place. But usually you’ll find me: skateboarding, playing my guitar in a band called Slump, hiking or spontaneously traveling. I love exploring new music, places, cultures, art forms and ideas. Recently I explored some areas Puerto Rico, Missouri, West Virginia and Kentucky.
As I was signing up for the course I thought about how exciting and beneficial it would be towards my writing to get some real world experience covering these races for the RTD. I hope to be a far better writer after working under real world pressure in such a diverse environment. Also I am really looking forward to being a part of a professional news team. We will count on each other to get great coverage of the UCI Road World championships. The chance for growth professionally and personally is big here – for all of us.
I do have a bicycle, a red and white 1980’s Japanese Shwinn road bike, which I bought for 70$ on Craigslist. I used to work for Jimmy Johns in Downtown Norfolk, swerving and pedaling through rush hour traffic just to get some office attendant or banker a cold sub. However I have no real experience with the world of bike racing other than that Lance Armstrong is supposedly pretty good.
If you’re trying to find me on social media you will find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter (barely), and Tumblr. Mostly I use Facebook or Instagram.
Cheers to my fellow 9 journalists who were selected, lets have some fun and get to work.
Hi Ram Fam,
I am a Broadcast Journalism major. When I’m not lugging around camera equipment or editing footage, I love to watch reality TV shows (Big Brother) and grab a bite to eat with my fraternity brothers of Phi Sigma Pi.
I have been given the opportunity to intern for the Richmond Times-Dispatch covering the UCI Road World Championships, which is the reason why I am in this class. Besides the class being mandatory, I am looking forward to a refresher and some new tips Professor South and Dr. B plan on teaching in the coming weeks.
Although I bike around my neighborhood at home, I do not have a bike at VCU nor consider myself a cyclist in any way. The closest experience I have to a bike race is the opening sequence of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure where Pee-Wee Herman is racing in the Tour de France.
I’m on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat. All are personal accounts, except one Twitter account used for an old journalism class, which will become active soon enough.
Until then, rock on rams.
Hello, I’m Ben Weiner, I hope you’re ready to learn some fun facts. Strap in!
I’m studying Broadcast Journalism and Political Science in school, but defining myself by major is a little limiting. Outside of the university, I spend my time helping to run a small record label named Running Around Records. That takes up most of my time I’m not working my jobs, one in retail and the other in communications.
I signed up for this course because I was selected by Robertson school faculty to help the RTD cover the UCI Worlds Bike Race in September. I am happy to be along for the ride.
I don’t know if I would call myself a cyclist, but I own a bicycle and I use it, on occasion, to get around from place to place in the city. It is a somewhat convenient option, but not really a hobby.
Now my social media platforms? That’s a big one. I’m probably most active on Twitter, followed by Tumblr, then Facebook. All personally. I also have an Instagram but I am not very active on it.
The only other thing I really use as a social network (and its debatable if it is one) is YouTube. Beyond that, I use Pinterest and Flickr at one of my places of work.
Let’s see where this goes, ride on.
Hi! My name is Rodrigo Arriaza. I’m studying Print/Online Journalism here at VCU, and I’m in my junior year. Outside of school, my interests include being straight edge, rolling my socks, eating empanadas and playing the Aladdin game for Super Nintendo.
I signed up because I didn’t really know that much about the UCI bike race. I thought that by going through this class and being in the middle of this news making event, I would be able to educate not only myself but all of the readers of the Richmond Times-Dispatch about the race and why it’s so important.
I started riding a bike to get around the city last semester, and I use it daily to get to and from my house and campus. I don’t have any experience with bicycle racing.
I mainly use Facebook, and through that I keep up with events happening around the campus and the city, make new contacts for news stories, and keep up with friends.
I’m excited to get started with this class and covering the UCI bike race in Richmond!