“He strikes again”

After threats to the Muslim community, on July 26, 2017 Donald Trump barred all Transgender people from serving in the military. Reversing the policy Obama put in place when he was in office allowing Transgender people to serve. Since Wednesday there has been protest from coast to coast in the nation. It is no surprise... Continue Reading →

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#BlackLivesMatter ?

Hey Chatters, I know its been a while since we've chatted, I have had a lot going on but I am back! So you can guess what today's topic is after reading the title. If not today I want to talk about the Black Lives Matter Movement and why is has been so significant recently.... Continue Reading →

Brave and Reckless’Advice for New WordPress Bloggers– Part 1

Brave & Reckless

It wasn’t so long ago that I was a brand new blogger at WordPress. I started my blog at the beginning of October with no real goals in mind other than making one particular piece of writing publicly available for sharing. I chose WordPress because we use it at work and several friends spoke highly of the community.  It wasn’t until I saw my first piece of original writing on my blog that I started thinking what next?

I knew nothing about blogging. But I did know that all communities have their own unique culture and through a combination of trial and error, generous mentors and reading several really good guides to WordPress, I found my footing here. This past weekend I hit 500 followers.  I remain just as flattered today that someone has read and responded to my writing as I did the first time.

Recently I have had numerous…

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Semester Wrap Up

Afternoon Chatter, This week at Xavier University of Louisiana it is finals week for me and my fellow Xavierites, which means that the semester is coming to an end. This year has been pretty eventful, because I decided to develop my electronic foot print on the world this year by creating a blog and creating... Continue Reading →

‘Damn.’ Kendrick

How's it going Chatter? In today's blog I would like to discuss my opinion of Kendrick Lamar's most recent album . Since his first debut in 2011 on the interlude 'Buried Alive' on Drake's 'Take Care' album, Lamar got the attention of everyone. On April 14, 2017, Lamar dropped his fourth album 'DAMN.' claiming his... Continue Reading →

Artificial intelligence?

Good Evening Chatters,   I hope you all are having a great week so far. It's almost over! Now you are probably wondering why the title of today's blog is 'Artificial Intelligence,' well it is named that because of a book called 'The Filter Bubble.' Recently, I have been reading this book and I am finishing it... Continue Reading →

French Quarter Festival

On April 6-9th the Big Easy hosted its famous French Quarter Festival. The FQF stands as one of the largest free annual music festival in United States, with an attendance of over 700,000 in 2014. FQF similar to other festivals here in New Orleans, allows people to indulge in good music, food and tons of... Continue Reading →

XULA Spring fest was one for the Culture

Wassup Chatters, This weekend was pretty lit here on Xavier University of Louisiana's campus, because it was Spring fest. Xavier's Spring fest is an annual event that consist of events such as a Fashion Show, Block party and a Concert. This year's Spring fest I decided to be more involved by utilizing my Videography skills.... Continue Reading →

Budget lines + codes

This blog post is beneficial to aspiring journalist or writers in general.

About reporting

A couple of you suggested I post on the blog the codes that go on budget lines.

First, here’s a sample budget line from this weekend:

EDITED, BUT NEEDS AC CVB-OCA: City Manager Mike Matthes has backed off his idea to merge the Office of Cultural Affairs with the Convention and Visitors Bureau, but he still wants to move them into the same building so that they can work more closely together. This is another budget-related proposal. We’ll try to explain to people how these offices might work together to promote their respective causes.
(T) Carlota Cortes (Swafford or ACE)

“CVB-OCA” is the slug (unfortunately, it’s two acronyms so it’s not quickly descriptive — we use very few acronyms in stories in the Missourian but for brevity’s sake they were used in this budget line). Notice how the slug is bold and followed by a colon.

Here are the codes…

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