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Brian Anthony Hernandez

Mission accomplished – I’m living and working in NYC

In June, I left my job in Phoenix to fulfill two life goals:

1) Live in New York City. I moved to Brooklyn on Aug. 14.
2) Work in NYC. Today at 12:07 p.m., I accepted a job offer.

Starting Aug. 25, I’m a full-time business reporter for TechMediaNetwork’s BusinessNewsDaily.com. My editor, Robert Roy Britt, also oversees the company’s other major websites such as SPACE.com, LiveScience, TechNewsDaily and Newsarama. Basically, according to TechMediaNetwork, the company “is a network of world-renowned technology and entertainment sites.” BND, the online publication I’m working for, launched this month. My reporting will focus on small businesses and startups. I also will contribute to the site’s social-media efforts and will be allowed to write for the other TechMediaNetwork publications.

My office on Park Avenue and 31st Street in Midtown is a few blocks away from the Empire State Building, Bryant Park, Times Square, Herald Square, Fashion District and Museum of Sex, among other notable places. Continue reading

August 17, 2010 Posted by | Arizona, Journalism, Online, Personal, Phoenix, Uncategorized, Work | 6 Comments

Friend responds to my questions about newspapers on his blog

Alex Dalenberg, a reporter friend in Arizona, wrote about his confidence in newspapers on his blog after I had asked him and others, “As 18- to 29-year-old journalists and as consumers of news, why are we and why should we be confident in newspapers? Or why are we not confident? And beyond newspapers, why are we confident in journalism, including online media?” Read more responses to these questions in a blog post I write tomorrow. I had asked these questions after reading these Gallup survey results. Read Alex’s post, “Are we confident in newspapers?”

August 16, 2010 Posted by | Arizona, Journalism, Personal | Leave a comment

Helping Boy Scouts earn a badge

Education reporter Megan Gordon and I gave Boy Scouts from San Tan Valley a tour of our downtown office to help them earn their communication badge.

They were most impressed with the sports section, conference rooms and the security-cameras hub in the lobby.

We gave them our contact information and hope to stay in contact with them.

February 23, 2010 Posted by | Arizona, Personal, Work | Leave a comment

A slap kept inside …

Her breath tickled the top of my left ear.

Busy reading, I didn’t acknowledge the sensation until her breath touched me a second time.  It was warm and uncommon. I looked away from my book, “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy, and my fake blue eyes met her real teal ones. Teal, an anemic blue, I thought.

“Most people don’t read,” she said, startled, in an attitude and tone that bore no resemblance to someone her age but rather to a child learning to string together words.

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September 14, 2009 Posted by | Arizona, Personal, Phoenix | Leave a comment

My experiences with Phoenix’s light-rail system

In hindsight, I shouldn’t have laughed at the man who wanted to die.

“Can you kill me?” he had asked as I exited the light rail on a recent Saturday night.

I stared at the gold beer cans in the man’s dirty hands, inadvertently caught his foul scent, which smelled like a rug soaked in cat urine, and responded with a retort that made him cringe: “No thanks, I’m busy.”

He shouted obscenities and stumbled as he tried to match my stride. I laughed and only slightly feared he would heave an aluminum can toward my head. Within seconds, he fell, and I continued my 10-minute walk to my condo in Tempe.

This incident marked the conclusion of my first time using Phoenix’s light-rail system. Starting that Saturday – Aug. 29 – I began using this form of public transportation to travel to and from work, a 26-mile roundtrip outing if driven. This post recaps the highlights and lowlights of my experiences since then.

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September 9, 2009 Posted by | Arizona, Light rail, Personal, Phoenix | Leave a comment

Update on my life: New York Times and more

Hey, gang:

As promised to many of you, here’s an update on my life. I’m moving to Phoenix because I got a gig at The Arizona Republic, the 10th most circulated newspaper in the nation. Starting June 8, I’ll be reporting and editing my ass off in the sweltering heat. I can’t wait.

You have all been instrumental in my social life, but I’ve really dropped the ball on keeping you up to date with my career aspirations and what I’ve done to attain my goals.

To remedy that, here’s a breakdown of my adventures in journalism, the experiences that led me to my new gig. Since 2004, it’s been a wild ride working for The New York Times Company, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Des Moines Register, Lincoln Journal Star, Daily Nebraskan and Scottsbluff Star-Herald and hanging out at the Jschool and journalism conferences across the country.

To keep this semi-short, we’ll just look back at what’s happened since January 2008. I dipped my feet in many areas of journalism since then such as working on multiple New York Times projects, interning as a reporter for The Cleveland Plain Dealer and serving as editor at The Daily Nebraskan, the independent student newspaper at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Below are the highlights of those rewarding experiences:

New York Times projects, spring and fall 2008

1) Nineteen other college newspaper editors and I blogged live for The Times’ political blog “The Caucus” during two presidential debates, one vice-presidential debate and on Election Night. This was a golden opportunity for me to sink my teeth into a national, large-scale form of new media. On Election Night, for example, I wrote four postings about Nebraska’s affirmative action ban results, senatorial candidate Scott Kleeb’s campaign blunder and my voting experience.

2) Last year, The Times’ Chicago bureau placed me on its list of Midwest stringers to help report on issues and events in eastern Nebraska.

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May 27, 2009 Posted by | Arizona, Arizona Republic, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Daily Nebraskan, Journalism, New York Times, Online, Personal, Phoenix, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Work, Writing | Leave a comment