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Brian Anthony Hernandez

The (early) gift of Gaga

My Phoenix friends rock. This is why:

Bladder full from guzzling blond sangria and hands sticky from dining on a lobster sandwich last night at Switch in uptown Phoenix, I silently excused myself from the patio table to remedy both discomforts.

A hush swept over the table minutes later when I approached my friends after my bathroom break.

My gaze settled on what I initially thought was a blank folded paper on my chair.

A map of US Airways Center fell out of the open end as I picked it up to examine. My name and an arrow pointed to section 202. Lady Gaga’s name and an arrow pointed to the stage, signifying what I would be doing on July 31, six days after my 24th birthday: watching the new queen of pop in concert.

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April 8, 2010 Posted by | Personal | 1 Comment

5 links to check out

STORY / ‘Growth of Unpaid Internships May Be Illegal, Officials Say’

OPINION / ‘iRefuse: Why I Am Not Buying an iPad (Yet)’

LIST / ‘5 Free Ways to Identify that Song Stuck in Your Head’

SITE / Newser, a news aggregator with a never-ending scroll bar

<– VIDEO / Singing boy upset when told he’s not a ‘single lady’

Photo credit: College Humor

April 3, 2010 Posted by | Clickable links, Online | Leave a comment

Join me: Things to do outside in April and May

If you’re interested in any of these activities, comment below and I’ll keep you posted on details.

April 10 / Basketball, sand volleyball at Encanto Park

April 17 / Pat’s Run at Sun Devil Stadium

April 24 / Mini golf at Castles-n-Coasters

May 1 / Hike Camelback Mountain –>

May 15 / Salt River Tubing

May 22 / Horseback riding at South Mountain stables

April 3, 2010 Posted by | Personal, Phoenix | 6 Comments

Top 10 Information Web sites for Phoenix

AZcentral.com and Phoenix.Metromix.com – two sites I help produce – made Phoenix.org’s list of  “Top Ten Information Web sites for Phoenix.”

Kudos to Phoenix.org for directing the public to useful information portals. An informed public makes me smile.

Photo credit: Phoenix.org

March 30, 2010 Posted by | Arizona Republic, Journalism, Online, Phoenix, Work | Leave a comment

My mentor in college launches Washington Post blog

Washington Post education reporter Jenna Johnson, who was my Honors Program mentor and journalism role model when we were students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, “introduces you to ambitious student leaders, journalists, activists, interns and newsmakers from colleges across the country” in Campus Overload. The blog launched Jan. 21.

March 29, 2010 Posted by | Journalism, Online | Leave a comment

Connect with me on LinkedIn

I just joined LinkedIn: Click here to see my profile and to connect with me.

March 22, 2010 Posted by | Arizona Republic, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Daily Nebraskan, Journalism, New York Times, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Work | Leave a comment

Arizona Republic launches new nightlife page

Check out our new nightlife page –> http://www.azcentral.com/thingstodo/bars/ Bookmark it!

March 9, 2010 Posted by | Arizona Republic, Journalism, Online, Work | Leave a comment

Light Rail Blogger mentions me in a post

In a post about the naming system for light-rail stations, blogger Tony Arranaga references a Twitter response I provided.

Click here to read the post titled “What’s in a name?”

March 1, 2010 Posted by | Light rail, Online, 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

New photojournalism blog at NYTimes.com

Hey, photo friends:

The New York Times launched a new photojournalism blog today fittingly titled “Lens.”

About Lens:
“Lens is the photojournalism blog of The New York Times, presenting the finest and most interesting visual and multimedia reporting — photographs, videos and slide shows. Continue reading

May 18, 2009 Posted by | Journalism | Leave a comment

My mosaic

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March 20, 2009 Posted by | Online, Personal | Leave a comment

Funny shit journalists say

I’ve compiled a list of hilarious quotations I’ve heard journalists say. Enjoy!

John S., copy editor in Milwaukee
“Wow. This seems like a bigger story than a brief: Christ, who was wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Michael Bruntz, 2004-2005 Daily Nebraskan sports editor, wondering why copy editing has become so competitive
“I’d rather be the guy who walks behind the elephant and shovels up his shit for 45 years of my life than be a copy editor.”

Alex Haueter
Me: “I always wanted to use the word ‘bonerific’ in a headline.”
Alex: “You mean like “Maria Sharapova bonerific in straight-set win’?”

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January 16, 2009 Posted by | Journalism, Personal, Work | Leave a comment

Damn good ‘Future of Newspapers’ speech

Here’s an excerpt from a DAMN good speech my boss (Susan Goldberg, editor-in-chief at the Cleveland Plain Dealer) gave in December:

“Yes, these are tough times. Yes, our market has fractured, and the business model for the traditional metropolitan newspaper is irreparably broken. We have to get from where we are now – where the diminishing paper product pays all the bills – to where we need to be: A world in which the growing online product can support a robust newsgathering staff.

“Many of my middle-aged colleagues look at this state of affairs and conclude that our best days are behind us..

“I think only the easy days are behind us. I believe the future for journalism and its place in our society holds great promise, and as much opportunity as ever to make a difference in our troubled world.
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May 21, 2008 Posted by | Cleveland Plain Dealer, Journalism | 1 Comment

New York Times journalist responds to my blog

Merrill Perlman, director of copy desks at The New York Times, commented on a blog I wrote in January about copy editing. I’ve listened to her speak at conferences, and I love how she responded to what I had to say in my blog. Pasted below is her comment and my blog posting.

Here’s what she said:

As my first editing teacher said, near as I can recall: As a reporter, you may have one, two or three stories in that day’s paper. As a copy editor, you may have a dozen. It’s your headline that lures the reader in to the story; without copy editors, reporters’ work is unread.
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March 20, 2008 Posted by | Journalism, Online, Personal, Work | Leave a comment