Isabelle Roughol – The J junkie

The tribulations of a young journalist and writer looking for work

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Happy iPhone Day everyone! That’s right, I’m an iFan(atic). Had I a car, I would have rushed to the Capitola AT&T store (one of only two stores in the county to sell the iPhone) just to see it. But I haven’t and I am left to stare at my barely one-year-old video iPod, which is suddenly as attractive as Donald Trump on a bad hair day.

Sorry for not posting yesterday. I’m glad to see though, all ye faithful, that it barely made a dent in my daily clicks. I was stuck until almost midnight in the Capitola Council chambers for a fascinating, albeit long and confusing, public hearing about banning plastic food packaging. Fascinating, I swear. I’ve reported a year, but, oddly, this was my first meeting coverage. That’s what you get for writing on the religion beat. The debate pitted environmentalists against restaurant and plastic industries. The second I pulled out my notebook, lobbyists jumped at me. No wonder D.C. journalists are accused of canoodling; those people are awfully good. But I stood firmly and wrote a story I’m not half proud of. Anytime I can place “politically correct green hysteria” in a story, I’m happy. I was the only journalist there, which allowed me to write comfortably a few graphs in the morning to post on the Web site. Full story in Saturday’s Sentinel. Monday, I take my first stab (no point intended) at covering a trial, in a sordid case of rape I don’t care to detail here. My editor tells me it should be familiar to me, what with my father being a judge. Fair enough, although the U.S. and French justice systems are as far removed as Garfield and a Chinese desert wildcat. (I picked your curiosity here, didn’t I? Go on, click that link.)

In other J junkie news, take a look on your right to the famous third column I regularly direct you to. I stole a page off someone-I-can’t-remember’s book and created a Full disclosure page where you’ll see all organizations I am or have affiliated with. I’m not above making a mistake, but I try as hard as possible to keep my credibility (that’s all I have to bargain) so I make it a point to disclose all vested interests. Call me out on my crap if I don’t. I’m also exploring the Internets for like-minded J bloggers and will soon come up with a less obvious blogroll.

Last but not least, I will soon be on vacation and take advantage of that time to explore how to develop the J junkie. I’m not too happy with this narrow column for my posts, but believe me, it’s the most acceptable design WordPress had to offer. Since they want to charge me 15 bucks a year to edit the CSS, I figured I might as well get my own domain and stylesheet. Issue: I know no html or other computer language (yet). I am a seriously fast learner though, so lay it on me. I would like a formula that allows me to post as rapidly as on WordPress, and have a look a bit more customized (and less heavy) than, say, iWeb pages. Finally, I am a poor student with more loans than I care to admit, so the free-er, the better. Other improvements would include revamping categories (they’re somewhat funny but not practical), adding some RSS and other gizmos to distract from my lacking content. Please make your suggestions.

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Written by Isabelle Roughol

Friday, 29 June, 2007 at 23:57

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