College Journalism & Cartography

The Daily Aztec

For three years I was a reporter and columnist at the Daily Aztec, San Diego State’s independent newspaper. This is where the bulk of my available content stems from. Due to my long tenure, I won’t link to all my articles. Here are a few of my favorites published in the last few months of my matriculation.

Daily Aztec

Opinion Columns

This is a select series of opinion columns I wrote for the Daily Aztec for three years. My topics varied wildly as a college-aged writer would.

I used two different kickers, or column names, during my time at the Daily Aztec. The first was “The Mine Shaft Gap,” an homage to Dr. Strangelove. Later, I used a much less obscure kicker, “Dewey Defeats Truman.” Once again an homage, but this time to the famously erroneous Chicago Tribune headline.


Nov. 4, 2008 – A fond farewell to election season ’08


Nov. 3, 2009 – Improve downtown library plans (IMG)
(Click for PDF, Page 2)

Sept. 28, 2009 – Soda tax is a healthy option (IMG)
(Click for PDF, Page 3)

Nov. 28, 2008 – How are you fueling the war in Congo?

Nov. 10, 2008 – Welcome, Christmas overlords

Nov. 7, 2007 – Would you eat clones?

Broadcast Journalism

This YouTube playlist is a collection of broadcast journalism work I did for the campus television network while studying abroad at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. This was probably the most intense class I took in my semester in Singapore. It was a basic broadcast journalism class where I learned quite a bit of the fundamental for television news. My projects can be seen here in the form of a YouTube video.

Video 1. Parkour with Ragil Wardana: This video was for the third project for my class. The purpose of the project was to profile a person. I did Ragil, a fellow exchange student (from Indonesia) who does parkour, which is similar to free-running.

Video 2. Thaipusam – Singapore: This is my coverage of the Hindu festival of Thaipusam in downtown Singapore.

Videos 3 & 4. Money Minds: This is a two part full-length broadcast that involved the entire class. I made the opening graphics in Adobe After Effects and contributed to the final report on video 4.

Border Stories

Click to See Border stories

This is a semester-long project I did for an online writing and design class. One of my biggest passions is following and reporting on the border. This project includes a written story, and Soundslides presentation and an NPR-style audio report.

Nanyang Chronicle

Nanyang Chronicle

During my semester in Singapore I was a general assignment reporter for the university newspaper. I wrote a series of articles and columns ranging in topics.

Penny wise, environmentally foolish (Opinion) – January 2009

Film Review: Departures – February 2009

Language from the soul – March 2009

Geography Portfolio

While journalism was my main passion, geography also ended up being my second major. My degree was a potpourri of remote sensing, cartography, urban design and cultural and environmental  studies.

Most of the classes that I took in the department were hands-on with a lot of projects and essays. The following is a showcase of some of my work in the department.

All of my blog posts on Dispatches labeled “geography.”




Due to the extreme amount of writing one must do during college, I’ve chosen to link to my favorite essays that I’ve wrote as a Geography student:

Cairo and Riyadh in the reproduction of culture and urban form.

“Hiding in some of the largest deserts in the world is the often varying and chaotic form of the Islamic city. Ranging from as far west a Marrakech to as far east as Islamabad, the Islamic city has made a stamp on the region it’s often nestled in. More specifically, the structure of the Islamic city in the Arabian Peninsula (Riyadh) and Northern Africa (Cairo) has resulted in differing urban forms which can be seen through differing embraces of colonialism and Islamic values…”

City Expanding to The Desert Horizon: Riyadh’s problem of explosive growth and urban sprawl.

“Riyadh’s explosive growth in the last hundred years bore fruit for the nation of Saudi Arabia. Some of it has been sweet, and others have been bitter, or still waiting to ripe. The rapid growth of the capital city has created problems of sustainable and equal growth. In the last fifteen years in particular, the Kingdom of Saud has much to facilitate the oil-based growth of its city…”

Interactive Map

This is the first-ever interactive map I made for a cartography class at SDSU. The purpose of the project was to illustrate interesting data in an animated fashion as a Flash project.

For my topic, I chose America’s daily oil imports from OPEC nations over the last 20 years. Interesting data segments include small portions of imports from Iran during the U.S. embargo of Iraq in the early 1990’s and the ballooning imports from Africa.

Note: Due to some technical difficulties with Adobe Flash, I wasn’t able to add a loading bar. The SWF file is 15mb and and slower connections should wait 15 minutes after navigating to the page before using the map.

US Oil Imports From OPEC Nations

(click to enlarge and animate)

Static Maps

These are four maps I did for a cartography class a while ago. All of them were made using ArcGIS mapping software and Adobe Illustrator. I learned quite a bit about map design the art of cartography.

california (Large)

europe1 (Large)

aussieland1 (Large)

arabianpeninsular (Large)