Staff Writer, Grad Zone
After discovering his love for journalism at the University of California, Riverside, Mark went on to enter the M.A. Digital Journalism program at National University.
In his spare time he feasts on regional cuisines to partake in unique dining and cultural experiences. Through his love of dining, cooking, and eating, Mark aspires to travel and use social media as a method of uniting people of various ethnic backgrounds.
After spending time in San Diego, Mark has returned to the Inland Empire to practice his new philosophy in social media: Live, Love, Eat, Cook, and Travel.
Staff Writer, Grad Zone
Kirby Harrison is a student at National University under the Masters Degree program in Digital Journalism.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Workforce Education & Development.
Kirby currently resides in San Diego. He joined the Navy in May of 2000 to see the world and move forward with his Education, loves visiting other countries and learning about their culture.
Co-Editor, Grad Zone
A grad student in National University’s Digital Journalism program, Sylvia Mendoza has been a freelance writer (and now, editor) since graduating from USC 30 years ago with a degree in Print Journalism.
She absolutely believes in the power of the written word. Her passion is writing profiles and feature stories. Her book, The Book of Latina Women: 150 Vidas of Passion, Strength and Success, was selected for the 2007 California Collection for High Schools by the California Readers Association. An advocate of women’s empowerment, education and literacy, she also teaches creative non-fiction — currently at UCSD Extension.
Sylvia is co-editor of NU Herald’s Grad Zone. Running on Carlsbad beaches, taking spin classes and salsa dancing are her favorite forms of stress release.
Co-Editor, Grad Zone
Jane is a student in the new Masters in Digital Journalism program at National University.
She decided that there was a lot to learn about this new way of telling stories so, proving you can teach an old dog new tricks, she is becoming a multimedia journalist after more than 30 years doing it the traditional way.
She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and, after 32 years in California, she’s back home in the Sunshine State.
Jane is co-editor of the Grad Zone, the area of the Herald that features the work of the grad students in Digital Journalism.
Jeff Game is a junior at National University, and is majoring in Digital Journalism. Influenced by great writers like Jack Kerouac, Anthony Bourdain, and Woody Allen, he is always on the hunt for a new story to tell through a unique angle. His writing passion, travel, stems from his sense of adventure and his distinct art of uncovering hidden gems in every new city he visits. Some of his favorite places to visit are Ireland, San Francisco, Chicago, and Hawaii. In addition to writing, he is most comfortable behind a camera lens photographing his perspective on each travel destination. Upon graduation, Jeff aspires to write travel pieces for magazines such as Afar and Travel and Leisure.
“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life- and travel- leaves marks on you.”
Deputy Managing Editor/Fashion Editor
Sabina Avery is an Art and Journalism major at National University, and is just beginning her journey as an artist and fashion journalist. Her favorite kind of art is fashion, and she looks forward to inspiring fashionistas around the world. Her aspirations include working for a magazine as a fashion writer or correspondent, making fashion statements proving that there is more to fashion than just materialistic obsession.
“I love art and always find myself thinking of the beauty that comes in art,” said Sabina. “And since it comes in so many different forms, then it’s easy to find beauty in just about anything.”
A resident of the sunny state of Florida, Lindsay is a Digital Journalism major at National University, and currently works in the medical field. In addition to working in different youth summer camps for the past ten years, Lindsay is also a licensed Cosmetologist.
Psychology was her first choice for a major, but after some reflection, Lindsay realized that because of her interests in reading, writing, and research, she should pursue a career in a field that encompasses all of those things. Lindsay’s biggest inspirations are her life experiences, and she’s hoping to find her niche in the world of journalism.
A native of Evansville, Idiana, Adonica enlisted in the Navy upon her graduation in 1996, and later graduated from Basic Recruit Training in Great Lakes, Illinois in December of that year. Her first duty station was at Navy Security Group Activity in Rota, Spain, where she met her husband of 14 years, Atiba. They have two sons, Atiba Jr. and Christian, and currently live in San Diego, CA.
In November, 2010, Adonica was commissioned as a Naval Officer via the Limited Duty Officer Program. Her background is in Naval Intelligence, which requires exceptional communication skills, both written and oral. Adonica enjoys leading our nation’s sailors as well as the travel and education opportunities that the Navy has afforded her.
When not on duty, Adonica enjoys cooking with her husband, traveling with her family, and spending time with friends.
Mike Lewis is a junior at National University, and is majoring in digital journalism. When not writing for The NU Herald, he enjoys living the retired life from the U.S. Navy. Having grown up near Los Angeles, his greatest writing influence is Jim Murray of the Los Angeles Times. Mike’s goal is to someday write for a print newspaper.
Christopher Earley is a senior at National University, and is majoring in digital journalism. In addition to his position at The NU Herald, he is also a freelance writer for Patch.com, and the North Coast Current. Christopher is also a creative writer, and has been published in literary journals such as The Rockford Review and PKA’S Advocate. His greatest influences include Jack Kerouac, Hunter S. Thompson, and Ernest Hemingway. Christopher’s aspirations include employment at The New York Times or The Washington Post, and war correspondence in Afghanistan.
“It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.”