Updated: Aug 5, 2021
By Edna Jareth Cedillo, July 26, 2021
I began my day thinking to myself what a drag today would be. No hard feelings towards the Mosaic program, but every day after a big trip is usually very tiring for me, and this morning I just didn’t feel like waking up and doing my daily routine. That’s beside the point. As I was saying, I opened the door to the Mosaic newsroom, then headed to the writing room to meet up with my friends. I walked outside to get breakfast with my friends Lupita, Maya, Naomi and Laiyla. We sat down at a bench, rambling about our personal lives and our time together during our Mosaic trip to San Francisco on Sunday.
Josie, our photo instructor, gave us time to work on our unfinished assignments and I took advantage of that because I had a huge workload. I finished the challenging part, choosing my favorite pictures, and now all that was left to do was put the photos into the system and send them off into the Mercury News for the newsletter tomorrow. For lunch, Jasmine and I grabbed food and drinks from Starbucks and Togo’s, then took it back to DCP where we sat upstairs in the teacher lounge. As we ate, we talked about the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, the rise of performative activism, and the oppression of black people and people of color have to face in the workplace. Lunch ended and we headed back inside, on time, for our guest speaker.
Our guest speaker was Carlos Avila Gonzalez, a photographer with the San Francisco Chronicle, who talked to us over Zoom. He gave us important advice about dealing with hostile situations in the field. He told us about a time he was photographing someone who made discriminatory jokes towards him. He shut it down and “stole” their thunder by answering the joke. He explained to us that we needed to de-escalate the situation and not let their discriminatory tactics get in the way of us doing our jobs as photographers. As professionals in the field, we need to train ourselves to not let it interfere with our work even though it may be difficult.
My final hours of today were not as hecticーall that was left to do was finish writing the blog and wrapping some assignments up, like inputting some final photographs into the system. A week into the program, I feel much closer to my fellow reporters and I’m excited for this second week of Mosaic.