This breaks my heart. Examiner.com was the place I got my strong foothold in online journalism back in January 2009 covering the San Francisco 49ers. That’s three seasons covering the team and I wrote a ton of pieces and traveled to a lot of places. Here is the link to my page which is still up right now.
I understand the reason for the change and it’s part of the business. I still miss covering the team and some of my best writing was from my time with Examiner.com.
So long Exmainer.com. Thank you for giving me the platform to cover the 49ers, attend practices and games, and meet the players and coaches. The experience was life-changing.
The Japanese American National Museum was my weekly home for almost two months. It’s a great place.
During the time between my departure from the NFL Network and my arrival at Yahoo, I was looking for something to do to occupy my time. I think that for me, I just wanted to stay connected. I wanted to stay fresh. I needed to really make myself useful.
Thanks to a suggestion of a friend, I got connected with the Asian American Journalists Association. This was a group that I had always known about. But because their meetings were far away and I was a poor college student back then, I never gave it much thought. I always thought that I would learn my way through my field in journalism without them. And so far, I was right.
But now that I am in Los Angeles and they have an LA chapter, I felt that it would be a good opportunity to see if I can help them with anything. It so happened that they were already in the final stages of getting their annual V3con conference. I had never heard of it before. But after checking their website, I knew that this was something I wanted to be a part of during this down time.