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#Confession Spree

You may heard the concept of jobs that may not look like journalism but compete with journalism. Think Everyblock, think LocalWiki, think crowdsourcing. I’ve had a few of those kinds of jobs, most recently at Scoopshot. Well whatever work I do I expect it to have the same elements – work with communities, transparency, honesty and the need […]

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Through the Cracks: Following Trends in Crowdfunding Journalism

  Want to know why I started Through the Cracks, a blog about crowdfunding in journalism? Read this post or visit throughcracks.com. Related posts: Cracks in the Foundation: The Story of Mirafiori Nord

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Portraits: Pictures of People

Related posts: Nice Things People Said About Khari Johnson Top of the Food Chain: Great White Sharks and People

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Ecological ‘Heart Attack’ Feared if IB Sand Closes the Tijuana River

Published Feb. 1, 2013 by Imperial Beach Patch. Winner of 1st Place, San Diego Press Club Awards in General News, Daily Newspapers and Websites category.  Ponding water that seeps below Seacoast Drive homes and condos after a sand replenishment project has roused residents and beachgoers. But environmental workers are worried, too—that the sand could move south […]

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Video: Police Sergeant Seen Pulling Woman by Hair Is Subject of Internal Probe

Published Oct. 20, 2013 by Imperial Beach Patch. A San Diego police sergeant shown pulling a distraught woman by the hair at a fire scene is the subject of an internal police probe, authorities said Saturday. He also may be sued, the victim told U-­T San Diego. “Due to allegations arising from this incident, we […]

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Nice Things People Said About Khari Johnson

See Also: Goodbye from IB Patch Editor Khari Johnson Since I founded Imperial Beach Patch in fall 2010 until I was laid off last Wednesday I worked with freelancers and other Patch employees to publish thousands of articles about the city of 26,000 in the very southwest corner of continental United States. People were pretty appreciative and […]

#Confession Spree

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You may heard the concept of jobs that may not look like journalism but compete with journalism. Think Everyblock, think LocalWiki, think crowdsourcing.

I’ve had a few of those kinds of jobs, most recently at Scoopshot.

Well whatever work I do I expect it to have the same elements – work with communities, transparency, honesty and the need to stretch my mental muscles and get comfy with being open.

I’m not the guy who shares every detail of his life and emotional state in the social medias. Some people have an uncensored impulse to share. That’s not me.

So to keep nimble and because why not, I decided that for the next couple days I’ll tweet a confession every day. Nothing Earth shattering, just things you may not have known about me. I’m thinking a week but it could go longer.

To see the latest check @kharijohnson at noon Pacific time or just come back to this post in a week. Here are the first two.

Through the Cracks: Following Trends in Crowdfunding Journalism

 

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Want to know why I started Through the Cracks, a blog about crowdfunding in journalism? Read this post or visit throughcracks.com.

Portraits: Pictures of People

  • A man and barber focus intently on hair at New Chicago Barbershop in San Francisco’s Fillmore District on July 29, 2005.
  • A U.S. Marine veteran touches a wall of photos hung on the wall of VFW Post 5477 in Imperial Beach, Calif. in search of a friend killed in Iraq. Joe "Tiger" Patrick carried a banner with a photo of every soldier killed in Iraq and Afghanistan across America.
  • Teunis van der Poel lights coal for hookah in a tunnel in Aalborg, Denmark on June 17, 2006.
  • A woman waves a “CHANGE” sign and smiles as Senator Barack Obama accepts the nomination of the Democratic Party to become President of the United States on Aug. 28, 2008.
  • State Senator Juan Vargas arrives in Golden Hall in San Diego with a group of chanting supporters on Nov. 6, 2012. Vargas became the first Hispanic representative of a congressional district in San Diego County.
  • Surfers head for the waves Oct. 17, 2011 in Imperial Beach, Calif.
  • A competitor in the first annual Katy’s Endless Summer Grom Classic on Oct. 17, 2010.
  • A skater takes a break from riding in the bowl at the grand opening of Imperial Beach Skate Park on Nov. 21, 2010.
  • Soap box derby competitors line up for head-to-head action on May 30, 2010 in San Diego.
  • Soap box derby competitors line up for head-to-head action on May 30, 2010 in San Diego.
  • A Native American man dances at Great Western Days on June 5, 2010 in El Cajon.
  • Ahead of their first game in the Lingerie Football League, Rica Manalastas and Tiffany Harrison of the San Diego Seduction look on at a team practice at La Jolla High School in August 2009.
  • A woman lingers as the crowd begins to disperse at the inauguration of President Barack Obama on Jan. 20, 2009.
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  • Members of the band SFK on Newport Avenue in San Diego's Ocean Beach neighborhood on Nov. 2, 2009.
  • A ferris wheel spins at a carnival in the San Diego neighborhood of Nestor on July 14, 2011.
  • Majur Malou immigrated from Sudan to San Diego and leads Episcopal Refugee Network.
  • Majur Malou immigrated from Sudan to San Diego and leads Episcopal Refugee Network.
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  • A man sells glowing swords on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, Calif.
  • A woman at a protest of Proposition 8
  • A man with his face painted makes faces for children at a Sinterklauss parade in Utrecht, Holland. The Dutch paint their faces black every year to play the character of Zwarte Piet, a slave or servant who helps Saint Nicholas deliver gifts. Some call the practice tradition while others, including a high-ranking member of the United Nations, call the practice racist and a minstrel show akin to the kind seen in the United States to exaggerate the features of people of African descent.
  • Calvin Banks and his mare Carmen on the Washington Mall on Jan. 18, 2009 ahead of the inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States. Banks rode his horse from Maryland where he is a member of the Maryland Buffalo Soldiers Horse Calvary.
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  • Sam Kelete works a punching bag in Daly City, Calif. on July 11, 2005.
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City of Hope

Over the course of the last five years, some years more than others, I took pictures at City of Hope International (COHI) Church in San Diego. The Pentecostal church is led by Rev. Terrell Fletcher, a former San Diego Chargers running back.

In 2012 City of Hope International combined with Faith Chapel to become COHI at Faith Chapel and is located at 4999 Holly Dr. in San Diego.

Ecological ‘Heart Attack’ Feared if IB Sand Closes the Tijuana River

Published Feb. 1, 2013 by Imperial Beach Patch. Winner of 1st Place, San Diego Press Club Awards in General News, Daily Newspapers and Websites category. 

Ponding water that seeps below Seacoast Drive homes and condos after a sand replenishment project has roused residents and beachgoers.

But environmental workers are worried, too—that the sand could move south and block the mouth of the Tijuana River.

If the sand stopped flow of the river, said the manager of the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, it could threaten endangered species and other wildlife in the Tijuana River Valley.

“It’s like your circulatory system,” said Brian Collins, the refuge manager. “You don’t want it blocked. It causes a heart attack. Or like asthma. You want to be able to breathe, and my analogy is you want the water to be able to go in and out.”

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Woman’s Death After Chemical Spill Leads to Search for Answers

Joye Goodwin-1Published Feb. 10, 2010 by San Diego News Network (SDNN.com).

Joye Goodwin moved to Valley Center to retire with her daughter Hope two decades ago. Before that, she was a nurse for more than 40 years and founder of Children Having Children, a non-profit assisting parents 13 to 24-years-old reach for life beyond parenthood in southeast San Diego.

Since moving there, together the two raised championship horses and Great Danes, grew dozens of organic fruits and vegetables and were about to go into the business of farming organic garlic and Sea buckthorn.

But on Nov. 16, 2006 an EDCO garbage truck lifting a dumpster in their back yard ruptured a hydraulic line, spraying between 15 to 36 gallons (actual amount is disputed by both sides) of hydraulic fluid on to the ground, into the air and across the property.

Joye, who was gardening outside and already had trouble breathing, may have inhaled some of the fluid.

“We could smell the fumes in the house for weeks,” Hope said.

Since then, the mature Cottonwood trees near the spill died, as did fruit trees and crops planted in the ground further away. The Ice Man, a 23-year-old Irish bred Thoroughbred, had to be put down. Alraune, a German bred Holsteiner, may have cancer. Another horse lost 300 lbs. Hope said.

Then this spring, her health deteriorated, Joye died in the morning hours of the first day of spring.

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