The student media organization of California State University Northridge

Daily Sundial

The student media organization of California State University Northridge

Daily Sundial

The student media organization of California State University Northridge

Daily Sundial

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The Girls Who Code club met together in Sierra Hall, on Friday, Sept. 15, in Northridge, Calif. Club members played around with a program to create a virtual game.
The CSUN club that’s encouraging women in STEM
Miya Hantman, Reporter • September 18, 2023

CSUN’s Girls Who Code club is just one of many across many campuses and countries, including 110 in...

A CSUN women’s rugby club member talks about the team to “Welcome Party” visitors.
AS kicks off the semester with Welcome Celebration
Pamela Garcia, Assistant Culture Editor • September 7, 2023

Associated Students held its annual Welcome Celebration and Sports-A-Palooza at Sierra Lawn on Aug. 29...

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Women’s Soccer has Closed the Competitive Gap
Luis Silva, Reporter • September 19, 2023

There is no longer a significant competitive gap in the sport of women’s soccer. There is a brighter...

The line for concert merchandise on the second night of The Eras Tour in Paradise, Nev., on Saturday, March 25, 2023.
My experience at The Eras Tour
Miley Alfaro, Sports Reporter • September 18, 2023

It’s been a long time coming. I began watching The Eras Tour, Taylor Swift’s ongoing concert trek,...

Within the Oaxacan town of Asuncion Nochixtlan, we find my mother’s birthplace, Buena Vista. Photo taken July 29, 2023.
I Love Being Mexican
September 12, 2023
A student holds up a sign during a rally outside of the CSU Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach, Calif., on Sept. 12, 2023.
CSU board approves tuition increase amid protests
Trisha Anas, Editor in Chief • September 15, 2023

The California State Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved a 6% tuition increase for the next five...

group of mena and women touching hands
Miracles In Action Restores Patients’ Lives and Actualizes their Potential

Reporter’s Notebook

I first heard about Camilo Mejia in a Spanish-language media class last semester. I was developing a story about Latino resistance to the military and my professor gave me his name. After a quick, first telephone interview and reading the beginning of his book, I realized I needed to do a one-on-one interview in person with Mejia to really understand the depth of his story and amazing journey.

I was able to arrange a meeting with Mejia in his new North Miami home. The house was still empty, and there was an echo in the living room.

We talked about his childhood in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, where he said he experienced isolation and discrimination. He explained his opinions on war and peace, what he makes of the current state of Nicaraguan politics (his father was a vice presidential candidate in the 2006 elections) and his wonderful relationship with his daughter. For roughly two-and-a-half hours, I had a chance to pick the brain of an activist, an author, a true lover of life and language. It was worth the humidity and ant bites (he warned me against standing on an ant hill in his back yard).

The great thing about being a journalist is the ability to keep learning. As reporters, editors, publishers, etc., we are constant students and learners. That is truly what I love about my job. We are also liaisons between the public and information. We report news and distribute it to people who will hopefully read, listen and watch to learn something about the world they live in. In his book, Mejia gives a stark criticism of the mainstream media’s coverage of the war, calling them mediocre and superficial. I hope that this piece gives him hope that we as journalists, and as readers, can change that.

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