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5 questions with a Sierra College Journalism Student

Bayne said there is no financial help for middle-income students
By: Interview Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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The Journal caught up with Sierra College Introduction to Journalism student Thomas Bayne, 18, from Grass Valley to ask him 5 questions related to journalism today. 1) What made you take journalism? I always kind of wanted to try it out. It fit well with my schedule. I wanted to try less actual prose writing and more actual reporting. Ironically, I was watching “Smallville” at the time and Superman/Clark Kent is a reporter, so I guess that was a calling. 2) What are some of your goals? I am trying to get a job as a content writer for a website. I’m starting a blog just for personal reasons. Mainly what I do is write fiction. I am finishing Sierra a year early because I took a lot of AP classes. 3) Where do you read the news? I mostly do online newspapers. Sometimes I read the New York Times because my dad gets it. It’s easier. 4) You mentioned Superman and I see you have superheroes on your shirt, are you really interested in them? Yeah, I grew up with it because my dad was a big comic nerd. That was one thing that stuck with me. I have a huge comic collection. (I have) over 400 to 500 comics. I have one which I bought for $12 that is worth $600, Amazing Spiderman Annual No. 3 from 1966. 5) Are there any stories you would like to see covered that are not being covered in the news? I think everyone seems to focus a lot on the lower-income students. My mother is a teacher. She makes enough to pay for my college technically, but with a house and everything else can’t afford it. They (the federal government) tend to look at a lot of numbers and not look at what is actually happening. I feel like something needs to be renovated because it’s ridiculous — you are going to college to get the job. Most of us take classes we need, but don’t necessarily want. After graduation you are supposed to be able to get a job to pay off the loans you had to take out to go to college. But after graduation there is no job waiting. Reach Sara Seyydin at saras@goldcountrymedia.com, or follow her on Twitter @AJ_News.