05/14/13

The future looks bright!

It’s May 14, 2013 and I am now 32 years of age. It has been an interesting year. A month before my 31st birthday I began my Masters program for New Media Journalism. I have always had a passion to write, investigate and in the end tell a story. Although I had already completed a couple degrees in design I wanted to do something in journalism in order to give myself a well-rounded pallet of skills. During my Masters program I found a new passion in podcasting. It started as part of a class assignment Read more [...]
01/11/13

Within the Trenches Episode 2

Good afternoon everyone! The past couple days have been a whirlwind. I mean this in the greatest way possible too! Within the Trenches was the basis of my Kickstarter project and yesterday, with 38 hours to spare on the campaign, the project was fully funded. That's right folks, the project was funded and has surpassed its goal. It happened almost overnight and I can't tell you how happy I am. Support came out of the woodwork and once it was said and done I jumped for joy, literally. I threw my arms Read more [...]
12/30/12

Within the Trenches – A taste of things to come

Good afternoon folks! I hope your Sunday is going great. I just finished a live broadcast on Ustream explaining my Kickstarter project for a new podcast called Within the Trenches. The podcast would be a live show on Ustream and would feature 9-1-1 dispatchers and their stories. After wrapping up my broadcast I realized that I forgot one main point of the Kickstarter project. The point refers to how and when the money you pledge is applied to the account set aside for this project. If you pledge Read more [...]
12/15/12

The very beginning of Within the Trenches

The idea of this project actually began several years ago. I had just started working at Allegan County Central Dispatch and I noticed a significant difference from my previous dispatch positions. The calls were more frequent and the intensity was heightened. I was taking calls that I would have never imagined being someone on the outside. One day I was messing around on my computer and I made a movie teaser trailer that consisted of a black background and words describing the job of a 9-1-1 dispatcher. Read more [...]
12/13/12

We Are Live!

Hello folks! Recently I have been talking about Kickstarter and a new project I have been working on based on my Within the Trenches segment on Jabber Log. For those who don't know about this segment, it's based on my experience as a 9-1-1 operator. I have shared stories from the beginning of my career where the first real call I took was face-to-face when the chief was on his way out on my first night alone off training and a lady ran in yelling that her husband had killed himself. Within the Trenches Read more [...]
12/6/12

Within the Trenches – A New Kickstarter Project

(I am currently waiting for Kickstarter to approve my project as well as verify a couple other things but for now, here's my story that goes along with my project. Also at the end it will say that the audio clip is on the bottom but for this post it will be at the top. Thank you.) Hello there! My name is Ricardo Martinez II and I’m a 9-1-1 supervisor. What does a 9-1-1 supervisor do? Well, I do it all. Along with my co-workers, I work the line which consists of taking 9-1-1 calls, non-emergency Read more [...]