Profile: Mike DiCicco
I'm currently employed by World Media Enterprises to fill a contract with Marine Corps Base Quantico, where I'm staff writer for the base Public Affairs Office. There, I work with the press officers and various officials to craft stories for the base newspaper, the Quantico Sentry.
I worked for five years at the Connection Newspapers, the largest chain of local newspapers in the suburbs of Washington D.C. For most of my time there, I was a community reporter, meaning I covered everything in my geographical coverage areas, from government, schools and land use to community events, crime and interesting locals. It was largely up to me what to cover each week and how to cover it.
I was originally hired as an editor's assistant, in which position I edited communications from the public in order to create listings and event calendars, copy edited reporters' stories, helped with page layout and generally assisted with putting the paper together.
Between the Connection and Media General, I spent more than half a year teaching English in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, through a couple of language schools. I also did SAT and TOEFL tutoring for students who planned to attend U.S. colleges and universities.
NoteStreams By Mike DiCicco
The six astronauts currently living on the International Space Station (ISS) have become the first people to eat food grown in space. The fresh red romaine lettuce that accompanied the crew’s usual freeze-dried fare, however, is far from the first crop grown on a space station. For decades, NASA and other agencies have experimented with plants in space, but the results were always sent to Earth for examination, rather than eaten. A number of technologies NASA has explored for these space-farming experiments also have returned to Earth over the years and found their way onto the market.