Monthly Archives: February 2013

Media Hungry

What I consume and when I consume it. (Or, where I get my news)

New York Times continuously throughout the day, as my home page this site is refreshed often.

Al Jazeera-  2-3 times a day, depending on the day. After getting the basic western-centric stories from the Times, I move on to other sources to absorb the views of the rest of the world.

Pro Publica once a day. I shoot over to Pro Publica when I have time to really focus on a story. It’s my favorite site for in-depth pieces on an issue.

Feministing.comcontinuously throughout the day. I love this site for an opinionated take on issues that effect women and other minorities (racial or sexual orientation). They often bring my focus to a particular event and then I can dig deeper into it on other sites.

New Yorker- once a week or every other week. Curling up with the long-form pieces in the New Yorker is one of my favorite pastimes. A friend recently gifted me almost 8 months worth of issues and while the time has passed for some articles, others remain startlingly relevant.

Mother Jones 2-3 times a day. The humor, compassion and straight-up talk delivered by the writers of Mother Jones makes it one of my favorite sources for investigative news.

On The Mediaevery Thursday night. Thursday night is my favorite night of the week because that’s when I can listen to this podcast that so neatly dissects news stories, phenonmenons, tools, and more. Seriously, cannot say enough good things about it.

This American Life about once a week. Because it makes me happy and I love Ira Glass’s voice.

Radiolababout once a week. Like This American Life, except about science. For non-scientists.

Albuquerque Journalinfrequently, but with great enthusiasm. I don’t pick this paper up as much as I should but I do like it for being the biggest paper in New Mexico.

Weekly Alibi every week. I still enjoy the Alibi, though it makes me sad that they no longer publish news. I like the crossword puzzles.


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Of missions and ideals

I am an East Coast kid drawn to the big blue skies and wide open spaces of the Southwest. A curious nomad, I have searched the states, western Europe and South America, before deciding that if I found a mission a home would follow. I moved to Albuquerque in 2010 and graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2012 with a degree in multimedia journalism, a minor in sociology, a 4.06 GPA and an all-consuming desire to continue writing.

So how do you make a desire a mission? How do you reconcile idealism and reality?

I believe that the intersection is journalism. For me, journalism means uncovering hard truths and treating sources and subjects with humanity, objectivity and compassion. I want to pull back the curtains that mask injustices–whether it’s about the sexism and racism that’s all around us, community concerns about big businesses, or substandard housing conditions for low income residents–and hope that in doing so I can impact the world (or at least my little corner of it).

I want to report like I give a damn.

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