I worked as an intern and as a freelance journalist for the Weekly Alibi, an alternative paper published every Wednesday in Albuquerque. The experience was priceless as I learned how to work within a weekly news cycle, how to sink my teeth into a story, and how to explore the freedom to write about any news I saw fit.
The editors at the Alibi encouraged me to file public records on a weekly basis in order to delve into the way the city works. Most of the records didn’t yield anything, but I did uncover a company known to inspectors for sub-standard apartments meant for low-income residents. During reporting I listened to stories of black mold, shoddy plumbing, exploited workers and more but the biggest obstacle was that the city simply lacked a way to ensure that everyone, no matter how rich or poor, received the same quality of life.
In mid-April of 2012, a band of neighbors contacted the Alibi about a gas station owned by Smith’s Food and Drug store. The neighbors were fed up with the traffic, the smell and the safety hazards the gas station presented and sought to bring the matter before a larger audience. The issue continues to develop and demonstrates that every neighborhood has its story to tell.
A follow up piece about 9 months later, where I revisit the issues and new developments in the neighborhood.
One of the first places I ferreted out when I moved to Albuquerque was Newsland for it’s impressive array of magazines and newspapers. I soon became a regular customer, picking up the Paris Review, Harper’s or Mother Jones. It hit close to home when owner, Roger Walsh, told me he was closing shop, and I knew I had to write about it.
I generally steer clear of writing my own opinions. I prefer to give others a voice and explore all sides of an issue while remaining objective. However, the reproductive rights issues brought to light during the 2012 campaign inspired me to throw my own thoughts into the mix.
While I feel more of an affinity for print news and the power of words, media is changing and the internet has greatly expanded the tools a journalist has at her disposal. I wrote this story for an advanced multimedia journalism class at UNM and it gave me the chance to use the visual impact of photographs and explore a fascinating (and often tragic) issue.
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