Good morning world,
This is the Humans Tell Stories, a site where you will eventually find all things human. The plan was to create a place for those stories that most mainstream journalists cannot tell the way they might want to. Not being able to tell a story the way I thought it should be told was a constant problem I faced in my newsrooms. This year I was told by an EP, "Your passion for people is at a fault"...whatever the hell that means I was dumbfounded. I always believed my "passion for people" is what made me a great journalist. I took the feedback and reflected, but a week later the news director (same station) said something similar, criticizing my "passion" for people.
There is a reason why I have such a "passion" for people, all people, because I am a person. It is really easy to work in TV and forget that we are working for people, the viewers, the ones that need the important information we are giving to them. Many of us TV folks get caught up in the superficial aspects of the job forgetting who we are, journalists. Those viewers, like you and I both feel things, have daily trials and want to feel related to. I like relatable stories. I like stories where at the very end you felt something, either compelled to change the world or just cry very hard and then want to get up and change the world...you might call it solution based journalism, I call it woke talk.
Who are you? What do you want to be? What is your purpose to make the world a better place? I would ask myself this question every day in college and the answer was always (insert drumroll) a journalist. Why... why... why... you don't get paid, people hate you 99.9% of the time and the current man in charge of this nation criticizes your every move BUT I want to help people. I know for most people journalism isn't a conventional way of helping others, but to me it is one of the best ways, especially for communities that do not have representation in the media.
I am not the "normal" blonde-haired, blue-eyed, middle-class white girl that many might think I am when they look at my polished head shot. I was raised in a multi-racial family in a tiny town in California's Central Valley, surrounded by gang violence and farm land. Over 85% of the students that went to my elementary school were below the poverty level. But my family chose to live on the "westside" in what many called the "ghetto" while my friends didn't have that choice.
My parents devoted their lives to working with addicts, children, gang members and undocumented people. I saw first hand what it is like to live in a community held hostage by gang violence, with little police intervention or journalists to tell a story. Seeing injustice on a daily basis has given me a different perspective in news/journalism/storytelling one many newsrooms rarely understand, I guess it is my "passion for people". I choose to embrace it and create this platform to focus on social justice issues worldwide along with a visual blog under the VISUAL HUMANITY tab. I think my life experience prepared me to be a journalist.
If you get the message and would like to contribute, reach out.