I am an author, journalist, poet, culture critic and general mass media junkie. I believe strongly in citizen journalism and the power that journalists have over society; for better or for worse. If journalism is to bolster democracy, then new media is going to take us back to our journalistic roots.
In 1999 I co-authoredThe Freedom Writer's Diary, a collection of autobiographical short stories about an innovative teacher and how she inspired her students to greatness. I have been a Freedom Writer for ten years and was afforded many opportunities and experiences that have shaped a large part of who I am (it really is too long a story to tell here but more will unfold).
And now a surreal bit of information from my life page, Freedom Writers, the movie by Paramount Pictures is based on the book my friends, our mentor and I published back in 1999. The whole thing is crazy if you ask me, but the story of the Freedom Writers (named for the Freedom Riders) has evolved to become so much more than we imagined; I am along for the chance to say that I made a difference in the world.
I recently graduated from California State University Long Beach, and landed my first job out of college as Editorial Assistant for Know More Media. I am excited and blessed to have the opportunity to do what I love: write, immerse myself in media, absorb information, and still have time to be with my family.
Still a little intimidated by the mass of talent and intellect, I look forward to participating in the Newsvine community, which I just stumbled upon while doing some research. Hopefully my idealism won't be too extreme or my politics too militant. I'm here to read and learn.
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