"There is no better place to do real, relevant journalism than in public media. I believe everything I say on air during pledge drives. This industry can only continue to grow and improve if we bring in more people with new perspectives, backgrounds, and abilities. We need to work to diversify public media. Outreach like Think.Public.Media. is a strong start to that process."
"There's something so nice about being in this professional setting but also being there to have a good time. It felt like a real celebration of who we are, what we do, and all with people who have faced similar issues in various outlets through the course of their careers.
"I think my unique voice is that of a Hispanic immigrant and a millennial ... I’ve had a first-hand look at what other immigrants like me are going through and I have developed a passion for learning about U.S. immigration policy, immigration detention facilities and Latin American affairs."
"I’ve always been drawn to public media. It’s a special platform – one that is especially held accountable by its audience."
"Sometimes it can feel lonely (and awkward) being a young, black reporter in public radio. This doesn’t make me want to run away. It makes me want to stay, grow, learn and help make public media more reflective of the communities we cover."
"Think. Public. Media. isn’t just about diversity, but it’s about how public media is staying at the forefront of journalism’s evolution."
"When I’m sitting in a pitch meeting or when I pitch a story, I ask myself: 'Who should be sitting here with me? What would they want to know? How can we reach out or better represent their stories?'"
"There’s an amazing community aspect to public media which I’ve really enjoyed in my own life. I think it’s important for young graduates or undergraduates looking for a job to see public media as a great place to work for those who are seeking community."
"Some people might say I’m crazy for leaving a steady, well-paying job to jump back into the business, especially after going through a layoff in 2009. But I had to do it. I missed journalism and storytelling."
"It’s still crazy to me that I’m being given opportunities to produce elements for a national show considering I didn’t know anything about producing for radio a year ago."
"I always felt like I could do it, but having someone work with me one-on-one really gave me the confidence to actually do it."
"A setback or challenge is a sign that you're trying to stretch yourself. Growth only comes with a level of discomfort."
"I’ve seen the most professional growth from taking on responsibilities and assignments that were outside of my comfort zone. By doing so, I learned that I am more versatile than I thought."
"I’ve learned that having a vision is more important than ever. Equally important is having an understanding of what your listeners/readers/subscribers want and giving it to them…with a few surprises along the way."
"This business (and life) is all about relationships. It starts with organizations like NABJ."
"Your job title (or lack of) does not represent your worth as a person."
"Look for editors who care about your work and lead with whatever is most relevant for their audience."
"I stumbled into journalism somewhat accidentally, but it’s been one of the happiest accidents of my life."
"In essence, I was forfeiting job security for what I just knew -- if things worked out -- would become my dream job (at the time). And it did."
"...a boring session on Flash and chatting up my table partner led to one of the highlights of my career."