Getting Started With The Houston Forward Times

by Jul 19, 2019Chevy DTU, DTU 2019, Houston Forward Times, NNPA, post4home, Team Ingenious, Tyla Barnes0 comments

By Tyla Barnes

First week in Houston is in the books, and I wrote my first cover story! On the first day in the office, we got breaking news about a press conference that would be happening the next morning on some recent killings of innocent children in the Houston area.

It was definitely disheartening to hear about it, but was even more difficult to attend. With victims’ parents, community activists, and other representatives attending the press conference, the message was clear about the importance of community in raising a child. As tragic as the situation was, it gave me great pride that The Houston Forward Times trusted me to write the story with the amount of care and passion it needed. This was an issue a lot of people didn’t know about. I really felt like I was making a difference even if it was just a small one! I hope I can tackle more topics like this in the weeks to come.

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Houston Airwaves: A Summer Breeze

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Getting Started With The Houston Forward Times

First week in Houston is in the books, and I wrote my first cover story! On the first day in the office, we got breaking news about a press conference that would be happening the next morning on some recent killings of innocent children in the Houston area.

Week Five: Landing In Houston

My 5th week as a DTU fellow has been very challenging. I’ve been faced with the task of writing stories at a speed that I’m not accustomed to, but I appreciate the discomfort and growth.

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The last week at The Atlanta Voice was spectacular, and the perfect finale to an outstanding experience. My team got to interview the owner of Slutty Vegan, Pinky Cole. I’ve been a big fan of Slutty Vegan since hearing about its efforts to provide healthy and delicious food options for the African American community in Atlanta’s West End.

Grateful: Last Week In Atlanta

Sadly, it was time to leave The Atlanta Voice this week. In such a short amount of time, I met so many great people who were so invested in my future and were ready to help me succeed. On our way to New Orleans, we were given media passes for our first Essence Fest experience.

A Moment To Reflect

In only four weeks, my portfolio has grown tremendously with both print and broadcast samples. I have actually caught the eye of several news directors across the country for on-air positions!

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