I’m honored to become a full-time staff reporter in Ahwatukee - East Valley Tribune: Ahwatukee Foothills

I’m honored to become a full-time staff reporter in Ahwatukee

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Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 9:21 am | Updated: 2:30 pm, Wed Jan 28, 2015.

People tend to forget that journalism is an act of service.

At least that’s how I like to see it.

Whether a reporter is a freelancer, intern, or staff writer, one common thread under the surface is that no matter what your title is, you have a duty to serve your readers.

Spending a good portion of my summer freelancing here in Ahwatukee Foothills, after interning here during college more than a year ago, I’ve relearned that this small, yet strong area has something special about it.

With that, I’m more than excited to be able to continue my service.

Coming from the other side of the Valley, or any part of the Valley for that matter, a true sense of community isn’t usually stumbled upon.

The residents here have a bond; you know each other, stick up for your businesses and make it a point to recognize those who deserve recognition.

Being a reporter, those same attributes should be exemplified in news coverage.

As a freelancer for AFN, I’ve gotten to know the names of people here, the schools, businesses and leaders. I felt like an integrated part of the community.

I’ve seen the area as a whole mourn the loss of several residents who were rooted here. I’m also honored to have contributed to the coverage of Aurora, Colo.’s, shooting last month with a memorial to Ahwatukee’s own Alex Teves, who was killed in the tragedy.

I was able to cover Phoenix City Council news at the tail end of an issue when Ahwatukee would have been split up by a redistricting map, and learned how to rift through political jargon while still delivering news.

But all of that, I hope to count as service to readers, and not as more “notches” on my journalistic belt.

The people here I’ve worked with are talented, caring and truly gifted people. With every assignment, advertisement, photo, edited sentence and designed page, they keep you in mind.

Saying goodbye to freelancing, and hello to a new title as an official staff reporter for the AFN, thanks for reading.

See you in education and other community news, Ahwatukee.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4902 or dmartinez@ahwatukee.com.

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