My name is Ivan Caballero. This is my fourth time with Accesslocal.tv which equates to about a year and half of time with the program. It’s been a pretty long time since I’ve first started writing articles and making videos for this website. It’s something I love to do and I appreciate incredibly the opportunity that this job provides me. I consider  Sacramento, the city where I was raised, to be my community.

I’m a 17 year old student with a passion for photography, cinematography, journalism, and comic books- . Photography and cinematography being at my core. In my free time, or at work, I like to take pictures and sometimes post them on my Instagram photography profile.

I often take pictures of the areas around where I live. I like to show the inequality issues in my area and even the good things that people enjoy. I grew up here; I want the world to see what I grew up seeing. I go to Old Sacramento Sac and take pictures of just about everything. I travel around go to Meadowview, my neighborhood,  and take pictures of the broken streets and parks. I want the Internet to see what I grew up looking at.

Growing up here, I have noticed the issues that Sacramento faces and now that I work with Accesslocal.tv, I am able to have the ability to write about these problems. It’s one of the many things I love about journalism. I don’t just get to go out and explore and meet new people; I get to inform the local public about the issues that matter and people who are making a difference.

Because of Accesslocal.tv, I’ve actually been able to leave Sacramento and travel to Los Angeles twice and even go to UC Davis to participate in a state-wide youth empowerment event and go to a #SchoolNotPrisions concert. My point is that I’ve been able to do so much more than I would have without this amazing job.

I’ve said this many times before but when I first started with Accesslocal.tv I knew very little of journalism, but now everything is changed. I’m still not as good as I can be but I have improved so much since my first article and video. I have improved massively thanks to this job at Accesslocal.tv because it is something I love to do.

I have had tremendous pressure from my family put on me. This job has given me the courage to show to everyone who doubted me that maybe I can pull off my dreams. It’s a great feeling to be able to do better than what many people expected of me.

I am hoping that I will have another amazing four months working here at Accesslocal.Tv and I hope I find a job similar to this one in the near future. I’m excited to see where this term takes me.