Being pretty new to Sacramento, I wanted to dive right into the culture and go where the tourists don’t, or won’t, go. Plus, I love to write, so when I first moved here last fall, and I stumbled upon a job writing for a local news program, the choice was obvious, I went for it.

Almost five months later, I can now say that I have learned more about the capital than I ever thought I would, and it has been quite an experience. There are things about the city and the people in it that I didn’t even know I didn’t know. Things that just don’t get a lot of media attention. But that’s what AccessLocal.Tv is for, and it’s been a privilege to be a part of something positive in the community.

One of the most encouraging things I’ve learned from my time here is that there are so many people working tirelessly, behind the scenes, to make their communities safer, happier, and more self-sufficient. While it worried me that I had never heard of these efforts from watching the nightly news, it did make the work that they do all the more impressive. From my time as a Neighborhood News Correspondent, I’ve learned that the most progress is being made thanks to people and programs you’ve probably never heard of.

One of the biggest challenges I have had in this program is just being forced out of my comfort zone, getting the interviews, and adapting to different environments based on the story. But it’s that sort of challenge that has encouraged my love of learning. Aside from bringing local stories into the spotlight, I’ve also been able to talk to fascinating people who are passionate about what they do. That is something I look forward to doing as I continue my work as a Correspondent with AccessLocal.Tv.

For anyone who is interested in joining the AccessLocal.Tv team, I would say that it’s only hard if you make it hard. With a little discipline and determination there’s the potential for a fun and rewarding experience with great people. Plus getting your very own (laminated) press badge is pretty cool.

Below is just a sample of my experiences as a Neighborhood News Correspondent: