Two years at Houston Chronicle

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I started my job at the Chronicle on October 17, 2016. I can’t believe that it’s already been two years, but at the same time I think the time has flown by.

I work for Houston Community Newspapers, which is a division of the Houston Chronicle. It is a group of community weekly papers for all the suburbs of Houston. I mostly design pages of the different papers, but I still write about two articles a week as well.

I am feeling a bit nostalgic, so I thought I’d share links to some of my favorite articles throughout the last two years.

https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/bellaire/news/article/Family-passes-Christmas-tree-through-generations-10806315.php 

⇑ This is a neat article about a Christmas tree that has been in one family for generations.

https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/memorial/news/article/Vietnam-Veteran-Baby-boomers-vets-need-10780401.php

⇑ This is about a new cure for Hepatitis C. Someone emailed me a week later asking to be put in touch with the veteran I interviewed, because she had just been diagnosed. I hope I was able to make her feel better.

https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/bellaire/news/article/Family-Garden-provides-a-space-for-education-11199889.php

⇑ All about the family garden at McGovern Gardens, within Hermann Park. It was interesting to learn about a space that I go to a lot.

https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/bellaire/news/article/Holocaust-Museum-pairs-up-survivors-with-11063049.php

⇑ The Holocaust Museum paired survivors up with volunteers. It was fascinating to hear them speak about each other, and about what they have learned, and gotten from their time with each other.

https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/bellaire/news/article/100-Club-supports-families-of-those-fallen-in-the-11049215.php

⇑  The 100 Club – a great club that helps support families of those fallen in the line of duty.

https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/memorial/news/article/Nicole-s-Houston-Hearts-of-Gold-raises-money-11267392.php

⇑ A story about DIPG, a type of children’s cancer. The research for this story made me cry!

https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/bellaire/news/article/CYCLE-provides-bicycles-for-students-who-improve-12441927.php

⇑ A feel good story about students receiving bicycles after achieving reading goals.

https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/heights/news/article/Yes-Prep-teacher-takes-in-family-of-student-in-12371895.php

⇑ One of the many articles I did in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. A teacher takes in her student’s family after their house flooded.

https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/bellaire/news/article/Opened-Sunset-Coffee-Building-keeps-history-alive-12515789.php

⇑ I love learning about the history of Houston and Texas. This is an article about a historic building on the banks of the Buffalo Bayou.

I could probably put links up for 20 more articles, but I’ll keep it to this amount. I’m not even sure if any of my readers/followers will click on these links, but I’d thought it would be nice to share anyway, so people can see what I’ve been working on for the last few years.

 

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I got a job!

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After ten weeks of being in Texas, and applying to over 75 jobs, I finally was hired, and not a moment too soon either.

I am a paginator for Houston Community Newspapers. Paginator means designer. I will be designing a group of weekly community papers. The Houston Chronicle (the largest newspaper in Texas!) recently acquired HCN. So technically, I work under the Houston Chronicle Media Group umbrella.

I’ve been here for little over a week, and it’s been good so far. Everyone is friendly and they have been helpful. There are a large amount of newspapers that need to go out every week, so the pagination takes up 3 and a half days of my work week. The other day and a half I will be gathering up and compiling press releases, calendar of events, etc. I will also be reporting a bit when time allows.

I attended a new employee orientation yesterday morning. The group watched a short YouTube video of the history of the Hearst Corporation (the corporation that owns the Chronicle.) I had this moment of awe, because I remembered learning about William Randolph Hearst (founder) in my earliest journalism classes. I’m pretty luck to have gotten such a job.

Getting a job was the last piece of the puzzle for us to get settled in, and I’m glad that we can both settle into a routine now.