Ruxandra Joins Faculty at the University of Arizona School of Journalism by Bear Guerra

Ruxandra Guidi, an assistant professor of practice who grew up in Venezuela, has been a freelance reporter, editor and teacher for two decades.

She specializes in audio reporting and podcasting and has contributed to High Country News, BBC’s The World, NPR’s Latino USA, The Guardian and the Kitchen Sisters. With her husband she created the Fonografia Collective website, focusing on “empathetic and culturally sensitive documentary storytelling about everyday people around the world.”
Guidi succeeds retired Professor Terry Wimmer as the instructor and editor for Arizona Sonora News, the school’s capstone media course. She’s excited about helping students “dream up” unique approaches to stories while learning how to report on the community and the border.
“And I'm really excited about coming up with projects that we can do together as a class,” such as podcasting or a long-form magazine with a theme, “encouraging students to pursue their own approach to storytelling,” Guidi said.

More here.


"A People's Map" in Daily Bulletin column by Bear Guerra

“"One-shot newsprint publication tells stories of 22 people in the East San Gabriel Valley. It was produced by two journalists (Fonografia Collective) on behalf of the LA County Regional Planning Dept. and 10,000 copies will be distributed for free around the SGV. I'm in it."


Police, la migra and the trouble with Trump by Bear Guerra

Ruxandra's third "Letter from California" is out in High Country News, on the tricky dance Los Angeles' cops must do in order to stay in Latino engagement but out of immigration enforcement. Every month, she'll be chronicling efforts in the state to grapple with its role in the changing, modern West under a Trump presidency. 

Read the essay here. And in Spanish, here.

Freelancer’s Journal: The Cost of Digging Deep by Bear Guerra

"I’d be lying if I said that working on my own, on and off for years, both in the U.S. and abroad, hasn’t been challenging. Having minimal or no health insurance and worrying about drumming up enough work for the next few months' rent have always been an underlying source of stress for me. But for those of us who came of age as young storytellers when media revenues started dwindling in the nineties, freelancing hasn’t just been a choice, but our refuge. It’s what’s kept us in journalism—at least in the kind of journalism we value and are eager to preserve against all odds. A journalism that questions, digs deeper, and is compassionate and human.

Read the full essay in Scratch Magazine (behind a paywall).