Challenge: How can journalists empower young women in news deserts to report on their communities?
Adriana García has spent her fellowship year exploring design thinking in order to further focus, not only her journalism challenge, but also her skills in building culture. In that exploration, she discovered that the subset of under served people she wanted to focus on was young women in geographic areas underrepresented in the national media lexicon. García also used this year to get back into tennis and swimming.
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Adriana García, the oldest child of Mexican immigrants, was the first in her family to attend college — entering Arizona State University as a chemistry and biology major with her sights set on medical school. But everything changed when she got a part-time job at the student newspaper to help pay expenses. As a layout artist, she became enthralled with visual storytelling — though she didn’t yet think of herself as a journalist. García switched to major in graphic design and ended up with an internship at The Washington Post, where she started to discover that she had been doing journalism all along. After the Post, she went to work at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. Over the years, she’s developed a deep love for the city and the newspaper, and steadily moved into bigger newsroom roles. When the Times-Picayune’s owner, Advance, shifted focus to online news and reduced print publication to three days a week, García was named design director and charged with rethinking all aspects of the newspaper. In 2015, she was named design and operations manager of the parent company’s southeast print division, overseeing production of Advance’s newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Garcia and her husband, Drew Reinhard, have a two-year-old daughter.