Guy Clark, a man you may recognize because of the flowers he has sold at 15th and Noe for four decades. Photo by Helene Goupil from The Seed, a soon to be released short documentary on Clark.

We often post short films from Still I Rise, a series about ordinary people who overcome adversity to excel and give back. It is produced by Mission Local’s multimedia advisor, Mimi Chakarova.

Increasingly, we have started to collaborate, and are now doing so on a documentary about the Latino Task Force. We want to introduce you to the series. If you like what you see, follow Still I Rise on InstagramFacebook or Twitter.

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Founder/Executive Editor. I’ve been a Mission resident since 1998 and a professor emeritus at Berkeley’s J-school since 2019 when I retired. I got my start in newspapers at the Albuquerque Tribune in the city where I was born and raised. Like many local news outlets, The Tribune no longer exists. I left daily newspapers after working at The New York Times for the business, foreign and city desks. Lucky for all of us, it is still there.

As an old friend once pointed out, local has long been in my bones. My Master’s Project at Columbia, later published in New York Magazine, was on New York City’s experiment in community boards.

Right now I'm trying to figure out how you make that long-held interest in local news sustainable. The answer continues to elude me.

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  1. Lydia, I am always inspired by your works, commentary, and to know also that you were born and raised in Albuquerque is telling of that Encantada spirit you represent.
    Thank you for all you do.
    A sister-comadre fan. Dorinda Moreno, Women Of The Americas (Salt Of The Earth).