Not finding a central location to find interesting stories in East Los Angeles, I created one. A combination of curating articles online and creating fresh, original content has made My East LA the largest East Los Angeles Facebook page and growing. It's not the number of Likes I'm most proud of but the quality of the conversation. Using social media in this way has not only created unique readers for my content but potential sources and tips I couldn't get otherwise as a reporter.

A lot of my photojournalism, videography and stories first published on My East LA found a second home with The Los Angeles Times, NPR, KPCC and NBC.