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Amaris Castillo


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Past articles by Amaris:

For freelancers struggling with resources and time, a surprise award offers relief

'It completely changes the circumstances for how I’m doing this reporting. It alleviates so much stress that I was facing on a daily basis.' → Read More

Democracy in action or ‘C-SPAN gaze’: The cases for and against more cameras in the House chamber

What would greater access provide the American public? The answer depends on who you ask. → Read More

A Los Angeles Times project uses puppets to tackle mental health concepts

Poynter speaks with journalists behind “Head-lines,” a news show for children that’s run by puppets. The project is a collaboration between the Los Angeles Times and the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. → Read More

When the closing of a Dunkin' is monumental news

WBZ NewsRadio reporter Matt Shearer talks to Poynter about his Massachusetts stories going viral on TikTok and other social media platforms. → Read More

Here’s how 2 local reporters in battleground states are tackling the midterms

From person-to-person coaching and intensive hands-on seminars to interactive online courses and media reporting, Poynter helps journalists sharpen skills and elevate storytelling throughout their careers. → Read More

A former journalist’s nonprofit helps survivors of high-profile tragedies

Poynter speaks with David Guarino, who founded the Boston-based nonprofit Survivors Say -- a network of volunteers providing support for grieving families and survivors who are thrust into the spotlight. → Read More

The ultimate long-form: Why and how journalists write books

We spoke with journalists who've written books and publishing professionals to understand what stories the publishing industry wants from news media. → Read More

Here’s the anatomy of an awesome internship program

18 tips for newsrooms hiring interns, from recruitment to staying in touch → Read More

How a broadcast reporter for Houston’s KHOU has approached coverage of the Uvalde shooting

Anayeli Ruiz, a reporter for Houston-based television station KHOU, talks with Poynter about coverage of the Uvalde mass shooting. → Read More

The story behind a palabra investigation into Latino COVID deaths

A veteran investigative journalist speaks with Poynter about an investigation she led for palabra, a multimedia platform by the National Hispanic Journalists Association that publishes the work of freelance journalist members. → Read More

Why Scripps and Google are recruiting print journalists to broadcast news

A new initiative from the broadcasting company and Google has everything to do with the decline in print newspapers. → Read More

On World Press Freedom Day, we look at a few good (and bad) changes around the globe

The theme for this year’s World Press Freedom Day is ‘journalism under digital siege’ → Read More

Why this family foundation gives out $100,000 of unrestricted money to select freelance journalists

The American Mosaic Prize is an annual award given to two freelance journalists for excellence in long-form, narrative or deep reporting about underrepresented and/or misrepresented groups in the American landscape. → Read More

Photojournalist Dennis Fujimoto on his famous 'Happy Camper' column and capturing island life

Longtime photojournalism Dennis Fujimoto talks to Poynter about his career and capturing island life through his famous 'Happy Camper' column. → Read More

You know that person you always see in your community? Write about them.

From person-to-person coaching and intensive hands-on seminars to interactive online courses and media reporting, Poynter helps journalists sharpen skills and elevate storytelling throughout their careers. → Read More

How the Los Angeles Times created a guide on what to do after sexual assault

‘Not everyone wants to go to the police right away. Not everyone is ready to talk about trauma that they’ve experienced.’ → Read More

Photojournalist Bob Hallinen survived a plane crash and broken ribs to cover more than 10 Iditarods

Retired photojournalist Bob Hallinen talks to Poynter about what it was like to cover to cover the Iditarod for the Anchorage Daily News. → Read More

José R. Ralat dishes on being Texas Monthly’s taco editor and what makes a good taco story

Texas Month's taco editor José R. Ralat talks to Poynter about what it's like to cover tacos in a pandemic, how he find story ideas, and more. → Read More

For Black women journalists, wearing #NaturalHairOnAir is a point of pride and resistance

Poynter spoke with more than a half dozen Black women who are on-air journalists to better understand all that surrounds the decision to go natural in a world that has not always embraced it. → Read More

UFOs, once consigned to conspiracy theories, have landed in mainstream American journalism

How do journalists balance the offbeat nature of the subject — with its decades of conspiracies and skeptics — with their credibility? → Read More