Henry Barajas on his path through journalism

Henry Barajas on his path through journalism


Henry Barajas on his path through journalism
Omar: When you started to get into journalism, when did that happen? Like you talked about Heidi MacDonald and
I want to know what happened with you started to write for the Comic Beat? Henry: I think it started when I was in middle
school because I was used to write for the newspaper in middle school. Omar: Oh, that’s cool. Henry: I was an editor for the yearbook and
I loved Spider-Man and I loved Lois Lane and Clark Kent, these are two characters that
were like journalists and respectful, people that I like embodied a lot. And I used to live across the street from
the daily newspaper when I was a kid. So, whenever I passed by, I would just like
gawk at it. And when I got to high school, I vowed to
myself every day when I would take the bus from school because it was right across the
street, like I’m going to work at that newspaper. And I went in when I was 16 and they’re like
you have to be 18, so I shelved it. And when I turned 20, I became a newspaper
delivery man because there are no newspaper delivery boys anymore or girl, there’s a lot
of just people in sweatpants at 2:30 in the morning picking off hundreds and hundreds
of newspapers and throwing them in houses or having a scale. I never realized people in apartments, a lot
of elderly folks that still read the papers, they’re in like apartments. You’ve got to go up four flights of stairs
and put one newspaper on somebody’s door up. And while I was doing that at 3 o’clock in
the morning, I promised myself I would write a front-page news story, and that was at the
same time I was writing for comicsbeat.com and I was working for a bank that I will not
name, Citibank. (laughing) And I then got a job as a newsroom assistant
and I kept badgering the editor to let me write a story and they let me write for them,
and then, eventually I got to write a front-page story about how it was the first day of summer
in Tucson, Arizona that broke a hundred. Omar: Oh, that’s awesome. Henry: Yeah. So, I only got one, and they, I was like Omar: And you did it though. Henry: Yeah, I did it. I did what I set out to do, and then, I ended
up becoming an online editor for an alternative weekly called the Tucson Weekly, and I got
to write about whatever I want for almost two years. And that was an unbelievable experience and
that really helped me become a writer and I was writing about comics, local comics,
the cons, I was writing about Free Comic Book Day every year and trying to highlight all
the stories that were doing events in Tucson. So, yeah, it just kind of was something that
was always around me and something that I always was kind of trying to figure out so. And even to this day, I write for Syfy Wire. So, on the weekends, you can see what I’m
doing for them. I mean, L.A. is not a cheap place so, but
that’s also a great experience because I could still remember and kind of figure out how
to get news out to the masses. Omar: Of course, one article at a time, one
e-mail at a time. Henry: Right, exactly. Omar: I mean, and getting the word out there,
but that’s super exciting that you’re able to like follow that dream and write for newspapers.

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