Little Village Magazine

Little Village Magazine is an Iowa City-based, independent media company that serves the Eastern Iowa area. I was an Editorial Intern from Fall 2018 to Fall 2019 and now am a freelance contributor. I’ve worked on a variety of projects, including reporting on and taking photos for local events, running political social media coverage, performing research for investigative stories, and writing numerous pieces for LV’s annual dining guide, Bread & Butter.

‘Justice 4 Floyd’: Protesters in the Twin Cities set an example for the nation

Published on June 17, 2020

This personal account detailed daytime protests in the Twin Cities in the week following George Floyd’s murder by a police officer. Rather than being an area plagued by violence and fires, as shown in much mass media, protestors in Minneapolis and St. Paul came together as a community to mourn and fight for change peacefully

Disabled individuals, many at high risk for covid-19, face additional challenges while social distancing

Published on June 4, 2020

The Mayor’s Youth Empowerment Program (MYEP), a group assisting disabled individuals in the Iowa City area, has made changes to its services due to COVID-19 risks. Little Village details how these changes may impact MYEP’s vulnerable clients.

From grades to wi-fi access, ICCSD Superintendent Stephen Murley outlines changes to online learning high school students

Published on April 18, 2020

Little Village was the first to detail how the Iowa City Community School District planned to transition its high school students to required online learning. The district had previously announced it would select the “Voluntary Enrichment Opportunities” plan supplied by the Iowa Department of Education, under which it would not require any students in the district to attend classes.

Shelter House continues serving the community while COVID-19 forces changes and funds run short

Published on April 6, 2020

Shelter House, Iowa City’s only homeless shelter, needed to make drastic alterations regarding how it served the community’s homeless population when COVID-19 reached Iowa. Facing funding shortages and newfound constraints, Director of Development Christine Ralston explained how Shelter House is coping with these changes.

Joanna’s Premium Tonic Syrups are designed to elevate your mixed drinks

Published on March 23, 2020

This was a piece featured in Little Village’s 2020 Bread & Butter dining guide. Joanna Mouming explained how she started her business selling tonic syrups and achieved the success she experiences today.

Local growers supply area restaurants and grocers with specialty fungi

Published on March 23, 2020

This was a piece featured in Little Village’s 2020 Bread & Butter dining guide. Mushroom growers in the Iowa City area discussed why they became interested in selling specialty fungi and how their produce brings diversity to the area.

Kalona SuperNatural does dairy the old-fashioned way

Published on March 23, 2020

This was a piece featured in Little Village’s 2020 Bread & Butter dining guide. The article featured Kalona SuperNatural, a local dairy production brand that began in Iowa and now sells organic products from small dairy farms in the Midwest nationwide.

LV Recommends: Laos Cafe

Published on Sep. 5, 2019

Each Little Village Magazine publication recommends at least one place to obtain food or drinks. Issue 270 featured new West Liberty restaurant Laos Cafe.

Footnotes on the 2020 Caucus: A first-time voter encounters buddy-buddy candidates and rude reporters at the Iowa State Fair

Published on Aug. 13, 2019

The Des Moines Register had their annual political soapbox for several days at the 2019Iowa State Fair. 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Kamala Harris, Rep. Tim Ryan, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Joe Sestak, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, John Hickenlooper, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Cory Booker visited on Saturday, Aug. 10.

‘Letter To My Body’ brings voices from around the state to the Iowa City Public Library

Published on March 31, 2019

Letters curated by nonprofit group Monsoon Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity were on display at the Iowa City Public Library. The letters highlighted “sexual harassment and violence, gender norms, sexism and taught beliefs,” per Monsoon.

‘Black Klansman’ Ron Stallworth tackles white supremacy, activism and Donald Trump at Englert lecture

Published on Jan. 25, 2019

Ron Stallworth, a former police officer whose story inspired Academy-Award nominated movie “BlacKkKlansman,” visited the Englert Theatre in Iowa City as part of the University of Iowa Lecture Series.

The Iowa City Public Library is hosting its first Halloween Costume Exchange on Friday

Published on Oct. 10, 2018

This brief news piece on the Iowa City Public Library’s new Halloween Costume Exchange provided details to the broader community on this event.