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, then served as a Staff Writer throughout Summer and Fall 2020.

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.

Best of the CRANDIC Spotlight: Iowa Freedom Riders

Published on Dec. 1, 2020

Little Village’s ‘Best of the CRANDIC’ issue features community favorites in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City corridor. The Iowa Freedom Riders were voted ‘Best Social Justice Advocate.’

‘Trump needs us’: People of color at Trump’s Des Moines rally talked about why they support him

Published on Oct. 21, 2020

Though Iowa’s population is over 90% white, a limited but enthusiastic number of minority voters came out to President Donald Trump’s rally Oct. 14 in Des Moines and explained why they’re supporting him.

Police interactions with youth, the homeless discussed at final Iowa City Council listening posts

Published on Oct. 11, 2020

The Iowa City Council held its last two listening posts focused on discussing police interactions with youth and homeless individuals. These posts were part of an effort for the Council to restructure and implement community policing in Iowa City.

‘A part of me is gone’: Family and friends mourn Makeda Scott during memorial service on the Pentacrest

Published on Sept. 26, 2020

Over a hundred people came to the Pentacrest in Iowa City to honor the life of Makeda Scott, a Black woman who drowned in June under questionable circumstances. Family and friends spoke and sang at a memorial service organized by the Iowa Freedom Riders.

1619 Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones discusses Waterloo schooldays, ‘reckoning’ with slavery and hopes for the Biden presidency

Published on Sept. 24, 2020

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones spoke about her renowned work in The New York Times Magazine, 1619 Project, via livestream as part of the University of Iowa Lecture Series on Sept. 22.

‘We need to do better: Iowa City Council holds listening post to discuss mental health and police reform

Published on Sept. 17, 2020

The Iowa City Council held the first of six scheduled listening posts to discuss reforms to its police department with the community., with an emphasis on mental health and crisis intervention Attendees discussed lack of resources mental health services have and a desire to send mental health professionals to respond to crisis situations instead of police.

Iowa Freedom Riders lead a weekend of protests ahead of the Iowa City Council’s next meeting

Published on Aug. 31, 2020

In the weekend leading up to the next Iowa City Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 1, the Iowa Freedom Riders held protests and a vigil for Makeda Scott. This article recaps three nights of marching and tagging, during which University of Iowa police and unhappy local residents confronted protesters multiple times.

Iowa Freedom Riders return to the streets of Iowa City demanding more action from the city council and justice for Makeda Scott

Published on Aug. 24, 2020

The Iowa Freedom Riders, a Black Lives Matter-affiliated group in Iowa City, held their first protest and march since July 4 on Friday, Aug. 21. They outlined items they’re currently fighting for, including putting more pressure on the city council and obtaining justice for Makeda Scott, a Black woman who drowned under questionable circumstances in June.

An Iowa City woman’s months-long fight against COVID-19 was marked by fear and frustration

Published on Aug. 19, 2020

While Iowa City resident Nora Boerner contracted COVID-19 in April, she continues to battle symptoms as cases rise in the state and many Iowans continue to disregard the virus. University of Iowa medical professionals weigh in on Iowa’s situation and the virus’ impact.

‘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 piece was 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 piece was 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 piece was 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.