Hello North Tacomans. My name is Rebecca Young and I’ve lived in the North End of Tacoma since 1992. I’ve been a journalist – reporter, news editor, copy editor, book reviewer – for more than 20 years. I’ve worked for The News Tribune, The Washington Post, The Phoenix Gazette, The Ashland Daily Tidings and The University of Oregon Daily Emerald. (Go Ducks.)
My children’s book reviews have been published in lots of publications, including the TNT, The Chicago Sun Times, The Sacramento Bee and The Kansas City Star.
Like a lot of people, I’m not working at The News Tribune now. But as all journalists know, you never get that profession out of your blood. I still see the world – and my town – as a bunch of stories, large and small.
That’s one of the reasons I decided to start the North End Journal, to find a place to put some of the stories I see. A second reason is that I love taking photos. I’ve been doing it since I was in high school and stood on the sidelines of football games to get shots for the school paper. Photography is another way to tell stories, even more so in the age of Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook …
My aim is to focus on things that happen in the North End and on the people who live here. But I expect my boundaries to be fluid. For example, how can I ignore downtown? We all go there. So basically, I figure if something interests me, my friends, my neighbors, you’re likely to be interested in it too.
As the Journal gets going, I intend for there to be lots of opportunities for you to interact, send ideas, get involved. It’s going to be fun.