Story Pitches

Trevor Reid

Story Pitch 1: Montana Connection

Pitch To: Missoula Independent, Missoulian

Montana barley used in Mexican Beer:

Missoula is a microbrew paradise.  Home to over six microbreweries making local beers from local products, Missoula produces some of the best beers around.  Bloomberg Businessweek stated that in 2010 Montana was the second highest beer-consuming state in the nation with 30.5 gallons per person for the year.

It seems that another brewer has caught on to the quality barley used in these successful brews and has been using Montana barley in their beers.

Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma, the creators of beers such as Dos Equis, Tecate, and Sol as well as one of the two largest brewers in Mexico, made a deal with Herb Karst with the Sweetgrass Barley Association on behalf of Montana barley growers to provide barley for their beers since 2008.

I would like to meet with Herb Karst and discuss the benefits of providing Montana barley to foreign brewers.  I would then like to follow the barley trail down to Monterrey, Nuevo León and get in contact with someone at Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma, besides their head of media Eluyde Paulín Ortega, to see how the change in barley has affected its product.  I would like to see if there has been a rise in sales for the company since the deal was made, and if the relationship is beneficial to Montana barley growers, bringing money into our state economy.

I have a passion for photography as well as writing (don’t forget beer), and I have a moderate understanding of the Spanish language.  I have worked on an organic mango farm in Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutièrrez Mexico for three months after studying Spanish for four years, later continuing into college.  I have been studying journalism at the University of Montana Missoula for the last year, and I believe I would be a great choice to send out on assignment in Mexico.

CONTACT:

Herb Karst: (406) 335-2321

Eluyde Paulin Ortega: prensa@cuamoc.com

EDITOR INFO:

Missoulian: Sherry Devlin (406) 523-5250

Independent: Robert Meyerowitz- rmeyerowitz@missoulanews.com

 

Trevor Reid

Story Pitch 2: Bi-national Conservation Effort

Pitch To: El Paso Times, The San Antonio Express, El Diario de Chihuahua

Big Bend-Río Bravo Bi-National Interest Natural Area

The Río Grande Silvery Minnow has been on the endangered species list since 1994, and had been reduced to dangerously low levels along the Río Grande/ Río Bravo.  According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Silvery Minnow occupied less than 5% of its historic range in 2008, and it’s last documentation in the river was in 1960.

Since 2008, over 1.4 million Silvery Minnows have been re-introduced in the area, and an average of 500,000 minnows are to be deposited for the next two years.  In October 2010 Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Mexican Environmental and Natural Resources Secretary Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada and US Ambassador to Mexico Anthony Wayne released 267,000 minnows into the Río Grande to celebrate the success with the re-establishment project in the Big Bend- Río Bravo Natural Area.

I would like to go to Chihuahua and meet with officials on both sides of the border to report on the successes and failures of re-establishing a species in the area and highlight international cooperation in conservation.  I would like to meet with Biologist Aimee Roberson with the US Fish and Wildlife Service who wrote the report on the re-establishment of the silvery minnow.  I would also like to meet with people at the Chihuahua Desert Research Institute, the World Wildlife Fund and Chihuahua Desert Resource Conservation and Development, all partners in this project.  I would also like to get in contact with Ken Salazar and Juan Quesada to discuss benefits and detriments of international conservation efforts.  I would like to visit sections of the river where the minnows are being introduced and photograph one of the deposits.

I have a passion for photography as well as writing, and I have a moderate understanding of the Spanish language.  I have worked on an organic mango farm in Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutièrrez Mexico for three months after studying Spanish for four years, later continuing into college.  I have been studying journalism at the University of Montana Missoula for the last year, and I believe I would be a great choice to send out on assignment in Mexico.

CONTACT:

Ken Salazar: (202) 208-6416

Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada: (52 555) 628-0602

Aimee Robertson: (432) 837-0747 Aimee_Robertson@fws.gov

EDITOR INFO:

El Paso Times: Newsroom-(915) 546-6415

San Antonio Express: Kyrie O’Connor- koconnor@express-news.net

El Diario de Chihuahua: General: (614) 429 0700

 

Trevor Reid

Story Pitch 3: Hazardous Waste

Pitch To: The Guardian UK, The News (Mexico City English/Spanish news site)

Hazardous Waste Management in Mexico City

Waste management has been a problem in Mexico for decades, and the accumulation of all that mismanaged trash has come to a head.  There are 24 million people living in Mexico City, and according to the California Environmental Protection Agency, Mexico City produces approximately eight million tons of liquid and solid hazardous waste per year.  Only 12% of that is properly disposed of.

In December 2011, the government of Mexico’s capital city closed down Bordo Poniente landfill without creating an alternative site to dispose of the waste.  This is putting an unbearable amount of strain on the two remaining landfills in the area, pushing them to capacity while surrounding states refuse to take on the extra waste.  The buildup of hazardous waste is contaminating groundwater and soil, creating dangerous toxicity levels in an urban area.

I would like to travel to Mexico City and cover, in writing and photographs, the management of hazardous waste in one of the world’s largest cities, which also happens to be considered one of the most polluted cities in the world as well.  I would like to research how government agencies plan to build a new site for garbage disposal, and whether that site would be created with the ability to reduce groundwater and soil contamination.  With an urgent need for a new dump, it is imperative that a new site is opened, but it must be better than the previous site so that more damage to the environment is avoided.  I would like to interview Iván Restrepo, head of the Ecology and Development Center in Mexico; Restrepo and his team have monitored waste management in Mexico for over 30 years.  I would also like to interview Ramòn Ojeda, the secretary general of International Court of Environmental Arbitration and Conciliation (ICEAC), who advocated that the government shut down Bordo Poniente and pay to do an environmental cleanup project at the site.

I have a passion for photography as well as writing, and I have a moderate understanding of the Spanish language.  I have worked on an organic mango farm in Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutièrrez Mexico for three months after studying Spanish for four years, later continuing into college.  I have been studying journalism at the University of Montana Missoula for the last year, and I believe I would be a great choice to send out on assignment in Mexico.

 

CONTACT: Could not obtain contact information

EDITOR INFO:

“The News”: General: 902 00 1100 952 45 4491

Guardian UK: Chris Elliot- reader@guardian.co.uk

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