Greetings, from a Professional Freelance Journalist!

My second article was published on The Grio this morning. I didn’t have to take a bus to New Jersey at 7 a.m this time, but there was still a fair amount of blood, sweat and tears. I love “journalisting” (that’s my new verb), but I still feel a sense of anxiety around my work. I described this feeling to a fellow journalist last night and he said that when I stop feeling that way it is probably time to retire. Point well taken.

There is one interesting behind the scenes moment of the article. I was doing some research after I was assigned the piece and realized my old boss was one of the first elected officials to take a stand against Blast. The issue was straight forward. I called him first thing yesterday morning and he gave me a brief interview. I knew those City Council contacts would be useful in this business. (I have tried to explain this to a certain t.v station on many occasions but they just don’t seem to care.)

Thanks in advance for reading the article. Please post the link to your social networks.

Is ‘Blast’ malt liquor being marketed to kids?


About chelsealynr

Chelsea-Lyn Rudder is a contributor to The Grio, the Huffington Post and the Downtown Express, the local paper for Lower Manhattan. She holds a master’s of science degree in International Relations from New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. She was appointed Executive Director of the New York City Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus in 2005. A position that she maintained until the summer of 2010. Miss Rudder is a member of WNET channel 13′s Community Advisory Board and of Community Board One, the local governing body of Lower Manhattan. She received her bachelor’s degree from Pace University in Communications and Political Science in 2005. Chelsea-Lyn resides in New York City and is a native of Rochester Hills, Michigan. Chelsea-Lyn is a former Miss Teen USA delegate representing the state of Michigan. Miss Rudder has served as a spokesperson and fundraiser for The American Heart/Stroke Association, Michigan Special Olympics, SADD and Detroit’s Caribbean Cultural and Carnival Association. Follow Miss Rudder on Twitter @ChelseaLynR . Please direct media and speaking engagement requests to .
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