Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer

By Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer
Report for America Corps Member
Msayles@afro.com

I am incredibly excited to be joining the AFRO as a Report For America corps member covering the business beat for the paper. Ever since I interned with my local newspaper during my sophomore year of high school I knew I wanted to be a journalist, but more importantly, I learned the importance of keeping local journalism alive. 

Without local journalism, communities are left dangerously uninformed about the issues they face, and their elected officials cannot be held accountable. Arguably, local journalism is crucial to our world today so that no person or problem slips through the cracks. We must arm our communities with knowledge and awareness so that they can make informed decisions that will benefit them and their families. 

I recently graduated from the University of Maryland with dual degrees in multi-platform journalism and government and politics. During my time there I wrote and copy edited for multiple school publications, and I held an editorial internship with Baltimore magazine. These experiences helped me to hone my interviewing, copy editing and reporting skills, and I hope to make use of these skills as a business writer for the AFRO. 

During this time of uncertainty due to the pandemic and an increasingly polarized political climate, exceptional journalism is in demand. As a journalist, I am aware that my profession is an act of service to the public. I have a duty to them to work diligently to report the truth and strengthen democracy and communities. I certainly do not take this responsibility lightly. 

I cannot wait to begin putting out stories about Baltimore’s Black entrepreneurs and business community, and I am so grateful to have this opportunity. 

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