People tend to forget that journalism is an act of service.

At least that’s how I like to see it.

Whether a reporter is a freelancer, intern, or staff writer, one common thread under the surface is that no matter what your title is, you have a duty to serve your readers.

Spending a good portion of my summer freelancing here in Ahwatukee Foothills, after interning here during college more than a year ago, I’ve relearned that this small, yet strong area has something special about it.

With that, I’m more than excited to be able to continue my service.

Coming from the other side of the Valley, or any part of the Valley for that matter, a true sense of community isn’t usually stumbled upon.

The residents here have a bond; you know each other, stick up for your businesses and make it a point to recognize those who deserve recognition.

Being a reporter, those same attributes should be exemplified in news coverage.

As a freelancer for AFN, I’ve gotten to know the names of people here, the schools, businesses and leaders. I felt like an integrated part of the community.

I’ve seen the area as a whole mourn the loss of several residents who were rooted here. I’m also honored to have contributed to the coverage of Aurora, Colo.’s, shooting last month with a memorial to Ahwatukee’s own Alex Teves, who was killed in the tragedy.

I was able to cover Phoenix City Council news at the tail end of an issue when Ahwatukee would have been split up by a redistricting map, and learned how to rift through political jargon while still delivering news.

But all of that, I hope to count as service to readers, and not as more “notches” on my journalistic belt.

The people here I’ve worked with are talented, caring and truly gifted people. With every assignment, advertisement, photo, edited sentence and designed page, they keep you in mind.

Saying goodbye to freelancing, and hello to a new title as an official staff reporter for the AFN, thanks for reading.

See you in education and other community news, Ahwatukee.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4902 or dmartinez@ahwatukee.com.

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TalentSprint, a leader in professional skill development and talent transformation, today announced that it had bagged two prestigious awards in the recent past. While TalentSprint won the Red Herring's Top 100 Asia Award, recognizing it as the most promising Private venture from the Asian business region, Santanu Paul, CEO of TalentSprint received the FICCI LeapVault Skill Development Roll of Honour. The company also recently won the National Skill Development Corporation's Best Performing Partner Award 2011-12 in the non-corporate category.
TalentSprint, which has received investment from NSDC and Nexus Venture Partners, offers advanced industry certification programs to young professionals using experiential learning and a proprietary technology platform. The training programs blend diverse skills and are delivered by best-of-class, industry practitioners to students during or after college, thereby greatly improving their prospects of getting IT jobs when they graduate. On the demand side, the company works closely with industry partners to deliver productivity and efficiency gains in excess of 70% in terms of new talent acquisition.
The Red Herring editorial team selected the most innovative companies from a pool of hundreds from across Asia. The nominees are evaluated on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technology innovation, quality of management, execution of strategy, and integration into their respective industries.
"Choosing the companies with the strongest potential was by no means a small feat," said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. "After rigorous contemplation and discussion, we narrowed our list down from hundreds of candidates from across Asia to the Top 100 Winners. We believe TalentSprint embodies the vision, drive and innovation that define a successful entrepreneurial venture. TalentSprint should be proud of its accomplishment, as the competition was the strongest it has ever been".
The founding team of TalentSprint comprising J.A. Chowdary, Santanu Paul, and Madhumurty Ronanki said, "We are proud to receive this coveted award as the most promising Private ventures from the Asian business region. This is validation that skill development and employability are now a rising concern for all emerging economies. Changing demographics suggest that industry-centric experiential learning must reach young and aspiring professionals, and scale and speed are both important. Looking ahead, TalentSprint has its work cut out."
TalentSprint has centers in Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore. To learn more about the company visit www.talentsprint.com.

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