I was happy to hear the voice of KPBS border reporter Amy Isackson and Tijuanapress.com reporter Vicente Calderon on one of my favorite NPR shows, On the Media, last week. They deserve some recognition for the map of the recent murders and the coverage they’ve done on Tijuana’s drug wars. But again, I have to offer my unsolicited opinions and advice because the pat on the back is partly congratulatory but mostly an encouragement to keep going and to go deeper and possibly in a different direction:
1. Advertise Tijuanapress.com to the people of Tijuana. No one knows about its existence. Is it for the people of Tijuana or what?
2. Focus on stories that would bring about a solution. The guns are coming from the U.S. right? Let’s focus on that. The demand is coming from the U.S., right? Let’s talk about how U.S. policies toward drug use need to change. Let’s talk legalization. Let’s talk change.
3. The people want the violence to stop. They even mentioned a pact with one of the drug cartels. Let’s talk about that. What are the options, however strange and unconventional those may be?