A veteran journalist looks for the unexpected when he looks for stories to publish

Journalist Miguel Angel Martell stands in front of a monument in Mexico.

The Magnet Tribune: courtesy photo

Journalist Miguel Angel Martell stands in front of a monument in Mexico.

Stephanie Martell, Staff Writer

Miguel Angel Martell is a passionate journalist. This 35-year-old man also loves politics; most of his work is about it. He has published several magazines edited and made by him, not with other people, just himself.

Miguel joined journalism thanks to his father, Victor Martell Cisneros, Victor was an inspiration for Miguel, not just because it is his father is more than that, his father was a regidor (city councilman) in the ”Partido de Revolucion Democratica,” (PRD).

His father had a newspaper called ”La Voz del Pueblo,” that gave Miguel the opportunity to be a journalist, of writing for the first time for thousands of people this happen when he was just 13 years old.

Apart from journalism Miguel was part of politics as a city councilman, just like his father but he decided to quit it because it was not his thing.

”Politics is an uncertain art and a generous profession when you seek the good,” Martell said.

His career started as a curiosity, having journalist friends to see what could be written, he interviewed prominent people in the city and saw that people read attentively to what was expressed that motivated him to be a journalist.

”I was also a photographer and I collaborated with my friends and acquaintances with writing for their magazines and newspapers but also I worked in radio as a commentator on the issues, giving my opinion. Not everything is ink and paper for me,” Martell said.

As a journalist, a highlight in his career is the power to be a leader of opinion, the acceptance for writing the truth and editing his own magazine is just fascinating for him and of course, receiving the respect of others is also keeps him in journalism.

”I am an independent journalist and as such so many times I had to get the picture, get the interview and then make an opinion about that interview etc.,” he said.

A typical day for this journalist can be exciting and more because finding the news at the moment in unexpected places is exciting.

”Everyday is different and uncertain. It Is not that hard to find the news, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get excited when I find something,” he said.

Journalism has changed as most of the things in our environment, journalism being one of the most effective branches of communication; It has adapted to the needs of people, and for this reason, has been transformed.

”Now with advances in technology, they make journalism something more daily and necessary Internet came to modify it giving people free information. Now you can spread any news on any social media,” Martell said.

Now with advances in technology they make journalism something more daily and necessary Internet came to modify it giving people free of information. Now you can spread any news on any social media.”

— Miguel Angel Martell

Also, journalism has changed in Mexico it can involve investigating and telling stories that many do not want to be told, there have been many Mexican journalists killed.

”I remember the time when I was interviewing the city councilman Carlos Cantu Rosas, April 6, 2009. I asked him a few questions; I spent time with him, he even invited me to dinner; everything was fine until I published the story on my website. A few hours later, two men dressed in black knocked on my door and one of them hit me outside my house; I could not shout at my wife to call the police because I was alone at that moment. With all my strength I hit him in the stomach with my knee and fought with the other until I left him unconscious; I ran as fast as I could. I arrived at a telephone booth and called the police, but they did not answer, then I waited there for a few hours and once I got home, the men were no longer there; I deleted the story and the men did not return; it was a terrifying experience and by then I was more careful with what I publish,” Martell said.

Martell said that his experiences as a journalist weren’t good all the time, but he still enjoys his career.

”The career is generous because you can meet many people; it gives you the opportunity to know many places where the common citizen does not enter,” he said.

”What I like about this profession is that you can be an interlocutor between the demand of the citizens and the response of the officials,” Martell said.

”But this profession is especially risky because sometimes you can get enemies who do not agree with the opinion that is offered. Getting the truth entails many dangers,” Martell said.