About Allison Babka
a blog and portfolio and stuff(eventually)
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Thinking About Meaningful Editorial Work
October 18, 2018
It's Tough Being a Woman in Tech (Riverfront T...
October 6, 2018
Thinking About the Resilience of My Media Friends
September 9, 2018
Be a Billiken
Lutheran Church Extension Fund
Saint Louis Universty
University of Minnesota
culture and entertainment
film and tv
July 29, 2018
Editorial Direction, YesPets, 2015-2016
As the editor for YesPets, I got to do what everyone dreams of: share stories about amazing animals all day long.
I know, I know, it sounds like a fake job. I'm not even sure that I completely understood it at first. Something, som...
July 23, 2018
Cover story, Riverfront Times, May 11, 2016
Photos by Allison Babka
In 2016, I was laid off for the first time in my life. It was just as confusing, demoralizing and frightening as I'd heard it would be from others.
I'd been an editor at Gateway Media, assigning and writi...
July 9, 2018
Digital story, BrainJet, October 2015
Working for a viral content startup was frequently a little weird. But cute? Cute didn't happen every day. Not until Uber announced that it would bring kitties straight to our office door, that is.
For the #UberKittens project, I arr...
July 6, 2018
Digital story, Riverfront Times, May 17, 2018
Courtesy photo by John and Jayme Serbell
A new festival for nomads just might finally prove that all who wander are not lost.
This weekend, hundreds of travelers will set up camp in the wilderness near Rolla, Missouri, for the...
Digital story, Riverfront Times, November 27, 2017
During cross-country trips, drivers typically scarf down greasy fast food and sugary gas-station snacks. But for folks traveling with their own kitchen, road trip cuisine becomes...
July 3, 2018
Cover story, Riverfront Times, June 15, 2017
Oh, this was such a joy to write!
My editors know that I love talking to quirky people, so when someone called in a tip that a couple was preparing to move into their van, the Riverfront Times immediatel...
June 29, 2018
Digital story, Riverfront Times, April 23, 2013
Five St. Louis Karaoke Bars in Five Days: The Diary of a Sing-Along Addict
By Allison Babka
You'd best prep your favorite Barry Manilow, Nelly and Journey songs, because you're entrenched in National Karaoke Week.
June 28, 2018
Digital story, Riverfront Times, July 14, 2014
Who Will "Have the Balls" to Host The Air Guitar Competition in St. Louis Next Year?
Courtesy photo by Harvey Brown
St. Louis sure likes to talk smack on Kansas City's sports teams and entertainment options, b...
Event recap, Riverfront Times, July 1, 2013
Recap: St. Louis Achieves 'Airness' in First Official Air Guitar Competition
Courtesy photo by Casey Fatchett Photography
No notes were played by the artists on stage, but the message was loud and clear anyway: a...
Digital sidebar, Riverfront Times, June 28, 2013
Dr. Pepper Teams with Air Guitar Champion for Commercial Deal
Photo via YouTube screengrab
Musicians often deny it, but many dream about nailing a hit song and riding it straight to Endorsementland. Influenc...