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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...

July 6, 2018

Digital story, Riverfront Times, November 27, 2017

Courtesy photo by John and Jayme Serbell

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

Photos by Allison Babka

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?

By Allison Babka

Courtesy photo by Harvey Brown

St. Louis sure likes to talk smack on Kansas City's sports teams and entertainment options, b...

June 28, 2018

Event recap, Riverfront Times, July 1, 2013

Recap: St. Louis Achieves 'Airness' in First Official Air Guitar Competition

By Allison Babka

Courtesy photo by Casey Fatchett Photography

No notes were played by the artists on stage, but the message was loud and clear anyway: a...

June 28, 2018

Digital sidebar, Riverfront Times, June 28, 2013

Dr. Pepper Teams with Air Guitar Champion for Commercial Deal

By Allison Babka

Photo via YouTube screengrab

Musicians often deny it, but many dream about nailing a hit song and riding it straight to Endorsementland. Influenc...

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