On Jan. 1, 2021, I joined with two friends and colleagues—photojournalist Mónica Quesada and rural tourism entrepreneur Pippa Kelly—to launch a new, bilingual media organization called El Colectivo 506. Named for the collective buses that take their time as they wander through Costa rica, and passing by any number of unexpected, off-the-beaten-path locations, our project offers in-depth solutions journalism and a national rural tourism directory that shines a light on rural communities.

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