This is a straightforward study about a county and city at odds over the budget for a park. Writing the story, however, was a bit of a challenge. The parties I spoke with representing different government entities had conflicting stories about what had happened. I had to diligently fact check everyone’s statements to write an accurate story. Thankfully I had help from the City Desk team at the San Antonio Express News. This was one of my first times covering a contentious local-government issue, and the more experienced reporters helped guide me on whom to interview, which offices to visit, and how to dig through archived files to discover key facts and figures. This was a great experience for me where I learned to trust in the experience of my team, collaborate with people across multiple disciplines, and use my own determination to produce the best results I can.