Arielle Dollinger

When Arielle Dollinger was 13, her dad dissuaded her from becoming a lawyer. Now as a journalist, she hopes to cover “really ordinary things that people don’t normally think are beautiful.”

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Finding Lisa

I put on my sunglasses with the round, olive-colored frames, drove to the factory, and sat in wait. Inside the building, the once-great designer, Lisa Frank, produced the heart-and-star-and-rainbow-covered folders that anyone who was anyone owned in elementary school.

Prickly but Pleasant, a Spiny Fruit Enchants

It’s purple, egg-shaped and spiny: It’s the prickly pear, a fruit that grows abundantly in Tucson. Locals use the fruit to create items such as lip balm, soap and taffy.

The Colorful World of Lisa Frank Goes Silent

Lisa Frank is the creator of a line of vibrantly colored school supplies covered in hearts, stars and rainbows that reigned supreme in the 80s and 90s. Now, Frank’s namesake company is a fraction of what it was, and she has essentially disappeared.

A Family That’s Its Own Village

On assignment an hour south of Tucson, I found thousands of cacti and a village of 500 cousins.

Elaine N. Cromie

Elaine Cromie was given her first camera, a 35mm contraption with a black plastic body and a pink carrying strap, at the age of 7. Now a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, she carries a more complicated piece of equipment and has started work on her first long-form documentary.

Stories to Write, and Stories to Tell

In its eleventh year, The New York Times Student Journalism Institute welcomes 23 students from nine states to Tucson, Ariz., where they will spend two weeks working with editors from The Times and The Boston Globe and Tucson.

One Day When It Is the Heat, Not the Humidity

It was May 22, and in the blistering heat of the Sonoran Desert, people in Tucson feigned dismay but harbored excitement as they wondered if it would be Ice Break Day.