On the weekend of February 15th, the California Statewide Youth Media Conference took place. This conference entailed workshops on poetry, taking better photos, using illustration in journalism and much more. Not only were there workshops covering a range of topics, but they also had youth panels, group activities and inspiring discussions hoted by keynote speakers.
Youth media organizations from all around the state gathered at the Waterfront Hotel in Oakland to learn, work and hear from those who are more experienced and wanted to show youth what it’s like to continue doing the work they’re exploring.
One keynote speaker was Sayre Quevedo who could be described in a variety of ways- he is an artist, a New Yorker, a journalist and a person. He also started as a youth media journalist for YR Media in Oakland. Quevedo intersects his art work and his journalism as a form of telling raw and personal stories.
“(Quevedo) works across mediums to tell stories about intimacy, identity, and human relationships,” says his website.
Quevedo has worked with many big names including, NPR, Marketplace, Radio Atlas and continues to work with Latino USA. He has worked on many professional and personal projects including, The Quevedos, Re: Construcción and The Return.
As an experienced journalist, Quevedo had various tips to share with the room of youth journalists who were in the same position as he used to be.
One of the biggest tips that could be taken away from what he had to say, was to talk to and explore the realm of mentors and people that can help one with their craft.
“If y’all have people in your organizations who you feel a mutual respect with, continue to reach out to that person,” stated Quevedo. “Even if you have gone off and done something else. Even if you leave, continue to build those relationships because someone who has known you for ten years is going to be able to give you much more insight than anybody else. Those are really special relationships, that are worth holding onto.”
Quevedo also spoke about finding mentors outside of your organization and to find people with common interests.
“Find people who like the same things as you and become friends. Make them your mentors, because they do not have to be people older than you. They can be your peers,” Quevedo says. “I’m happy to listen to your work and happy to give feedback. Just shoot me an email any time.”
The warm ending to Quevedo’s talk and personality is reflected in his artwork- Warm, intimate and touching.
If you would like to see some of Quevedo’s work, you can visit his website at the following link: