On December 2nd, two documentary films were shown at the Guild Theater in Sacramento. They were films about the lives of Transgender Women, and other members of the LGBTQ community. The films are part of a three-part event trying to promote solidarity, and knowledge about the LGBT community.
On Saturday, November 11th, a group of like-minded people gathered together at the state capital to talk about gun violence in America, and steps you can do to prevent it.
From September 8th through September 10th, the Neighborhood News Correspondent team covered the Free Our Dreams Summit at UC Davis. In this video report, four participants and organizers of the event answered what they personally stand for and how they plan to have a voice in the current political climate.
The Free Our Dreams event at UC Davis brought youth from all around California to come together and discuss issues in their communities. One of the most recent issues Californians and many other people across the country face is the fazing-out of the DACA program. In this video, we explain what DACA is, and how it will affect the people.
The 2nd Annual Black Women’s Health and Wellness Conference was held at the Education Building of the UC Davis Medical Center on July 12th. The goal of the conference was to inform black women on common health disparities they face and connect them with resources for prevention.
Equality California, Health Access California, and The Sacramento LGBT Community Center recently hosted an LGBTQ town hall to discuss how changes to Obamacare will affect the LGBTQ community.
Instead of having a celebration for his birthday, local youth advocate Fong Tran decided he would host a concert to raise awareness of an organization that means a lot to him: Sac Girls Speak.
In the Shine Cafe right on the corner of E street and 14th, an open-mic was held by Speak Out Sacramento. Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, at 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm, people with artistic talents of all levels are welcome to come and share what they have created.
Girls on the Rise works towards giving young women a voice in their community. The youth find issues they wish to tackle, and bring their knowledge and discoveries to their annual conferences, in order to educate others about them.
AccessLocal proved to be a much richer and more multifaceted experience than the simple news job I took it for at first. I learned this at our first meeting, when instead of stepping into the sophisticated and austere television studio I was interviewed in, I found myself sitting at a table of journalists my age with EDM playing in the background. This environment wasn’t to be mistaken as lax, I quickly learned, but rather a professional environment for a discussion designed to make the news correspondents feel at ease enough to discuss stories and relevant topics comfortably as they would outside of a ‘job’. My wonderful boss, Isaac Gonzalez, led the assignment sections and relevant discussions with a calm tone, maintaining the balance between professional and colloquial.
The first project alone sent me into the deep end of filming, editing and writing an article on a deadline with only the bare essential tools to guide me: a short tutorial video playlist for filming, iMovie and basic journalism tactics, an iPod touch equipped with iMovie, and a microphone and camera attachments to make a viable filming device. The prompt was simply: what is your community?
While I was pleased with the result, the process of making the video was a complete disaster. I spent half a day figuring out iMovie and planning the clip arrangements for the final product. I submitted my report right on the nose of the deadline and wished I had more of a plan going into the project to better know what I was doing.
These steps were absolutely critical to my progress as a Neighborhood News Correspondent. I learned more from arranging my friends to talk about what they thought about our community and the first 30 minutes of tampering with iMovie than I did in the whole hour of tutorial videos that were the entirety of my education in journalism.
I’m beyond grateful for the independent and self-reliant method of learning that Isaac and AccessLocal based the program on. In four months I’ve gone to city hall meetings, an art exhibition and an art workshop, a protest at the state capital, and even a gun show where I pressed tough questions to a reclusive and closed audience. If the program would have spent all that time on the textbook approach of teaching me how to film, how not to film, who to film, what to focus on and so on, I would never have really learned how to film in the way I did. I picked all of these skills up through doing the work assigned to me, and Isaac was always there to give advice and strategies if I was unsure. I now know how to cover stories confidently and have months of experience doing so. The paychecks were gravy on top of what I’ve gained from all of this.
I could not recommend AccessLocal more to anyone interested in journalism, writing, filming, debate or even public-speaking. Whether or not I choose to pursue journalism as a career, I am immensely grateful for the opportunity I was provided and the valuable, interdisciplinary skills I gained. I would like to thank my coworkers: the outgoing and amiable Levi Harvey, the quietly confident and ever-friendly Ivan Caballero, the understated and brilliant Dominique Mejia, the bold, hilarious and completely unique Bruce Tran, and most of all my boss, the attentive, caring, engaging and one-of-a-kind Isaac Gonzalez. I would also like to thank Gary Martin from our parent company for seeing something to let me into this amazing program. Good luck future Neighborhood News Correspondents!