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!
Recently, Chanowk Yisrael gave a presentation about how climate change can effect the food we eat, as well as how carbon foot-printing can change what we eat. He wants to draw more people into farming the correct way, that isn’t damaging to the environment.
This is an overview of the Youth Action Meeting that was held on March 23rd. The young people of Sacramento are encouraged to come to these meetings, and express their thoughts on how collaborative projects between adults and youth can improve.
Sol Collective held a screening of “13th” and Paul Willis, the facilitator of the event, talked about what he hoped would come from the knowledge. Time will tell if what he hopes for come true.
This video is about the Heart Walk project held Saturday 11th at the La Familia Center. This video contains a recap of the event, as well as interviews with the organizers. Also discussed is the partners that helped bring the program together.
This video contains a recap of the Hurley Way Harvest event, as well a an interview with Dominic Allamano, and a home owner who allowed the volunteers to pick fruit from trees on her house.
The question of who will lead the world of tomorrow might not be as clear cut but it’s a question many have tried to answer. Young people will be the one to take the torch once the older generation retired. Are the youth of the Sacramento prepared to make changes?
On August 12th the Health Equity Action Team held a press conference outside the Guild Theater in Oak Park to address UC Davis’ decision to abruptly stop accepting Medi-Cal patients. Thousands of families were left without reasonably close medical care, and now have to travel almost two hours to San Francisco to even pick up prescription medication.