Following on the success of the May 7, 2011 Second Annual Youth Media Forum for Social Change hosted by the Sacramento Bee, the “Neighborhood News Bureau” Project continues our momentum with new people, new equipment,

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NEW EQUIPMENT — A new HD Sony camcorder with tripod, two microphones, and XLR audio connectors will be demonstrated to the library staff at the Valley Hi – North Laguna Library. Once they are comfortable, this equipment will also be available for use by the Library staff for recording guest authors and also by the other 4 NNB partner organizations for special projects, documentary filmmaking, and capturing events. The camera is very professional but also light-weight and easy to use.


NEW STAFF SUPPORT — Please welcome Isaac Gonzalez to the NNB team. Isaac is an especially gifted writer, journalist, videographer, and social media advocate. He is being trained on the many ways data can be created and distributed via and once he’s comfortable, he will be meeting with each of the five NNB sites at least twice per month. Isaac recently won the “Best Local Story” prize from Sacramento Press. He cares deeply about Sacramento and the opportunities presented by the NNB Project.    When applying for this opportunity, Isaac explained, “I believe that giving citizens the means to produce independent and local content is extremely beneficial to a healthy and vibrant society.  I have found producing online content to be an extraordinarily rewarding experience, as an artist, as a writer, as a socially engaged community advocate.”

Access Sacramento will be contacting each NNB partner next week to set-up a regular schedule of after-school help sessions with Isaac helping to both create new media and helping to post new media on the web site.



Access Sacramento Board member and Managing Editor for Sacramento Press, Colleen Belcher, works with an average of six journalist interns each semester. In an effort to generate more human interest stories from underserved neighborhoods, Sacramento Press will work with NNB organizations and Access Sacramento to identify local families with interesting stories to tell or organizations making a difference in their larger communities. Our goal will be the creation of one intern created story per month from each of the NNB sites. Local media too often publishes only crime stories about South Sacramento. This new internship effort will feature the hard working folks and resourceful community groups who successfully raise their children and live productive lives but whose stories are overlooked. Each story will be simultaneously published in Sacramento Press and We thank and Colleen for their continuing support of the NNB Project and for this creative approach to telling uniquely Sacramento stories.

QUESTIONS?  Contact Ron Cooper, Access Sacramento Executive Director (916) 456-8600 ext. 112