Boyle Heights Beat
Contact: Kris Kelley Rivera
Boyle Heights Beat is a bilingual community news project produced by youth, offering “noticias por y para la comunidad,” or “news by and for the community.” Boyle Heights Beat offers a unique brand of community journalism, built around neighborhood meetings that youth reporters lead each quarter to solicit ideas and hear concerns.
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I joined Boyle Heights Beat to grow my writing skills and I gained so much more. I didn’t always know what I wanted my career to be, but Boyle Heights Beat helped me build confidence to make that decision. I am currently a journalism student at Long Beach State, a College Journalism Network Fellow with CalMatters, and I am back working with Boyle Heights Beat as community outreach coordinator. My first ever story with BHB was a print and radio story about a homeless community college student who had aged out of the foster care system and was struggling in college. During my interview I remember how appreciative she was towards me for caring about her story. At that moment I realized how powerful it is to be able to help tell someone their story. This story caught the attention of a Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees member and the radio story got picked up by KCRW and resulted in donations for housing three college students. I will always take pride in how this story informed listeners and readers and also motivated them to take action.
Launch the Next Great Community Journalists
Boyle Heights Beat is the only Eastside nonprofit news source in Los Angeles. A groundbreaking model, the Beat supports and trains student journalists, who source news from their own community, providing vital information on COVID, news, politics, and local profiles that the community trusts.
This year, the nonprofit is raising $50,000 to start a fellowship program for new college graduates for professional training to become community journalists.
With good sources of local information more important than ever, you can help sustain local journalism and expand Boyle Heights Beat’s vision of local news, “por y para la comunidad,” for and by the community.
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