ANOTHER VIEW: VoiceWaves Tells Own Stories

Feb. 18, 2013 / By

This article was written for the Long Beach Gazettes by VoiceWaves Community Engagement Coordinator Antonio Ruiz.

During the first month of 2013, a diverse group of Long Beach youth reporters produced a series of news features for

Those stories included one by Alyson Bryant about a group of Long Beach veterans sharing their stories of return. Patrick Moreno asked elected officials, the Police Chief and community members to describe what peace in the community look like to them. Justine Calma wrote a story on resources for those who are young and pregnant in Long Beach.

These youth reporters not only produced insightful content, they demonstrated that there are many voices in this city.

Long Beach is the second largest city in Los Angeles County and the sixth largest in California. Yet, because we live in the shadow of the city of LA, we lack the media resources that any other city our size would possess. There is no Long Beach broadcast television station and only one radio station, and it has no local news or public affairs programming. We have one daily newspaper. We have a number of weeklies including the Gazettes and online news sites that help fill some of the gaps.


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