YouthWire was founded to unify and showcase the wealth of youth-created content being generated by New America Media’s community media projects in under-served communities across California, and to broaden their collective reach – beyond the local – to include a statewide audience of policymakers, advocacy groups, activists, educators and youth.
For more than two decades, New America Media has been a pioneer and an innovator in the field of youth media — beginning with San Francisco-based YO! Youth Outlook in the late 80’s and continuing with the founding of The Beat Within in 1997, Silicon Valley De-Bug in 2001 and The kNOw Youth Media in 2006. Those experiences have informed NAM’s recent expansion of our youth-led media work to five new community media projects in California: Voicewaves in Long Beach, South Kern Sol, Coachella Unincorporated, Richmond Pulse and We’Ced Youth Media in Merced.
Together, these eight media outlets form a necklace of youth-led but community-inclusive journalism projects — the next generation of ethnic media — spanning the state of California, strategically located in areas of the state that have historically lacked indigenous and accessible media platforms for community voice.
Jacob Simas, YouthWire Director
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