You may see multimedia reporter M. Smith taking a stroll around the community of Long Beach but what may look like a trip to the corner store or local barber, M never stops looking for a new compelling story. Smith mostly publishes as a video journalist, but also writes, photographs, as well. M strives to get the best camera shots and offer readers and viewers a full experience by submitting a package deal of photos, a story, and a video to complement each article. Smith wears many hats including producing the Wavegang podcast as a team manager.
Our friends at the Long Beach Post invited our very own M. Smith and Carlos Villicana to cover the annual, star-studded ComplexCon in Long Beach, a two-day event centering around hip hop fashion and music.
A former gang member, a youth's strange run-in with the law, a student with A.D.D. kicked out of Wilson, and a public health expert. What can Long Beach learn from its own residents and youth about the road to true youth justice?
Youth Reporter M. Smith set aside their reporter's notebook and picked up the mic to collaborate with Betting on Our Future (BOOF) to create a PSA on problem gambling. Leave a fire emoji if you think "M" did a good job on production and lyricism.
Here's our Recap Video, Social Media Story & Podcast covering the event. (We really went out all out on covering this thing.) The annual event brings underrepresented folks together to define the issues.
It happens every year and every damn year it seems to get bigger. What is it about the annual People's State of the City event that keeps attracting hundreds of Long Beach activists? Listen for a preview for this year's event!