Richmond Pulse will be working with 6 to 10 youth and young adults from Richmond CA, who will be trained as community health reporters for the purpose amplifying the voices of local residents, shining a light on health disparities that exist within their community and having a say in how our community is seen and perceived by those outside of it. Their stories will be distributed and made visible to the wider community via online and traditional outlets (print publication, web platforms). The long-term objective of this initiative is to build a permanent and sustainable infrastructure for community journalism in Richmond that will serve as a source of local information for residents and policymakers alike.
Richmond Pulse is seeking applicants with a passion for multimedia story telling. Responsibilities include writing print stories, shooting photos/videos, recording audio, and interacting with the community. Applicants need not be proficient in these fields as there will be training but they need to be eager to learn, able to take criticism, and revise projects as necessary. Applicants need to be punctual for meetings and deadlines. Flexible schedule is a plus as applicants need to be able to react the ever-changing news environment.
Youth journalists will produce multimedia stories (print, radio, and video) to shed light on community health issues in the Richmond, CA. The youth journalists will work with our editors to produce journalistically sound, quality work. They will shed light on issues affecting the community.
Each student will be paid for his/her work. The amount of the stipends are to be determined.
Please contact Youth Media Coordinator Malcolm Marshall at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Richmond is a complicated city wrestling with its own evolution while absorbing the social political changes of the Bay Area. Being a reporter at Richmond Pulse revealed to me a hometown full of stories rightfully deserving of the front of any newspaper and website. At a critical period of growth, I was able to be curious at Richmond Pulse. The Pulse was my first home for journalism, and it can be yours too.
I started writing for Richmond Pulse right before I started studying journalism at U.C. Berkeley, and it was the perfect way to get real world experience while I was in school. I got to know my community better, and am so grateful that I was able to tell important stories in the city that I care about most. I’m so grateful that the Pulse invested in me!
Working with Richmond Pulse gave me an opportunity to reconnect with my community after I returned from college. The Pulse allowed me to explore and write about my own complicated narrative of being a Richmond resident through the good and bad. I was able to see my home through a fresh perspective as both a spectator and longtime resident. It didn't hurt that they pay more than most publications! That is a true testament to their mission as a community-run publication.
I started writing for the Pulse near the end of my studies at UC Berkeley. It brought me closer to my community in ways that I didn't anticipate. I met so many people on my story assignments who all know and trust me today. My hope as a homegrown educator is that I can share that same passion with my students.
If interested, please fill out the following application and submit electronically.