Go deeper and stay connected by following local news on mobile mapping, community development, and alternative transit in LA, including:

  1. StreetsBlog in South LA. Streetsblog is a daily news source connecting people to information about sustainable transportation and livable communities. South LA is one of three regions explicitly covered; as their site says: In an effort to show how transportation, open space, planning and other issues impact the health and character of a community, Streetsblog and The California Endowment teamed to bring Streetsblog’s coverage to a hyper-local level in Boyle Heights and South Los Angeles. Sahra Sulaiman is the lead writer for South L.A. coverage.
  2. Intersections South LA is a community news web site dedicated to covering South Los Angeles and surrounding areas, with contributions from residents, high school students and journalism students from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Intersections represents a new approach to journalism and news coverage. Community residents are encouraged to be active contributors in shaping news content, providing news items in a variety of forms, from video, photographs, opinion pieces, on-the-ground reporting, and entries to our community calendar. Our goal is to create a two-way conversation between residents living in South LA and the journalists covering these neighborhoods.
  3. KPCC’s OnCentral is a new local venture funded by Southern California Public Radio with the help of the California Endowment. We are an online news site that works to enrich, inform and empower the communities surrounding Central Avenue in South Los Angeles. We tell stories about the problems and solutions in the area as well as what is happening in your neighborhood.
  4. Mobile Voices (VozMob) is a platform for immigrant and/or low-wage workers in Los Angeles to create stories about their lives and communities directly from cell phones. VozMob appropriates technology to create power in our communities and achieve greater participation in the digital public sphere.

Related Projects — especially those from other neighborhoods of LA, or that offer experiences rather than news:

  1. Out the Window. Short personal videos are presented in the unusual context of the Los Angeles County Metro bus system, starting in the winter of 2011. On Transit TV, we show animations, documentaries, narratives and experimental videos about, by and in Los Angeles.
  2. The Alhambra Source is Alhambra’s only independent, local news outlet. A multilingual news website where dozens of community members — working with a professional journalist — report on their city, the site serves as a forum for local voices, and a platform for the expression and development of writers, videographers, and photographers.
  3. MetaConnects, an online space for knowledge sharing about the communication practices of many diverse neighborhoods across Los Angeles — between researchers from the Metamorphosis Project at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and community-based practitioners across the Southern California region and beyond.
  4. HyperCities. Built on the idea that every past is a place, HyperCities is a digital research and educational platform for exploring, learning about, and interacting with the layered histories of city and global spaces. Developed though collaboration between UCLA and USC, the fundamental idea behind HyperCities is that all stories take place somewhere and sometime; they become meaningful when they interact and intersect with other stories. Using Google Maps and Google Earth, HyperCities essentially allows users to go back in time to create and explore the historical layers of city spaces in an interactive, hypermedia environment.
  5. See also the about us page, which provides details on several of our partners.

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Posted April 3, 2012 by bstokes