Malden Access TV (MATV) launched its new citizen journalism program called Neighborhood View to a group of 20 prospective students and three instructors on Monday, March 31.
The result? “This is why I love MATV,” says Ron Cox, MATV’s executive director. “Where else would you experience people from all walks of life gather in one room?”
Attendees discussed potential story ideas and possible beats, including a photo essay of Malden’s gardens, a series of pieces spotlighting perseverance in the community and using the Neighborhood View journalism platform to raise awareness in wards often overlooked by the mainstream media.
The program’s instructors, Nakia Hill, Kara Lawton and Sam Baltrusis, were introduced at the round-robin discussion. The team talked about reaching out to Malden’s younger population and using citizen journalism as a tool to bridge the gap with Malden’s ESL community.
Interested in becoming a Neighborhood View correspondent? Click here. Also, we’re teaching our first class, Journalism 101, on Tuesdays starting April 8 at 6:30 p.m.
The Neighborhood View program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
–Photo by Hailey Hao, MATV’s educational access coordinator