Are you looking for meaningful ways to give back this holiday season? Donating and volunteering locally has many benefits even beyond the most important of meeting local community needs. Donating to a local food or toy drive or doing hands-on volunteering provides an opportunity to connect more deeply with one’s community and meet others who are spending their time giving back. Volunteering can also offer a different or broader perspective on one’s own life. The need for donations and volunteering is year-round, but giving back at this time could also help jump start a cycle of giving and volunteering during all seasons. Many sources support this notion around volunteering. The EF (Education First) blog states, “By immersing yourself in a community and surrounding yourself with people who are dedicated to bettering the world, you can learn so much about how the world works. You gain a unique sense of purpose by serving those around you, one which often manifests in other areas of your life.” Malden is a community rich in nonprofits, service organizations and […]
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 […]
It was a festive night at the Malden Reads opening at the Malden Public Library’s Converse Building on Thursday, February 20. MATV announced the launch of Neighborhood View, a new citizen journalism program. Yep, it’s Malden from your point of view. There will be a meet and greet kick off on Monday, March 31 at MATV starting at 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. to sign up new citizen journalists.