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Boyle Heights student Alex Medina interviews owner and customer at The Cream Shop barberhop in Boyle Heights.

Boyle Heights Beat is a bilingual community news project produced by youth, offering “noticias por y para la comunidad,” or “news by and for the community.”

The Beat is a collaborative project of USC Annenberg’s Center for Health Journalism and Hoy L.A.

Boyle Heights Beat offers a unique brand of community journalism, built around neighborhood meetings that youth reporters lead each quarter to solicit ideas and hear concerns. The New York Times hailed Boyle Heights Beat for serving “an ever greater need” for immigrant communities to have their stories heard. The Columbia Journalism Review praised its unique brand of community journalism, lauding its youth-led community meetings, which give residents a chance to help set the news agenda. The Beat sustains its youth development and community news project entirely from foundations and individual support. To learn more about how to contribute to our success, go here

Editorial Independence Policy

We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.

Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.

Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN’s Membership Standards.