It’s fun to be a youth reporter at Boyle Heights Beat”” Just ask any of the teens that participated in the first-ever multimedia boot camp this past summer.

During a three-day intensive, reporters gained skills in photography, audio recording and editing, and produced an audio slideshow on one of three issues affecting their community.

One group focused on how pollution from freeways and factories affects residents in Boyle Heights. Another group highlighted how residents try to stay healthy in spite of the lack of parks and healthy food options in the area. And the third group featured on a project that is transforming alleys into playgrounds and community gathering spaces.

Learning digital tools is not only fun, but necessary for any journalist today, in a field that has been quickly transformed by technology.

Watch the video below to see more of our reporters’ experience and stay tuned for the audio slideshows they produced to be published in the next coming weeks.

Boyle Heights Beat

Boyle Heights Beat is a bilingual community newspaper produced by its youth "por y para la comunidad". The newspaper and its sister website serve an immigrant neighborhood in East Los Angeles of just under...

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