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Neighborhood to Neighborhood

Producing digital media stories on personally relevant topics

Neighborhood to Neighborhood, is a semester-long journalistic program using emerging technologies to create and share neighborhood stories in-person and online afterschool.

Facing History partnered with WNYC Radio Rookies to train, support and mentor a group of 18 youth from the High School for Global Citizenship and Vanguard to produce neighborhood-based multimedia stories around themes of identity, membership, community and civic participation.

Over the course of a semester, the youth learned to:

  • conduct an interview;
  • develop a story;
  • craft a script;
  • digitally edit audio using Pro Tools.

As culminating projects, youth worked in small teams to produce stories about topical issues relevant to their own lives and told from their own perspective. The multimedia stories explored topics such as the Crown Heights riot in 1991, the New York Police Department’s Stop and Frisk program, and stereotypes about people in public housing.

Recognizing the educational value of the youth-produced stories, Facing History held an educator screening that used these videos as a jumping off point for a discussion on broaching tough conversations in the classroom. Facing History’s work with the schools and educators allowed the project to successfully bridge the in-school and out-of-school space.

This project was funded by the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund in The New York Community Trust in 2011.

Lead Organization:
WNYC Radio Rookies

Partner Organizations:
Facing History and Ourselves

Project Goal:
Develop digital media skills that allow youth to play an active role in citizen journalism.

Project Tags:
Advocacy & Social Justice, Media Literacy & Production, Webmaking

Project Portfolio

  • documentation

    Behind the Scenes

    Learn more about the first Neighborhood to Neighborhood project, an intensive, three-month journalistic exploration of identity and membership.

  • sample works

    Student Projects

    Watch the student-produced audio/visual slideshows that range in topic from gun violence and stop-and-frisk policies, religious identity and stereotypes, life in public housing, and a creative alternative to one school’s no-cell phone policy.

  • teaching resources

    Connection questions for educators

    Connection questions are available for the individual pieces of this project that educators can use in the classroom w/ the stories that are created.