February 14, 2017

Boyle Heights Beat featured in LA Times

Good Neighbors Campaign funded program, Boyle Heights Beat, is featured in today’s Los Angeles Times.
Los Angeles Times highlighted the Boyle Heights Beat, which was founded by Michelle Levander of the USC Annenberg School. The outlet produces articles by high school students about the community, and reporters are mentored by veteran journalists. The paper is funded by donations from the USC Good Neighbor Campaign and the California Endowment. “Our kids have a tremendous sense of responsibility to tell their stories. This is a way to get to know a community in a very intimate way,” Levander said.

Senior Editor Antonio Mejias-Rentas, left, and student reporter Kimberly Gallardo, 16, of the Boyle Heights Beat newspaper interview a Los Angeles police sergeant for a report on a swap meet at the Ramona Gardens housing project. (Patrick T. Fallon / For the Los Angeles Times)