If you attended Renaissance Journalism’s launch event for its Bay Area Media Collaborative on Sept. 14, you heard journalist and author Peter Moskowitz warn that cities across the country are being battered by the forces of gentrification, and he pinned the blame on “disaster capitalism.” The author of “How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood” urged reporters in Renaissance Journalism’s latest initiative to put more effort into investigating the causes—rather than just the effects—of gentrification so that residents can better understand and respond to the changes that are sweeping the region.
Renaissance Journalism is launching a new initiative to test an innovative model of collaborative, community news coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area. We hope to encourage journalists and their news organizations to work together to help people understand and address some of the region’s most pressing problems. To start, we’ve chosen the crisis in housing—from the unbridled gentrification of neighborhoods to the displacement of longtime residents and the rising problem of homelessness. Together, these issues profoundly impact the quality, health and character of life in the region.
I used to think of the 4-H Program as a place for kids to learn how to raise pigs or shear sheep—but no longer! Renaissance Journalism is partnering with the 4-H Program of Imperial County to help young people in that desert community learn multimedia storytelling skills. Our goal is to empower young people with the ability to tell their own stories using 21st century media tools and techniques.