I hope all have had a chance to view the previously posted welcome video, but more importantly, that you saw the other videos posted on this site, which were created by community members just like you.
Since beginning at the end of May, I have done much to get The Stand to this point. Below is a little recap of this summer’s highlights. But in the future, this blog will provide all readers a behind the scenes look at our progress.
My main priority this month is to keep updating our Web site and further the promotion of The Stand. We also have a new roving reporter, Bryan Anthony Hood, who begins this week. He’ll be hitting the pavement in search of stories and will be an active participant in our future journalism workshops.
• Juneteenth was The Stand’s first big event to cover. Reporters looked at this year’s new health focus, posted photos from each day and compiled a video of the celebration. We even got noticed by the Juneteenth Committee — Be sure to look for our photos in next year’s Souvenir Journal and on the Juneteenth Web site.
• Establishing three Community Computer Stations to provide additional Internet access to South Side residents and allow community members to produce video stories using webcams.
Computer Stations are located at:
• TAP Computer Lab, 300 Burt St.
• Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St.
• Southwest Community Center, 401 South Ave.
• Receiving a summer intern through the CNY Works Synergy Program. Our intern, Ralithia Dennis, was able to attend several events, help promote our workshops and compile a number of Q&As. We watched her graduate from the internship program Aug. 7.
• The Stand also attended several public events to promote the Web site and our workshops. You might have seen us at: The opening of the Mary Nelson Youth Day Center, the Juneteenth celebrations, one of the Southwest Showcase Sundays concerts, the Mayor Town Hall meetings, one of the Friday Night Community Movie showings, Beauchamp Branch Library, various community centers or at the recently held Youth Day Barbecue.
• Developing and holding Journalism Workshops in July and August. We now have workshops scheduled each month through December and have several ideas for even more workshops and have heard from people interested in helping to develop future workshops.
• And lastly – the Web site. We’re proud that it is up and running but are working on ways to make it even better.