Five Years of The Stand

Five Years of The Stand

March 21 Celebration Set for Joint Project of SU & Southside Community Coalition

The South Side Newspaper Project published its first print issue of The Stand newspaper in March of 2010. The issue debuted over Valentine’s Weekend with a launch party. At that time, we invited residents to ‘Fall in Love with The Stand’ – a free paper and website devoted to the South Side.

Now we invite our readers to celebrate our five-year milestone.

The celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 21, at the South Side Innovation Center located at 2610 S. Salina St.

The event will welcome Keynote Speaker Sean Kirst, an award-winning columnist for Syracuse Media Group and a Stand reader.

The South Side Newspaper Project is a joint collaboration of the Newhouse School at Syracuse University in partnership with the neighborhood group the Southside Community Coalition.

Our goal is to have a positive impact on the community by introducing youth and residents to opportunities in journalism while also helping college journalism students gain essential skills needed in their future fields.

To learn more about our past five years, check out the timeline below.

 

Our timeline takes a look at highlights from the past five years of The South Side Newspaper Project. While we recount our successes here, we are also hard at work to plan a celebration to launch us into our next half-decade.

Our Five-Year Anniversary Party is set for Saturday, March 21. The celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the South Side Innovation Center located at 2610 S. Salina St.

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The Stand staff and South Side residents join together in celebration of the launch of the print newspaper over Valentine’s Weekend on Feb. 13, 2010, at the South Side Innovation Center. | Mitchell Franz, File Photo

 

The event will welcome Keynote Speaker Sean Kirst, an award-winning columnist for Syracuse Media Group and a Stand reader.

The South Side Newspaper Project is a joint collaboration of the Newhouse School at Syracuse University in partnership with the neighborhood group the Southside Community Coalition.

Our goal is to have a positive impact on the community by introducing youth and residents to opportunities in journalism while also helping college journalism students gain essential skills needed in their future fields.

 

2010

FEBRUARY
• The South Side Newspaper Project debuted its first print issue of The Stand over Valentine’s Weekend with a Launch Party held Feb. 13, 2010.

 

 MARCH

• The inaugural print issue of The Stand newspaper.

 

• The first full-day journalism workshop is offered to South Side residents March 6, 2010.

 

JULY
• The Stand offers its first Photo Walk July 24, 2010, which is a social photography event where photographers get together to explore a neighborhood, shoot photos and practice their skills. Each July, The Stand continues to hold our annual Photo Walk, which has become our most popular event.

2011

JANUARY

• The Stand moves to The South Side Communication Center, located at 2331 S. Salina St., which is jointly run by the Southside Community Coalition and the South Side Initiative. The center serves as a public computer lab, meeting space and the home base for The South Side Newspaper Project and other local nonprofits such as the Black History Preservation Project.

 

• A group of reporting students from The Stand spent 11 days in South Africa over winter break, telling stories about the interesting culture and people who live there. Visit worldjournalism.syr.edu to read a collection of stories from overseas and the South Side.

MARCH

• The Stand holds its first Poetry Workshop in partnership with The Syracuse Poster Project on March, 26, 2011. The partnership continued by offering poetry workshops each year.

 

 

 

2012

FEBRUARY

• Earned our status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit on Feb. 24, 2012.

 

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• Director of The Stand presents on the newspaper’s experiences in providing consistent and specialized local coverage as part of the Newhouse School’s “The News Re-Imagined” conference held April 4, 2012.

• Founder of The Stand Prof. Steve Davis receives the Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence Award on April 9, 2012. His work with The Stand was just one consideration for the honor.

 


JULY
• The Stand makes its TV debut in July of 2012 to promote our Photo Walk. Each month, staff members continued to appear on WCNY’s “The Reith Show,” which aired live for seven months, May through November of 2012.

 

NOVEMBER

• Director Ashley Kang presents during the “Meet Your Local Media Panel” held Nov. 13, 2012. She spoke as part of a discussion sponsored by the Central New York Community Foundation for local news directors and nonprofits.

 

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• We receive a special thank you card from eighth-grader Leasia Thompson, who hopes to one day become a journalist.

 

 

2013

JANUARY

• The Stand offers a special mentoring session for eighth-graders from Eagle Wings Academy on Jan. 26, 2013.

MAY

• Project took first place in the category of special interest print magazine from the Syracuse Press Club, receiving the award May 3, 2013, for a sister project completed over the summer. This project produced a glossy print magazine and digital tablet called “Vox/Voz,” which covered Syracuse’s West Side neighborhood.

2014

FEBRUARY

• John A. Young, a board member since 2010, passes away Feb. 27, 2014. He was enthusiastic about this community newspaper and brought ideas and outreach to the project.

 

MAY

• Receives a $4,000 Gifford Foundation Grant to fund our first summer-long storytelling series. Additional funds to support the project were contributed by the Near Westside Initiative and the Allyn Foundation.

 

• The project launches its first summer-long series: “From Where We Stand,” where eight participants were given a camera and paired with a mentor. Our goal: to put real families behind the camera to tell their stories.

 

AUGUST

• “From Where We Stand” project is featured on WCNY’s “Insight” public affairs show airing Aug. 1, 2014.

• The Stand’s 5th annual Photo Walk is spotlighted in a segment on the nationally syndicated program “Artifex” airing Aug. 8, 2014.

SEPTEMBER

• The South Side Newspaper Project holds its first gallery exhibit to showcase photos from the “From Where We Stand” series on Sept. 11, 2014.

OCTOBER

• The Stand leads a journalism lesson for girls in the Literacy Empowers All People program on Oct. 7, 2014, which happened to fall on National News Engagement Day. During the lesson, the girls, ranging in age from 8 to 14, learned how to conduct an interview and write a lead paragraph.

 

• The Stand’s Director Ashley Kang presents with board member Reggie Seigler during the Northeast Region of the Alliance for Community Media’s annual conference held in Nashua, New Hampshire Oct. 10, 2014. The pair spoke during the “Community Journalism and Storytelling” panel about the South Side Newspaper Project’s community and university partnership in running the paper.2015

 

2015

FEBRUARY

• The South Side Newspaper Project prints its 40th issue.

MARCH

• The Stand to hold its Five-Year Anniversary Party from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 21, at the South Side Innovation Center, 2610 S. Salina St.

All are welcome!