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Oakland is a city where many people need to have their voices heard and their issues discussed. Oakland Local is a non-profit capacity-building organization that gives a platform to bloggers, community members & non-profits on the web and through social media.  Oakland Local also offers free media trainings, an internship program and one on one support to Oakland individuals and groups. Support these efforts by giving to  Oakland Local 's Media & Training Fund.

This money will support  free one on one and small group trainings to strengthen their online voice and outreach for community groups including--but not limited to--One Fam, Pueblo, Mo-Better Foods, Mandela Grocery and The East Bay Boxing Association. Fundng will also support native Oaklanders writing about  issues that need to be talked about--including topics of justice, environmental justice, transportation, development and public safety, police & BART accountability, and Mayoral elections. 

We pledge to distribute up to 20% of the funding we raise to support student, communiity and youth projects done in partnership with Oakland Local in East and West Oakland.

Oakland Local's staff is a diverse blend of local residents. We are 75% people of color, 60% women. We offer an open platform and training to everyone who wishes to write for the site. If you' like to get involved, contact editor@oaklandlocal.com. We are committed to giving a voice to Oakland's underserved communities, regardless of race, class, gender and sexual orientation.

How will it help?

Oakland Local's reporting can speak truth to power, spread the word about issues and problems and share successes. We have 35,000 local visitors, over 3,000 Facebook fans and a committment to trasnparency and engagement with diverse communities in our town.

Qualifications

Oakland Local is a news & community site for Oakland, CA. Launched in October 2009, the site features a wide array of diverse voices from around the city, and combines original reporting with community news and media and contributions from 35 non-profit partners.

Oakland Local's staff is a diverse blend of local residents. We are 75% people of color, 60% women. We offer an open platform and training to everyone who wishes to write for the site. If you' like to get involved, contact editor@oaklandlocal.com. We are committed to giving a voice to Oakland's underserved communities, regardless of race, class, gender and sexual orientation.

Our reporters and writers are skilled, accurate, fair and through; many are award-winning writers. Our media partners include The Center for Investigative Reporting, California Watch, New America Media, KALW, The Campanil, The Black Hour at Laney College; our community partners include Oakland Rising, EBASE, Urban Habitat, Ella Baker Center, Cycles4Change, Community Rejuvenation Project, Green Youth Arts & Media Center.

As a non-profit, we relay both on earned income and community supoport--if you support our work, please make a donation,

Deliverables

Fund our beats!

Youth & Education: Who is telling the story of what is really happening in our schools and what is working for our youth? OL seeks support to report in partnership with youth, parents, and community members.

Food access, health & wellness: Do you have a supermarket in  your neighborhood? Does your corner store carry fresh fruit at a fair price? All over Oakland, groups are working to make healthy food--and improved health--a reality for more  people, but who is covering this? OL, in partnerships, with community groups, seeks to tell this story.

Fund our trainings!

Internship programs recruit young people who live in Oakland and teach them how to write new stories, publish online and use social media--then teach them how to teach others these skills.

Free trainings for community organizations and non-profits teach members how to recognize what is news, create and publish their stories, and use social media to organize, fundraise and get the word out.  In 2009-2010, we served over 200 people in our training programs, with many of them publishing on Oakland Local--and on their own web sites.

 
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  • 248.49 of 1,500.00 credits raised

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