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Sources to Watch: Housing and Displacement

A source list for journalists of community leaders and organizers working on issues of affordable housing, community development, and gentrification.

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Speaking for Ourselves – YES! Magazine Winter 2005

Malkia Cyril and Taishi Duchicela on how young people in Oakland wanted to talk about real solutions to the poverty, racism, and powerlessness that they grew up with—but all the city’s hip-hop radio station offered was violence and mind-numbing entertainment.

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A New Civil Rights Mandate: Champion Open Networks to Close the Digital Divide

There’s a reason why the more than 100 organizations of the Media Action Grassroots Network are taking action on February 15th, 2010. As the Federal Communications Commission moves to quickly finalize a National Broadband Plan that many hope will ensure Internet access for all and create opportunity for innovation and economic security, community groups from Read more

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The Strongest Open Internet Protections Possible: Yes, We Can.

by Malkia Cyril The debate over Open Internet Protections and civil rights is heating up. In a response to my recent call for the voices of young leaders of color to be heard on the issue of strong open Internet protections, Commissioner Robert Steele, President of the National Association of Black County Officials, harkens back Read more

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Reframing Power: An Evaluation of the Youth Media Council’s First Three Years

Reframing Power takes a look at the media and social conditions that led to the formation of the Youth Media Council (now the Center for Media Justice), and the strategies YMC tested in creating an innovative model for strategic communications and media organizing with youth and communities of color.

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Out of the Margins – Extra, May 2009

Executive Director Malkia Cyril and Communications Strategist Karlos Gauna Schmieder on the connections between media policy and social justice movements, in Extra, the magazine of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting.

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News Hooks

When is the right time to make your pitch? Use this tool to strategically determine a good news hook for your story.

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Pitching Do’s and Dont’s

Scared of talking to reporters? Don’t be! Journalists are workers and regular people like us. But they can be busy, and it’s important to be professional and not waste their time (or yours)! Learn the best way to approach journalists with this guide of do’s and don’ts!

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Pitch Rap Worksheet

When you call a journalist to pitch a story, you are not asking for a favor. Rather, you are helping reporters do their job, which is to report compelling news. Use this worksheet to help craft a strong pitch for your issue.