Community Journalism during COVID-19
What We Do
Our intergenerational K-Town is Your Town Community Journalism program brought together youth journalists with elders who were asked to isolate during the Safer-at-Home orders in Los Angeles. Over five months, our intrepid reporters will document what quarantine life in Koreatown has been like—for themselves, for the elders whom they befriended, and the community we live in.
Who We Are
K-Town is Your Town is a KYCC intergenerational program that stemmed from a community photo project that interviewed people who live and work in Los Angeles’s Koreatown. Our storytelling program was to bring together seven young Koreatown journalists with a group of community elders for a series of in-depth, in-person interviews.
However, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and face-to-face interactions between youth and elders became nonviable, the program pivoted to combine with KYCC’s emergency food delivery initiative to reach elders in isolation. Beginning in April 2020, our youth journalists called their elder contacts for weekly check-ins, developed personal relationships with them, and began to document their own quarantine experiences via writing, interviews, photos, audio recordings and video.
In addition to the interviews, the program meets weekly via Zoom workshops, where a guest journalist joins in to discuss details about their career and provide journalistic tips and insights. Speakers have included reporters, editors and photojournalists from the Associated Press, CNN and The Korea Times.
K-Town is Your Town is also partnering with StoryCorps Connect, which was developed as an online platform in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students recorded each other and their interviews are archived at The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
We’d love to hear from you and hear your thoughts about our project. Drop us a line and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!
3727 W. 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90020