What’s it like being a young person living in one of the largest American cities to declare bankruptcy? Watch the new trailer from our upcoming documentary from the Off/Page Project, our new collaboration with Youth Speaks, to discover what happens when teens from Stockton, California, examine their lives through an artistic and journalistic lens for the first time.
If America’s fields could speak, what stories would they tell about sexual abuse migrant women face?
That’s the question that poet Monica Mendoza asks in the Off/Page Project’s inaugural video, “Whispers from the Field.”
Speaking from the perspective of the field, Mendoza talks about the high price migrant women pay to put food on their families’ tables. The poem was inspired by the Rape in the Fields investigation — by CIR, the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, FRONTLINE and Univision — that found that hundreds of female agricultural workers have complained to the federal government about being raped, assaulted and harassed on the job, while law enforcement has done almost nothing to prosecute potential crimes. Learn more about the investigation on our website.
The Off/Page Project is a collaboration between Youth Speaks and The Center for Investigative Reporting.
We’re experimenting with a new form of storytelling by combining youth-lead storytelling with journalism. Read about the Off/Page Project, our latest collaboration with Youth Speaks, in today’s Poynter Online's piece, and give them a follow on Facebook and Twitter.
In the ongoing conversation about how we can make an impact with our work at the Center for Investigative Reporting, our engagement team has developed a motto of sorts: If we want to facilitate true change, our stories should make more than a splash – we need to create a tidal wave.
Franklin Alexander Ordonez Ordonez (left) is from the capital city of Honduras, considered one of the most violent places on earth. Speaking from a graveyard in Nogales where he sought a shady reprieve close to the Arizona border, Ordonez said he was on his way north and would be trying for a fourth time to enter the country in search of work. He said no number of Border Patrol arrests would be enough to discourage him. “I’ll try until I make it,” Ordonez said in Spanish. “It doesn’t matter how many times it takes.” He does not have family in the United States. Three brothers and sisters are back home in Honduras.
Credit: Will Seberger/For the Center for Investigative Reporting
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