Boyle Heights Teens Create Community Newspaper

Cary Berglund, Connie Tran and Steve Saldivar (NBC) | July 19, 2011

To people who never to go to East LA, they may only know what they see on the news. And places like Boyle Heights have, over the years, been on the news for all the wrong reasons. Crime and gangs make the headlines and it seems little else does.

But one group of kids, who call Boyle Heights home, is trying to change the bold type and the lead stories about their neighborhood. They started the Boyle Heights Beat.

It’s a newspaper by, for, and about their neighborhood. And it’s perhaps one that the residents can be proud of. It’s a publication that digs deeper than a thin layer of graffiti paint or tossed fast food wrappers. It finds and highlights stories that celebrate the other BH, the BH of the east side.

“We hear in the media, or you know, we see that there’s always different negative vibes towards Boyle Heights, and what we wanted to do as journalists was come out and tell the real story behind Boyle Heights,” said Cinthia Gonzales, a Boyle Heights Beat journalist.

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