*Richmond Pulse Launches First Print Edition*
by RP Editors
Richmond Pulse, an online youth-led media outlet launched last year by New
America Media to report on community health issues in the city of Richmond,
is today celebrating the publication of it’s first print edition, which you
will find inserted in this very issue of The Globe Newspaper.
New America Media would like to thank The Globe, one of our longtime ethnic
media partners, for supporting our vision and assisting with the printing of
these 5,000 initial English-language copies of Richmond Pulse for
distribution throughout the city.
In order to better serve the entire Richmond community, a Spanish version of
Richmond Pulse has also been printed and will be made available for free at
locations across the city.
Why one more newspaper in the City of Pride and Purpose?
The answer to that question lies in the voices who Richmond Pulse chooses to
amplify – the young, the elderly, the poor, the immigrant, the government
official looking for new solutions to old problems, the neighbor working to
beautify his or her neighborhood, the parent or grandparent who has lost a
child to violence… In short, the voices you rarely see or hear when you
turn on the five o’clock news or pick up the Sunday newspaper.
But the vision of Richmond Pulse goes beyond even that. We’ve invited the
city’s youth and young adults – the next generation of leaders and decision
makers – to be the primary messengers; to tell the stories of their
community through words, images and sound. And not just for a youth
audience, but for the entire community. Why? Because we believe that the
voices and perspectives of young people in Richmond are a crucial part of
the public discourse. They must be heard by decision makers and taken as
seriously as any other voice, if Richmond is to find solutions to some of
it’s more pressing problems.
We at Richmond Pulse believe it is important to use a wide lens to report on
issues of community health, because a community’s well-being cannot just be
measured by the physical health of its residents. Community health must
also be measured by the effectiveness of government institutions, the
stability of family and community networks, by the ability of people to
resolve their conflicts peacefully, by the sense of hope residents have in
their future, by the ability of the schools to teach and by the
opportunities people are afforded to work and build toward a better future,
The stories gathered in this first edition of Richmond Pulse are a starting
point for examining some of these issues and more.
Richmond Pulse is indebted to the young people and community members who
stepped up to make this possible, because it is their voices that fulfill
our mission. We look forward to continuing our work with these youth as
mentors, media trainers and facilitators for their storytelling. And we
invite you, the greater community of Richmond, to use the Pulse as your
platform well, to tell your own stories.
*The Editors of Richmond Pulse invite you to submit your story ideas or
finished work, for online publication. For more information and t**o see
more stories by Richmond Pulse, please visit us online at RichmondPulse.org*
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