Lina Maria Giraldo
City Journalist gathered stories from different business owners from Egleston Square and provided them with a voice that seems to be forgotten in the struggle of quick gentrification and strong differences of cultural backgrounds.
Information changes as technology is more accessible to everybody. Everyday stories are available in seconds thanks to fast connections, the improvement in quality and the number of apps. The cellphone is no longer an element that is used only for the purpose of making phone calls, but is the tool to connect with your social networks, photos, videos, geotag and hashtag it. Thanks to cellphone videos and photos, people’s innocence or the abuse of power have been documented and exposed. In this project teen artists used their cellphones to interview the Egleston Square Community. City Journalist concentrated in the Washington Street area, particularly the places where they share interests: its businesses. From convenience stores and barber shops to restaurants. Our goal was to provide them with a voice that seems to be forgotten in the struggle of quick gentrification and strong differences of cultural backgrounds.
Our goal was to understand the power of collective storytelling. In City Journalist we learned video editing skills, improved our interview skills and learned about rear projections, the use of social network for social change and the importance of place and geolocation.
Visit the website of the project here.