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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

On TV tonight: Bronx high school journalists

The latest episode of Independent Sources, a CUNY TV show about the city's ethnic, independent, and community media, will air tonight at 8:30 p.m. on cable channel 75.

I mention it because the Bronx Youth Journalism Initiative, the Bronx News Network's high school journalism program, is being featured. A few weeks ago, a producer and a cameraman filmed a class and also tailed a student of ours, Leroy Day, as he interviewed his principal about a change in the running of his school. Now we get to see the results. We're told the segment's about five minutes long.

The next semester of the youth initiative starts in September. Classes will be held on Wednesday afternoons from 4 to 6 p.m. As one of the instructors, I'm biased, but it really is a great program. Students write and take photos for Bronx Youth Heard, our youth paper. And we bring in guest speakers - the Times' David Gonzalez is a regular - and take students on field trips. In April, for example, we took three of them to an all-day workshop on investigative and enterprise reporting at the Times building in Midtown .

To find out more about the classes, or to get an application form, call (718) 324-4998 or e-mail bronxyouthheard[at]gmail.com. You can get a feel for the program here.

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