Local news outlets don’t just come and go… they mostly go. So we were relieved when the Washington City Paper found a buyer just in time to save its staff from pay cuts that could have devastated the publication. We were also relieved – and surprised – when WAMU announced a local news expansion last month. It is reviving DCist. The owner of the local news site shut it down last year after colleagues at Gothamist voted to unionize.
The more local news coverage, the better. And the news has had no trouble finding our neighbors and our neighborhood.An Oscars night twist on “What are you wearing?”: Documentary filmmaker and DC statehood activist Aviva Kempner attended last night’s Academy Awards ceremony. Kempner, writing for The Wrap, says she put a lot of thought into an accessory she wore.
Teens have a voice, too: After a gunman took the lives of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month, students there said “never again.” Their activism has reminded a number of news organizations of a landmark Supreme Court ruling on student free speech rights; a case that began when neighbor Mary Beth Tinker was only 13 years old. February 24th was the 49th anniversary of the decision in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District. Now an advocate for student rights, Tinker spoke on the anniversary at a school in Kansas. She also told Slate about the highly-engaged students she found at Stoneman Douglas during a 2013 visit.
At UDC Law, “the real face of immigration:” She came here from Honduras as a child and was almost deported as a teenager. Now, she’s in her third year at UDC Law, a U.S. citizen, and an advocate for young people like herself. Read The Washington Post’s column on Liana Montecinos.
Neighborhood news on Twitter:
— Van Ness Main Street (@VanNessMainSt) February 21, 2018
— Hillwood Museum DC (@HillwoodMuseum) January 30, 2018
— PoPville (@PoPville) March 2, 2018