"Citizen Journalists share local information and stories from the ground up, reflecting the perspective of those most closely engaged in the work of social justice and community building."
expand the network of Citizen Journalists in Rainier Beach and beyond with the capability to share important information about local events and celebrate community life through various media, anchored by the Rainier Beach News Wire
We train, support, and amplify the voices of local youth and young adults as Citizen Journalists in a media landscape that increasingly depends on local credibility and collaboration.
Freedomnet citizen journalists create Twitter headlines, articles that are posted on the RBAC website, podcasts featuring local community members, videos/documentaries, and more.
Freedomnet supports young adults transitioning to adulthood, as well as voices that have been neglected and/or ignored due to systemic racism in and around the Rainier Beach neighborhood with media and content creation training. Together, they serve the broader Rainier Beach community by providing information on local news, events, resources, and opportunities that make #RainierBeach A Beautiful Safe Place.
At the same time, all of RBAC participates in Freedomnet in some capacity with technical support and training by the Stage Crew and guidance in quality and content by the FreedomNet Editorial Board.
The Freedomnet editorial board consists of representatives from across RBAC programs and organizational structures who would be responsible for encouraging their teams to consistently contribute to the sharing of information with increasing confidence, creativity and quality.
How You Can Be Involved
Everyone in Rainier Beach has the opportunity to be Freedomnet Citizen Journalists by participating in local events and sharing it to your network using #RainierBeach
Rainier Beach News Wire
RBACast and Documentaries
Ethical Child Labor (Opinion Piece)
By Fatima Kabba Imagine your factory got shut down, and you couldn’t make money anymore. What would you do? Your family is counting on you! This is reality for many children who are laborers. While some people...Read More
The Stage Crew
The Stage Crew/Freedomnet handles many of the technology parts of RBAC. The Stage Crew is actually a reference to people who set up the stage. We handle anything from live streaming, video editing, video managing, podcasts,...Read More
Artist’s Corner with Fatima Kabba
In May I joined a virtual presentation about the issues that black youth go through daily. It’s hard to open up to a stranger you don’t even know. Sometimes many therapists don’t look like you. Many people in my community...Read More
Dynamically Learning Through Art
By Messiah Fagerholm It is no secret that most public schools don’t fund art classes and programs as much as other programs. Even Rainier Beach’s Paul Robeson theater goes mostly unused for theatrical plays. Great artists are...Read More
Ryan Croone II is a double threat by all accounts. He has dedicated himself both to the Circle...Read More