The Alhambra Source is the only local independent news website dedicated to coverage of Alhambra, a multiethnic Los Angeles suburb of 86,000 and the gateway to the San Gabriel Valley. Launched in 2010, the site grew out of two years of sociological research that found a stark lack of civic engagement and a paucity of interethnic relations. Professional journalists, professors, researchers, and students at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School developed the hyperlocal website as a model of public service journalism that provides local news for diverse communities. We at Alhambra Source publish relevant, fact-based news and feature stories for residents of different ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. Our work is often translated into Mandarin and Spanish.
Community engagement is at the core of what we do, collaborating with local organizations, businesses, and residents to advance democratic ideals. The site also offers a platform for people to connect on important issues with others in the community. Dozens of volunteer contributors, working with staff reporters and mentored by professional journalists, have reported on local issues, and others have written opinion articles about those issues. Topics range from local politics to urban development, from student leadership to restaurant reviews.
We’ve hosted writing workshops for residents and summer internship programs for students to teach the fundamentals of journalism and clear expression and composition.
Today, the Alhambra Source serves as a news resource for nearly 10,000 city residents. We have won awards from New America Media and the Institute for Nonprofit News. Alhambra Source is now a project of Los Angeles-based Community Partners, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
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