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Podcast: The Future of Journalism Can Be Found in Chinatown

Jeff Yang talks about OurChinatown

Jeff Yang talks about OurChinatown.org on the Fi2W podcast. (Photo: Sarah Kate Kramer)

To outsiders, Chinatown in Lower Manhattan can be hard to penetrate. To insiders, Chinatown often feels like a steaming stew of alliances and tensions.

OurChinatown.org, a hyperlocal journalism project, is trying to change that. It’s a project that’s meant to spark debate and conversation within the Chinatown community, as well as reshape conceptions among outsiders of what Chinatown is, and the people who live and work in the neighborhood. OurChinatown.org provides original reporting while also aggregating top stories from five major Chinese-language papers serving the community.

The online newspaper, is an initiative of the Asian American Journalists Association’s Executive Leadership Program. Bilingual reporters are doing street-level beat reporting, filing text, audio and video via smartphone. Forget the dumplings, cutting-edge journalism is now being served in Chinatown.

Listen to Jeff Yang, one of the creators of OurChinatown.org, speak with Fi2W’s John Rudolph about the project on the Feet in Two Worlds podcast.

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Fi2W podcasts are supported by the New York Community Trust and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with additional support from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation and the Sirus Fund, and are produced in association with the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and CUNY-TV.

AboutFeet in Two Worlds
Feet in Two Worlds brings the work of immigrant and ethnic media journalists from communities across the U.S. to public radio and the web. Since 2005, this award-winning project has expanded the diversity of voices and stories on public radio by presenting the work of journalists representing a broad spectrum of immigrant communities including Arab, Bosnian, Brazilian, Chinese, Haitian, Indian, Irish, Latin American, Pakistani, Polish, and Russian immigrants. Feet in Two Worlds reporters appear on nationally-distributed public radio programs including PRI’s The World, Studio 360, and The Takeaway, American Public Media’s Marketplace and NPR’s Latino USA, as well as on public radio stations WNYC, New York Public Radio, and WDET in Detroit.