NNB to Host ‘Telling Tampa Bay Stories: Midtown’ Event Feb. 27

The Neighborhood News Bureau logoThe Neighborhood News Bureau at USF St. Petersburg, WUSF Public Media, and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum invite members of the community to share their stories and stories about midtown at the “Telling Tampa Bay Stories: Midtown Edition” event on Saturday, Feb. 27.

A flyer for the Midtown, a historic African-American community in south St. Petersburg, has a rich history that has not been properly recorded. The purpose of this event is to provide USFSP and the Tampa Bay communities with a record of that history for future generations.

“A significant part of its history can only be found in the memories and memorabilia of the people of Midtown,” said Dr. Bernardo Motta, assistant professor of Theory and Community Journalism in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at USFSP. “This event is an opportunity for them to share those stories about their own history and the history of their community using their own voices.”

A total of 19 students—three graduates and 16 undergraduates—are enrolled in the Spring 2016 Neighborhood News Bureau class. The students have already been covering local news in Midtown, and their stories have been published on the Neighborhood News Bureau website and in The Weekly Challenger. Their work often is published in the local main news publications, including the Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Tribune, and Creative Loafing.

“This is a unique opportunity to open a whole new market for their work,” Motta said. “NNB student-reporters will learn from top professionals at WUSF how to conduct these complex radio interviews and be able to add more essential reporting skills to their multimedia professional skill set.

The event will be held 1 to 4 p.m. at the Dr. Carter G Woodson African American Museum, 2240 9th Ave. S., St. Petersburg.