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How do we write about Oakland’s culture, and what can local journalists do to foster a thriving arts and culture scene?
If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? The many brilliant cultural creators in Oakland need a healthy ecosystem of local journalists attending their concerts, going to art shows, staying in touch with what’s happening with young creatives. What’s the current state of cultural coverage in The Town? What’s needed to foster more coverage?
Our three Culture Makers guests are ideally placed to explore these questions:
- Liam O’Donoghue is the host and producer of the East Bay Yesterday podcast, which airs biweekly on KPFA-FM. He also writes a monthly column about the East Bay for SF Gate.
- Momo Chang is Co-Director of Oakland Voices, a community journalism training program and platform that is part of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. She is also a freelance writer, focusing on healthcare, immigration, education, food, and culture.
- Pendarvis Harshaw is an award-winning journalist who started his career by freestyling in scraper vans. His insightful, thorough coverage of the Bay Area is the definition of community journalism. Pen is also a photographer and public speaker, the host of the podcast Rightnowish, and KQED Arts & Culture’s cultural correspondent.
Plus a musical guest to be announced!
The evening will be hosted by Oaklandside’s arts and community reporter Azucena Rasilla.
The Oaklandside Culture Makers is a quarterly series of live events launched in March 2022 by The Oaklandside, Oakland’s nonprofit newsroom.