Nine journalism collaborative projects share in more than $110,000 to address community information needs in Cleveland and Akron

Cleveland Foundation and Akron Community Foundation also partner to bring City Scrapers open-source technology to Northeast Ohio.

CLEVELAND (Dec. 19, 2019) – Akron Community Foundation, The Center for Community Solutions, the Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation and the Knight Foundation today announced more than $110,000 in journalism grants to address community information needs in Akron and Cleveland.

 

The funders came together to support hyper-local media, community organizations, resident media makers and legacy newsrooms as they collaborate to spark innovation, experimentation and learning. These projects are aimed squarely at supporting residents where information is needed most – at the neighborhood level – while also establishing new information partnerships in service to Northeast Ohio communities.

 

The priorities of this initial round of grantmaking were to:

             Create topic-based collaborative journalism projects that respond to community information needs and that explore and elevate solutions.

             Encourage media outlets to explore the strengths and resources already present in the region, and to build trust among these communities.

             Conduct restorative journalism that reframes community narratives to spotlight resident resilience and neighborhood progress, lifting up perspectives that are often not reflected in the traditional news media.

 

The nine collaborative efforts span 22 media organizations and individual journalists and nearly 30 community organizations. The projects included in the initial information needs cohort are:

 

  • Black maternal health & infant mortality – This project will use restorative journalism by empowering women in Cleveland to tell their first-person narrative via a number of channels, including written stories, radio and photography.
  • Witness protection and rights – This collaboration will help close a gap in understanding about the safety and rights of those who witness crime, while pushing for solutions that could promote a safer system in Cleveland.
  • Basic information needs in Woodhill Estates – This project will involve and inform residents of the 80-year-old public housing development on Cleveland’s East Side around pending changes as a result of a proposal to rebuild the estates.
  • Literacy – This collaborative will explore how media partners and other community organizations can come together to build a culture of reading at Charles Dickens Elementary School in Cleveland’s Mt. Pleasant neighborhood in order to address the K-3 literacy rate.
  • Food insecurity – With 59 percent of Cleveland residents living in food deserts, this project will provide a platform for residents in the MidTown, Glenville and Kinsman neighborhoods to tell their stories through a number of different channels. It will strive to better connect residents to food and other key resources around health and well-being.
  • Eviction – This collaborative will tackle the issue of eviction and tenant rights in Akron and Cleveland across a number of communication platforms from the perspective of both tenants and landlords, ultimately producing a tenant’s guide in both English and Spanish.
  • Infant mortality – This project will address the issue of infant mortality in Akron and Cleveland in a two-pronged approach: 1) educating traditional media audiences about how bias and racism play into the treatment of women of color; and 2) use storytelling across a number of social platforms to reach and inform the most at-risk residents of these two communities.
  • Basic information needs in Buckeye-ShakerSquare – By empowering the residents of the Buckeye-Shaker Square neighborhood via a central news hub and first-person storytelling, this collaborative aims to arm residents with the information necessary to advocate for their own well-being.
  • Safety and representation – This restorative journalism project will engage the residents of the Goodyear Heights neighborhood in Akron to elevate an unheard community perspective in regard to the importance of safety and representation at Reservoir Park Pool and access more generally to recreation opportunities.

 

City Scrapers Debuts in Northeast Ohio

Akron Community Foundation and Cleveland Foundation have partnered with Chicago-based City Bureau to bring the organization’s open-source City Scrapers technology to Northeast Ohio. It includes public meeting dates, times, locations and records from more than 150 government agencies at the city and county level in Cleveland and Akron, all standardized in a single location for the first time – and free and open to journalists and residents alike. To date, there is information on more than 1,600 public meetings and 1,700 official documents such as meeting minutes, agendas and notices for Northeast Ohio.

 

City Bureau was founded in Chicago in 2015 and expanded to Detroit in 2018. The organization’s mission is to “bring journalists and communities together in a collaborative spirit to produce media that is impactful, equitable and responsive to the public.”

 

CHILD FOUND OUTSIDE IN COLD ALONE. APPROX 2 YEAR OLD GIRL. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 911 or 216-621-1234

Cleveland Division of Police

Today, just before 8 am, two students walking to school found a young girl outside in the cold alone near 15720 Kipling (Hope Academy)
Unknown who the parents or guardians are as no one has called in. The child is approximately 2 yrs old. She was taken to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital for precautionary evaluation by EMS.
ANYONE WITH INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 911 or 216-621-1234.
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Mayor Jackson Announces Neighborhood Transformation Initiative Retail Incubator Finalists

Straight from City Hall

As part of Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s
$65 million Neighborhood
Transformation Initiative (NTI)
, seven local entrepreneurs will
launch businesses in the Glenville neighborhood. The small businesses are part
of the initiative’s retail incubator program and will be housed in Glenville
Circle North, a new mixed-use development set to open in summer 2019.

“The NTI Retail Incubator program is
a small part of an overall effort to rebuild a distressed neighborhood and
rebuild the economy of that neighborhood,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “It is
designed to help create wealth by providing support to entrepreneurs who supply
goods and services to the neighborhood.”

Introduced in May 2017, Mayor
Jackson’s NTI involves dozens of private and philanthropic community partners,
working to revitalize Cleveland’s neighborhoods
and spur entrepreneurial growth. Assistance for neighborhood residents
includes: new home construction on vacant land, down payment assistance for
rehabilitated homes, senior home repair assistance and more…

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Famicos Foundation’s Fourth Annual Young Professional Holiday Party

Come enjoy food, drinks, great music, and tours of the new apartment units at The Madison.

ThirdSpace Action LabFamicos FoundationECDI & the Women’s Business Center and the Sankofa Circle are hosting a holiday party + bazaar on Friday, December 21st from 6:00-10:00 at the (soon-to-be) ThirdSpace Cafe at the Madison – 1464 E. 105th St. Cleveland, OH. 44108

Come enjoy food, drinks, great music, and tours of the new apartment units at The Madison. The Madison is the brand new apartment building above the Third Space Cafe.

The event will have food, spirits, a dj (+ dancing), brief remarks from event hosts and will solicit feedback from attendees on new homes that will be coming on the market in 2019, available programs to receive money towards the purchase of a home, and listening to what YPs want to see for the future of the Glenville community throughout the space all while celebrating the holidays and lifting up businesses for last minute holiday shopping – A BAZAAR!  

We will also be collecting donations of hats, scarves, gloves, and coats for young people who attend school in the Glenville neighborhood.

Sponsored by Famicos Foundation, City Architecture, and Goldhorn Brewery

Register here!

The 39th Annual Tri-C JazzFest

The 39th annual Tri-C JazzFest, presented by KeyBank will take place June 28 – 30, 2018 at Playhouse Square. This year we’re showcasing thirteen acts made up of jazz icons with decades of hits, artists at the pinnacle of their craft and emerging talent just beginning to etch their names in the industry.

Check out our indoor lineup and start planning your JazzFest weekend. Single tickets are on sale now! You can also purchase a festival pass (and save $150+) or become a member today. Jazz Lives Here!

Listen to the 2018 JazzFest Indoor Lineup

https://open.spotify.com/user/tricjazzfest/playlist/2u2IpIGdXUBFuEUaPPgzjG

Indoor Lineup

Be sure to ‘like/follow’ Tri-C JazzFest on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date info!

Calling All Browns Fans!!!

Angela Boehm Casting is looking for “true Browns fans” to be featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”

Looking for real people not actors, must be real!. We will be filming Wednesday 6/13 & Thursday 6/14 in various locations in Cleveland, Ohio. Each talent will be needed just 1 day; exact schedule is TBD. Pay $400 for a 12 hour day plus 20% agent fee if you have an agent. We would like to cast real people for all of the positions so that you can bring any necessary gear. Including Police bringing their own bikes.

o Motorcycle Police x2 or 4
o Firefighter x2
o Dog Walker x1
o Hall of Fame Window Washer x1
o Dock Worker x1
o Welder x1
o Butcher x1
o Glass installer x2

To submit please email angela@angelaboehmcasting.com
Subject: BACKGROUND FOR HARD KNOCKS.
Body: Please include name, part you are applying for, photo of yourself and any equipment, dog, bike that may apply.. Please include background of your position. Example if you are a glass installer, where do you work, how long have you done it, etc etc. Include your name, location, phone, height. Again we are looking for real people.

Food Truck Season in Public Square Returns!

Food Trucks in The Square

The 2018 Food Truck Season in Public Square kicks off TODAYTuesday, May, 22ND. Food Trucks will roll into The Square every Tuesday through October 16th this year.

Each week will feature a new group of your favorite local Food Trucks. The trucks will park along Rockwell Avenue, just north of the Gund Foundation Green.

You can check Cleveland Public Square’s events calendar to find out which trucks will be serving up food during the lunch hour.

Each week will also feature live musicians, as well as the “For the Love of Cleveland” Speaking Series hosted by The City Club.

Here’s the lineup for the 1st week:

Slammin’ Sammys BBQ
Boca Loca Burrito Factory
216 Bistro
Superhero Food Truck
Krav Food Truck
Smooth Rider