University of Nevada, Reno professors win national grant to launch live journalism events

University of Nevada, Reno professors win national grant to launch live journalism events

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Reynolds School of Journalism and KUNR to share stories of Reno’s homeless population this fall

Two Reynolds School of Journalism professors, Kari Barber and Nico Colombant, in partnership with KUNR, received a #LocaloreLIVE grant last month from the Association of Independents in Radio to host three live journalism events in Reno this fall. #LocaloreLIVE is a national series of live events reconnecting communities across political, economic, geographic, linguistic and other divides.

The professors plan to use live performances, audio postcards and video clips to showcase those affected by the affordable housing crisis. Community members are invited to these events to listen as the homeless and displaced in Reno share their experiences.

“Event-based journalism allows people to experience stories first-hand from those affected in the community,” Barber said. “We are excited to give people an opportunity to speak, because they may not have the platform otherwise.”

The first Our Town Reno Live event, “Where Will We Sleep Tonight?”, will take place on Sept. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Eddy House, which supports homeless youth in Reno. The event will allow youth living on the streets to share their stories in person and through pre-recorded audio and video pieces.

The two other events will happen later in the fall, focusing on people living in motels and in encampments by the river.

“Each event will bring rarely-heard perspectives to the table,” Barber said. “We hope it will also encourage dialogue from the community members who attend.”

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