KMOJ/89.9 Radio was founded in 1976 with the mission to “Teach Communities of Color media skills that help reinstate the positive affirmative Black image.” Its programs and activities draw together community members who strive to provide a broadcast medium for a community that has been misrepresented in, misinformed by, and not provided access to mainstream media entities. KMOJ plays a valuable role in training and programming, helping to develop the vision of Twin Cities urban communities by engaging local residents, professional, elected officials, and community activist, etc., in cross-cultural discussions that will engage in a truthful and candid, yet positive approach to discussing and examining Communities of Color from a journalistic perspective.
Pillsbury united communities
Pillsbury United Communities, through its Community Media Initiative, offers an interconnected system of programs, community centers, and social enterprises that connect with more than 55,000 individuals across Minneapolis each year. It includes 98.9 KSRM radio as well as the North News newspaper. Launched in 2017, 98.9 KRSM provides a platform to raise up stories of the community. With recording equipment available for loan, more than 10 free media skills training classes, and three computer labs outfitted with audio editing software, KSRM provides community members with everything needed to share their stories, culture, and perspective in their own voices. North News is the premiere print community news source in North Minneapolis. Founded in 1991, North News deeply explores, analyzes, investigates, and celebrates the stories that matter most to the community.
threesixty journalism at the university of st. thomas
ThreeSixty Journalism, a nonprofit program housed at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas since 2001, uses the principles of strong writing and reporting to help diverse Minnesota youth tell the stories of their lives and communities. Students gain a voice to tell their stories, helping them feel more connected to their communities and become more driven, knowledgeable, confident, tenacious, brave, enthusiastic, and passionate in life. ThreeSixty Journalism offers high school students a variety of journalism summer camp options, as well as school year programming, all on the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul campus. Media professionals and other mentors volunteer to provide instruction to enhance reading, writing and speech skills, as well as to develop journalism skills and college readiness.
minnesota humanities center
Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC), founded in 1971, creates programming that examines the challenges and divisions of our time through the prisms of story and place. MHC seeks to impact civic leadership and engagement with traditionally marginalized communities by convening political and community leaders alongside writers and humanities scholars. Events are developed in partnership with community scholars and create space for dialogue through shared experiences grounded in the humanities. Through story and dialogue, MHC facilitates the cultivation of relationships that can help Minnesota write a new and more inclusive narrative for its future.
Hamline University was selected as one of the nation’s first Truth, Racial Healing & and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center sites in August 2017. Through a competitive process, institutions were selected based on their proposals’ ability to create positive narratives about race, identify and examine current realities of race relations in their communities, envision communities without entrenched racial hierarchies, and pinpoint levers for change and key individuals to engage. Hamline’s planning committee is working to develop practice spaces focused on creating new narratives and new relationships while naming and honoring the ongoing pain and trauma wrought by belief in racial hierarchy, structural racism, and white privilege. Hamline’s central location and active connections to community partners will allow for conversations that include racial, social, economic, and religious diversity, and to share, recognize, and learn from others’ expertise and experiences beyond the traditional university context.
minnesota public radio
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), together with its national arm American Public Media, is the largest station-based public radio organization in the U.S., combining multi-regional station operations, national content creation and distribution in one organization, with programming spanning broadcast radio, digital platforms, and live events. It was founded in 1967, MPR exists to enrich the mind, nourish the spirit, expand perspectives and strengthen communities by creating indispensable content for diverse audiences and by connecting people with each other, their communities, their country and the world.