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  • Large donations ($1,000 or more)

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University support

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Alhambra Source
Alhambra, California
Daniela Gerson

Alhambra Source is operated by the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism to serve the a city of about 85,000, predominantly Asian and Hispanic immigrants, in California's San Gabriel Valley. The site relies on community contributors working with a professional journalist. The site seeks to serve "as a forum for local voices, and a platform for the expression and development of writers, videographers, and photographers." Bonus points: Content in Spanish and Mandarin as well as English.

Coverage area

  • Metro or large city

Other geographic focus

Small suburban city: 85,000 residents in LA County suburb.


  • Emphasize several topics but not cover all the news broadly

Topics of coverage

  • Crime & justice
  • Education & schools
  • Food
  • Government & politics
  • Race & ethnicity


  • Yes, infrequently

Institutional partners

  • University

Content contributors

  • Community members who are not journalists
  • Students

Contributor compensation

  • Volunteers
  • Interns who are paid

Revenue-side compensation

  • Full-time, paid staff without commission

In the news

We received a lot of coverage around Weibo (scroll down for that):
10.28.12 Online Journalism Review http://www.ojr.org/p2093/ How a Youth Reporter Corps Could Help Reinvigorate Local Journalism

01.26.13 Future News (New Zealand) http://futurenews.co.nz/2013/01/26/can-hyperlocal-news-increase-civic-engagement/ Can hyperlocal news increase civic engagement?

2.22.13 Online Journalism Review http://www.ojr.org/with-hyperlocal-forums-on-the-rise-will-they-replace-or-complement-local-news/ With Hyperlocal Forums on the Rise, Will they Replace or Complement Local News

2.22.13 GOOD mag http://www.good.is/posts/hyperlocal-news-sites-like-nextdoor-give-local-news-a-makeover-foster-neighborliness Hyperlocal Sites like Nextdoor Aim to Give Local News a Makeover, Foster Neighborliness

2.23.13 Die Presse (Austrian publication) http://diepresse.com/home/kultur/medien/1348324/Internet-statt-LA-Times Internet statt "L.A. Times."

1.19.13 Taz.de (Germany) http://www.taz.de/1/archiv/digitaz/artikel/?ressort=fl&dig=2013%2F01%2F19%2Fa0060&cHash=36ba6d0ef9bfbdfb447ac124ca24e27d Jenseits von Los Angeles

5.13.13 Pacific Standard Magazine http://www.psmag.com/culture/alhambra-source-citizen-journalism-55541/ The Melting Pot Gazette: Can a sociologist and a journalist get an ethnically fractured community engaged?

5.13.13 FishBowl LA http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlla/usc-annenberg-alhambra-experiment-running-out-of-funding_b88099 USC Annenberg Alhambra Experiment Running Out of Funds

12.9.13 Pasadena Star-News http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/government-and-politics/20131209/alhambra-police-department-first-in-nation-to-use-weibo-the-chinese-twitter Alhambra Police Department First in Nation to Use Weibo - the Chinese Twitter

12.9.13 World Journal http://www.worldjournal.com/view/full_lax_14/24194724/article-%E5%85%A8%E7%BE%8E%E9%A6%96%E5%AE%B6%E8%AD%A6%E5%B1%80-

12.9.13 US China Daily News http://www.uscnd.com/article/article-c174530.aspx

12.10.13 China Watch http://chinawatch.washingtonpost.com/2013/12/california-police-department-will-sign-up-for-sina-weibo---chinese-twitter.php California police department will sign up for Sina Weibo - Chinese 'twitter'

12.13.13 KPCC http://www.scpr.org/blogs/multiamerican/2013/12/13/15393/alhambra-police-weibo-chinese-social-media-microbl/ Alhambra police use Chinese microblogging site Weibo for outreach (photos)

12.17.13 USC News http://news.usc.edu/#!/article/57909/alhambra-police-build-online-bridge-with-chinese-community/ Alhambra police build online bridge with Chinese community

7.11.14 LA Times http://www.latimes.com/local/great-reads/la-me-c1-cops-weibo-20140711-story.html#page=1 Alhambra police work social media beat to reach Chinese speakers Frank Shuyong

08.4.14 The Local News Lab http://localnewslab.org/2014/08/04/journalisms-theory-of-change-from-community-engagement-to-civic-action/ Journalism's Theory of Change: From Community Engagement to Civic Action Josh Stearns

08.5.14 Next City http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/social-media-police-twitter-facebook Police get smarter about social media Christopher Moraff

8.22.14 Poynter http://www.poynter.org/how-tos/newsgathering-storytelling/eyes-on-the-news/265057/was-ferguson-a-news-desert-until-two-weeks-ago/ Was Ferguson a ‘news desert’ until two weeks ago? Rick Edmonds