New Yorkers: Unless you can read over 90 languages, and visit every neighborhood of the entire metro area on a weekly basis to pick up more than 300 publications, how can you keep up with everything that’s going on around the city?
The Independent Press Association of New York offers a (free) way to make it easier: Voices That Must Be Heard, which ” translates and disseminates the best articles from New York’s immigrant and ethnic newspapers and magazines via email and on the internet.”
New Yorkers, no matter what their ethnicity, can gain a lot of perspective on their city and the world by reading this weekly roundup of articles. Readers can become aware of current events that aren’t given emphasis in the mainstream media, they can learn of opinions they wouldn’t have heard from people they know, and they can read articles that they may not have been able to comprehend before they were translated into English.
Even more importantly, many nonprofits, government agencies, and media sources subscribe to Voices That Must Be Heard. Some of them are undoubtedly using the diverse perspectives and news sources to make more informed decisions.
Do you know about any similar efforts going on in other cities or regions of the world? Leave a comment here to let us know.
[This blog entry appeared on an older version of Idealist; any broken links are a result of having re-launched our site in Fall 2010.]