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People's Production House / Radio Rootz

Media arts training courses for historically underresourced communities.


People's Production House began in 2000 from a single classroom in Harlem, where award-winning journalist Deepa Fernandes started teaching the art of radio journalism to high-school students. Founded on the principle that a nuanced, balanced, and diverse news media is both a human right and a public good, PPH soon grew into a team of journalists teaching media production to students in under-resourced public high schools across New York City.

PPH has provided college-level journalism training to hundreds of under-represented youth in all five boroughs of New York City. In 2004 PPH expanded to provide media training to adults—primarily immigrants and low wage workers—and in 2006, Leigh Ann Caldwell launched Radio Rootz DC as a project of PPH. In 2008, Marisa Jahn joined PPH, steering the organization through a rapidly shifting media landscape while broadening its reach through creative campaigns and placement in cultural venues. In its 10-plus years of history, PPH trained a new generation of reporters, diversifying newsrooms and providing vital coverage of local and national issues.


Checking In On Dropping Out
Produced by PPH Youth Radio Rootz Reporters in collaboration with PBS NewsHour's Student Reporting Labs, 2011

Nationally, about 70 percent of U.S. students graduate on time with a regular diploma. For Hispanic and African American students, the proportion drops to about half. Sadly, over two million teenagers attend so-called "dropout factory" schools where only 60 percent of the students finish high school in four years. Many of the Radio Rootz journalists come from these very "Dropout Factories" and their reporting investigates why so many of their classmates are not finishing high school and how their peers feel about the perceptions and realities of public education.


As a series entitled "Superheroes of East Harlem" PPH Youth Reporters from East Harlem interview Melissa Mark-Viverito (Speaker of New York City Council) about her background as a community organizer and journalist.


PPH Radio Rootz Youth Reporters recognized at the 2010 National Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner

Radio Liberia: a collaborative journalism and training project to produce media absent from both the United States and the government-controlled airwaves in Liberia

The Internet is Serious Business: a participant-driven investigation into media policy and communications technology, produced in collaboration with The Center for Urban Pedagogy

People's Production House in Colorlines magazine, 2009

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Project Details

CLIENT : New York City public schools and grassroots groups including Make the Road by Walking, Vamos Unidos, Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM), Community Voices Heard (CVH), Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE), African Refuge Staten Island, Adhikaar for Human Rights, Good Old Lower East Side, Restaurant Opportunities Center of NY (ROC-NY), New York Solidarity Coalition with Katrina & Rita Survivors, New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), Nah We Yone.

DATE : 2001-2010

TAGS : Workshop, Digital Experiences, Toolkit, Design/Communications, On the Ground,