The front page of the Milwaukee Neighborhood News service.
This past week in #loweclass , Sharon McGowan of the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, or MNNS, visited to speak about community news and the MNNS.

"I started something that I hope lives longer than me," said McGowan.

What I like the most about the MNNS is the community focus of the stories. After reading through some of the stories on the MNNS website, I can see that the stories do not just report on the community, but they paint an image of what life is like in these neighborhoods.

If you shed light on a community issue, people in the community have more resources and initiative to do something about it as opposed to a national or international problem that can seem too big of a problem for one person to believe they can contribute.

In order to be an educated community member, sources like the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service need to exist in order to keep people up to date about issues and successes pertinent to the community. If MNNS did not exist, community members would not have their voice represented in the media, and this is problematic. If people are excluded from media representation, stereotypes and neighborhood typecasts can appear, which do not always accurately portray communities.

What differentiates the MNNS from other news sources is that it goes beyond its job as a reporting service and acts as a teacher. By reading news stories from the MNNS website, I learned about the communities that were reported on because I got to see the shared identity that the Milwaukee communities share. 

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    Alexandra Whittaker is a junior journalism and writing-intensive English double major at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This blog chronicles her experiences in Marquette's JOUR 1550 Digital Journalism II class.


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