NYU Hyperlocal

Community Participants

Being true to the essence of hyperlocal coverage, the conclave emphasizes community participation and interaction. Below are members of our EV community who will be in attendance. If you’ve registered and would like to be listed here, e-mail a short bio and picture to journalism.webmaster@nyu.edu.

Bob Arihood of Neither More Nor Less, a photography blog depicting life in the East Village. Photo by Jessica Dimmock for The New York Times.

Caludio CabreraClaudio E. Cabrera is the Lead Editor for NewsOne.Com. He is a 27 year-old award-winning writer based out of the Inwood section of New York City. He’s a graduate of Brooklyn College with a Bachelors Degree in Journalism. In 2005, Cabrera began his journey in journalism when he began writing for weekly newspaper, the New York Amsterdam News. Since, he’s written for various weekly newspapers, magazines and online sites. He’s also profiled the likes of Shaquille O’ Neal, Alonzo Mourning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Rev. Al Sharpton to name a few.

In 2006, Cabrera was one of 20 journalists selected to attend the NCEW Minority Writers Seminar in Nashville, Tennessee where he learned a great deal from various columnists from across the country. Cabrera also won an award from the Independent Press Association in 2006 for ‘Best Article on a Social, Racial, or Immigration’ issue. The piece focused on the exorbitant rates phone company MCI charges families of inmates for phone calls in NY state. In February 2008, Cabrera appeared as an analyst on NBC’s “Super Tuesday” Democratic primary coverage.

Kurumi Fukushima is an International Affairs and self-designed Broadcasting Media Studies double major at Lafayette College from Glen Ridge, NJ. She has a true passion for the news, and aspires to become an influential journalist. Her career goal is to work for one of the top television networks in New York City.
Patrick HedlundPatrick Hedlund, a news editor and reporter for DNAinfo.com, has been working at newspapers and magazines across New York City since 2005. Before landing at DNAinfo last year, he edited the weekly West Side paper Chelsea Now, and previously spent time at community papers in the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn. He has won numerous awards for his reporting and editing, and has covered everything from sports and real estate to crime and politics during his career.
jdx is a writer, photojournalist & technophile documenting the art, cultural shifts & divides in the East Village & the Lower East Side. jdx’s images & commentary have appeared in The New York Times’ Local East Village, Hipstamatic’s Adventures In Hipstaland, The Village Voice & East Village Grieve. Find jdx online at http://jdx.me

Melissa KimiadiMelissa Kimiadi is a reporter for A Journey through NYC religions. She was born in Indonesia, has lived in New York City since the age of 3 and considers the city her home. Her experience of growing up in the city has influenced her graduate work, which concerns cultural memory in NYC’s thriving Indonesian community. She is studying cultural anthropology at Hunter College. To Melissa, the religious essence is the search for meaning in human existence. Melissa hopes it is through this essence that religion can help bridge differences in communities and emphasize unity in diversity among all humans.

In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, visiting museums, live music, food explorations, nature and meaningful connections with people. Working on this project allows Melissa to share, explore, discover, investigate, analyze, and fall in love with her beloved city all over again. You can find her works at Melissa Kimiadi @ A Journey. Recent profile of Melissa Kimiadi: “Life story: religion takes shape in city project.”

Traven Rice and Ed LitvakThe Lo-Down is a community web site dedicated to covering news, events and – most significantly – the people who live and work in one of the world’s greatest neighborhoods, the Lower East Side. We are Ed Litvak and Traven Rice, a television news producer and filmmaker (in that order), who live in the neighborhood. We launched The Lo-Downto help provide our community with a constant source of information about current events, culture, real estate, food and entertainment.

Ed Litvak(Co-founder/Editor-in-Chief) has more than 20 years of experience as a television news producer in local stations, cable properties and broadcast networks. He was a supervising producer at NBC’s Today Show and the executive producer of CNN’s morning program.

Traven Rice (Co-founder/Arts & Culture Editor) is an award-winning filmmaker and theatrical director. You can visit her film and theatrical web site at travenrice.com. She is the co-founder of Say Something Productions.

Benjamin Meadows-Ingram is the Music Editor for Billboard. Originally from Memphis, Tenn., Meadows-Ingram began his career in the late ’90s at Blaze magazine, where he served as contributing editor and wrote the first national cover story about Lil Wayne. He has since held senior editorial posts at publications including XXL, RESPECT., Emixshow and Mass Appeal. From 2003-2009, he worked at VIBE, where he served in various editorial capacities, including executive editor. He has written for such outlets as SPIN, Interview, Complex, Mass Appeal, RESPECT., L’Uomo Vogue, and MTV News.
Kim Nowacki is a recent graduate from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. She wrote her master’s thesis on news entrepreneurship and is particularly interested in how it can play a part in hyperlocal reporting. She is currently a summer Web intern at The New York Times living in the East Village.
Todd OlmsteadTodd Olmstead is Assistant Editor of Digital & Community Outreach for the Local East Village. He is currently a journalism graduate student in Studio 20 at New York University and is also a member of the Community Team at Mashable. You can find his blog about music in New York at Mission Critical.
Johnny Pérez is a New York based photographer from Los Angeles. He shoots for The American Red Cross, and The Wiener Zeitung (Austrian Newspaper). He loves cycling, fast cars, and tacos.
Mark PrattMark Pratt works with publishers of all sizes at Metro Publisher — the cloud computing platform specifically designed for Hyper Local publishers and niche publications. With clients in places from Vancouver, to Virginia, Berlin, to Barcelona. Mark is a knowledgeable expert on what works and doesn’t work to build audience and revenue in Hyper Local and Niche markets.

Kenneth RosenKenneth Rosen is a third year writing major at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga. He has copy edited for student news organization District and literary arts magazine District Quarterly since October 2010. He is also a columnist for District, covering food and grammar, though in separate columns. He is a multimedia journalist, regularly producing photography, audio and video content to accompany his writing.

With his growing knowledge on social and new media, Kenneth has attended and presented workshops on techniques and ethics in multimedia journalism at the Georgia Collegiate Press Association and the Southern Regional Press Institute.

Sarah ShakerSarah Shaker is an ex-soap opera producer, living and writing in the East Village. She is the creator of Bright Lights, My City, a niche New York City lifestyle blog covering dining, dating, and downtown nightlife. As the Community Manager at NearSay.com, Sarah works with local business owners to broadcast their news to their neighborhood customers. She is also a freelance writer for The Downtown Diaries.
Rachel SignerRachel Signer is a freelance journalist, contributing regularly to Dowser.org and the Bed-Stuy Patch.com. She writes about social entrepreneurship, sustainability, and impact investment for Dowser.org, and for Patch she focuses on sustainability efforts at the community level in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. Her website is http://rachelsigner.com and on Twitter she is @rachsig.
Trevor Summer is a technologist and marketer with over a decade of experience in startups in digital and social media, Internet and mobile technology. He’s also a co-founder of a fantastic new neighborhood news site called Nearsay. Trevor served as VP of Marketing at WePlay, overseeing customer acquisition, lifecycle marketing, and defining the UGC, media and viral offerings. Trevor also served as Senior Director of Product Marketing at Narrowstep, an Internet TV delivery platfom, and 724 Solutions, a mobile application and infrastructure software company. Trevor is an adventure scuba diver and world traveler.