High School Students at the Helm of New Boyle Heights Newspaper

Patch is not alone these days in pursuing the hyperlocal SoCal journalism game. Over the weekend, a second component of a similar joint effort from USC Annenberg and La Opinión, The Boyle Heights Beat, launched.

This East LA clarion comes on the heels of last year’s Annenberg offering The Alhambra Source, which is published in English, Spanish, and Mandarin. In the case of the Beat, the bilingual deployment is ingenious. Per a report on Multi-American, a website curated by KPCC Radio’s Leslie Berestein Rojas:

While Latinos are active Smartphone users, they generally have less Internet access than other groups, hence the old-fashioned distribution approach. A tabloid print edition in Spanish and English, delivered to residents this weekend by La Opinión, compliments an English-language online edition.

We took a quick look at the website and couldn’t help but hone in on Karissa Reynoso’s piece, “A Sad Song for Mariachis.” It documents how the Great Recession has also taken a big bite out of a 70-year-old for-hire tradition at the corner of First and Boyle.