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Telling Tampa Bay Stories: Newtown

Newtown is one of the first African American neighborhoods in Sarasota, and the people who live there want to make sure its importance isn’t lost to time. They’re getting some assistance from students at the University of South Florida.

Since 2016, WUSF has teamed with USF student journalists for a series called “Telling Tampa Bay Stories,” which highlights communities in the area and the people who call them home.

Previous projects have taken us to the Hillsborough County community of Plant City (2018), Tampa’s Progress Village (2017), and St. Petersburg’s Midtown (2016).

This year, WUSF 89.7 is airing portions of interviews with some of the people who have made Newtown what it is, some who are attempting to document the history, and some who are recent arrivals.

First, here's a video overview of the project, produced by USF student journalist Sonu Trivedi:

Here are links to some of the students’ profiles:

Special thanks to all those who shared their stories with us both on and off the air, USF journalism instructor Jeanette Abrahamsen, and the employees at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex in Newtown for helping facilitate our interview sessions.

I cover health care for WUSF and the statewide journalism collaborative Health News Florida. I’m passionate about highlighting community efforts to improve the quality of care in our state and make it more accessible to all Floridians. I’m also committed to holding those in power accountable when they fail to prioritize the health needs of the people they serve.
Mark Schreiner is the assistant news director and intern coordinator for WUSF News.
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