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Javonte Anderson, the editor of Capital B Gary, shares his journey in journalism and how he ended up working in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. Capital B Gary launched a community survey to involve residents in shaping the coverage of the outlet. Anderson previously worked at various publications, including the Chicago Tribune and Toledo Blade, before joining Capital B Gary.
In college, I was just trying to find my niche... It was real serendipity that my first job was back in my hometown, in Gary.
Capital B Gary, a nonprofit news organization, focuses on centering Black voices and collaborating directly with the community it serves. One of the ways they engage residents is through launching a survey to shape their coverage. Anderson highlights the importance of involving the community in decision-making and building partnerships with his hometown. Anderson's experience in journalism, including his time at the Chicago Tribune, prepares him to lead Capital B Gary and provide a platform for underrepresented voices in Gary, Indiana.
From there, I went to the Toledo Blade and covered education... Before coming to Capital B Gary, I also had worked at the investigative team at USA.