Get to Know Your Zinester: Autry Museum Citizen Journalism Project

Who: Autry Museum Citizen Journalism Project

Describe what your zines are about in two sentences or fewer.
The Citizen Journalism Project is the educational component of the Autry Museum of the American West’s exhibition, LA RAZA, in which we invited participants from across Los Angeles County to serve as the citizen journalists of their communities. The zines we are creating showcase photographs, poems, essays, and artwork documenting immigrants’ rights, women’s rights, economic inequality, gentrification, homelessness, religious celebrations, and the joys of living in the city of Angels.

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
We created these zines in order to celebrate the work of the women and men who, in the late 1960s and 1970s, contributed to the pages of the La Raza Magazine. Also, we wanted to recognize the continuing need for citizen journalism, and we hoped to engage with the Los Angeles community in a new way. Materials were submitted by Angelenos aged 12 to 70, hailing from Santa Monica to San Fernando to Lincoln Heights.

What’s the last zine you read that you really enjoyed?
“Raising the Gremlin Child (Tales of the Unique Offspring)” by Marie Cheng. This zine is very humorous, and the artwork is fantastic.



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