Our Partner

The Neighborhood News Bureau (NNB) is a nonprofit organization that covers the historic African-American neighborhoods of St. Petersburg’s Midtown area in Tampa Bay, Florida. NNB student-reporters work on a multitude of projects including creating investigative news and feature stories, community communication research and practice, event-planning, and social marketing campaigns. NNB aims to build community partnerships to improve education in journalism, multimedia production and African-American history and culture.

Problem

There is a constant loss of local black history as older people die and the stories are not recorded. Local schools do not teach local history and local libraries do not have any books or resources about local history. In other words, all the rich and empowering history of the Civil Rights, Jim Crow and Segregation eras are lost and the black youth is growing without a sense of the thriving black communities that existed in history. Specifically, the area of interest is the historic African-American neighborhoods of St. Petersburg’s Midtown area in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Solution

We worked with Neighborhood News Bureau (NNB) to create an accessible and engaging educational tool that provides a map visualization and timeline of historical events. Students will be able to experience a guided tour of various stories automatically sorted in chronological order. Admins will be able to add more stories as more are uncovered. This tool is set to launch later this year in September/October in celebration of the 150 years since the arrival of the first black settlers to St. Petersburg in 1868.

Tech Stack

React, Redux, Flask, Postgres

The educational tool is both very sensible and very easy. We’ll be using this tool to teach local kids in school and eventually teach them how to code and add to these stories. This tool transforms local black history to mainstream history. The more we empower people to add to these stories, the better.
Bernardo Motta, Ph. D
Faculty Coordinator of the USFSP Neighborhood News Bureau
Bernardo Motta, Ph. D's photo

Meet The Team

Alvin Wu Alvin Wu Product Manager
Varun Munjeti Varun Munjeti Tech Lead
Aria Malkani Aria Malkani Software Developer
Jeff Delonge Jeff Delonge Software Developer
Helena Chi Helena Chi Software Developer
Karthik Shankar Karthik Shankar Software Developer
Shreyas Mohan Shreyas Mohan Software Developer
Timothy Ko Timothy Ko Software Developer