Ukrainian print newspaper in San Francisco: why immigrants don't go online
It is the only Ukrainian-language newspaper on the US West Coast. “Gromada” (in Russian “Community”) is the name of the publication. On 16 pages - articles about California, Ukraine and diaspora news, tells "Voice of America".
The idea for the publication belongs to the graphic designer, 55-year-old Les Castillo.
“People turned to me:“ Lesya, why don't you make a newspaper? We need a newspaper, ”the woman says. - At first I did not understand why the newspaper. Everything went to the Internet, bloggers write posts. Who will read the newspaper? But over time I realized how important it is. "
Lesya thought that the newspaper could become a unifying force for Ukrainians in California. And in the winter of 2017 she decided to release the first issue.
Building a team was not easy. Anna Somik, a former Ukrainian language teacher, was one of the first to write for the newspaper.
“I wish there was a local newspaper. Just like others have local newspapers in their native language, says Anna. “So I gladly accepted the offer to write.”
The newspaper was released after Natalia Anyon, an immigrant from Borislav, joined the team. In addition to generating ideas for articles, the woman took over the function of organizing the editorial office and preparing the documentation. The first circulation was 150 copies. Over time, the editorial board decided to translate some of the articles into English.
“When some important, critical events take place in Ukraine, the American media often take information about these events from Russian-language propaganda sources,” says Natalya. “We also translate the most important positions that political observers from Ukraine give us into English, so that the American public has access to pro-Ukrainian sources and truthful coverage of these events.”
Now the Gromada team has five more journalists. For 3 years, the publication has grown to half a thousand copies. On the pages of the newspaper there are American news, articles about the diaspora, as well as the main news from Ukraine. All journalists work on a charitable basis.
The newspaper is distributed in the Ukrainian-speaking churches of San Francisco and Sacramento, as well as online. In addition, the founders of the newspaper became the nucleus of the Gromada charity organization, which has been sending money to Ukraine for several years.
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