Redwoods Listening Post

The RLP 

The Redwoods Listening Post (RLP) is nurturing the development of  inclusive, solutions based journalism to address local needs through local means. Our mission is t equip and amplify guarded and disenfranchised communities of The North Coast with tools, information and access to media resources so they can create and deliver timely news and information, in the methods specific to their communities.

Project Implementation: The Listening Post Team 

Access Humboldt 

Access Humboldt (“AH”) serves as the hub for Community Voices Coalition organizing efforts, providing resource grants/stipends and serving as a coordinating body for all participants. In addition to small cash grants for Contributors, Partners’ newsrooms will have dedicated access to AH services for training, support, production, translation and distribution to share their stories on TV, radio and online - by any media necessary.


Internews brin gs national and international expertise and resources, offering consultation on project design and providing direct editorial support for story selection, engagement, as well as coaching on delivering information to hard to reach communities.

The Listening Post Collective 

The Listening Post Collective provides journalists, newsroom leaders, and non-profits tools and advice to create meaningful conversations with their communities. We believe responsible reporting begins with listening. Media outlets and organizations create news stories that respond to people’s informational needs, reflect their lives, and enable them to make informed decisions.

CA Local News Fellowship

Supporting community news and information needs throughout California, the fellowship program, spearheaded by Sen. Steve Glazer, is a response to the problems facing community news in California and across the United States, Anand said. “News and information that’s useful to our communities and neighbors is the building block for a vibrant democracy. This program will help strengthen local newsrooms of all kinds to better serve their audiences, telling the stories that matter. 

Redwoods Listening Post (RLP) is focused on bringing news and information to people in diverse communities and produces news and information by,  for and about North Coast residents with perspectives not frequently included in print, TV, radio and online media. RLP was formed in 2020 as an Internews affiliated Listening Post project to cover the pandemic. The project builds diverse local media collaborations to support local news and information efforts while bringing forward new perspectives and accurate, insightful coverage of local issues. Trusted and timely information is important and can save lives. We believe that hearing from members of the community, delivered through the platforms they are most likely to use, is the best way to source and share information that is critical to our community.

Community Partners

Our goal is to create original content of interest that platforms diverse and marginalized populations and their communities. Today, current areas of concentration include health and wellness, current events, community resources and related news of interest to Black, Latinx, Asian, and local Tribal communities. We place an emphasis on topics of interest to youth and young adults, LGBTQIA residents and people living in remote areas of Humboldt and Del Norte counties. RLP promotes a solutions journalism approach.

Community Voices Coalition

El Lenador

Redwood Voice


Color Maíz

RLP Mobile

Black Humboldt 

The MARZ Project

The Access Class

Native American Pathways

Redwoods Community Report

Interested in learning how to report on stories in your community????

Citizen Journalism Program coming Fall/Winter 23 - more details TBA 

The Crew 

Kelby McIntosh

CA Berkley Fellow 

I'm from Marshall, a small East Texas town behind the pine tree curtain. I'm a journalist because I want to report on significant cultural moments that start conversations and document the cultural influences of who we are as Black people. I've had the honor of reporting on East Oakland for KALW, covering various topics, from the homeless crisis to local politics. I do this for my family and community — because of them, I never settle for what I know and always ask questions.

Mo Harper-Desir 

Project Manager 

I'm a first generation Haitian, Queer builder. I have a background in photography and multimedia visual arts. I am the co-founder of Black Humboldt and the visionary of Mo HD Creates. I am a mother to two free Brown boys and consider myself a caretaker to my community. I grew up in Western MA and relocated to Humboldt County in 2015. I value freedom of speech, access, education, media literacy and Black joy!! 

Ruby Cayenne 

College Corp Fellow 

Ruby Cayenne is a multimedia journalist and naturalist from Humboldt County, California. She now attends Cal Poly Humboldt and is one year away from graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a News Concentration. She is the news editor and lead designer for El Leñador, is published in the North Coast Journal, is an invited member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and was Vice-President and then President of the Journalism Club of Cal Poly Humboldt.

Brenda Perez 

Community Liason 

Radio Centro is the radio bilingual program of Humboldt, broadcast by the kzzh. This program started in 2017, on the KHSU radio station as "charlando con la raza" and brought to the region different looks and voices in Spanish with topics of interest to our community.

Media Archive

The Community Media Archive gathers the diverse local TV and radio programs created through community access - including local non-commercial television channels on cable television systems serving a wide range of Public, Education and Government (PEG) purposes.

Pitch a Story! 

Grants & trainings available! 

All experience levels welcome, we want to hear your stories!!

We will promote community voices by selecting storytellers that meet these criteria:

Current relevance:

* Why is it important that the community hear your story now? 

* Is this an issue that is not being covered by other local media outlets at this time?  New voices: 

* Who are the people being affected by this issue? 

* Are they members of the community that we do not typically hear from or about?

Geographic variety:

* Where are the impacts or your story idea being felt? 

* What geographic area of the community are you going to highlight in your story?Focused story idea: 

* Please be specific in the description of your story idea. 

* Ideally, your story idea will be manageable for you to address in weeks not months.

Learning Opportunities

AH Certification & Trainings

On Saturday, October 14 from noon-4:00PM we will be offering our Content Creation and Field Certification class, along with a short Community Media Center Orientation. 

You will learn the basics of creating your own video using our brand new video and audio rental gear - as well as an editing demonstration with Final Cut Pro X. 

The LPC Playbook

A start-up course for civic media 

As part of the Listening Post Collective’s commitment to developing civic media + power-building resources, we’ve launched a free, self-paced, digital learning platform that guides you through launching your own civic media project. Scroll to the bottom of the page to enroll.

The Redwoods Listening Post is a project funded by Humboldt Area Foundation ,Wild Rivers Community Foundation and California Endowment to support local media curation.