Beats – Episodes 1 and 2

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Photo courtesy of The Homeless Filmmakers' Co-op.

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“Beats” is a web series concept from Street Sense Media and the work of street reporters in Washington, D.C. who seek to defend their rapidly gentrifying city by repairing its community information networks.

Both 10-minute pilot episodes focus on the experiences of people living in the increasingly large encampments in NoMa. The first takes the time to listen to the stories and experiences of people who have ended up living there. The second juxtaposes the dialogue about encampments in a D.C. Council oversight hearing with observations at the camps.


[Read more: These episodes were reported in collaboration with Street Sense Media vendor reporters who contributed to the “Right to a Home” series organized by the nonprofit newsroom Law at the Margins, which brought together street paper journalists from across the United States.]


The 2021 documentary film “Street Reporter” follows filmmakers Sheila White and Reginald Black’s work on the project.

Issues |Encampments|Living Unsheltered

Region |NoMa|Northeast|Ward 6|Washington DC

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