How a Project on Underground Music Went Analog to Increase Engagement

This article was originally published on Medium. Trying is hard. I should know. I’ve been toiling over my practicum project at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism for the past year. I’m working with the D.I.Y or underground music scene in the greater New York City area. This community convenes — and sometimes even lives — in abandoned warehouses and factories that were illegally converted into galleries and venues. The D.I.Y scene is closely related to punk culture and shies away from mainstream influences. This community also acts as a safe haven for traditionally marginalized groups like the LGBTQ community, undocumented immigrants, women and people of color. Their willingness to collaborate, passion for social justice issues and ability to organize and start grassroots movements is what separates them from other independent artists like YouTubers or buskers. During the year, I focused on ways to incorporate people
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