Ashley Kang serves as director of The Stand, Syracuse’s South Side Community Newspaper Project targeting Syracuse’s South Side neighborhood and produced in partnership with Newhouse students, Syracuse residents and a community board of directors. The paper aims to show the positive things happening within the neighborhood as well as the obstacles to success residents face.
Her role is to assist students in finding stories reflective of the people who live in the South Side, coordinate and lead community journalism workshops and oversight of all day-to-day project needs, including writing newspaper articles, maintaining the website and coordinating special events.
Recently, she began working with the American Press Institute as a consultant, assisting with research to learn how newsrooms and media outlets are launching strategies to intentionally listen and engage with communities previously underserved or uncovered. In January 2018, she co-authored a paper on how focused listening can address journalism’s trust problem.
Also in 2018, she was selected as one of 33 John Jay/H.F. Guggenheim Justice Reporting Fellows. The fellowship is aimed at encouraging and promoting top-quality journalism on criminal justice. Fellows were selected from a wide pool of applicants based on editors’ recommendations and on investigative reporting projects underway or in the planning stage. Kang has written several articles on neighborhood trauma in Syracuse’s South Side and will pursue an in-depth piece focused on a city reentry program. The final piece will be featured in The Stand and The Crime Report, published by The Center on Media, Crime and Justice.
At Newhouse, she also works to assist faculty with other community engagement efforts including several in-depth journalism projects over the year—MyHousingMatters.com, SyracuseJobsMatter.com and most recently the They Wear Blue Project. In 2018, with the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement, she helped launch a media exchange with a community newspaper in Grahamstown, South Africa. With The Grocott’s Mail, a new exchange series—Your Town, Our Town—was created to share articles between publications to unify, educate and enlighten both communities through stories. The hope is readers from each publication will enjoy the content and gain valuable insight into another part of the world.
Before joining Syracuse University, she worked at The Citizen, a daily newspaper based in Auburn, NY., as a copy editor and later as the paper’s features editor.