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Behind the Off/Page

Poets and journalists? Journalists with poets? Learn the origins of this groundbreaking collaboration from the architects themselves.

Hear from members of The Center for Investigative Reporting and Youth Speaks about the impact of youth-driven storytelling both organizations are pursuing through the Off/Page Project. Also, get a sneak peek of clips of our inaugural workshops with young poets from the With Our Words collective in Stockton, Calif.

Film: ‘Broken City Poets’

What’s it like being a young person living in one of the largest American cities to declare bankruptcy? If a city becomes a ghost town, what becomes of its youth?

Discover what happens when teens from Stockton, Calif., examine their lives through an artistic and journalistic lens for the first time through the Off/Page Project. Facts, metaphors, statistics, imagery: The teens learn that language is a tool for social change as well as an art form. In the process, they become not just poets, but reporters, exposing the real story behind their city’s headlines.

Whispers from the Field

If America’s fields could speak, what stories would they tell about sexual abuse migrant women face?

That’s the question that poet Monica Mendoza asks in the Off/Page Project’s inaugural video, “Whispers from the Field.” Speaking from the perspective of the field, Mendoza talks about the high price migrant women pay to put food on their families’ tables. The poem was inspired by the Rape in the Fields investigation – by The Center for Investigative Reporting, the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, FRONTLINE and Univision – that found that hundreds of female agricultural workers have complained to the federal government about being raped, assaulted and harassed on the job, while law enforcement has done almost nothing to prosecute potential crimes. Learn more about the investigation at


Susurros en Los Campos

¿Si los campos agrícolas estadounidenses podrían hablar, qué dirían sobre el abuso sexual que enfrentan las mujeres que trabajan en la industria alimentaria?

Esta es la pregunta que hace Monica Mendoza en el video inaugural del Proyecto Off/Page, “Susurros en los campos.” Hablando desde la perspectiva de un campo, Mendoza habla del gran precio que las trabajadoras migrantes pagan para poder mantener sus familias. La poeta fue inspirada por el documental “Violación de un sueño,” realizado por El Centro de Reportajes Investigativos (CIR), el Programa de Periodismo de la Universidad de California, Berkeley, Frontline y Univisión. La investigación encontro que cientos de mujeres se han quejado al gobierno federal de haber sido violadas, asaltadas, y acosadas verbalmente y físicamente mientras la autoridades no han hecho casi nada para enjuiciar crímenes potenciales. Para obtener más información, visite