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Catherine Komp

Articles by Catherine Komp

Freedom Now Project Locates Survivors of Prince Edward School Shutdown

In April, VCU launched an initiative to identify subjects of a rare collection of police photos documenting Farmville’s civil rights protests in the summer of 1963. Using crowdsourcing and old fashioned detective work, researchers with the Freedom Now Project have identified dozens of people. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp met with siblings captured in the photos and brings you their story.

Teens Pursue Literary Passions at Edgar Allan Poe Young Writers' Conference

Each summer, Richmond’s Poe Museum brings together high school students from across the country for an intensive week of workshops, lectures and writing critiques. The Edgar Allan Poe Young Writers' Conference aims to educate youth about the legacy of the 19th Century author and encourage youth to follow their literary passions. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Web Extra: Poe Young Writers' Conference Youth Read From Their Work

Each summer, Richmond’s Poe Museum brings together high school students from across the country for an intensive week of workshops, lectures and writing critiques. Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp sat in on a workshop and afterward, a group of the teens shared excerpts from their work. In order of appearance, listen to the creative non-fiction, fiction and free verse from Justice Marshall, Haley Cannady, YoLani Martin, Aubrey Link, and William Plott.

Residents Come Together to Create a Better Block in Richmond’s Church Hill

After weeks of preparation, Richmond held its first Better Block on the city’s East End earlier this month. Spearheaded by Bon Secours and Sports Backers, the initiative uses temporary improvements to neighborhood streets to help residents and city leaders work toward long-term change. Catherine Komp reports for Virginia Currents.

Virginia Voices Uses Crowdsourcing to Document Stories of the Commonwealth

Virginia Voices is an ambitious project from the Virginia Historical Society that is gathering hundreds of stories of everyday people throughout the Commonwealth. Through crowdsourced videos and professional filming, the initiative will produce a documentary and interactive database. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.

Virginia Aquarium Promotes Ocean Health Through Sensible Seafood Program

Over the last two decades, aquariums across the country have put more resources into educating the public about overfishing and protecting marine ecosystems. Many, including the Virginia Aquarium, are helping to spread the concept of sustainable seafood, influencing the choices made by consumers and restaurants. Catherine Komp has more in this edition of Virginia Currents.

Virginia Co-working Initiatives Inspire Innovation, Collaboration

The global movement of co-working is taking root in Central Virginia, helping freelancers and start-ups escape the isolation of home offices and coffee shops. Organizations offering the low-cost office space say the larger mission is to share skills and build community. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp visited one co-working organization, 804RVA, to find out more.

Richmond Food Co-op Nears 500 Members, Moves Toward Goal of Opening Store

In Central Virginia, residents are coming together to build a full service cooperative grocery store. Popularly known as food co-ops, the initiative aims to promote access to locally grown food, provide education on healthy eating and strengthen community networks. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.

Passion for The James Attracts Citizen Watchdogs to River Rat Program

The James River is nearly 350 miles long, and its watershed extends about 10,000 square miles. To help protect this expansive natural resource, the James River Association began enlisting the help of residents throughout the state a few years ago. Since then, the initiative has continued to grow. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more.

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