Coachella Unincorporated

Coachella Unincorporated is a youth-led journalism and media-training project working in the Eastern Coachella Valley. We are funded by the Building Healthy Communities initiative of The California Endowment, and we receive program support from New America Media. We are proud to call the Eastern Coachella Valley our home since 2011.

Students who join our program learn how to report, write and produce multimedia journalism content, all with the goal of helping to build a healthy Eastern Coachella Valley.

Coachella Uninc. Student Statement:

“We, as community journalists, share in the responsibility of promoting change in the communities we cover. A community journalist is a journalist dedicated to covering the Eastern Coachella Valley as well as engaging in the movement of progress. We are journalists the community can count on, and we refuse to be seen only as journalists. We are part of their community. We are not outsiders — we are part of the comunidad.”

Mission of Group

To incorporate the voices of the Eastern Coachella Valley.


Our youth reporters focus on reporting on community health issues in Coachella, Thermal, Mecca, North Shore and Oasis. That includes issues such as physical health but also poverty, unemployment and other issues affecting the community. So far, students have covered the Mecca odor issue, including a Senator Barbara Boxer/Erin Brochovich news conference, Coachella Fest, Stagecoach, issues of mobile home living conditions and water safety.