Dear KCSB listeners and Daily Nexus readers,
Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, UC Santa Barbara and Isla Vista community members have had to adjust almost all aspects of their lives to help mitigate the spread of the virus.
As Isla Vista slowly re-opens, KCSB and the Daily Nexus have decided to work together to document the ways in which our community has changed over the past 18 months. Beginning August 2, we will be releasing a new series, “Unmasking Isla Vista: A COVID-19 Community Archive.”
This collaborative, multimedia series is made up of six components which will be released over the span of six weeks beginning August 2: Human Struggle, University & Students, Testing & Vaccines, Local Businesses & Essential Workers, Community Reflection and Community Activism.
Each component will feature community experts and leaders such as the Isla Vista Community Services District President and Director Spencer Brandt and Santa Barbara County Public Health Director Van Do-Reynoso.
Each component will be presented as a Daily Nexus article, KCSB radio segment and KCSB newsletter. These various components will be published every Monday throughout the six-week series.
In addition to presenting content in three different formats, KCSB and the Daily Nexus will be featuring several multimedia elements including art, graphics, data, photography and video.
This page will be updated with each new segment upon its release date. We hope you will join us in reading and listening to “Unmasking Isla Vista: A COVID-19 Community Archive.”
– KCSB and Daily Nexus journalists
Unmasking Isla Vista: Human Struggle
Unmasking Isla Vista: University & Students
Unmasking Isla Vista: Testing & Vaccines
Unmasking Isla Vista: Local Businesses & Essential Workers
- Local Businesses & Essential Workers article
- Local Businesses & Essential Workers podcast episode
- Local Businesses & Essential Workers newsletter
Unmasking Isla Vista: Community Reflection
- Community Reflection Daily Nexus video
- Community Reflection podcast episode
- Community Reflection newsletter
Unmasking Isla Vista: Community Activism
- Community Activism Daily Nexus article
- Community Activism podcast episode
- Community Activism newsletter
Hot off the Pod Episodes
- Episode 1: HOTP Dives into the Unmasking IV Collaboration Pt. 1
Thanks to the following people for contributing to “Unmasking Isla Vista: A COVID-19 Community Archive.”
Daily Nexus Journalists: Sindhu Ananthavel, Atmika Iyer, Holly Rusch, Asumi Shuda and Katherine Swartz
KCSB Journalists: Alexandra Goldberg, Daniel Huecias, Pia Ramos, Ashley Rusch, Yulene Teagle and Jennifer Yoshikoshi
Daily Nexus Videographers: Evan Cacatian and Juliana Zappitell
Daily Nexus Artists and Graphic Creators: Hannah Appel, Noelle Chan, Luca Disbrow, Emerson Domingo, Natalie Fiorindo, Daniella Gomez, Alex Rudolph and Kelly Yan
KCSB Artists: Madeline Miller and Shirley Wang
Daily Nexus Photographers: Pia Ramos and Kaiyi Yang
At the Santa Barbara Independent, our staff is working around the clock to cover every aspect of this crisis — sorting truth from rumor. Our reporters and editors are asking the tough questions of our public health officials and spreading the word about how we can all help one another. The community needs us — now more than ever — and we need you in order to keep doing the important work we do. Support the Independent by making a direct contribution.