About Us

Our Vision

The Milpitas Beat is a community-based online newspaper located in Milpitas, California. Our vision is to cultivate a more connected, conscious, and vibrant community by providing news coverage that truthfully reflects the expression, ideas, and culture of the people of Milpitas.

Who We Are

Times are changing rapidly, and the idea of News (and the way that News is delivered) must change along with it. At The Milpitas Beat, we want the work we do to be directly aligned to the times. That means tapping into what the residents of Milpitas are truly thinking, feeling, and wanting to see in their community. Guided by a deep fascination of people, stories, culture, art, education, and politics, we work with passion, always, to deliver the articles and media that speak most directly to the people we serve. Also, as residents of Milpitas ourselves, we are deeply committed to creating an online newspaper that supports and enriches the community in any way it can.

Meet the Team

We’re the ones making it happen.

 

Rhoda Shapiro

Founder & Reporter

Rhoda Shapiro works as a journalist and media consultant in the Bay Area. She has written for both the Tri-City Voice and the Mercury News, and is the founder of Chi Media Company, which works with nonprofit organizations to elevate their marketing and communication platforms. Rhoda is also an author; her first book will be published by Llewellyn Worldwide in mid-2019. Her YouTube channel, which features practices in yoga, meditation, and women’s empowerment, has amassed thousands of subscribers. Rhoda is The Milpitas Beat’s founder.

 

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Eric Shapiro

Editor & Reporter 

Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella “It’s Only Temporary” (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, “Rule of 3” (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest, and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, “Living Things” (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm which received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program “Intelligence For Your Life.” Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels.

 

Francie Soito

Reporter 

Francie Soito is a third-generation Bay Area native who has lived and worked in Milpitas since 2002. She has a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from UC Berkeley, where she studied Sociology, Anthropology, and Physics. Having worked for nearly two decades in market research and data strategy for high-tech companies like Macromedia, Yahoo!, and Facebook, Francie also holds a patent for her work in data segmentation. She is a co-owner of Black Cat Comics and sole owner of Reiki Energy Healing, both located on Main Street in Milpitas. In addition to being an author, musician, public speaker, and martial artist, Francie is the mother of three furry babies.

 

 

 

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