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Mission

JustMedia is an open access lens based archive designed to support advocacy efforts for systemic reform through the art of storytelling. JustMedia focuses on challenging the criminal legal system by organizing, amplifying, and sharing existing films and videos that tell a variety of stories. This intentional act serves as a media literacy tool for the movement to end mass incarceration and achieve abolition.

WE ARE: CREATORS | ADVOCATES | STORYTELLERS | ARCHIVISTS

What We Do

Access

Cost free membership to an extensive multimedia database of content related to systemic violence and incarceration.

Network

Vibrant community of storytellers, who create and maintain partnerships with leading social justice groups.

Support

Consult with lesson planning, amplifying, networking for storytellers, leaders and organizers.

Inspire

Stories of/by families and communities directly impacted by the system.

RESOURCES

Staff

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    Mo Browne

    Mahogany L. Browne

    Executive Director

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    This position is informed by her career as a writer, organizer, & educator. Browne has received fellowships from Art for Justice Fund, Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House, Mellon Research & Rauschenberg. She is the author of recent works: Chlorine Sky, Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice, Woke Baby, & Black Girl Magic. As the founder of the diverse lit initiative, Woke Baby Book Fair.

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    Aurora Nonas-Barnes

    Programming Director

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    I am a performer, an arts and culture organizer, community activist, educator, and administrator. I have over a decade of experience cultivating programs and organizing events throughout New York City, building a versatile skill set that ranges from programmatic concept development to hands-on logistics, production, leadership development, coaching and performance.

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    Rico Frederick

    Creative Director

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    Award winning graphic designer with a graduate degree from Pratt Institute. Industry experience ranges from major imprints to global fashion brands as well as advertising agencies. Over ten years successfully delivering dynamic projects which activate emotion and intellect to transform creativity into unbound commercial and cultural campaigns.

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    Jive Poetic

    Jive Poetic

    Curriculum Development Consultant

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    Jive Poetic is a writer, organizer, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BA in Media Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his MFA in Writing and Activism from Pratt Institute. In 2017 Jive was the first recipient of the John Morning Award for Art and Service. Currently, Jive is the Friday night poetry slam curator and host at the Nuyorican Poet’s Café. When he is not on tour, he teaches  poetry and hip – hop workshops to at risk youth in New York City and the surrounding area.

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    Caroline Rothstein

    Curriculum Development Consultant

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    Caroline Rothstein is an internationally touring writer, poet, performer, and educator. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, The Guardian, BuzzFeed, NYLON, Narratively, The Forward, Hey Alma, and elsewhere. She tours year-round performing poetry, public
    speaking, facilitating workshops and teaching at colleges, schools, performance venues, summer camps, and community organizations worldwide and virtually.

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    Nikki Blak

    Curriculum Development Consultant

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    Nikki Blak is a writer, educator, and womanist, whose art, thought leadership, and radical education work interrogates oppressive social constructs and affirms Blackness. She works to make her ancestors proud and leave a just, equitable society for her descendants.

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    Courtney Cummings

    Operations Manager

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    Courtney (Cummings) is an imaginative, forward-thinking communicator that brings a combination of creative and analytical skills to every project. She is an essayist and features culture writer that is dedicated to deadlines with due regard for detail. As a copywriter, Courtney develops and edits compelling copy for clients that ensure consumer engagement and conversion.

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    Lanisha LeBlanc

    Digital Media Librarian Consultant

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    A Brooklyn native born to two Caribbean immigrants, I became interested in studying the diasporic differences and culture shocks which shaped my childhood. Inspired by personal experiences, I dedicated my academic career to studying the exploitation as well as celebrations of marginalized and underrepresented groups.

Board

  • Ayana E. S. Walker
    Ayana E. S. Walker

    Ayana E. S. Walker

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    Experienced Digital Marketing and SVOD Operations professional with extensive background in product management and online marketing in the entertainment sector.

    Passionate humanitarian balancing professional career with commitment to making a positive societal impact.

    HBO Total Duration 18 years as Title Director of Product Management, Marketing & Operations. Walker serves as mentors through several community organizations including Girls Write Now, Harlem Children’s Zone, and is on the board of Urban Word NYC.

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    Camonghne Felix

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    is a poet, a writer, speaker, & political strategist.  She received an M.A. in Arts Politics from NYU, an MFA from Bard College, & has received Fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo & Poets House. Formerly the Director of Surrogates & Strategic Communications at Elizabeth Warren for President, Camonghne is the Head of Strategic Communications at Blue State.

  • Catherine Gund
    Catherine Gund

    Catherine Gund

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    Founder and Director of Aubin Pictures, Catherine Gund is an Emmy-nominated producer, director, writer, and activist. Her media work focuses on strategic and sustainable social transformation, racial justice, arts and culture, HIV/AIDS and reproductive justice, and the environment. Her films have screened around the world in festivals, theaters, museums, and schools; on PBS, the Discovery Channel, Sundance Channel, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. Her films include: Aggie (Sundance, Doc Fortnight), Dispatches From Cleveland (CIFF, MSPIFF), and Chavela (Berlinale, Hot Docs, Ambulante).

  • John Lee
    John Lee

    John Lee

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    Lee is a writer, director, hacker, investor, radical creative futurist also known as, John Threat is a Director and Crypton, Blockchain Investor, Content Production and a Digital Consultant, John has created content for MTV!, Starz! , Various Music Labels and Ad Agencies and more.

  • Scott Hechinger
    Scott Hechinger

    Scott Hechinger

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    Former public defender in Brooklyn, Scott represented people charged with crimes who couldn’t afford an attorney, but also long shared his perspective as a public defender outside of court in a variety of media to shift the narrative and drive systemic change. After years serving as Director of Policy at Brooklyn Defender Services, Scott is now focusing all of his time directing Zealous.

  • Tyra Patterson
    Tyra Patterson

    Tyra Patterson

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    used her time in prison constructively to educate herself.  A sixth grade dropout, Tyra eventually earn her GED, obtained a steam engineer’s license, became a certified tutor and completed a paralegal training program. On Christmas Day, 2017, Tyra was released from prison. She joined the OJPC staff full-time only weeks later.

WE ARE HIRING

Email: jobs@justmedia.org (Email Résumé & Letter of Interest)
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    Interns

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    Interns at JustMedia will receive guidance, training, and mentorship from professional personnel in the realm of storytelling, systemic reform, advocacy, and community organizing. The intern will gain broad exposure to the inner-workings of a nonprofit organization, where they will assist in activities and projects related to community engagement, curriculum development, data entry and reporting, and direct service and advocacy. 

    Email Résumé & Letter of Interest
    Email: jobs@justmedia.org

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    Media Librarian

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    MEDIA LIBRARIAN would lead all incoming requests demonstrating how to use online resources, answer media-related questions, facilitate "lunch and learn" presentations for opportunities including but not limited to interested organizations, film festivals, higher education institutions. 

    Email Résumé & Letter of Interest
    Email: jobs@justmedia.org

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    Community Outreach Manager

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    The Community Engagement Manager administers organizational programs aimed at addressing the needs of the surrounding area while coordinating initiatives designed to promote the organization.

    Email Résumé & Letter of Interest
    Email: jobs@justmedia.org

  • Communications & Operations Manager

    Communications & Operations Manager

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    The Communications and Operations Manager oversees and continuously improves JustMedia’s organizational processes, while managing all written communication and materials. The Communication and Operations Manager’s main responsibility is to implement the right processes and practices across JustMedia, including all internal and external communications. The ideal candidate is an excellent communicator with exceptional organizational, time management, and leadership skills that looks at the big picture.

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    Curriculum Development Consultants

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    As a Curriculum Development Consultant, you will assist the Lead Curriculum Developer by designing, developing, and implementing engaging and effective curricula for the JustMedia archive.

    Email Résumé & Letter of Interest
    Email:jobs@justmedia.org

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    Social Media Interns

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    Social Media Marketing Intern, is responsible for assisting in a range of marketing initiatives within an organization. Their duties include tracking analytics for social media campaigns, creating social media posting schedules and writing captions for social media posts.

    Email Résumé & Letter of Interest
    Email: jobs@justmedia.org

  • Executive Assistant

    Executive Assistant

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    The Executive Assistant will report directly to the Executive Director and provide high-level administrative, executive, and development support to the Creative Manager, Operations Manager, Curriculum Consultants, and Board of Directors. The Executive Assistant serves as the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies on all matters pertaining to the President. The Executive Assistant serves as a liaison to the Board of Directors and senior management teams; organizes and coordinates executive outreach and external relations efforts; and oversees special projects.

  • Project Manager

    Project Manager

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    The Project Manager is responsible for a specific project or multiple projects, ensuring they are successfully completed from start to finish. Their primary role is being accountable for planning, allocating resources, monitoring progress, and communicating the project life cycle to JustMedia constituents, board members, and senior directors. The Project Manager will serve as the liaison between board members and senior directors, and the team they allocate to complete the project; they may be required to pitch ideas and lead them to completion.

Highlights

JustMedia Presents:

Still in Prison | A Virtual Event

JustMedia invites you to join us for a collective conversation, short-film screening, followed by a discussion on storytelling and community awareness featuring Crystal Maloney & Greg McKelvey of Zealous. Guest Poet: Tongo Eisen-Martin

Screen STILL IN PRISON HERE

A Tale of Mental Illness - From the Inside

TED Talks

"Is it okay if I totally trash your office?" It's a question Elyn Saks once asked her doctor, and it wasn't a joke. A legal scholar, in 2007 Saks came forward with her own story of schizophrenia, controlled by drugs and therapy but ever-present. In this powerful talk, she asks us to see people with mental illness clearly, honestly and compassionately.

Why Solitary Confinement is Modern Day Torture

Molly Crabapple and Fusion

As of 2013, there were 80,000 men and women in solitary confinement in the United States, some  of them as young as 14 years old. In this illustrated op-ed video, artist Molly Crabapple explains the psychological and physical trauma suffered by those forced to spend 22-24 hours a day alone — sometimes for arbitrary reasons, like reading the wrong book, or having the wrong tattoo — in a grey, concrete box.

Curriculum