Join Her Girl Friday at the Made in NY Media Center as we experience presentations from journalists who have taken innovative approaches to telling stories, engaging audiences, and inspiring change.
Bios & Project Info:
Host: Opeyemi Olukemi
Opeyemi Olukemi has managed the TFI New Media Fund since 2011 and expanded the Interactive department to include TFI Interactive—a day-long immersion into the world of digital storytelling, Interactive Playground—an arena showcasing immersive technologies and projects, Tribeca Sandbox—an interactive resource report, and Tribeca Hacks—a creative incubator, which mentors storytellers and technologists into creating interactive prototypes. Previously, as a Senior Project Manager at ScrollMotion, she worked with and oversaw teams of designers, programmers and third party vendors in the production of new media applications for clients such as Disney, Oprah Magazine and Genentech.
1. Cannabis Wire
Cannabis Wire is a multimedia news site born in the summer of 2012 after Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian spent two years reporting on cannabis across America. It is currentlyincubating at the Made in NY Media Center in DUMBO with support from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation. The project lead to a book deal from The New Press to write A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibition (published February 2014), which has since received great praise. After speaking about the book at The Cato Institute and at universities from coast to coast, they are preparing for relaunch in 2015.
Alyson Martin is an award-winning journalist, a photographer, and an editor. She focuses on investigative journalism, health reporting, and drug policy. Her work has been published by the New York Times, The Nation, The Atlantic, the Albany Times Union, the Ithaca Journal and the 2011 edition of the book Our Bodies, Ourselves. Martin is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is a lifelong Yankees fan.
Nushin Rashidian is an award-winning Iranian-American journalist. A graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, her reporting focuses on drug policy, aging issues and stories of injustice. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Nation, Tehran Bureau, Esquire, AARP Bulletin, CBS News, and The Guardian US. She is a Californian still adjusting to the seasons in the northeast.
2. Off Color
Off Color is a New York Times video series highlighting artists of color who use humor to make smart social statements about the sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious ways that race plays out in America today.
Tanzina Vega has been a staff reporter for The New York Times since August 2010, covering race, ethnicity, technology and media for the business and national sections. A graduate of City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism, she has previously held positions as news clerk, freelance reporter for the Metro section, and web producer for the Times. She has won various awards for her multimedia work, was part of the Emmy-winning team that produced One in 8 Million, and has been featured on NPR’s Code Switch's “Journalists — Of Color! — To Watch In 2014” list and The Huffington Post's top 40 Latinos in American Media list.
3. Call Me Kuchu
Call Me Kuchu is a documentary film directed by Malika Zouhali-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright that depicts the last year in the life of the first openly gay man in Uganda, David Kato. The film premiered at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Teddy Award for Best Documentary and the Cinema Fairbindet Prize. It has since won 18 more awards—including Best International Feature at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival—and has been theatrically distributed in Canada, Germany, the UK and the US.
Malika Zouhali-Worrall is an award-winning filmmaker of British/Moroccan origin. Malika is a Chaz & Roger Ebert Directing Fellow and an alumnus of the Film Independent Documentary Lab, the Tribeca All Access program, and the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant at Full Frame Documentary Festival. In 2012, Filmmaker Magazine named Malika one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Her journalism work has been published in The Financial Times, and she has reported for CNN.com from India, Uganda, China, and the U.S. Malika is a graduate of Cambridge University, and holds an M.A. in International Affairs from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po).
4. BRITDOC's Impact Field Guide & Toolkit
BRITDOC’s Impact Field Guide & Toolkit is a comprehensive set of tools and guides designed to help filmmakers make a greater impact on social issues.
Patricia Finneran is a Consultant at Good Pitch and Founder of Story Matters. Story Matters works at the intersection of storytelling and social change, it creates collaborative and viable projects with funders, corporations, non-profits and filmmakers that advance positive social impact. Clients include Kering, Hotdocs, Harmony Institute and campaigns for Bully, How To Survive A Plague, The Revolutionary Optimists and strategy for the media platform Map Your World. Patricia Finneran has previously held senior positions at Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, AFI as Director of SILVERDOCS, and IFP New York. She works with BRITDOC in support of Good Pitch to serve filmmakers and expand opportunities for the documentary community.
About Her Girl Friday: Her Girl Friday is a Brooklyn-based group that produces engaging events with good vibes and concrete takeaways for (and featuring) women in journalism and non-fiction storytelling.