Zanha Armstrong

is a print journalism major at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the Vice President of Morgan States chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.



Ronald Baines

Bowie state University 2016 graduate. Student athlete (Football). Sports Management, Majoring in emerging media. Fan Media Network Intern.


Sierra Boone,

a Detroit native, is a student at Northwestern University studying journalism and African American Studies. She's worked with JET Magazine, For Harriet, MadameNoire and more.


Jose Contreras

is an ad major from the University of Oregon with a focus in art direction.

@rcesoj • Web Designer

Zinhle Essamuah

is a filmmaker, journalist and performance artist. She operates SimplyZinhle Productions, and recently completed her award-winning film on #BlackLivesMatter


Maura Fallon

 is an aspiring multimedia journalist concentrating on writing and film, with experience as a reporter and an interest in social issues across the globe.


Drew Forrest

is a digital strategist with experience in storytelling for startups and large organizations, with an interest in technology, sports & corporate brands.

@DrewJForrest • Social Media Manager

Jennifer Gonzalez

is a 4th-year undergrad majoring at SJSU pursuing a passion in storytelling with an interest in creative writing and visual journalism.


Judy Holtz

is a videographer and photographer with an interest in producing short documentaries that convey the human experience.


Brandon Lewis

is an aspiring television reporter who has interned at news stations both nationally and abroad. He is interested in covering politics and urban issues.


Maiyah Mayhan

is a sophomore, Print Journalism major, Political Science minor, from Los Angeles, California, and she currently attends Howard University.


Kassandra Merritt

is a Grambling State University senior with a Mass Communication major. She is originally from Montgomery, Alabama.


Kavin Mistry

is a junior journalism major with a minor in graphic design that has experience in both print and digital publications, with a strong interest in sports, photography and infographics.


Imani Moise

is a digital storyteller interested in public policy and data who enjoys finding compelling personal narratives to bring interesting statistics to life.



is an aspiring broadcast journalist from Los Angeles attending the George Washington University. He is currently the Creative Director for GW-TV, a student-run television station on campus.


Merdie Nzanga

is an aspiring international news correspondent based in Washington D.C. Merdie participates in the National Association of Black Journalists' annual student project where she covered the convention and stories around the host city.

Calista Phair

is a marketing strategist creating ways to visually develop and brand local entrepreneurs, idealist and small business owners.


Annie Schugart

is a Kansas City-native studying computer science and video production at Harvard, with an interest in the intersection between technology and journalism.



Simmone Shah

is a senior at John F. Kennedy HS, the EIC for her school's yearbook, an editor for her school newspaper The Titan Tribune, and a member of the George Washington class of 2020.


Leo Smith

is a high school senior at St. Benedict's Prep and an editor for his school's newspaper, The Benedict News with experience in layout and design.


Raphael Stroud

is a senior journalism major with experience in news writing and local broadcasting with an interest in politics and social issues.


Cai Thomas

is a documentary filmmaker with experience in storytelling about sports, race, gender, and waste management.


Shonnan Usman

is a Public Relations major with a minor in Information Technology, Design, and Startups, at the Newhouse School of Public Communications in Syracuse University.


James Villalobos

is a multimedia journalist from the University of Massachusetts Amherst who has reported on protests in Ferguson and Baltimore, the Boston marathon bombings, the flint water crisis, and the White House.


Yasmin Wamala

is an aspiring multimedia journalist who is a lover of all things entertainment, which can be seen through all the performing she does when she's not writing.


Lanie Edwards

is a senior at the George Washington University majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication. Her interests include broadcast journalism, videography, graphic design and photography, and has her own lifestyle channel on YouTube.


Imani M. Cheers,

Ph.D. is an award winning multimedia producer, filmmaker and Assistant Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University.

@ImaniMCheers • Managing Editor

Michael Cheers,

Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at San Jose State University. He is an award-winning photojournalist and documentary filmmaker.

Photo & Video Editor

Michelle Johnson

is an Associate Professor of the Practice at Boston University who teaches all things digital.

@mijohn • Online Editor

Ed Madison,

Ph.D. is an assistant professor at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, where he teaches multimedia journalism, media innovation and documentary storytelling.

@edmadison • Multimedia Editor

Kimberly Renee Selden is a Television Producer and Media Professional whose credits include:  Oprah Behind the Scenes, Food Network’s Next Food Star, The Victoria Secret Fashion Show, MTV’s Video Music Awards, NBA All Star, and many more.

@KimberlySelden • Assistant Editor

Prof. Allissa Richardson is a Harvard University Nieman Foundation Journalism Fellow and mobile media professor at Bowie State University.

@ProfAlliRich • Mobile Journalism Editor