Archive for October, 2015


Festival Recap: D.C. youth and educators promote media literacy

October 19, 2015 by Mandar Apte

by Jeffrey Morris (photographs by Jeffrey Morris) Despite the dreary Friday afternoon weather, students at the Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and the Media Arts were charged with enthusiasm and inspiration at this year’s Youth Media Rise. The teenagers met separately from the adult educators in separate sessions, focusing on creating media for social change. The common


Festival Recap: Mediating the intersections of race and gender

October 18, 2015 by Mandar Apte

Media Rise concluded its 2015 festival with a daylong Forum on Saturday, October 3 at Impact Hub. The intimate discussions focused on how media can build trust through individual voices and community systems. The first of three sessions explored media’s role in shaping identity around race and gender, with the following panelists: Tasneem Raja, Senior Editor, NPR Code Switch Laura Donnelly


Festival Recap: How to “Be a Man”

by Mandar Apte

By Sarah Krauss The Media Rise Festival presented its second day of events featuring a screening of “The Mask You Live In,” the new acclaimed documentary from director Jennifer Siebel Newsom. Despite the pouring rain, dozens of media professionals and social activists gathered in the Pearl Bailey Room of Busboys and Poets in Brookland for good

Steve Ellington (EIA) and Alexandra Garcia (iLCP)

Festival Recap: Visual Storytelling for Environmental Nonprofits

October 14, 2015 by Mandar Apte

By Jen Smith “If you want to win the hearts of and minds of people, it’s through stories,” said Media Rise co-founder Mandar Apte, introducing a workshop on media’s role in promoting environmental sustainability on Wednesday, September 30 at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The workshop panelists included the following environmental activists and storytellers: Steve Ellington –

Watermark at Media Rise

Festival Recap: “Watermark” Explores How Humans Shape Nature

October 13, 2015 by Karolle Rabarison

by Sharon Hartzell On Wednesday, September 30, Media Rise screened the film Watermark at the Carnegie Institution for Science. The film, directed by Jennifer Baichwal and photographer Edward Burtynsky, features stunning imagery and global stories of how water shapes the human experience. Watermark opens with a cascade of water, beautiful and imposing, pouring from the Xiaolangdi Dam