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