Virtual OpenDocLab Talk: Jessica Clark & Kamal Sinclair
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 12:00pm to 1:00pmVirtual Event
Architecting the New News
Journalism and documentary are facing similar challenges: disrupted business models, a tsunami of new platforms, and hard questions about racial and gender equity. What will it take to reshape nonfiction storytelling in ways that are more equitable and sustainable? These are questions that the Guild of Future Architects (GoFA) will be tackling with its forthcoming New/s project. We’ll hear from Kamal Sinclair, GoFA’s executive director, and project director Jessica Clark — who also runs Philadelphia-based firm Dot Connector Studio, and co-founded Open Doc Lab’s publication, Immerse. The New/s project is informed by research that Clark conducted in collaboration with Farai Chideya of the Ford Foundation. The resulting 2020 report, Reconstructing American News, examines how BIPOC, women, disabled, and LGBTQIA+ innovators are systematically under-funded, and yet how they persevere in inventing new processes and upending existing power relationships in order to increase equity in journalism. Join Sinclair and Clark for a discussion of what they’ve learned so far — and what might come next.
Jessica Clark is the founder and executive director of media strategy, production, and forecasting firm Dot Connector Studio. She is the publisher and co-founder of Immerse.news, co-author of the Making a New Reality Toolkit (August 2020) and a research affiliate at MIT’s Open Documentary Lab. She works with makers, funders, and academics to research and develop new and inclusive forms of social impact media and art.
Kamal Sinclair is Executive Director of Guild of Future Architects, co-author of Making a New Reality, and artist/consultant at Sinclair Futures. Previously, she was the Director of Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Labs Program, External Advisor for Ford Foundation and Macarthur Foundation, and artist/producer on Question Bridge: Black Males.
Our lecture series is made possible by generous support from the MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, and MIT Transmedia Storytelling Initiative.