creative director, San Francisco Business Times, San Francisco
Question: How might we develop conditions for more journalists of color to produce online storytelling that leverages digital technologies?
Michael Grant started out designing print pages for newspapers, then pivoted to become a newsroom developer and interactive designer. Before becoming creative director of the San Francisco Business Times, he was a digital designer at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. Earlier in his career, Grant was a web developer at the San Francisco Chronicle, where he led the newsroom’s digital initiatives and was a key player in its innovation incubator. Through digital storytelling Grant crafts beautiful user experiences that often incorporate data visualization and leverage new story forms. Grant has found a second calling training journalists in digital storytelling techniques and is focused on mentoring and encouraging young minority journalists to learn these skills and jump-start their careers. He is co-chair of the Online News Association HBCU Digital Media Fellows where, for the last two years, he has mentored and trained a small group of students from historically black colleges and universities in digital media. He also chairs the digital task force of the National Association of Black Journalists and is co-chair of the association’s HBCU task force. He regularly coaches and trains aspiring journalists and is a member of several professional journalism organizations.