Insights from the JSK Community Impact Fellows on medium:

Rachel Dissell
JSK Community Impact Fellow
independent journalist
Cleveland, Ohio

Helping citizens in Cleveland’s East Side neighborhoods liberate public information and records that answer important questions affecting their everyday lives through the TransparentCle initiative. 

Maritza L. Félix
JSK Community Impact Fellow
independent journalist / Conecta Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona

Connecting Spanish-speakers along the Arizona-Mexico border and throughout the state with trustworthy information about the novel coronavirus pandemic on Whatsapp, in local newspapers, on radio and on other platforms.

Candice Fortman
JSK Community Impact Fellow
executive director, Outlier Media
Detroit, Michigan

Building a federated business model for publications in Detroit that serve low-wealth Black and brown communities.

Nicole Foy
JSK Community Impact Fellow
investigative reporter, Idaho Statesman
Boise, Idaho

Providing comprehensive multimedia and bilingual coronavirus coverage to Idaho Latinos, especially in isolated farmworking communities. 

Lyndsey Gilpin
JSK Community Impact Fellow
founder and editor-in-chief, Southerly
Durham, North Carolina

Reaching rural communities of color in Southern news deserts through deep listening; collaborative projects with local news organizations; and creative information-sharing about environmental issues.

Jimmy Gutierrez
 JSK Community Impact Fellow
engagement manager, News414
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Identifying, reporting and delivering reliable information to meet the needs of Black and brown Milwaukee residents on the city’s north and south sides.

Brittany Harley
JSK Community Impact Fellow
community engagement reporter, WBGO
Newark, New Jersey

Bringing together local reporters and media makers to respond to the information needs and concerns of people of color during the novel coronavirus pandemic through the Newark News and Story Collaborative.

Gregory Johnson
JSK Community Impact Fellow
founder and director, Code for South Florida
Miami, Florida

Implementing participatory budgeting to connect diverse poor and middle-class communities with vital civic information that affects their neighborhoods and quality of life. 

Rashad Mahmood
JSK Community Impact Fellow
co-director, New Mexico Local News Fund
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Assessing community information needs in Albuquerque’s South Valley, International District and Westgate neighborhoods and helping develop solutions to close information gaps caused by systemic racism and neglect.

Kate B. Maxwell
JSK Community Impact Fellow
co-founder and publisher, The Mendocino Voice
Ukiah, California

Training Latino and Indigenous local residents to directly report news of and for the community in Mendocino’s news deserts.

Aparna Mukherjee
JSK Community Impact Fellow
co-creator, Sense LA
Los Angeles, California

Helping immigrant communities and other people of color access municipal meeting information during the coronavirus pandemic and provide public comments so that their voices are heard by officials making policy and budget decisions.