2016 Program: Media
As we’ve witnessed with The New Jim Crow, books can play a major role in changing the national discussion about urgent social issues. A well-written book that makes a well-researched argument or uses a unique narrative thread to illustrate the need for reform can be an essential tool to inject transformative ideas into the popular discourse. At The New Press, we’ve found that movement leaders can be best positioned to share a unique vision for change. Workshop leaders will illustrate how a book can help leverage change. Participants will gain practical knowledge about how to move through the stages of book publishing, including: developing a book concept; preparing a cogent, well-informed proposal; strategies for researching; drafting a manuscript (e.g. structuring an argument; writing in a clear and compelling way that integrates storytelling); publicizing the book; and collaborating with organizations to amplify the book’s impact. We will share relevant resources, key examples, and case studies. The New Press is uniquely positioned as a non-profit publisher in the public interest to seek out authors committed to social change, and to develop works of non-fiction that set forth new, paradigm-shifting ideas. Our catalog includes works from Studs Terkel and Noam Chomsky, and more recent contributions to conversations in criminal and economic justice, and education reform, including Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow; Lisa Delpit’s Other People’s Children; and Ai-jen Poo’s The Age of Dignity.
VOX Teen Communications, the place where teens speak and Atlanta listens, represents a diverse cohort of teens, ages 13 - 19, throughout the metro region. Our teen staff come from five counties - Clayton, Cobb, Dekalb, Fulton & Gwinnett - and 41 schools, including public, private, charter and alternative schools. The teen staff publish content on VOXATL.com as well as producing three print publications for over 290 schools and youth-serving organizations throughout Atlanta. Teens at VOX are also trained to facilitate dialogues and workshops for their peers and the larger community. Join them for a teen-facilitated dialogue about race, how it affects our lives and our perspectives on the past, present and future of race relations in Atlanta. We will explore these issues through a mix of dialogue formats including a fish-bowl, anonymous Q &A and facilitated conversation. We will open by establishing a safe space and creating ground rules for our time together. We're looking forward to a multi-dimensional, intergenerational conversation that will end with a call to action.
Calling all TV addicts — this is the workshop for you. Today’s television industry has more room for the stories of racial justice than ever before. This double panel presentation will focus on strategies for making the small screen work for racial justice by engaging writers’ rooms, taking advantage of reality TV opportunities, by hosting watch parties or generating social media commentary on TV content that applies to communities. We will include a special focus on the Netflix documentary “13th,” featuring activists from the documentary and a Skype appearance by its director, Ava DuVernay.