Jennifer L. Pozner

Founder of WIMN, media critic/journalist, media literacy educator
Women In Media & News (WIMN)

Jennifer Pozner is a feminist, anti-racist media critic, media literacy educator, and founder of Women In Media & News. Her book, Reality Bites Back, exposes reality TV's backlash against gender and racial justice. She has been published in Colorlines, New York Times, Newsweek, Bitch, Ms., The Nation, and Politico, and has provided media analysis on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, Al Jazeera, and documentaries including the award-winning "Miss Representation."She conducts media-related keynotes, workshops, and trainings throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Turkey, and the U.N. She has presented at several Facing Race conferences and consulted for Race Forward in 2016.

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

Media Teach-In: Media Literacy and Communications Strategies for Racial and Gender Justice

Racist and misogynist media narratives about our communities, challenges, and needs shape public policy, systemic discrimination, victim-blaming, and violence. And in the Trump era, corporate media have become bolder in normalizing white supremacy. Why is media literacy crucial to — and how can it bolster — our movements? Do media economics and consolidation impact our work? How can we generate positive, authentic media coverage? And, how can we create our own media for racial and gender justice?

In this hands-on workshop, facilitators will:

*introduce core media literacy frameworks

*link racist, misogynist media messages to corporate media’s structural and commercial biases


*highlight compelling media (video, radio, print, social media)made by artists, organizers, and educators

*share best practices for strategic communications outreach, framing/messaging, and narrative shift


Through group dialogue and interactive exercises, participants will learn how to:
*become active, critical media consumers

*challenge racist, misogynist framing and scapegoating

*link oppressive representations to media consolidation


*envision authentic, accurate media narratives about race/gender; then, plan to generate such narratives within self-created media, and by effectively framing and pitching racial and gender justice issues to journalists


Participants will leave with the enthusiasm, language, and tools they need to shift bigoted narratives, create anti-racist media, and generate effective media coverage. Tangible takeaways will include:

*an outline for crafting messages and pitching press to generate positive media coverage of their racial/gender justice advocacy work

*a preliminary plan to create one or more pieces of anti-racist media (video, film, print or online journalism, radio/podcast, #hashtag campaign, infographic, other)

Speakers: Jennifer L. Pozner, Nuala Cabral