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The Secret Weapon for Achieving Your Foundation’s Goals

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
1:00pm - 2:30pm EST
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Video Conference

On November 18th from 1:00 - 2:30 PM, four local initiatives discuss how they utilize their secret weapon media and media-making as a force for social justice:

  • Get some insight into why media is the secret weapon funders can use to support civil society and get on the fast-track to achieving their foundation’s goals.
  • Learn about the different entry points into media-making and how to effectively use media for civic engagement and community mobilization.
  • Examine who owns the media that promotes negative stereotypes about marginalized communities, and learn about a foundation that funds media and media-making to combat harmful narratives.


This session will be moderated by Molly de Aguiar, President, Independence Public Media Foundation.


About the Speakers

Jos Duncan, Founder, Love Now Media
Jos Duncan is a multimedia producer, social entrepreneur, and public speaker. She is the founder of Love Now Media, a non-profit social enterprise and Love Now Tech, a technology consulting agency. Both operate with a mission to build empathy through impact strategy, participatory design, and storytelling. Jos pulls from both, the creative and the formulaic, to reach for innovation, build narratives, and make a social impact. She has consulted for start-ups, non-profit organizations, museums, and artists to develop brands and produce projects from conception through completion. Jos holds a BBA with a concentration in Information Technology from Temple University’s Fox School of Business and an MFA in Media Communication Arts from the City College of New York where she focused on Writing, Producing, and Cinematography.


Melissa Beatriz, Co-Founder & Journalist, Presente Media
Melissa Beatriz (she/her/ella) is a Uruguayan-American filmmaker, community journalist, and researcher based in Philadelphia. She is a cofounder of Presente Media Collective and  produces documentaries that center racial and immigrant justice, advocates for inclusive media, and writes about community-based arts. She uses digital media and cultural production to co-create narratives in collaboration with bilingual, immigrant, communities of color. Melissa is a 2019 Leeway Transformation Awardee. She has written for online publications including WHYY, Broad Street Review, Generocity, Politic 365, and Motivos Magazine. Melissa has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on macro-level policy.


Letrell Crittenden, Co-Researcher, Germantown Info Hub
Letrell Crittenden is co-researcher for the Germantown Info Hub and Program Director and Assistant Professor of Communication at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Crittenden has been involved with community media for more than a decade.  He has provided citizen journalism training to dozens of high school students and community members in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh areas. Currently, his work focuses on diversity and inclusion issues impacting news ecosystems in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Central Pennsylvania.  His work has earned him fellowships with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, American Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Media and Inequality Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also serving as the interim president of GTown Radio, a community radio station serving the Germantown neighborhood.


Bryan Mercer, Executive Director, Movement Alliance Project
Bryan, a long-time staff member of Media Mobilizing Project (now Movement Alliance Project), has served as Executive Director since 2013. Bryan has led a number of projects to connect and amplify the work of community organizations, develop community leaders, and advance economic, racial, and social justice. In more recent years he’s helped design and lead a winning campaigns to end the state takeover of Philadelphia public schools, and grassroots civic engagement efforts to set ending mass incarceration as a priority of the Philadelphia District Attorney. Bryan is also deeply committed to state and national media policy advocacy, and serves as a board member of MediaJustice and Free Press. Bryan is a founding member and serves on the steering committee of 215 People’s Alliance. Bryan received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in Anthropology and Comparative Ethnic Studies.