2014 WAM!NYC Conference!

Date: June 7, 2014
Start Time: 9:00 am
End Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Barnard Hall at Barnard College
Address: W 117th St & Broadway
Where: New York City
RSVP: Click Here

Are you feminist media maker or activist? Love creating, consuming, and critiquing media that deals with race, gender, and class? Want to get more tools, strategies, and ideas to do your work better and meet others doing awesome work? Join us for the fifth annual WAM!NYC Feminist Media Conference on June 7 at the Barnard Center for Research on Women! Click here to register now!

This year’s keynote event will be a Q&A will be the incredible Janet Mock, transgender rights activist and author of Redefining Realness, moderated by Zerlina Maxwell, political analyst and writer.

We have an exciting lineup of panels for the conference! Here’s a sneak peek:*

The Long and Short of It: Longform Journalism in the Digital Age
Moderated by Naomi Zeveloff — Naomi Zeveloff is the deputy culture editor of the Forward and she also edits the site’s Sisterhood blog on women’s issues. Previously, she worked as a reporter at alternative newsweeklies and news sites in Salt Lake City, Colorado Springs, Denver and Dallas. Naomi’s profile of a Newtown mother after the Sandy Hook shooting was awarded a 2013 feature writing prize from the Newswomen’s Club of New York. She has written about Mormon culture wars for Salon.com and The Daily Beast. She edited the ebook “Transgender and Jewish,” a compilation of reported stories and personal essays about transgender inclusion in mainstream Jewish life. Naomi received a Master of Arts degree in political journalism from Columbia University in 2011; her story on the Palestinian economy was awarded the program’s top thesis prize and was published in Guernica Magazine.
Featured Panelists:
Kiera Feldman — Kiera Feldman is a Brooklyn-based journalist. She has written for The Nation, The New Republic, the New York Times, and elsewhere. She is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Ochberg Society for Trauma Journalism. Her work is supported by the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute. Additionally, she has worked as a producer at WNYC. For the past five years, she has contributed to Beyond the Pale, a progressive culture and politics radio show on WBAI, as a producer and host. Her This Land Press story “Grace in Broken Arrow” was a finalist for the 2013 Livingston Award.
Audrea Lim — Audrea Lim is an editor at Verso Books, the editor of The Case for Sanctions Against Israel and co-editor of the Verso Book of Dissent. Her writing has appeared in Salon, n+1, Dissent and Bookforum.com.
Alessandra Bastagli — Alessandra Bastagli is Digital Features Editor at Al Jazeera America. Before transitioning to journalism, Alessandra was a book editor for 15 years. In these two capacities, she has worked with Nathan Englander, Tim Kreider, Michelle Goldberg, Andrew McCarthy, Basharat Peer, Elyssa East, Nathan Schneider, Eve Fairbanks, Bill Deresiewicz, Juan Cole, Gen. Wesley K. Clark, Alia Malek, Jamie Tarabay, Evan Hill, Tammy Kim and Kate Losse among many others. As a book editor, she worked at Arcade Publishing, W.W. Norton & co., Palgrave Macmillan and Simon & Schuster. Alessandra is also a published translator, from the German, of Jurek Becker, and, from the Italian, of Primo Levi.
Kelly Virella — Kelly Virella is a business and technology savvy editor who has a passion for building buzzworthy and profitable media brands. Since the summer of 2011, she has worked full-time as a news media entrepreneur and started two distinguished media brands. Her first start-up was an online magazine that sold advertising to marquee brands such as BMW, attracting the attention of three investors and an offer to buy it. In 2013, she secured seed funding for her second start-up by winning a pitch competition for news media entrepreneurs. She is the 2012 winner of a Sigma Delta Chi award for magazine investigative reporting. She is now working on launching an African-American long-form journalism magazine called Longview, which will be available in print and online in 2014. 

Virella is also a technologist who worked in Silicon Valley during the late 1990s and helped develop a platform for processing credit card transactions on mobile phones and desktop computers. Her current start-up has developed some proprietary software that could help small to medium publishers improve their ROI from selling magazine subscriptions on Apple’s Newsstand and Google Play. She is looking for funders and partners for her new venture and would welcome connecting with you.
Esther Kaplan — Esther Kaplan is editor of The Investigative Fund, an award-winning nonprofit investigative reporting outfit housed at The Nation Institute. She is the author of With God on Their Side: George W. Bush and the Christian Right (New Press), which Ms. magazine called “a frightening and necessary read,” and was previously a senior editor at The Nation, features editor at Poz, the national AIDS magazine, and communications director at Communications Workers of America Local 1180. She began her journalism career as an assistant editor at The Village Voice, where she became a regular contributor. She was the 2013 Josephine Patterson Albright Fellow at the Alicia Patterson Foundation.

Discussion on making it as a woman of color in the media
Featured Panelists:
Kat Lazo — Kat Lazo is a feminist media activist vlogger. She’s studied advertising and marketing communication at the Fashion Institute of Technology; her studies validated her belief that the media sends messages hurtful to the development of both boys and girls. She started her own YouTube Channel: TheeKatsMeoww to encourage young people to challenge the media and question social norms. Her TedX Talk “Feminism Isn’t Dead, Its Gone Viral” has been featured by Upworthy, Huffpost Women along with other publications. She’s also worked as a project leader for U by Kotex’s Generation Know campaign, is a contributing writer for Everyday Feminism and a graduate of the Progressive Girls Voices program by Gloria Steinem’s non-profit; Women’s Media Center.
Janine Jackson — Janine Jackson is FAIR’s program director and and producer/co-host of FAIR’s syndicated radio show CounterSpin. She contributes frequently to FAIR’s magazine, Extra! and her work has appeared in books including Civil Rights Since 1787 and Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism. Jackson is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, with an M.A. in sociology from the New School for Social Research.
Lori Adelman — Lori Adelman is an Executive Director at the award winning Feministing.com, where she creates and curates content on gender, race, class, technology, the media, and more. Lori is also an Advocacy and Communications professional at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, specializing in global sexual and reproductive rights and health.
Aminatou Sow
Charla Harlow

Discussion on art & activism
Featured Panelists:
Sarah Seltzer — Sarah Seltzer is the winner of the 2013 Lilith Fiction Contest and received an honorable mention in the 2014 Flavorwire Fiction Contest. She has had stories published in fwriction: review, Blue Lyra Review, Joyland, WIPs Journal and elsewhere. Sarah received her MFA from Vermont College and is a journalist in NYC, with nonfiction bylines in places like The Forward, RH Reality Check, Women’s eNews, AlterNet, The Nation, The Rumpus, the LA Review of Books, Vulture, The Hairpin, The Toast, Ms. Magazine and XoJane. She’s also a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America.
She tweets at @sarahmseltzer and blogs at sarahmarian.tumblr.com.
Nadia Manzoor — Nadia P Manzoor is an actor, writer and, producer. She spent her earlier years in North London, in a Pakistani Muslim home, and has since moved from Singapore to Dubai, to Boston, and now has set us base in Brooklyn, NYC. Most recently, she co-created and acted in the hit web series, Shugs and Fats. Recently she produced and acted in one woman show “BURQ OFF!”. In the past year she has performed regularly in the all female Improv troupe, Thirteen Degrees, at theaters throughout NYC. She teaches Improv, and was trained at Improvolution, a Groundling’s based Improv School in NYC. She is also a talented street dancer, and her skills include, Popping, Hip Hop, Bollywood and Bhangra. Nadia P Manzoor graduated from Boston University with a Masters in Social Work, where her passion was to merge Arts and Social reform. Her one woman show is a manifestation of this intention. Her interests lie in asking provoking questions, and challenging the status quo.
Jillian Steinhauer — Jillian Steinhauer is the senior editor of the art blogazine Hyperalleric and a freelance writer living in Brooklyn. She received her MA in Cultural Reporting and Criticism from NYU. Her writing has taken her to burlesque shows, boat hotels, bike races, and the Internet Cat Video Festival (where she got to hold Grumpy Cat). Her work appears regularly in Hyperallergic and has also been published in the LA Review of Books, The Paris Review Daily, the Jewish Daily Forward, and The Awl, among other places. She tweets at @jilnotjill and has a website that she tries to keep up to date, jilliansteinhauer.com.
Janna Zinzi — Janna A. Zinzi is a strategist and storyteller using writing and movement to address the beauty and complexities of women’s lives. She is a performance artist and dancer, using the moniker “goddessjaz” (formerly jazabel jade), creating work that explores love, justice and sexuality. As a communications strategist, she assists small businesses and social justice organizations in promoting their work online and message development. As a writer, she has contributed to a variety of progressive and feminist blogs including AlterNet, Feministing and Racialicious. Janna is a reproductive justice advocate and performs from time to time with Brown Girls Burlesque, an all women of color theatrical burlesque troupe. You can keep up with her adventures on Twitter at @goddessjaz or learn more about her at jannazinzi.com.
Marisa Crawford — Marisa Crawford is the author of the poetry collection The Haunted House (Switchback Books, 2010), which was the winner of the 2008 Gatewood Prize, and the chapbook 8th Grade Hippie Chic (Immaculate Disciples Press, 2013). She received her MFA from San Francisco State University, and has taught classes on feminism and poetry at various high schools. Her poems, essays and articles have recently appeared in Fanzine, Delirious Hem, The Hairpin, Bitch, and HER KIND: the blog of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Find her online at marisacrawford.net or on Twitter at @marisacrawford

Discussion on your life in publishing
Featured Panelists:
Jennifer Baumgardner
— Jennifer Baumgardner is a writer, activist, filmmaker, and lecturer whose work explores abortion, sex, rape, single parenthood, and women’s power. She is the Executive Director & Publisher at The Feminist Press at CUNY and the co-founder of Soapbox Inc. Speakers Who Speak Out. Her books include Manifesta, Grassroots, Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics, and Abortion & Life. Her most recent documentary is It Was Rape (2013) and she is the creator of the I Had an Abortion Project. The Feminist Press is the longest running women’s press in the world.
Dior Vargas — Dior Vargas is a Production Manager of International Digital Operations at NOOK Media, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble. She has worked for John Wiley & Sons, Random House, and interned for The Feminist Press. She has a B.A. in the Study of Women & Gender with a concentration in literary and artistic expression from Smith College, and an M.S. in Publishing from Pace University. She is also a Latina feminist mental health activist, a member of the Third Wave Legacy Council, and a board member of The Forum Project.
Susan Dominick — Susan Dominick is an associate editor at Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers. She works on picture books, novels, and nonfiction projects for children and teens. She is especially interested in editing books with feminist and social justice themes and books that make big ideas accessible to young audiences.
Elizabeth Grover

Discussion on multimedia storytelling
Featured Panelists:
Martyna Starosta — Martyna Starosta is a video journalist at the Jewish Daily Forward. Prior to that, she worked for one year as video production fellow at the daily news hour Democracy Now!. She has taught at Hunter College and gave workshops at DCTV, Allied Media Conference, NYU, St. Johns College and Marymount College. www.thefilmdetective.org
Lam Thuy Vo — Lam Thuy Vo is a reporter and editor leading Al Jazeera America’s interactive team where she produces and edits multi-platform stories. She covers poverty and economics. She started her journalism career at the Wall Street Journal as a videographer, spearheading the publication’s video operations in Asia, and has also worked as a producer and reporter for Planet Money, telling economic stories with charts, videos and other visuals. http://www.lamthuyvo.com/
Stephanie Foo — Stephanie Foo is a producer at This American Life. Before that, she spent four years as an original producer at Snap Judgment, and launched her own music podcast, Stagedive. She graduated hella cum laude from UC Santa Cruz and cuts fools and tape in Brooklyn, NY.
Maisie Crow — Maisie Crow is a documentary photographer and filmmaker in Brooklyn, New York. She is currently finishing production on her film, The Last Clinic, a documentary about reproductive healthcare in Mississippi, a state with only one remaining abortion clinic. Her work has been recognized by The Overseas Press Club, The National Magazine Awards, The News and Documentary Emmys and World Press Photo. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. maisiecrow.com

Social media workshop
Featured Panelists:
Nisha Chittal — Nisha Chittal is a journalist and social media strategist who is Manager of Social Media & Community for MSNBC. In this role, she works with the digital and TV teams on content strategy, audience engagement, social TV integrations, and more. Previously, she led social media for Travel Channel and worked in the agency world prior to that. She is also a writer whose work has been published in numerous media outlets, and most recently published an essay in the Amazon Kindle Serial “The 10 Habits of Highly Successful Women.”
Chevon Drew — Chevon Drew is a Brand Strategist at Percolate, a New York tech startup focused on turning brands into better social marketers. She advises the world’s largest brands on global content strategy execution. A vocal advocate for women, diversity and wellness, she spends off-hours consulting for nonprofits and advising Hip-Hop icons on how to tweet better and eat better. Tweet her @chevon.
Charlotte Cooper — Charlotte Cooper is the director of marketing and communications at Women’s eNews a nonprofit news organization that creates impact through investigative reporting. She has been responsible for extending the reach of Women’s eNews international community online, forging new partnerships and creating an events program that emphasizes the important connection between the media and women’s rights. Raised and educated in England, Charlotte began her career working for social justice publications. She was the co-founder and designer of British feminist magazine, Subtext, and has worked with the Feminist Press and Reuters.
Tara Sweeney — Tara Sweeney is the Communications Director at NARAL Pro-Choice New York/National Institute for Reproductive Health, which work to promote reproductive rights and expand access to reproductive health care in New York and in cities and states across the country. She oversees traditional and social media, messaging, and communications technical assistance to grantee organizations. For nearly a decade, she has worked to advance legislative, electoral and public awareness campaigns across the country and is currently focusing on communications strategies that reduce abortion stigma.

The Editor’s Guide to the Galaxy
Description: This discussion will cover on-the-job challenges facing editors today. Among other things, we will discuss what it is like being an online editor and working with freelance writers. Audience participation is highly encouraged, so bring questions. And remember: don’t panic!
Featured Panelists:
Regina Mahone — Regina Mahone is the assistant editor at RH Reality Check, an online publication focused on sexual and reproductive health and justice issues, where she also writes. Follow her @byreginamahone.
Emily Douglas — Emily Douglas is the senior editor at TheNation.com, where she also blogs. A frequent contributor to the Women’s Review of Books, she has written about politics, culture and the law for The Nation, The American Prospect, The LA Review of Books, and RH Reality Check, and has appeared on Al Jazeera’s Inside Story and the Melissa Harris-Perry Show. She is a contributor to Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage (Seal Press, 2012). She is a former associate editor at RH Reality Check. Before beginning her work in media, Emily worked in legal advocacy and education at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders. Emily is a co-founder, former board member, and the biggest cheerleader of WAM!NYC, the New York City chapter of the national media justice group Women, Action and the Media. She tweets at @EmilySDouglas.
Jamilah Lemieux — Jamliah Lemieux is a Chicago native and graduate of Howard University who resides at the perfect intersection of Buppiedom and Black Bohemia. Integral to the reimagining of EBONY.com, she has been hailed as one of the smartest, sharpest young editors in the online world. In 2005, she created a blog, The Beautiful Struggler, where for more than six years, she galvanized a broad national audience with her meditations on cultural identity, relationships and her own less-than-ordinary life. What began as a hobby quickly became a critically acclaimed online destination, establishing Jamilah as an emergent and important voice on issues of gender, race and popular culture. A 2007 and 2008 Black Weblog Award winner for Best Personal Blog (Popular Vote) and 2010 winner for Best Microblog, Lemieux was also a 2013 National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Awards finalist for Best Digital Writing. Her work has been featured in EBONY, JET and Essence magazines, and she has been a contributing writer for a host of digital publications, including Clutch, The Loop 21, Hello Beautiful, Madame Noire and Essence.com. A proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, she resides in Brooklyn.
Jane Kim — Jane Kim is an opinion editor at Al Jazeera America. She was previously an editor at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and the Columbia Journalism Review.

More to come!

This year’s conference will be bigger than ever before, but still, seats are limited. We expect this event to sell out quickly. We want everyone in the WAM!NYC community to be able to secure a seat, so we strongly encourage you to buy your ticket now! 

Please email [email protected] if you would like to volunteer or for a reduced price.

Thank you to our co-sponsor, the Barnard Center for Research on Women!

*Panels, panelists, and schedule are subject to change.