For this photo assignment we were tasked with telling a story. I wanted to tell Ward 5's story by showcasing the various parts of my neighborhood that I ride past every morning on my commute to work. It's beginning to become mundane to me at this point, but together these photos tell a story of a community with a distinct religious culture and evident presence of gentrification. Check out the slideshow below:
The Fix is news blog under The Washington Post, which offers political analyses. What makes this blog stand out from other coverage on The Post-- which I had to search for and get a feel for through reading as the blog doesn’t have an “About” section or information on the web page-- is that it offers a more sarcastic twist on your average political analysis, an intentional approach fit for the current political administration. The other interesting thing about The Fix is that it is uniquely centered around its writers, including Aaron Blake, Amber Phillips, and Eugene Scott. A few of them have their own “segment” on the blog where they live chat with readers to answer questions about that day’s politics.
Multimedia Storytelling seeks to help students “expand their understanding of the best ways to tell stories using a variety of media” and “develop a ‘digital first’ mindset in their approach to storytelling and reporting.”
This perfectly aligns with my goals as a journalist and storyteller, as I am interested in learning how to navigate the digital landscape in a way that doesn’t feed into the fast-paced and unchecked debates, but rather serves as a thoughtful and thorough addition to discourse on sociopolitical issues pertinent to underrepresented communities.
During this course, I hope to learn how to create content that exploits the features of various digital platforms and allows me to tell stories in innovative ways. This, I envision, includes becoming more consistent in my social media reporting, and solidifying my skill set in staple practices like producing packages, creating graphics, and utilizing other supplemental material that can support my words but also stand on their own to illustrate different facets of the same story.
My ultimate goal is to use this class as a way to really hone my skills as a journalist, using my beat for the semester as a way to highlight a pertinent issue in my community and reach more people to start important conversations that invoke positive change in real life.
Washington, D.C.’s fifth ward encompasses the popular neighborhood of Brookland, known for its Catholic roots (as it is the home of Catholic University) and artistic focal points. Other neighborhoods like Woodridge, Langdon, Bloomingdale, Queens Chapel, among others, house the Ward’s 85,469 residents-- 67 percent of whom are African American. Ward 5’s median household income is $60,770, with roughly 18 percent of its population currently living below the poverty line.
Kési Felton is a junior at Howard University in Washington, DC majoring in Journalism with a minor in Sociology. Having attended writing and photojournalism summer camps and growing up around Atlanta's CNN Center she discovered her love for journalism. Upon starting her journey at Howard, she rediscovered writing as a way to share her life experiences and connect with a larger audience. Through writing about pertinent social, political, and cultural issues she hopes to establish her unique identity as a Black female journalist and create more opportunities for Black people to share their stories.