Feature Friday: Jenna Flanagan
Highlighting Our People in Podcasting!
It’sssss Fridayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy… or better yet it’s Feature Friday!✨
“[The goal] to use the power of media to educate, inform, entertain and inspire audiences everywhere.”
Inspire, entertain and inform🙌🏾…there’s power in using podcasts to tell stories and educate. Just as Jenna Flanagan does with her podcast 'After Broad and Market which re-examines how Black queer and gender non-conforming people are treated within their own community and the nation through the 2003 murder of 15-year old Sakia Gunn in Newark, NJ.
Jenna originally reported on the murder Sakia Gunn and 20 years on, she revisits the story to examine what progress might have been made in protecting Newark’s queer youth -- and how exactly justice was served in one of New Jersey’s first prosecuted LGBTQ+ hate crime homicides. Flanagan sits down to talk with those whose lives intersected with Sakia’s — from her classmates and friends to the wide community of academics, artists, journalists, and politicians that got to know Sakia only after her death. It truly looks at how one life lost can impact a whole community.
That reminds us of how podcasting is story telling, it can move us, inspire us, and even serve as a time capsule recounting what was, capturing what is, and in the case of this story hoping to positively impact what will be. 💫
Speaking of what came to be, Jenna had her start in journalism but still found her way to podcasting. She was able to use her background to help her really tell stories and capture a podcast audience.
As a journalist I'm a professional story teller and have many years experience in audio story telling with public radio…from my background in public radio [podcasting] was a natural fit
Gotta love a natural fit ✨ and it shows that even if the platform changes, the message and the importance of us telling our stories continue to remain the same.
Though Jenna has only been in podcasting for about 15 month she has learned some things along the way.
1) Always have a good story editor 2) Have a good audio editor 3) Learn to put your guests comfort first. It will ensure they are relaxed and you get a much better interview
And with good lessons comes new aspirations as she hopes more podcasts can bring more marginalized voices forward.
The more we hear honestly from them, the more we learn about ourselves
Indeed…we have always learned more about ourselves and educated the masses as we continue to find our voices and speak up. ✨✊🏾
So do your podcast loud and proud!
Hey until next week…wishing you peace, love and soulllll 🎵✌🏾
Oh and a little about me…this is the hard part, talking about myself!
I’m Adell Coleman Chief Operations Officer of DCP Entertainment. I’m a multi-award winning podcast creator, producer, and host. I host and EP the podcast Say Their Name. I like talking so you may have seen me around at a few conferences!
One of my favorite things to do is to amplify and uplift those BIPOC and marginalized creatives who aren’t just hosts but are doing many different things in the podcast space.
At DCP, we distribute podcasts that share stories, podcasts, interviews, and insights by and for underrepresented voices. Feel free to check us out!
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