‘Prison Talk’ Postponed to Later This Fall
Our August program, “Prison Talk: Journalists Cover Criminal Justice From the Inside Out,” has been postponed due to low registrations. We hope to come back with a similar conversation about solutions journalism later this year, as we believe this is a discussion that more people in our network should have the opportunity to share. Please stay tuned for updates on our website and social media.
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About the event: The United States has the largest prison population in the world, numbering more than two million people. As PR and communications practitioners, how can we best cover issues related to incarceration? When and how can we work with incarcerated journalists, such as the team at the San Quentin News? How might we think about power and privilege, and what language ought we use?
We’re honored to welcome Adamu Chan, Emily Nonko, and Eli Wirtschafter to this month’s SF PR Round Table discussion, moderated by Ken Stram. They will share their experiences covering imprisonment from the “inside” and “outside” and explore how PR professionals can increase awareness and understanding.
Adamu Chan is a filmmaker, writer, and community organizer from the Bay Area who was incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison during one of the largest COVID-19 outbreaks in the country. He produced numerous short films while incarcerated, using his vantage point and experience as an incarcerated person as a lens to focus the viewer’s gaze on issues related to social justice. Adamu draws inspiration and energy from the voices of those directly impacted, and seeks to empower them to reshape the narratives that have been created about them through film.
Emily Nonko is a Brooklyn, New York-based social justice and solutions-oriented reporter. Over a decade of reporting, seven years as a freelancer, Emily has covered everything from New York City real estate to the prison newsroom inside California’s San Quentin State Prison. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Curbed and other publications. She is also an organizer with Empowerment Avenue, a program that supports incarcerated writers publishing their work in mainstream media. You can read her work at emilynonko.com and follow her on Twitter at @EmilyNonko.
Eli Wirtschafter is the Program Director of Uncuffed, KALW Public Media’s audio journalism training program for people in California prisons. Participants learn how to record and edit powerful audio stories that air on KALW and the award-winning podcast Uncuffed. He trained as a musician and theater maker before becoming a radio producer, editor, reporter, and teacher. Raised in the Bay Area, he now lives in Southern California, where KALW hopes to expand Uncuffed.
Our moderator: Ken Stram is the founder of 2Bridge Communications, a full-service PR firm that provides mission-driven organizations with a holistic communications solution that ignites conversations, drives value, and produces lasting impact. Ken has more than 25 years of experience working with business owners and entrepreneurs as the Director of Field Operations at the U.S. Small Business Administration; as a member of the technology practice at Burson-Marsteller, a leading global PR firm; and as the founder of the world’s first LGBT Economic Development Program in San Francisco.