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Dani McClain

Dani McClain Media Story

Critical Reporting on Movements

We need more and better coverage of movements for social change. It is possible and necessary to write about organizing without doing PR for the people and movements you cover. These are among Dani McClain’s core beliefs, and she is helping to grow the field of journalists and media makers who are working in this vein.

McClain has carried this call for critical reporting on movements to audiences at universities and community-based organizations nationwide. She is happy to discuss her own process and the content of her articles -- which focus on race, reproductive health, policy and politics -- with journalists-in-training, advocates, students and the generally curious.

McClain has attended the AMC for more than a decade, and two of the Allied Media network principles animate her journalism: “We begin by listening” and “Wherever there is a problem, there are already people acting on the problem in some fashion.” Join her in a conversation about why she centers these principles in her work and how you can, too.

A sampling of venues where McClain has participated in or led conversations:

  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library
  • UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • Laney College
  • Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas
  • Stanford Institute for Diversity in the Arts
  • Youth Speaks
  • Echoing Idas