Website founder for millennials of color; personal interests in culture and feminism.
Jonquilyn Hill is a graduate of Howard University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Political Science. Her interest in journalism began when she started volunteering at her local public radio station her sophomore year of high school. Since, she has worked with multimedia news and television production through various blogs and internships, including the United States Senate, ABC’s “This Week,” NBC, and Fox News. She has served on the Executive Board for the Howard University Association of Black Journalists and participated in the 2013 National Association of Black Journalists North Carolina A&T Multimedia Short Course. While attending Howard she was the Multimedia Editor for TheHilltopOnline.com, and Executive Producer of Spotlight News, the university’s student-run television station. And worked at NBC News Washington as a Desk Assistant after graduation. She currently is a Washington producer for Time Warner Cable News.
Janessa E. Robinson is a Chicago native. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a minor in Philosophy from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. She is a Black feminist and social justice activist. She currently resides in Washington, D.C.
I currently work in the Washington Post’s Style section as a digital editor/editorial aide. My main areas are classical music and dance and I am basically a cross between a web producer and editorial assistant. I produce stories for online, add multimedia elements to features, create content for the web and conduct photo research. I also schedule all concert reviews, serve as the liaison between the paper and freelancers and manage the editorial budget.
In addition to writing, I also have social media management experience. I served as a podcast intern for the Black Girl Nerds podcast, doubling the number of Twitter followers within a few months. I also started the Black Girl Nerds Newsletter, which I designed and wrote twice a month. I also update the Post Style Facebook page.
In 2014, I launched a newsletter called All Black Girl Everything with my friend, Niesha Miller. We send out the newsletter three times a week and it contains stories that are by, for and about black women and girls.
Awards and Honors
Metcalf Institute Climate Change Adaptation Fellowship, 2015
Awarded a fellowship to train on issues of climate change adaptation is St. Louis, Missouri.
New America Media Voter Rights Fellowship, 2014
Awarded a fellowship to report on voter’s rights in the Asian American community in the Washington, DC area.
GSA Journalists in Aging Fellowship, 2014
Awarded a fellowship to report on mental illness in the Asian American community.
Humanities Council of DC – DCCHP grant, 2014
Awarded a grant to a multimedia documentary series on mixed race Asian Americans in the DC area.
PRX STEM Story Grant, 2014
Awarded a grant from the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) to produce a story on stylometry (math) and art.
Jon Davidoff Scholarship, 2014
Full scholarship to the 2014 Wesleyan University Writer’s Conference for creative writing.
Davis Projects for Peace, 2010; 2012
A two time recipient of the Davis Projects for Peace – a $10,000 grant to launch projects that promote peace in communities.
Elijah Lovejoy Summer Internship Award, 2010
Funding awarded to Colby students to pursue an internship related to journalism in the spirit of investigative journalist Elijah Parish Lovejoy.