New year: more thoughts
Some words from our founder Hannah Ajala to mark the year of 2022, and what lies ahead for We Are Black Journos
January 27, 2022
Charlene White: on how to be an actual journalist
To celebrate 3 years of We Are Black Journos, we got the chance to hear from TV presenter and journalist Charlene White. Charlene is not only one of the most prominent Black voices in British journalism, but is such a strong inspiration to countless Black journalists who were so glad to hear from her personally in this session. The conversation was hosted by our founder, Hannah Ajala.
November 29, 2021
Natalie Morris: on real change behind the writing
Journalist and author Natalie Morris has had a life changing 18 months; publishing her first book called: Mixed/Other: Explorations of Multiraciality in Modern Britain. The book looks at what it is like to be someone of mixed heritage in Britain. Less than a year before the book release, Natalie lost her father and renowned journalist Tony Morris. Natalie shares with us the process behind publishing her book on such a strong discussion around race and identity, her father's legacy and work ethic, and the strong need all newsrooms need to implement more than ever before when it comes to diversity and inclusion. Hosted by: Sylvie Carlos.
September 13, 2021
Debola Adebanjo: on being an international journalist
We Are Black Journos are indeed founded in the U.K., but with a huge network of journalists beyond the British shores. We touch on the background, learned experiences, and the day-to-day perspective from international journalist and producer Debola Adebanjo, who is based in Nigeria. Hosted by: Hannah Ajala
August 09, 2021
Funmi Olutoye and Habiba Katsha: on the realities of everyday journalism
Funmi Olutoye is a super talented multimedia journalist who has worked at the likes of London Live, The Independent, ITV, and several more. Habiba Katsha is a name you'll see in a plethora of bylines from the brilliant written work she has produced for publications like Refinery 29, gal-dem, Huff Post UK, and The Metro. In this episode, Funmi and Habiba are joined in conversation with We Are Black Journos founder Hannah Ajala, as they discuss all things being a Black woman in the journalism industry. Hosted by: Hannah Ajala (@hannah_ajala)
June 29, 2021
Marcus Ryder: on progression and the bigger picture
Marcus Ryder MBE is a journalist with over 25 years of experience, and has excelled in leading diverse teams to deliver daily news and award-winning investigative programmes. He is a leading authority in media diversity and is the Head of External Consultancies at the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity, a research institute dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion in the UK media industry. Previously Marcus was head of BBC Scotland Current Affairs Programmes for eight years and has has considerable knowledge of international broadcasting markets working in China and Malaysia for five years. This was an open and honest conversation where Marcus looks into whether Black journalists have progressed in UK journalism, what representation looks like today in comparison to before, and advice for Black journalists. Hosted by: Lisa Hanley (@JLisajournal)
June 15, 2021
Gary Younge: on asserting your gift
We speak with Gary Younge, an award-winning author, broadcaster and a current professor of Sociology. Gary joined The Guardian in 1993, where he worked as a columnist before coming editor-at-large there. He spent several years working across Africa, Europe and the U.S. on a range of groundbreaking journalism. As well as over two decades spent at The Guardian, he's also written for several other publications from The Financial Times, The New Statesman, and GQ. It was an honour not only speaking with Gary, but learning first hand about his experiences and the journey as a Black journalist, over the past 20+ years. Hosted by: Lisa Hanley (@JLisajournal)
May 30, 2021
Introducing: We Are Black Journos Podcast
Hello and welcome to the We Are Black Journos Podcast! An audio platform where we hear from Black journalists in the U.K. and beyond, who are passionate about the field of storytelling and more. Expect pretty much anything and everything conversation-wise from us. Please connect with us on social media, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts on our future episodes!
May 17, 2021