Black News Future: exploring the current state of Black news media in Portland

The center is honored to collaborate with Bruce Poinsette and sponsor “Black News Future,” a 3-part panel series exploring the current state of Black news media in Portland and the future of the local landscape. Each panel features Portland’s Black media community guests, ranging from columnists to podcasters to editors and more. Replay the first two panels below and watch for the third one coming in March.

Black News Future Part 1 featuring Mac Smiff, Jenni Moore and Donovan Scribes

This panel focuses on the future of Black media, particularly in print journalism.

Donovan Smith is an award-winning writer, producer, and multi-faceted creative serving the greater Portland community. He’s penned nearly 200 articles that have appeared in The Skanner, Oregonian, Travel Portland, Portland Observer, Oregon Humanities, Gresham Outlook, Portland Tribune, Street Roots, and more. His Gentrification is WEIRD! Project has evolved through the years from a t-shirt statement into a leading multimedia platform pushing important conversations about Black culture, policies and place in Oregon.

Mac Smiff is a Portland, Oregon-based journalist, activist, and editor of We Out Here Magazine, a regional online hip-hop magazine. He is known as a community organizer and leader in the Black Lives Matter movement calling to defund the Portland Police Bureau. Smiff has received attention during the 2020 protests over the killing of George Floyd and has been published in The Oregonian, Portland Mercury, and Vortex Music Magazine, among other publications.

Jenni Moore is a writer and editor based in Portland. Formerly the music editor and copy chief at the Portland Mercury newspaper, Moore has also contributed as an independent freelance journalist to various regional publications such as Portland Monthly, Travel Oregon, Mercatus PDX, and We Out Here Magazine.

Black News Future Part 2 featuring Morgan Jones and Kan Jones

This panel focuses on the future of Black media, particularly in the audio realm (i.e., radio and podcasting). Featuring personalities from Portland’s only Black radio station, The Numberz FM, the discussion explores the current landscape of Black radio and podcasting and what’s needed to build Black media infrastructure and highlight current projects that deserve more attention.

Morgan Jones is a multi-hyphenate creative, including Podcaster, Accessories Maker, and Political Analyst from Portland, OR. Morgan has found meaning in learning and sharing information with others to collectively dismantle systems of oppression for all people. 

Kan Jones is a man trying to turn small talk into medium talk to understand the larger picture. He’s a multimedia maven content developer, and sometimes he says things that people think are cool.

Black News Future Part 3 is coming in March.

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Thanks to Alli Weseman and Nate Ilebode for capturing and producing these videos.