Explore my work in online community building, social media storytelling and audience engagement.
In 2016, I worked with my friend and partner Alex Laughlin to create a Slack community for women, a place where they could talk about how the gender wage gap affects their lives. Over the course of the next year, we slacked about everything: salary negotiation, sexism in the workplace, office politics and more.
No newsroom had ever before used Slack in the way we did. We created a negotiation guide sourced from Pay Up members' stories, Wired and Nieman Lab profiled our work and we were even shortlisted for a 2017 Shorty Award for Best Online Community.
My work with Pay Up informed so much of my reporting on women and work. You can read more here.
This Tumblr-turned-story-turned-podcast started out as a story idea. As America celebrated the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, we wanted people to tell us about the photos, objects and heirlooms that represent what black history means to them. From there, we talked to hundreds of people about their stories; we partnered with APM Reports to create an eight-episode podcast series; and, after six months of work, we won the Shorty Award for Audience.
For Women's History Month, I resurfaced several of The Washington Post's greatest profiles of awesome women, as written by awesome women. The result: an incredible celebration of feminist history, fabulous writing and women's work. You can read more here.
One of my favorite Tumblr projects ever, from my friend and collaborator Masuma Ahuja. We asked people to leave us voicemail stories about the biggest lessons they’ve learned, the biggest fears they’ve conquered, the biggest plans they’ve hatched and more. The resulting Tumblr drew a massive audience and created a community of inspiring, empathetic, just-my-kind-of-sentimental people. You can listen more here.