Jiquanda is the co-founder of Brown Impact Media Group, an independent publishing company focused on developing news outlets in underserved communities including in her hometown of Flint, Mich. where she serves as publisher and editor of FlintBeat.com, a news website focused solely on Flint. In 2017, she launched Flint Beat after the community said they wanted more from local media outlets. The hyperlocal news site covers everything Flint including city hall, neighborhoods, community movers and shakers and public health issues. This year her team is focused on restorative narrative, solutions journalism, and government transparency. After launching Flint Beat, Jiquanda noticed a need to introduce Flint-area youth to journalism and she developed News Movement, a youth journalism program that teaches Flint youth various newsroom skills including writing, photography, visual journalism, and videography. The program is currently headquartered on Flint’s north side at the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village, a youth hub focused on bridging educational gaps in the city. She has nearly 20 years of experience in journalism including working for MLive Media Group, Fox 46 in North Carolina, NBC25’s affiliate station in the Flint area, The Detroit News, Pull Magazine, and Tween Girl Style Magazine.
Project Description: Flint Mich., is now known for the city’s water crisis where nearly 100,000 people were potentially exposed to lead-tainted water. But what most do not know is that in the city which is typically looked at as black and white, the third highest population is the Latino community. The project titled, Voices: Flint’s forgotten Latino community, will be a multimedia piece taking a closer look at the city’s Latino community and highlighting leaders who are making a difference in their neighborhoods. According to the US Census Bureau, the Latino community represents about 4,000 people, but community advocates say that number doubles when you include undocumented residents bringing the population to about 8,000. Those residents, who reside mostly on Flint’s east side, are the city’s forgotten. As the rest of the community pushes through public health issues including the city’s water crisis and crime, the Latino community’s voice isn’t heard nor is anyone pushing to develop a platform for them.