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“Writers on Writing” Radio Show
January 12, 2020
Interview with C. Zawadi Morris
With Dr. Brenda M. Greene, Executive Director
Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY
WNYE 91.5 FM
Sundays, 7 PM – 7:30 PM
Listen at WMEC Radio: http://wmec.mec.cuny.edu
About the Episode
Dr. Brenda M. Greene interviews C. Zawadi Morris, journalist and founder of BK Reader (The Brooklyn Reader), an online daily news source reflecting the art, culture, business, and lifestyle of Central and East Brooklyn. Morris has more than 20 years of experience in journalism, public relations, online publishing, and digital media. Greene and Morris discuss the current state of journalism; the impact of the internet and digital media on print journalism; strategies for addressing the decline in print journalism; and diversity in journalism. Much of the discussion focuses on the general public’s lack of criticism for assessing the news. Morris recommends using “not for profit platforms” for sharing the news, not a new concept as evidenced by listener- sponsored news programs across the city and nation. Her recommendation to expand these “not for profit platforms” in a significant way is a viable option for the future.
About the Guest
Journalist, public relations specialist, and teaching artist C. Zawadi Morris started The Original Media Group LLC (OMG!) in 2000, a boutique media relations agency. In 2008, Ms. Morris began work as a contributing reporter for The New York Times covering Fort Greene/Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, then in 2010, served as editor for AOL’s Patch, overseeing news content in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. In 2013, Ms. Morris launched The Brooklyn Reader (www.BKReader.com). She was named a 2015 “Mover and Shaker” by NV Magazine, has been recognized by The New York City Council with an award of excellence in recognition of BK Reader, and has received an “Outstanding Service Award” by the Noel Pointer Foundation.