Writing

As the CEO/ED of Hack the Hood, much of the writing I do now are pitch decks, reports, grants, board updates, and storytelling for my organization. But I am a passionate writer, and hope to start blogging regularly in 2018.

Much of my  previous writing has been related to my teaching, consulting and media/news/civic engagement interests. Projects I am proud of include:

Oakland Local, 2009-2015; co-founded with Kwan Booth snd Amy Gahran, Oakland Local was a leader in hyperlocal news, in Oakland, CA.

Social Media and Tools for News, a self-directed course for The Poynter Institute

Creating your social media strategy, a webinar series for Poynter

A number of workshops posted on SlideShare, particularly those on working with Google Analytics

A series of workshops and presentations done with the Knight Digital Media Center:  http://www.knightdigitalmediacenter.org/speakers/name/susan_mernit/

Likes & Tweets, Social Media for News Sites, produced for J-Lab’s Knight Community News Network

Writing is at my core

I’ve always been a writer–professionally, in the early days–and then as an avocation, on the side. For several years,I blogged regularly at Susan Mernit’s Blog and am a contributing editing with weekly posts for BlogHer on Sex and Relationships. In an earlier life I wrote features for magazines and for the living section of the NYTimes.

Some  favorite personal essays that I wrote  for BlogHer, as a sex and relationships editor, back in the day:

I am also proud of this talk on blogging, sexual identity and privacy Viviane and I did at Arse Electronika: Avoiding the Emily Gould Effect: Blogging, transparency & oversharing.

I was once a dedicated poet, and after not writing for many years, started writing again. But I’m not sharing. Not yet.