The Story Behind Her: Photojournalist Cheriss May Is Changing the Status Quo Through Photography

Meet photographer and educator Cheriss May, whose powerful work has appeared in major publications like The New York Times, People Magazine, NBC News, Reuters, BET, the Today Show, National Press Photographers Association and many others. Her subjects include notable feminists, including First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Cicely Tyson, Maya Angelou and Gabby Giffords.

The Story Behind Her: New York Times Editor Charo Henríquez Is Pushing for Change in Newsrooms

This Women’s History Month, the International Women’s Media Foundation is spotlighting women journalists who are shaking up the industry, bringing their full identities to the table to make the news media stronger, more diverse and equitable.

This week, meet Charo Henríquez (@charohenriquez), editor of newsroom development and support at the New York Times.

The Story Behind Her: Journalist Polly Irungu on Taking Up Space as a Black Woman

This Women’s History Month, the International Women’s Media Foundation is spotlighting women journalists who are shaking up the industry, bringing their full identities to the table to make the news media stronger, more diverse and equitable.

This week, meet Polly Irungu, a multimedia journalist and founder of Black Women Photographers, a community and database of Black women and non-binary photographers.

The Renaissance Of The Black Press

Black media has long been a staple of Black and immigrant communities that have often had to rely on these newspapers to inform them of stories significant to their communities. But years of economic hardships and a failure to modernize have left many of the newspapers a skeleton of their old selves. Until recently.

This year as America’s Black press celebrates 194 years since the founding of Freedom’s Journal in 1827, the sector is enjoying a renaissance fueled in large part by the murder of several unarmed Black men and women at the hands of police officers and the protests and calls for justice that ensued.