About us

Our Mission

Press On is a Southern media collective that catalyzes change and advances justice through the practice of movement journalism.

We are journalists, storytellers, and organizers rooted in, and practicing solidarity with, oppressed communities that birth social movements.

We are based in the South, and we strive to uphold Southern traditions of storytelling that have long resisted the systems of extraction, exploitation, and colonization that have defined mainstream journalism.

By providing a diverse set of resources including trainings, fellowships and opportunities for network-building, Press On aims to help journalists and storytellers produce reporting that’s driven by communities that are building power to create transformative social change.

Movement Journalism

Movement journalism is journalism in service to liberation. This does not mean turning journalists into soapboxes for activists, but fostering collaboration between journalists and grassroots movements, and supporting journalism created by oppressed and marginalized people.

Our Values

WE BELIEVE that the South is the critical site for leadership in the growing practice of movement journalism, and that Black Southern freedom struggles serve as a model for liberation.

WE BELIEVE that journalism driven by people who are building power within marginalized and oppressed communities is necessary to create transformative social change.

WE ARE COMMITTED TO producing journalism that is transparent, accurate, and evidence-based.

WE ARE COMMITTED TO using journalism as a tool to support social justice organizing and to use organizing as a tool to transform the field of journalism.

THROUGH THIS WORK WE HONOR the legacy and lived experiences of the communities we are a part of and in solidarity with: Black and Indigenous people, immigrants, oppressed people in rural communities, queer and trans people, and all systematically oppressed Southerners, from the Delta to Appalachia, who tell stories to ensure our humanity, dignity, and power.

Our Guiding Principles

These principles help us start from a place of alignment, develop a shared commitment to vision and mission, reach and sustain agreement, clarify current and shifting priorities, deepen relationships across the group, and communicate effectively.

Guiding PrinciplesBy which we mean…
COURAGEAccess strength and fortitude for visioning, strategies, goal-setting, and conflict resolution
CREATIVITYLead with imagination when developing concepts, strategies, and practices
COLLECTIVE AGENCY / MUTUAL SUPPORTTrust and rely upon the group’s strengths
PEOPLE-CENTEREDPut people and communities first when developing new strategies and practices, or assessing potential partnerships
FLEXIBILITYAccess individual and collective capacity to adapt
DIRECT COMMUNICATIONExpress clearly specific ideas, thoughts, and emotions
NAMING OPPRESSION & POWER DYNAMICSEngage specific tension that arises, and the ways White dominant culture, patriarchy, heteronormativity show in group dynamics
SELF-AWARENESSTake responsibility for individual behavior and actions

Our Team

Nadeen Bir

Director of Finance and Human Resources

Ko Bragg

Director of the Freedomways Reporting Residency

Manolia Charlotin

Director of Resources

Coral Feigin

Director of Program Operations

Alyzza May

Director of Development

Kassie Navarro

Director of Communications

Yashna Padamsee

Director of Organizational Development

Lewis Raven Wallace

Director of Education