Imagine Otherwise: Meredith D. Clark on Adapting Plans to Where You’re At

Feb 4, 2021 | Podcast

Adjusting Plans

Even our best-laid plans go awry sometimes and require us to adjust on the fly. Whether it’s throwing out our timeline for publication or experimenting with a new teaching technique, adapting our plans to meet the changing world is a crucial part of any interdisciplinary project. But how can we make sure our plan adjustments serve our collective political and ethical goals?

To help us think through this question, in this episode I interview journalist, media scholar, and fellow planning enthusiast Meredith D. Clark, whose research examines the role Black Twitter plays in social and political resistance.

In our conversation, Meredith and I discuss how she developed a new way of planning during the pandemic and the tools that she uses to create consistency and support mental health. We also dive into why being open to failure and experimentation is crucial to a successful career shift and why building a world in which everyone has enough is how Meredith imagine otherwise.

Meredith Clark wearing a black blazer. Quote reads: I’m working towards a world in which there is enough for all of us. Where there is beauty, community, and sanctity in providing for one another. That can happen now. Not in our children’s or grandchildren's generation but today. That’s the world I’m working for.
Meredith Clark wearing a black blazer. Quote reads: With regard to diversity, I am thinking about what I want the news industry to look like when I’m gone. I want to envision what the world of news media can look like then, and then tie it to what things I can do right now: today, tomorrow, and the day after.

Meredith D. Clark

Meredith D. Clark is a journalist and assistant professor of media studies at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on the intersection of race, media, and power, specifically the relationships between Black communities and the news on social media.

Meredith’s academic analysis of Black Twitter landed her on the Root 100 list of most influential African Americans in 2015. Now evolved into a theoretical framework of Black digital resistance, her book is under contract with Oxford University Press.

Meredith is a frequent presenter at SXSW and her research appears in Social Movement Studies Electronic NewsJournalism & Mass Communication Educator, the Journal of Social Media in Society, and New Media & Society.

Meredith is also the academic lead for the Mellon Foundation-funded Documenting the Now II, a faculty fellow with Data & Society, a faculty affiliate with the Center on Digital Culture and Society at the University of Pennsylvania, and an advisory board member for Project Information Literacy and NYU’s Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies.

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