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 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 News, Journalism & 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.