Niema Jordan is a freelance writer and editor from Oakland, Calif. Inspired by her love of storytelling and magazines, she attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. In 2008, Jordan graduated with a bachelor’s in Magazine Journalism and African-American Studies. Her work has appeared in various publications including ESSENCE, Ebony, Shareable and Oakland Local. Jordan is the executive editor of 38th Notes, an online destination for arts and culture coverage in the Bay Area. Niema Jordan will receive a Master of Journalism (Documentary Film) and Master of Public Health (Health and Social Behavior) from the University of California, Berkeley in 2016.
Sara Lafleur-Vetter is a multimedia journalist with a passion for telling stories of the underdog and the underbelly of society. As a videographer, photographer, writer, and radio journalist, she’s covered everything from social orphans in Russia to foreclosure and spoken word poetry in the Bay Area. She holds an interdisciplinary degree in Anthropology and Russian from Reed College. Lafleur began her journalism career in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she documented local NGOs including an organization for the homeless, a kid circus, and an institution for the disabled. Afterwards, she lived in Luxor, Egypt documenting ancient temple blocks for the American Research Center in Egypt. She recently received her Masters from the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where she won a 2015 Dorothea Lange Fellowship. She’s currently based in Oakland.