Wide Angle Youth Media provides Baltimore youth with media education to tell their own stories and engage with their communities. Susan Malone has been involved with this organization since 2003, and has seen many changes and developments in community outreach in that time. In this interview she shares what happened when her organization was in the national spotlight, as youth producers’ videos became a strong voice during the Freddie Gray investigation and surrounding Baltimore Uprising community organizing efforts. Malone also talks about lessons learned in social media, and how to help the people who volunteer for your organization share your story.

Susan Malone has been a leader in the Baltimore, MD arts community for two decades with a well-storied career: co-founding the early digital media center Photoworks; building the nascent Wide Angle Youth Media into a local institution; and supporting the youth media community at large. Malone has a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and is a alum of the NAMAC Media Arts Leadership Institute.