New Media Producer / Community Manager
Channing Kennedy is the new media producer for Colorlines.com, tending the site's community and social media presence while managing larger social media campaigns. He's responsible for most of Colorlines' original video content, working with reporters, researchers, advocates, and community members to tell the human stories behind the news — from net neutrality, to the Asian model minority myth, to Detroit's foreclosure crisis, to racial profiling by police. Channing is also an enabled media-analysis junkie; he's written for Colorlines on the agendas of right-wing pundits and the politics of anti-racist internet jokes.
In 2010, he co-wrote and edited the half-hour TV special "Colorlines: Race and Economic Recovery," which met with viewer acclaim and which still airs on stations across the country. Channing came to Colorlines from the world of no-budget guerilla art — making videos, running a record label, and performing in touring bands, while using existing technologies to criticize art's role in society and to explore new methods of artist-audience interaction.
Channing served in Americorps*NCCC in 2000, where he and his team worked hands-on with housing, education, and environmental projects. He trains nonprofits on how to use social media and video in strategically goal-oriented campaigns, and has written at length on the need for a proactive approach to cultural privilege in the internet's still-forming status quo. He enjoys exploring the intersection of nerd culture and social issues, in comics, video games, and comedy.
Channing has written for the American Prospect, and has been a guest on the PostBourgie podcast; his work has also appeared on The Root, Alternet, and Feministing.
Channing is @thatssochanning on Twitter, and is the human behind @colorlines.