Hey, it’s Vicky J. I also go by Victoria Jonas. I’m from Prince George’s County, Maryland, but I currently reside in Brooklyn. In my free time, I love holistic healing, yoga, reading books, shopping, spending time with friends and family, drinking wine, playing with my dog named Moscato, and living fearlessly!
In 2018, I graduated from the best HBCU: Howard University. At Howard, I majored in journalism and minored in graphic design. Now, I am a social journalism student at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. I chose the social journalism program because I want to learn how to create content that influences specific communities. My goal is to create multimedia stories that impact the Black community collectively and the Black women in the cannabis industry.
After the class discussions and readings, I came to a conclusion: to be a social journalist you must listen. As I develop further into my journalism career, I want to go into communities and build genuine relationships and understand their perspectives. I want to be able to deeply engage with communities so they feel comfortable sharing the issues pass the surface level.
Lastly, my idea of what a community means has changed drastically. Communities are complex. There are so many sub-communities within larger communities. Also, I find it interesting that communities naturally build their own code of langue and ethics. If you think about it, we could identify ourselves in hundreds of communities.