November 2, 2023 — Prison Journalism Project (PJP), a national initiative that trains incarcerated writers to be journalists and publishes their stories, today announced that it has appointed Dr. Clare Hammoor and Lyneka Little as its new Director of Learning and Audience Engagement Editor, respectively. Both leaders will bring valuable experience to support the organization’s efforts to expand its unique educational programming and further develop a pipeline of prison journalists.
“We are very excited to welcome Clare and Lyneka to PJP, who are each bringing with them impressive expertise alongside a true passion for empowering well-crafted journalism from behind prison walls,” said Yukari Kane, Founder and CEO of PJP.
Dr. Clare Hammoor will serve as PJP’s first-ever Director of Learning, in which he will oversee and ensure synergies between the organization’s educational programs — including the PJP J-School curriculum program and PJP Publishing practicum (through its online publication), alongside the PJP Inside training newspaper and Prison Newspaper Project. As a collaborative educator with deep teaching experience across universities, prisons and a variety of other community-based settings, Dr. Hammoor will further strengthen PJP’s training programs so its writers can effectively progress their skills.
“I’m proud to be a part of an organization that allows me to further empower justice and joy through teaching,” said Dr. Hammoor. “I look forward to expanding PJP’s first-of-its-kind educational program to help provide more incarcerated writers with the tools to effectively bring their dialogue into the national conversation around criminal justice.”
Lyneka Little will serve as PJP’s first Audience Engagement Editor, helping the organization continue to build a loyal audience by deepening its understanding of its readership and using data analytics to develop an engagement strategy across multiple platforms. Building on her years of experience as both a journalist and a leader in the social media space, Little will support PJP’s efforts to shine a light on the inside experience of incarcerated writers and challenge preconceived notions.
“Today’s digital society offers more opportunities than ever to share stories with one another,” said Little. “I look forward to continuing my work with PJP to expand our audience and drive engagement to lift up the voices of our writers — no matter who they are or where they are.”
Both leaders bring unique experiences. Dr. Hammoor previously taught at New York University and most recently served as the Director of Pedagogy & Performance for the University of Denver’s Prison Arts Initiative. He was also the Executive Managing Editor for “The Inside Report” — the only statewide prison newspaper in the U.S.
Little is the founder of Après Josephine, a website seeking to amplify the work of the diverse community of France. She previous served as the social media strategist for ImpactAlpha, a subscription-based impact investing news platform, and has provided social media strategy for organizations such as Open Road Alliance, StartupHealth and Platform.org. Little also has a background in journalism, having begun her career at The Wall Street Journal. She has previously written for ABC News, People.com and various other publications.
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Prison Journalism Project is a national, independent, nonpartisan initiative that trains incarcerated writers in the tools of journalism and helps them reach an outside audience via their own publication as well as through partnerships with mainstream media organizations.