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Citizen Journalism

Omari Salisbury, Kenna Klosterman

Citizen Journalism

Omari Salisbury, Kenna Klosterman

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Our weekly audio podcast We Are Photographers brings you true stories from behind the lens and behind the lives of your favorite photographers, filmmakers, and creative industry game-changers. From their struggles to their wins, host Kenna Klosterman discovers the real human stories about why they do what they do.

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In this episode, Omari describes his experiences from being an unknown citizen journalist to his live-streamed coverage being recognized by news outlets all over the world. Learn why media is in Omari’s bones, from his grandfather bringing home a camera from WWII to his mother still having a weekly radio show today. Omari shares his personal struggles of returning to Seattle after a successful media career overseas to no one hiring him despite all of his experience. Find out why Omari wholeheartedly believes that through communications all things are possible.


Omari Salisbury is the COO and Founder of Converge Media, a leading producer of content for Black and urban audiences. The son of the first Black-owned photography studio in the Northwest, Omari hails from a long line of visual storytellers. Fifty-two countries and counting, he is a true global citizen working in media across the continent of Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. Omari has been documenting the frontlines of the Seattle protests since day one. His inquisitive coverage and objective commentary have been praised by protestors, government officials, community leaders, residents, and local business owners.

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