I just wrapped supporting Instagram’s Teen Community team in its global efforts to represent the voices of diverse teen communities and influence Instagram Product launches. My work as an intern included the international #HarryPotter20 activation, inaugural cross-platform analyses and on-the-ground product research at Vidcon and in Baltimore. I am now employed at IG full-time ( starting June 2018)
I’m a Senior and Trustee Renaissance Scholar at the University of Southern California, where I study Communication (B.A.) with minors in Marketing and Spanish. I am also serving my third year as Communications Coordinator of the USC African American Cinema Society. In Fall 2015, I performed research on the underrepresentation of women and racial groups in entertainment as part of USC Annenberg’s Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative. This study, #CARD2016, was covered by nearly 100 outlets, including BBC, NPR, AP, TIME, Fortune and EW.
As a student of the tech/media industry and a professional entertainment freelancer, I have spoken through brands such as Facebook, Star Wars/Lucasfilm, thredUP and the NAACP Image Awards. My work has been featured in The Root, Los Angeles Times, Tech Diversity Magazine, Love U Magazine, Twitter’s Trending Moments, Blavity, and StarWars.com
I’m also a portrait photographer and love the red carpet scene: I get to interact with high-profile professionals in Los Angeles, including directors, producers, actors and CEOS! I’m proud to have a blog that has international viewership and I keep my thumb on all things entertainment. View all posts by Joy Ofodu