Jen Schradie studies digital inequality, social movements, and the news media’s coverage of the working class. As a doctoral student at UC Berkeley in the Sociology Department, she is affiliated with the Berkeley Center for New Media and the Digital Democracy Initiative. Jen is a recipient of the national Jacob K. Javits Fellowship and the Peter Lyman Graduate Fellowship in New Media, 2011. Her paper, “The Digital Production Gap: The Digital Divide and Web 2.0 Collide” won the UC Berkeley Sociology Department’s Jaeger Award for Best Student Paper in 2011.

From Harvard’s Kennedy School, Jen earned a master’s degree on a Freedman and Martin Scholarship for Journalism Study. At Harvard, she researched how janitors and other low-wage workers interact with the news media in developing a narrative for union activism. She was also a Teaching Fellow for “Visualizing Social Problems in Documentary Film and Photography.”

Before entering academia, Jen directed six documentary films, including, “The Golf War – a story of land, golf and revolution in the Philippines.” Most of her films, however, focused on social movements confronting corporate power in the American rural South. Jen’s documentaries have screened at more than 25 film festivals and have earned enthusiastic reviews from mainstream media outlets, such as the LA Times and The Guardian of London, as well as academic journals, such as Education About Asia. Her production support ranged from grassroots donations to funding from Michael Moore and the Puffin Foundation. Her one on-screen performance was as an extra in a Madonna movie, The Next Best Thing.

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