Jiquanda Johnson is an award-winning journalist and founder of Brown Impact Media Group, an independent publishing company focused on developing media products in underserved and marginalized communities. The company kicked off efforts in 2017 with FlintBeat.com covering the city of Flint, and in 2020 she launched Black Like Us in partnership with Facebook, which takes a close look at Black America by showing the diversity within the community through thought-provoking commentary and stories from a variety of Black perspectives.
Her efforts in Flint also include launching a youth journalism program teaching Flint-area youth various newsroom skills, including writing, graphic design, photography, and
Johnson serves as publisher of Flint Beat and content creator and founder of Black Like Us. She is an Emmy Award-winning producer and has been recognized by the Michigan Press Association for her solutions journalism work. She has nearly 20 years of experience in journalism, including working for MLive Media Group, Fox 46 in North Carolina, NBC25’s affiliate station in the Flint area, The Detroit News, and two online magazines. In addition, her work has appeared in Frontline PBS, The Guardian, Belt Magazine, National Geographic, and Spotlight on Poverty. She sits on several boards and has served on panels for many events and organizations, including The Aspen Institute, LION Publishers, Solutions Journalism Network, the National Association of Black Journalists, Online News Association, ONA Local, the John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford’s journalism series, the Chautauqua Institute, and the Society of Environmental Journalists.