Projects

Public Square is a new company, but we’ve been busy. This is what we are working on.

Working for Change

Across the country, Americans are working to renew democracy. Public Square is joining with organizations doing this important work to provide video production services, campaign strategy, and guidance to use video for impact. Drawing on a special grant, we will focus on a few key issues where we can use some of our resources, share our expertise, and roll up our sleeves to help make a difference.

Is this the opportunity you need? Learn more and apply by January 15.

RIKERS: An American Jail

This PBS documentary commissioned by Bill Moyers and produced with Brick City TV, raises up the voices of the incarcerated, bringing viewers face to face with people who endured Rikers Island Jail. Winner of the RFK Human Rights Journalism Award for Media Advocacy, it has been the catalyst for hundreds of screening events that focus on the urgent need for criminal justice reform. Public Square has collaborated with campus faculty and student groups, faith-based conferences and local congregations, bar associations and law schools, libraries and advocacy organizations across the country to drive dialogue and action. Central to this campaign have been people featured in the film who travel with it to directly share their experience and their expertise.

Do you want to engage in solutions? Consider hosting a screening.

#NoChoice

1 in 4 women have had an abortion, but no one talks about it. This web-based video series, produced and directed by Pamela Mason Wagner, breaks the silence and the stigma. On the brink of the confirmation of a new Supreme Court justice, what’s at stake for women, and what might be the consequences for our families, our communities, and even our health care system? These videos are an ideal tool to get that conversation going and inspire action. Forget the vague hypotheticals. Let’s grapple with real stories of human impact to think hard about public policy. #NoChoice was recently showcased at Netroots Nation as part of a robust discussion moderated by Melissa Harris-Perry with national partners on the frontlines of debate around abortion rights.

Share these stories through your web, social, or community events.

AGAINST ALL ODDS: The Fight for A Black Middle Class

“Have black Americans had a fair shot at the American dream?” Acclaimed journalist Bob Herbert, the executive editor, has been covering and commenting on American politics, poverty, racism and social issues for over 45 years, and he answers that question with this PBS documentary that probes the harsh and often brutal discrimination that has made it difficult for African-American families to establish a middle-class standard of living. Screened at several film festivals across the country, the film has engaged audiences from the Chicago Ideas Festival to Atlanta’s Auburn Library for African-American Culture and History to the Brooklyn Historical Society, helping to change the narrative around the economic reality facing America’s black families today.

Watch here then contact us to bring this important film to your campus or community.

Everything We Know About Russia and President Trump

Turns out this story has deep roots. Donald Trump’s connection to Russian interests dates back more than 35 years. This web-based resource now includes over 1,000 entries in an easy-to-navigate timeline that starts in 1979. Initially published at BillMoyers.com, the timeline is now live at the Committee to Investigate Russia, a nonprofit, non-partisan resource created to help Americans understand the context of ongoing developments. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow called the timeline “the greatest tool we journalists have.” Lawyer Steven Harper and producers at Public Square continue to update the timeline as the complex network of connections continues to unfold in today’s headlines.

Add the timeline to your required reading.

#MeToo, Now What?

In the wake of a tumult of public revelations, this provocative and timely five-part series explores the cultural and systemic issues that underlie sexual harassment. Produced for PBS in conjunction with Adin Productions and Women in the World Media, with executive producer and host Zainab Salbi. In a media interview in February 2017, at the time of the series premiere, Salbi commented on the many women coming forward with their stories “now for the first time, we’re all united in saying this is not limited to a class, race, or culture—we all have this issue.”

#Me Too, Now What? is streaming on PBS. Watch it here.

BillMoyers.com

The definitive web archive with over 1,000 programs that Bill Moyers and his team produced over more than 40 years, Public Square produced this site’s robust weekly blog featuring essays and videos by managing editor Bill Moyers as well as the perspectives of other journalists, scholars, activists, and creative men and women in the arts and sciences. When Bill Moyers retired from weekly television in early 2015, the site rapidly became a go-to destination for those seeking the truth about power. The Public Square digital team led by Theresa Riley, produced original stories about lobbyists, secret PACs, media consolidation and deep state networks amplifying this journalism content to hundreds of thousands of readers through Moyers’ Twitter feed and Facebook page as well as weekly newsletters. Stories were often also syndicated to Salon, Alternet and other heavily-trafficked websites. Both the Trump/Russia timeline and the video series No Choice originated as special projects of BillMoyers.com that Public Square continues to screen and promote to reach new audiences.

Explore the Bill Moyers archive.

Faith & Justice

“No matter how blue, red or purple your state, the polarization and injustice rampant in our nation is devastating to people of faith. These are hot-mess times!” So says the Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, who welcomes dynamic faith leaders at the forefront of social justice in their communities to her church each spring to share their moral courage and imagination and focus on solutions. Produced and directed by Titi Yu, Public Square partnered with Revered Lewis to take advantage of this extraordinary gathering to produce a series of six interviews for a new Thirteen/WNET initiative called Chapter&Verse.

Watch here. What other voices does the public need to hear? Let us know.

REDEFINING RIVALRIES Podcast Series

Inspired by the intense competition between Chuck and Axe on Showtime, Wall Street Journal brought Billions fans a podcast series that takes a deep dive into rivalry in four distinct areas: finance, sports, music, and food. Produced by Jessica Wang, the series was produced in association with Sandblast Productions for the Wall Street Journal Creative Studio.

Do you have a story you want to tell? We can help.