Pen to Paper

media development consulting

About Us

Pen to Paper is a media development consulting firm that is conscious of and responsive to structural inequalities that hinder participation and equal access to the media. Centering human rights principles, critical thinking and participatory research, we explore and translate for you complex and structural issues standing at the intersection of humans and digital technologies.

We work to ensure that diverse and historically marginalized perspectives are meaningfully included in institutions, partnerships, and alliances for intentional and sustainable media development.

Jennifer Adams (she/her)

Jennifer is an international expert and consultant on gender, media and human rights-centered digital policy. Her specialization is in the areas of program development, and policy research for feminist and inclusive governance, online and off. She is passionate about issues that lie at the intersection of human rights and global innovation, with a particular focus on the safety and participation of womxn and marginalized communities in digital development and advocacy initiatives.

Jennifer is also the Europe Tech Policy Lead with Ranking Digital Rights, supporting the work of digital rights policy advocates in Europe through development and coordination of partnerships with digital rights organizations, and leading discussions to advance a human rights-centered digital policy agenda.

In April 2021, Jennifer co-founded the Comms Policy Collaborative at the University of Vienna - a policy-oriented dissemination service unit that provides a direct path from research idea to policy-making to remove of obstacles for socially relevant and inclusive media and communications policy-making, and increasing connectivity amongst stakeholders, increasing stakeholder involvement and, ultimately, policy sustainability.

Bojana Kostic (she/her)

Bojana Kostic is a human rights lawyer, tech researcher and advocate, with a diverse portfolio. She writes about powerful and harmful technologies by centering community and marginalized voices, gender equality and healing justice principles.

Bojana uses data to drive change at the highest levels - specifically in the areas of participatory research methodologies and inclusive legislative policy design - addressing obstacles preventing womxn and other marginalized communities from equal access to and ability to participate on the internet.

Bojana has led data collection and research initiatives on the safety of journalists for Free Press Unlimited, authored academic texts on the interaction of human rights and technology, and carried out research for digital governance initiatives for organizations including the CoE, OSCE, ICFJ and UNESCO.

Work

2021

BIRN

Gender and media: study and platform development to assess gender representation in the media in the Western Balkans for cross-regional analysis and advocacy.

OSCE Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media

Artificial Intelligence and diversity: #SAIFE project on impact of AI on Freedom of Expression - rapporteur and development of summary documents, including Explainable AI, a collection of critical essays, exploring the impact of AI on communication infrastructure and ecosystem.

OSCE Mission to Serbia

Artificial Intelligence and diversity: research exploring the impact of AI on freedom expression for inclusive stakeholders in Serbia, and evaluation of the Permanent Working Group for the Safety of Journalists.

MMG

Racial justice: evaluation and audit of structural racial justice, gender and equity practices and policies for Eastern Europe and Turkey

Council of Europe

Media and Information Literacy: technical paper for the establishment  of functional MIL infrastructure in BiH, focusing on MIL conceptual framework and governing models.

Gender and media: study on improving existing models of inclusive MIL to improve participation and access to information for the BiH community.

Media freedom and plurality: panelist on intersectional inclusion and participation in the creation of National Action Plans for the protection and safety of journalists at the CoE Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society.

Netherlands Helsinki Committee

Gender and media: lecturer on gender-based violence and gender implications related to the safety of journalists as part of the MATRA Rule of Law Training Programme.

LGBTQ participation and safety: evaluation and standardization of research framework, scope and methodology for the CommsLabs initiative, focusing on creating safe space for community advocacy and participation.

2020

International Center for Journalists

Gender-based violence online: research on policy and regulatory approaches to online safety threats facing female journalists and human rights defenders.

SHARE Foundation

Gender-based violence online: a Toolkit and regional landscape mapping of legal, policy, and community responses and initiatives to counter digital GBV against women and girls.

Tilburg University, Global Data Justice Project

Tech advocacy: research on the technological responses to counter the structural marginalization of certain communities, including women and girls, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tech advocacy: op-ed analysis of community initiatives to counter State power and pandemic-era restrictions in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.

ThinkFest Pakistan

Gender and the digital divide: panel discussion on gender representation and innovation in the era of digitalization for communities in the Global North and South.

Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

Women’s empowerment: Lecture on initiating change through intersectional community building as part of an online course on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Knight Center for Journalism

Gender-based violence online: interview on obligations of international organizations in combating online GBV against women journalists, as part of an online course for journalists.

2019

Cenzolovka

Media freedom and plurality: interview for article on links between the rise of populism and decline of media freedom in the Balkans.

University of Sheffield, Center for Freedom of the Media/Free Press Unlimited

Tech advocacy: research on the legal framework related to the safety of journalists, and recommendations for a holistic approach and toolkit to improve legal safeguards for journalism.

European Federation of Journalists

Gender and the digital divide: featured expert for screening of documentary and workshop for journalists on improving gender equality and diversity in the workplace.

Remarker Media

Gender-based violence online: Article, Goodbye Internet, I never actually liked you, on online harassment against female journalists and alternative community-based mechanisms of support.

OSCE Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media

Gender-based violence online: Project lead for the Safety of Female Journalists Online (#SOFJO) global campaign.

International Press Institute/OSCE Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media

Gender-based violence online: Production Manager of “A Dark Place: A #SOFJO documentary” on the online harassment of female journalists (Official Selection: FIFDH Geneva 2019; This Human World 2018; International Human Rights Festival Albania 2019; ARFF Berlin 2019; Florence Film Awards 2019)

Contact

We’re always looking to expand our community of innovative and engaged individuals and organizations. We’d love to hear from you.

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