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April Joyner

Brooklyn, NY
Freelance Journalist — Freelance
Covers:  social responsibility, entrepreneurship, startups, venture capital, business strategy, management, marketing, social media, technology, diversity, workplace culture
Doesn't Cover: business books, mompreneurs, tech reviews, product launch news

Writer. Contributor to @ozy @technicallyBK. Previously @Inc. Catch me tweeting cool links on business, music, sports & TV/film. Opinions & witticisms mine only.

I'm a writer and editor interested in how business, technology, and culture interact. Currently, I contribute to OZY.com, and I have also written for The New Yorker and Fast Company's websites. Before I began freelancing, I was a senior reporter at Inc. magazine. Outside of work, I like discovering new music, playing the violin, and watching football, tennis, and soapy TV dramas.

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Here's how Eyebeam is fighting sexism in the arts tech world

technical.ly — (Courtesy photo) As we reported yesterday, Industry City-based art and technology nonprofit Eyebeam boasts an all-female class of residents this year. The residents will begin their yearlong terms working on projects such as exploring how artistic colonialism continues in the digital era and examining gaps in data collection.

This retail robot from the founders of Croissant just won big at TechCrunch Disrupt

technical.ly — As anyone who's ever visited the Target at Atlantic Terminal knows, stopping at the store to pick up just a few household items can easily turn into an hourlong ordeal. (Seriously, why are there never enough registers open?) Well, the founders of - the company that offers an all-access pass to coworking spaces around New York City - feel your pain.

This developer is building a list of underrepresented speakers in tech

technical.ly — (Photo by Flickr user William Murphy, used under a Creative Commons license) The lack of racial and gender diversity is a persistent issue in tech. One of its most obvious illustrations: check the speaker lineup for any given conference in the industry, and you're likely to see a whole bunch of white men.

This 'egoless' new game from the NYU Game Center is so romantic

technical.ly — (Courtesy photo) There's a brand new game out of the NYU Game Center. Meet , in which players navigate a star through a series of colorful, futuristic tableaux set to music. It was built by Atlas Chen and Nick Zhang, both graduates of NYU's MFA program in game design, in collaboration with graphic designer Kevin Chen, composer Tony Yen and technical artist Zack Zhang.

This hardware-focused accelerator for 'smart cities' is launching in Greenpoint

technical.ly — (Courtesy photo) Urban-X , a hardware-focused accelerator program for companies "shaping the future of cities through technology," is moving from Manhattan to Brooklyn. It'll launch its second cohort this fall at , a design-focused center opening in Greenpoint. It's another notch in Brooklyn's manufacturing belt.

Looking to Africa for the Next Netflix

ozy.com — Hanging out in Cleveland but craving a Bollywood rom-com? Head to BoxTV. Ardent for anime in Albuquerque? Crunchyroll's got you covered. No question, viewers are spoiled when it comes to program selections from all over the world. In January, Netflix expanded to 190 countries, to accommodate the booming, global video-on-demand market.

Bed-Stuy is getting its own urban farming accelerator

technical.ly — (Photo via Square Roots) Last week, we wrote about how Brooklyn was beginning to look like an urban farming hub. Well, here's another step in that direction: Square Roots , an accelerator focused on urban farming, is launching this fall in the former Pfizer factory at 630 Flushing Avenue in Bed-Stuy.

Brooklyn Public Library got $400K to help children communicate with their incarcerated parents

technical.ly — (Courtesy photo) The Brooklyn Public Library (BPL)'s Telestory program lets incarcerated parents read to their children via videoconferencing. The program, recently profiled in NextCity, received $400,000 in funding earlier this summer from the Knight Foundation to expand from its current four branches to 12 in total, including Brownsville and East New York.

Brooklyn Bridge Ventures just raised a $15.1 million fund

technical.ly — (Photo by Christopher Michel) Charlie O'Donnell announced today that he has completed fundraising for Brooklyn Bridge Ventures' second fund. (He went head to head with some basketball player who also announced a new fund today.) The fund is $15.1 million. That's nearly twice the size of the firm's previous $8.3 million fund.

The death of a corporation, through 500,000 emails

technical.ly — Sam Lavigne has a lot to say about the excesses of corporate and consumer culture. We're just along for the ride. His latest project, in collaboration with Tega Brain, an artist based between New York City and Sydney, is designed to expose the banal yet fraudulent underpinnings of one of the biggest business scandals of the last 20 years: the collapse of Enron.
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Sep 26, 2016

The @nytimes makes stealth edits all the time. My fave was when it deleted a quote from the infamous Serena story.  https://twitter.com/annehelen/status/780167778187763712 

Sep 25, 2016

@Petecertified we were often advised to start at a small paper, then work up, but I'm not sure that works so well now

Sep 25, 2016

@Petecertified true. also POC already in aren't promoted. And big nat'l/global outlets poach each other, don't look for fresh talent

Sep 25, 2016

A problem throughout the industry. But you'll hear the same old excuses. We especially need more editors of color.  https://twitter.com/danamo/status/780155534347468800 

Sep 23, 2016

So shady. // How Hampton Creek Sold Silicon Valley on a Fake-Mayo Miracle  http://bloom.bg/2dmI4vU 

Sep 21, 2016

Yep. Whether you agree with his former or current stance, the total 180 is blatant pandering.  https://twitter.com/web/status/778691183363010560 

Sep 20, 2016

RT @clarecorthell: "Peter Thiel is wrong about the cities spearheading startup success" (@1776 @luminant_data research concurs) https://t.co/AOidK0hzPs

Sep 20, 2016

RT @TechnicallyPHL: Have a few things to say about ageism in tech? Hit up Associate Editor @juliana_f_reyes and voice your thoughts in the…

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