2018 • 2 years • Criminal Justice
Lantigua Williams & Co. (Lantigua Williams) is an independent digital media producer based in Washington, DC. This award supports the production, distribution, and promotion of the second and third seasons of 70 Million, a narrative, open-source podcast that chronicles the impact of local jails on individuals and communities and the role system stakeholders play in addressing the problem of jail misuse and overuse. The podcast is widely distributed via all major digital audio platforms worldwide, and its first season was a critical and commercial success, surpassing industry benchmarks for similar boutique podcasts in terms of listens, impressions, and listen-through rates. The series has demonstrated its potential to reach and engage a vast new audience, helping listeners understand the urgent need to address the problem of jail misuse and overuse, building broad support for solutions, and creating national momentum for reform.
2017 • 1 year • Criminal Justice
Lantigua Williams & Co. (Lantigua Williams) is a new audio and video production company, led by a well-known journalist and former lead editor and producer of National Public Radio's Code Switch, an influential podcast that explores news from a race and culture perspective. This award supports the production and distribution of the initial ten-episode season of a new podcast that would focus on front-end criminal justice reforms aimed at reducing the use of jails. With extensive distribution via established podcast channels, the podcast has the potential to reach and engage a vast new audience, helping them to see the urgent need to address the problem of jail misuse and overuse, and building broad support for solutions.