As the Reader’s social media coordinator Janaya Greene is responsible for sharing what happens at the paper with the digital world, which is no small task considering the number of stories, projects, podcasts, and events spinning in our orbit at any given time. But like the true Taurus she is, Janaya is intelligent, dependable, and driven, and she keeps the Reader’s online community engaged and informed, even when the general chatter in social media spaces seems like it’s about to go off the rails. Born and raised on Chicago’s south side, Janaya attended Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy and earned her Bachelor’s degree in public affairs journalism and in media and production analysis at Ohio State University. She further developed her skills at the New York Times Student Journalism Institute and Vice Media before returning to Chicago, where she completed a reporting fellowship with City Bureau before joining the Reader in 2019. When asked what she likes most about working at the paper, she replied that she likes “seeing Reader stories of the past remaining relevant and shared online in the current day.” In addition to her talents for journalism and community engagement, Janaya is also an accomplished visual storyteller, and screenwriter (she’s won several awards for her 2015 short film, Veracity). Outside of work you can find her unwinding with her cat Juniper (Junie for short) and a great book (her favorite novel is These Ghosts are Family by Maisy Card), visiting the South Shore Cultural Center, relaxing at Promontory Point, or grabbing a bite at Morgan Park sandwich shop, Home of the Hoagy.

By Janaya Greene