Humanities Program Excellence Award Presented to I AM not the MEdia, Inc

CHARLOTTE, NC (July 8, 2019) – The North Carolina Humanities Council’s Board of Trustees has selected I AM not the MEdia and their Fall 2018 “Cyber Citizen Series” program as the recipient of the 2019 Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities.

The Council’s Board of Trustees selected I AM not the MEdia because of “Cyber Citizen Series’” commitment to youth programming and focus on building critical thinking skills among teens. The 2019 Gradin Award will be presented in Charlotte this December.

Harlan Joel Gradin, for whom the award is named, remarked, “[this is] a great project; reaching young folks through the medium they have chosen to navigate through the world.”

Through the Council’s 2018- 2019 special thematic program initiative, “Journalism and Media: Fostering Informed Citizens,” the Council provided funding support to I AM not the MEdia for their Fall 2018 “Cyber Citizen Series.” Each year, the Council supports hundreds of public humanities programs designed to build community and cross-cultural understanding.

Through programs and educational events, I AM not the MEdia, a Charlotte-based nonprofit, empowers teens and young adults to become conscious viewers of the media and embrace their individuality through media creation and literacy.

I AM not the MEdia’s Fall 2018 “Cyber Citizens Series” program provided three Charlotte high schools, West Charlotte High School, Vance High School and West Mecklenburg High School, each with six educational workshops. Participating teens learned about the media's influence on mental health, social media safety, cyber-bullying and fake news. The series concluded with an exhibit of photo advocacy campaigns designed by workshop participants to help spread awareness to other teens.

“It was a pleasure to work with I AM not the Media and its Founder and Executive Director, Jimmeka Anderson,” said Caitlin Patton Stanley, the Council’s Program and Grants Manager. “The work that Anderson and others at I AM not the Media are doing is making a real difference in the lives of North Carolina teens. This type of work is increasingly important, as it has become critical for people to adapt our civic values to technology and digital communication.”

Jimmeka Anderson has served as the Founder and Executive Director of I AM not the Media, Inc. for eight years and is a current Doctoral student in the Urban Education program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

For more information about I AM not the MEdia, Inc. visit


About the Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities:

The Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities is awarded to recognize a significant, imaginative public humanities project that reflects and affirms the Council’s mission and was funded in part by the Council. Presented annually since 2011, the award is named in honor of Harlan Joel Gradin, a former Council staff member from 1991-2011.

About North Carolina Humanities Council:

The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through grant-making and public humanities programs, the Council serves as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about our shared human experience. The Council operates the North Carolina Center for the Book, an affiliate program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To learn more visit