History

Wide Angle was founded in 2000 with the goal of providing Baltimore youth and communities with the media education and resources to represent themselves.

Thanks to the support of the Open Society Institute’s Community Fellows Program, Founder Gin Ferrara was able to propel the organization’s development forward in 2001, enabling her to run Wide Angle full-time while serving more youth and community groups. Over the years, our mission organically grew and sharpened, focusing primarily on youth; using media to help youth tell their stories, providing sustained opportunities for youth development, and sharing youth media with the larger community.

In June 2010, Gin stepped down as Executive Director. Early on in the succession planning process, Managing and Development Director Susan Malone expressed her interest in becoming Executive Director. Because of Susan’s years of experience at Wide Angle Youth Media since 2003, institutional knowledge, and excellent leadership skills, she was officially hired to take on the position of Executive Director in July 2010, and has continued to help Wide Angle Youth Media grow qualitatively and quantitatively – even through the economic downturn. 

Moving forward, we see a bright future for our organization, our youth producers, and the communities we serve. Our board is slowly growing, and has the skills and vision to sustain Wide Angle Youth Media, working in partnership with our talented, committed staff. Ultimately, all of this hard work is done to support the 300 young people we plan to train this year, providing them with media education so that they can tell their own stories and become engaged in their communities.