We've just launched our newly redesigned website. The designer and developer who built the site, Jason Agyekum, has an immigrant story that connects him to the work of Feet in 2 Worlds. This story was written by Fi2W intern Isabela Rocha, an emerging journalist from Brazil.
Simpler, more colorful, and more intuitive than the previous site – the newly redesigned Feet in 2 Worlds website maintains the core of our identity, uplifting immigrant journalists, helping them reach new audiences, and strengthening their skills as reporters, editors and producers.
"The main purpose was to make [the website] easy to navigate, very clear to use,” said Jason Agyekum,our web developer. Jason spent over a year working with our team to redesign the site. “It’s nice to see it all come to fruition,” he said.
The latest stories are featured on our main page, where visitors can also read about our team, our history and the impact of our reporting. If you haven’t had the chance, make sure to check out our midterm election coverage of Latino voters in Arizona and South Florida.
All Feet in 2 World’s reporting is now under “Stories”. If you’re looking for a specific topic or headline, we invite you to search for keywords on our search bar, or browse through the site.
But the soul of our new design truly lies under the “Listen” tab, where we literally give voice to immigrant issues and communities. Our latest project is the series Immigrants in a Divided Country, which explores the multiple ways in which politics intersects with immigrant lives in the United States.
As designer and developer, Jason gave the website a more modern look, made stories easier to find, and reshaped our publishing process while keeping our audio stories at the center of our identity.
"I like the mission of Feet in 2 Worlds,” he said.
The son of Ghanaian parents, Jason has his own immigrant story. He was born in The Bronx, New York when his mother was visiting relatives who had immigrated to the U.S. He spent part of his childhood in Ghana, and then in the United Kingdom, where his parents were immigrants and some of his older siblings were born.
As a pre-teen, Jason was deported from the U.K. because his status became irregular. His parents stayed in England and sent him back to the U.S. to live with his unclesin The Bronx.
Growing up, Jason was surrounded by first generation kids from different cultures. He said he was immersed in immigrant life.
"You may be a ‘first-gen’ born here, but you are still dealing with your parents' immigrant stuff, like your parents might have a different [last] name [from yours] or their paperwork stuff might be a little funny sometimes,” he said.
Jason's connection to Feet in 2 Worlds started in 2019, when he was a graduate student at The New School in New York City, where Fi2W used to be located (we are nowan independent nonprofit news organization). As a student-intern he worked on updates for the website.
After receiving his Master’s degree in design and technology and launching his career as a website developer, Jason has continued contributing to our organization. Beyond helping Feet in 2 Worlds, Jason works at a marketing agency.
As Feet in 2 Worlds continues to grow, with our journalism reaching a wider audience and our training and mentoring programs serving more journalists across the country, Jason said he hopes he can continue to contribute. “The idea is to keep on adding to the site, adding some more features, just make it a united, central hub for everything: stories, job opportunities.”
"That’s something I’m looking forward to seeing, that transformation happening,” he said.
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