Montinique Monroe, An Ambitious Photojournalist

(Montinique Monroe is a photojournalist and digital content producer based in Austin, Texas)

Montinique Monroe is a rising photojournalist and digital content producer who captures images that bring stories to life. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, she is a proud graduate of Oklahoma State University where she obtained her bachelor of science in multimedia journalism.

(Two girls walk across the lawn of Rosewood Courts on Sept. 27, 2018. The East Austin development is the nation’s first public housing project for African Americans. Photo by MontiniqueMonroe)

 Please provide a brief description of your profession, specialization, or business services that you offer.

”I’m a full-time digital content producer for the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin, where I lead content creation of marketing materials including web design, graphic design and photo/video editing. When I’m not in the office, I’m delving into my passion projects: documenting gentrification and displacement, police violence and issues affecting black communities.”

 (Montinique Monroe is a photojournalist and digital content producer based in Austin, Texas)

What inspired you to enter this profession and how did you know it was your purpose in life?

“I remember learning about Ida B. Wells as a teenager. I was so inspired by her strides to document the excessive lynchings of black men and the conditions of black people living in the South. Wells shed light on stories that weren’t being told and provoked change while doing it. I wanted to tell stories that were impacting my community like she did.

I discovered my love for visual storytelling as a student journalist in 2014 while covering the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown who was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. It was in Ferguson when I realized the power of telling a story through images and how crucial it is to relaying news.”

(Amber Garcia (middle), 17, mourns her boyfriend Devonte Ortiz during a vigil at Travis High School football field. Ortiz, 19, who was an honor roll student and athlete at Travis, was shot and killed on July 4, 2018, after a dispute over fireworks. Photo by Montinique Monroe for KUT)

What challenges did you face during your journey to success and how did you overcome them?

“Like many fields, there’s much work to be done when it comes to diversifying and creating space for black female journalists. I’ve used this as fuel to continue telling our stories while supporting the work of other black journalists when I can.

 (Havana, Cuba 2018. Photo by Montinique)

I’m grateful for editors and organizations such as National Association of Black JournalistsWomen PhotographAuthority Collective and We, Women  for opening doors for black photojournalists and journalists of color.”

(Montinique Monroe is a photojournalist and digital content producer based in Austin, Texas)

What advice would you give to Black Women who are pursuing this profession?

“FIND MENTORS! Latch on to professionals who are willing to share how they got to where they are today. I’m eternally grateful for my professors, internship supervisors, former classmates and colleagues who share their wisdom with me every day. They constantly remind me that everyone’s journey is different and that there are many ways to reach my personal and professional goals.”

(Montinique Monroe is a photojournalist and digital content producer based in Austin, Texas)

If you know anyone who’s lost a loved one to police violence and wants to share their story, please contact Montinique website: montinique.comIG: @montiniquemonroe).