Joe Manuola is a Multimedia Journalism student at UNF. Joe has a passion for addressing the defining issues of our time, including inequality, our environment and criminal justice reform. His experience with public policy has brought him to travel to Washington DC and debrief department heads at The Pentagon and Senator Bill Nelson’s office on the crisis in Nigeria, as well as co-authoring an article on the topic with the Florida Times Union in 2016. In March 2017, Joe attended a conference on Florida Criminal Justice Reform at FSU. There he conducted in-depth interviews and filmed a focus group with former inmates that went behind the headlines on this complex issue. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Joe took part in grassroots charity and relief efforts by assisting the residents of Ken Knight Drive on Jacksonville’s northside. Joe is now producing a film series for Operation New Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping felons adjust back into society, so they can give back to the community.