Jamie-Leigh Gonzales

Jamie-Leigh is a Portuguese/Squamish mother, filmmaker, podcast creator, photographer, and poet, living on the unceded land of the Sḵwxwú7mesh, xʷməθkʷəym, səlilwətaɁɬ peoples. With a passion for technology and storytelling, Jamie-Leigh has become dedicated to her multimedia practices; through the creation of engaging content, she hopes to stimulate meaningful dialogue that challenges the status quo and encourages systemic change.

Jamie-Leigh cofounded a podcast, Engaged Citizen X, with Chantal Langley - which had 9 episodes produced, unfunded. While working at SFU’s Vancity Office of Community engagement she coproduced a podcast, Below the Radar launching in the fall of 2018. In 2019 she also produced a podcast episode for ALT+SPACE+CONTROL: Vancouver Housing Stories that looked at whether or not there are livable neighbourhoods for families in Vancouver.

She works as a designer, manager and collaborator with Nahanee Creative, a Squamish led company teaching decolonial ways of being.

Currently Jamie-Leigh’s podcast passion is rooted in Grounded Futures, a media production and mentorship collaborative, which she cofounded with carla bergman and Melissa Roach. Here Jamie-leigh is the lead tech and cohost of the pilot show, Grounded Futures, which she cohosts with carla bergman and two teen mentees.

A computer screen with audio editing software, next to a microphone

Many current events podcasts are structured with narrative framework in mind, and employ strategies used by fiction podcasts to tell real life stories. How do they pull it off? What roadblocks arise? And when do the lines of journalism become blurred?