AWFJ Announces New Members for 2022 – Jennifer Merin reports

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The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is delighted and honored to welcome nine outstanding female film journalists as new members, starting in January 2022. They are film critics, commentators and reporters who hail from across the U.S. and the United Kingdom, and they represent a wide range of media platforms, including popular and erudite publications, daily newspapers and other print journals, broadcast, podcast and online outlets. We invite you to follow them on where you can enjoy reading their diverse opinions about films and movie industry trends.

Congrats to those who are joining us in 2022. AWFJ accepts very few new members each year. This year’s number is is actually greater than usual because we received so many applications during the course of 2021. Sincerest apologies to the many highly qualified female film journalists whose applications we could not accommodate for 2022. We hope you will keep in touch with us and we encourage you to apply for membership again in the future.

Here, in alphabetical order, are the 2022 new members of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists:
JOAN AMENN is a journalist from the Pacific Northwest. She’s Co-Editor of and contributor to, and a member of GALECA and SIFF. She’s the mother of four and a master of sarcasm.
LAUREN ANDERSON is a Staff Writer at Showbiz Cheat Sheet covering TV, film, and celebrity news. She is a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Society of Professional Journalists, and International Association of Professional Writers & Editors. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Entertainment & Arts Management from Drexel University and began writing about entertainment in 2015, joining Showbiz Cheat Sheet in 2020.
Jamie Broadnax holds a Master’s Degree in Film and a BS in Broadcast Journalism. She reports entertainment news, reviews film and TV reviews, and interviews entertainers for her publication Black Girl Nerds. Jamie also Jamie writes for Variety, THR, New York Post, Huffington Post, Vox, Vulture, IGN, Essence Magazine, The Lily (Washington Post) and SYFY. She is the executive producer and host of the Black Girl Nerds podcast and is known for her popular Twitter presence @jamieBroadnax.
T. J. CALLAHAN is resident film critic for The Sam Malone Show on AM 1070 in Houston. Since 2009, she’s critiqued films on KRMD (Shreveport), KILT (Houston), WCKT (Sarasota), The Liberty Eagle Radio Network and Radio Brave. She’s a proud member of Critics Choice Association, Houston Film Critics Society and a board member and 2017 inductee of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.

LONITA COOK luxuriates in her love of movie-watching as critic for KCTV5 (CBS), IN Kansas City Magazine and She joyously serves the boards of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, Johnson County Arts & Heritage Museum Foundation as President and Avila School of Visual & Communication Arts (advisory) where she practices her enthusiasm for film and sister arts as a means to champion community enrichment.
JENNIFER GREEN is a film critic and journalist who contributes frequently to Common Sense Media, The Hollywood Reporter and Ellensburg, WA’s The Daily Record.

WENDY IDE is a London-based film critic for both the consumer press (The Observer and The Guardian) and the trade press (Screen International). She writes features and interviews and she regularly hosts panels and live events. Wendy is a regular on the film festival circuit and has previously consulted on festival programming for the London Film Festival and Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.
ASHANTI OMKAR is a London-based broadcaster who;s worked with the BBC for a decade. She contributes to Total Film Magazine & Podcast, Guardian, TimeOut, and Metro, commenting on films, music and representation matters. She’s a voting member of the UK Film Critics’ Circle in film and music sections, and is on the awards and inclusion committee. She’s a BRIT Awards, BIFA, Sundance voter.

KAT SACHS is a freelance film critic and programmer based in Chicago. She’s the co-managing editor of Cine-File Chicago with her husband, Ben Sachs. In addition to Cine-File, she writes for the Chicago Reader, has contributed several pieces to MUBI and programs screening series in Chicago.

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Jennifer Merin

Jennifer Merin is the Film Critic for Womens eNews and contributes the CINEMA CITIZEN blog for and is managing editor for Women on Film, the online magazine of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, of which she is President. She has served as a regular critic and film-related interviewer for The New York Press and She has written about entertainment for USA Today, The L.A. Times, US Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Endless Vacation Magazine, Daily News, New York Post, SoHo News and other publications. After receiving her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts (Grad Acting), Jennifer performed at the O'Neill Theater Center's Playwrights Conference, Long Wharf Theater, American Place Theatre and LaMamma, where she worked with renown Japanese director, Shuji Terayama. She subsequently joined Terayama's theater company in Tokyo, where she also acted in films. Her journalism career began when she was asked to write about Terayama for The Drama Review. She became a regular contributor to the Christian Science Monitor after writing an article about Marketta Kimbrell's Theater For The Forgotten, with which she was performing at the time. She was an O'Neill Theater Center National Critics' Institute Fellow, and then became the institute's Coordinator. While teaching at the Universities of Wisconsin and Rhode Island, she wrote "A Directory of Festivals of Theater, Dance and Folklore Around the World," published by the International Theater Institute. Denmark's Odin Teatret's director, Eugenio Barba, wrote his manifesto in the form of a letter to "Dear Jennifer Merin," which has been published around the world, in languages as diverse as Farsi and Romanian. Jennifer's culturally-oriented travel column began in the LA Times in 1984, then moved to The Associated Press, LA Times Syndicate, Tribune Media, Creators Syndicate and (currently) Arcamax Publishing. She's been news writer/editor for ABC Radio Networks, on-air reporter for NBC, CBS Radio and, currently, for Westwood One's America In the Morning. She is a member of the Critics Choice Association in the Film, Documentary and TV branches and a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. For her AWFJ archive, type "Jennifer Merin" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).