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Why professionalism matters to one San Quentin media maker

Brian Asey hosted a TEDx event inside San Quentin State prison.
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Brian Asey hosted a TEDx event inside San Quentin State prison.

The media center at San Quentin state prison is one of a kind. Our program, Uncuffed, is just one of a number of organizations publishing work from incarcerated media makers. From newspapers to magazines to webs series, that media center has it all. Alum have gone on to host podcasts, start their own businesses, and win documentary film awards.

On any given day, there will be dozens of people hard at work creating stories for incarcerated people across the country and for the general public. Brian Asey is one of the men responsible for building this space from ground up. Uncuffed producer Steve Brooks brings us this story on how Asey learned how to be a professional in an environment where he might work with everyone from fellow incarcerated reporters to outside media makers.

I never knew what a professional was, I knew what a professional sports player was, but I never had any role models in my life to show me what professionalism was.
Brian Asey

Learn more, sign up for Uncuffed news, and support the program at www.weareuncuffed.org

This piece was brought to you from the team at Uncuffed. Our work in prisons is supported by the California Arts Council, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and donations from listeners like you. The producers fact-check content to the best of their ability. Content is approved by an information officer.

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