In 2016, Seattle Globalist saw an unprecedented year, publishing 2,000 posts this fall with more than 600 diverse writers reporting stories for us. Last spring, we were also named “Innovator of the Year” for our monthly community workshop series as well as “Best Small Daily News Organization of 2016” in the “General Excellence” category by The Society of Professional Journalists’ Northwest Chapter.
As a news organization dedicated to elevating diverse voices through media, The Seattle Globalist is the only Seattle-area publication explicitly dedicated to covering race, social justice and immigration issues. Built by 600+ voices — 67 percent contributors or color, 73 percent women and 45 percent immigrants or children of immigrants — The Globalist prioritizes diversity in news coverage.
That’s because our journalists fight every day to tell the real story. They know what’s really happening in the community, because they come from the community. Many of them have been published for the first time in The Seattle Globalist. They’ve been fostered by our award-winning media education programs and intensive mentorship from a majority people of color, mostly female editorial team. And now they’re shaping publications all over the region and nation.
Globalist writers are working at The International Examiner, South Seattle Emerald, The Stranger, Seattle Weekly, The Seattle Times, NPR’s “Code Switch” and many other publications. They lead nonprofits like Young Women Empowered, and are shaping important conversations, including what to do now in our post-election world and racial equity in the media.
Here’s what our journalists have to say about the Globalist:
“We are leaders. We are leading the way and make sure that everyone has a voice and everyone has the opportunity, has a platform to be heard, to be respected and to be treated with the humanity they deserve.”
–Reagan Jackson, Globalist columnist, South Seattle Emerald Editor, poet, activist and The Globalist’s Journalist of the Year
“It’s because of Seattle Globalist that I consider myself a writer.”
“I grew up in a poor neighborhood and there wasn’t anybody walking around like, ‘yo, let’s talk about journalism.’ That’s not a thing. But The Globalist really goes to these spaces and introduces journalism to those who didn’t know … that they could do it. It gives the voice to those that other outlets wouldn’t give the voice to. People always tell our stories but didn’t give the opportunity for us to tell our own.”
–Jama Abdirahman, filmmaker and journalist, former Globalist youth apprentice and 2015 Globies awardee
“For The Seattle Globalist, there’s a lot of the reporting by people from different backgrounds. And a lot of them have actually experienced the culture firsthand. … There’s this honesty, there’s this authentic and genuine voice that comes out that’s not available when reporting is done from the outside.”
– Ibtihal Mahmood, Globalist contributor
Fuel the pipeline of diverse journalists into our region’s media outlets, the daily mentorship and training they receive, and the daily coverage from our region’s growing immigrant and refugee communities.
If you believe our media must be a reflection of the country we live in, become a sustaining member of The Seattle Globalist today. Just $25 dollars a month can help us continue to build a pipeline of diverse journalists through media trainings, paid apprenticeship programs and intensive editorial mentoring.
Let’s ensure that this community-made media becomes community-supported media.