We are facing a crisis in media. U.S. newsrooms are less than 13 percent staffed by people of color. That hasn’t changed in more than 10 years.
When we don’t have diversity in the media, we miss out on important stories. We only see the world through one lens. We don’t get media that truly represents the world we live in. Amidst the police brutality, xenophobia, and violence our nation has seen this year, it is more important than ever to demand diversity in our media.
You have the power to change the face of the media. For just $10.68, you can help launch a new writer’s career!
Here’s how: Every Globalist freelancer gets paid to write for the Globalist. That cost breaks down to $21.36 per day, 365 days a year. Any gift you make before January 1 will be matched, dollar-for-dollar. This month only, your $10.68 becomes $21.36, and you’ve paid for a whole day of journalism created by diverse new voices.
At this time last year Jama Abdirahman didn’t think of himself as a journalist. He didn’t believe anyone would want to read about the issues that mattered to him. He didn’t see why any news organization would want to publish his work. Or why any person would want to read his stories. But he joined the Globalist Youth Apprenticeship program and started to experiment with covering what was most important to him: race and the Black Lives Matter movement in Seattle.
Today, Jama has published eight stories on The Seattle Globalist. He’s had his photography featured in The Seattle Times and the Los Angeles Times. He’s become a leader among his peers at Seattle Central and UW Bothell. His reporting has had such an impact that the FBI recently showed up at his doorstep wanting to question him about his connections to protestors.
But by then Jama saw himself as a journalist. He knew he had a right to tell the stories important to him. He was confident in his own voice, and he refused to be intimidated.
Diverse media is better media. It represents the world we live in. It is a first step to better understanding. To a more equitable world. And your gift today can make it happen.
Your gift can help a young person like Jama feel the power of his own voice for the first time. You can help a new writer see that she is the one who should be defining what’s important for the media to cover. Your gift will elevate new, diverse voices.
Will you make a tax-deductible gift today to help change the face of media in this country? Take advantage of this rare opportunity to multiply your impact: Give today, and your gift will be doubled by our special year-end matching fund.
Thank you for your commitment to elevating diverse voices through media. Your gift will help a new writer find their voice.
Remember, just $10.68 can launch a new writer’s career. Visit http://bit.ly/give1068 by December 31 to make your gift!