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Red Pepper’s Race Section was established this year, through a series of open editorial meetings, as a space where BAME writers can come together to reflect on what’s been happening in the world, what it means to us and how we can set an editorial agenda in response to these discussions.
Our aim is that these meetings are intergenerational, intersectional and inclusive, and that out of the conversations that happen here, new solidarities can be created and a new political consciousness can be borne.
Concretely, these meetings are a space where writers, whatever your level of experience, can pitch an idea for an article, receive immediate feedback from the group, and get a clear sense of ways Red Pepper can help you reach an audience.
Supported by the Black Journalism Fund, this work has resulted in a series of paid commissions (details below) as well as an entire print edition of Red Pepper magazine (June/July) written exclusively by BAME writers.
In terms of current opportunities, there are presently 3 avenues available:
1. ONLINE PUBLICATION (UNPAID)
2. PRINT PUBLICATION (UNPAID)
3. BLACK JOURNALISM FUND COMMISSIONING (PAID)
The intention behind Black Journalism Fund Commissioning is to support long-form reportage (2-3000 words) that sheds light on unreported aspects of the contemporary black experience.
You can see examples of work that we have commissioned through the fund here:
In terms of getting involved, you don’t need to know yet exactly where or how your idea will end up, but if you have an idea and you want to write it, then drop a line to email@example.com.
And if you want to write or if you simply want to be part of the conversation, then come to the meeting!
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 4th August to let us know that you want to be involved and for details of the venue, or if you have any questions.