Meet Up Tempo Media and Black Women Unmuted, a recipient of this year’s Facebook Journalism Project Community Network Grant, and learn more about their funded project.
For more information about the FJP Community Network, visit: https://facebookjournalismproject.com/programs/community-network/
The Funded Project:
Black Women Unmuted is a new collaboration that aims to bridge the disconnect between black women and the stories told by and about us by writing, editing or producing stories that better reflect and/or elevate coverage about black women.
In Their Own Words:
Black women are making tremendous strides in American society. In 2019 alone, we’ve seen black women serve in Congress in record numbers, rise to the board of directors of Amazon, and declare candidacy for President of the United States. Black women are the fastest-growing segment of U.S. entrepreneurs and enroll in college at higher rates than other demographics.
However, the job of telling stories about the 24 million of us often falls to those unfamiliar with our lived experiences. According to the American Society of News Editors, black women comprise only 2.5% of journalists in U.S. newsrooms that are also struggling with scarce resources. Witness recent layoffs of more than 1,000 journalists at Gannett, Huffington Post, and Buzzfeed in January alone. While these constraints affect all news audiences, they disproportionately impact black women because our stories are rarely prioritized to begin with.
Black Women Unmuted is a new collaboration that aims to renew our democracy by bridging the disconnect between black women and the stories told by and about us.
- Elevate the coverage about us;
- Change who is telling our stories;
- Get more stories about us in front of citizens who want to effect change.