gal-dem is a new media publication, run entirely by women and non-binary people of colour. With our online and print magazine, we’re addressing inequality and misrepresentation in the industry through platforming the creative and editorial work of our community across essays, opinion, news, arts, music, politics and lifestyle content.
Figures from 2016 posit that the journalism industry is 94% white and 55% male, but in certain newsrooms across the country, the figures are even more skewed. Because of a combination of racism, sexism, transphobia, nepotism, class-related prejudice, education outcomes and cultural norms, women of colour and non-binary people of colour can struggle to break into the industry. If we do manage to find a place, we are less likely to progress to senior roles. Meanwhile, the mainstream media still regularly publishes racist and sexist content.
Because of this, we believe that taking control of the way we are portrayed in the media is essential – but our end goal is not simply representation: our journalism and creative work can shape debates, shift discussions, create new ways of thinking and contribute to social movements. We will empower and support the creative work of young women of colour and non-binary people of colour through disrupting tired stereotypes and showcasing their work and thoughts as a vital part of discussions in a whitewashed media environment.
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