We are excited to announce our first round of grantees for the Southern Movement Media Fund!
These grassroots media collectives represent a wide range of mobilizing efforts across rural and urban southern communities. They also reflect creative and community-driven approaches to media production that integrate healing, local history, and movement organizing to advance more just narratives.
Louisville, KY: TAUNT is a publication that allows local storytellers to serve as our readers’ guides into the worlds they know best by treating their pieces like prisms they hold up to the light and seek to see from multiple angles. In partnership with Queer Kentucky and Southerly, this project will provide a –paid– platform for BIPOC, LGBTQ+, immigrant and refugee stories and storytellers throughout the state to lay the landscape of lives down on the page.
The project, Unaccounted: Kentucky People and Places Beyond Election Day, asks, ‘’What is Kentucky’s version of the 1619 project?” What is the historical context we must provide for the state of our contemporary culture? Kentucky is a place often shrouded in stories told by national news outlets for those located elsewhere to gawk at those of us who live here and find our actual experiences have been left unaccounted for. We belong here. It is inscribed in our past, our present and we speak it into our future.
The Southern Movement Media Fund will support the production of this project.
Birmingham, AL: Trans Women of Color Healing Project. This project is created to transform the negative narratives that society has used to shape, frame and paint the lives, identities and narratives of TWOC. In this project we will use education, history, and amazing stories to inform, and authentically represent Trans Women of Color by speaking knowledge to power, to combat the erasure of Trans lives, narratives, and most importantly trans contributions to the world.
The Fund will support the production of materials and development of healing spaces that center stories of trans women of color, while supporting the voting capacity of this community.
Durham, NC: Migrant Roots Media (MRM) is a multilingual, multimedia digital platform that amplifies the voices of migrants, children of migrants, and those fighting to stay in their countries of origin. Our work seeks to unearth the root causes of migration by examining global systems of displacement, including the role of U.S. interventionism in the Global South. We strategically position intersectional voices so they can advance more just narratives and socio-political analyses concerning migration and other social issues.
The Fund will support multimedia post-election analysis and resources on the incoming administration’s immigration agenda.
Conway, AK: The Blackbelt Voices podcast propagates the richness of Black Southern culture by telling the stories of Black folks down South. Through first-person narratives and in-depth conversations, our podcast seeks to share the experiences of Black Southerners living in, loving, and reconciling with the region we call home. Since its launch in September 2019, the Blackbelt Voices podcast has amassed more than 138,400 downloads around the world and has been featured nationally in Vanity Fair; O, The Oprah Magazine; and as a “New and Noteworthy” podcast by Apple Podcasts.
The Fund will support production costs and help expand the reach beyond the Blackbelt Voices podcast and compensate writers across the South to contribute articles for the platform’s website.
Wilmington, NC: Shoresides provides local news to rural and low-income communities in coastal North Carolina. We are a team of journalists, artists, community organizers who banded together in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence to address our region’s inequities and help build a healthy media ecology.
Shoresides is a project of the nonprofit Working Narratives which enlists the power of storytelling and narratives to address social inequities. Working Narratives was founded in 2011, projects include the Free Movement Conference, Coastal Youth Media, Working Narratives Lab, Nation Inside, and an embedded partnership with Techmoja Dance and Theater Company.
The Fund will support a team of community journalists to produce local stories and lift voices from vulnerable populations in their communities along coastal North Carolina.
Read the full announcement here.