Written and created exclusively by women of colour, Gal-dem is a vital online platform, collective, and now printed magazine for underrepresented members of the industry. Speaking at Nicer Tuesdays, editor Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff and graphic designer Chani Wisdom described the purpose of the group and took us through its first issue.
“Our aim is to create a more inclusive and diverse media industry in the UK,” Charlie says. “At the moment, 94% of journalists are white and 55% are men. So we want to give a voice to some of the most marginalised people in society.”
The 300-page inaugural publication focuses on the theme of Home, and designer Chani describes how the team “wanted to encourage it as a slow-read… to have a narrative and be read from front to back”. An expectedly diverse and exciting roster of contributors brought the pages to life, covering topics such as homelessness, Grenfell and “feeling at home in the UK”.
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