If you’ve followed Reckon for a while now, you already know that we’ve put women at the center of much of our work. If you know that, you also know why the moment we’re in now, particularly here in the South, demands not only more, wider coverage but also deeper listening.
That’s why Reckon is teaming up with The Fuller Project, a nonprofit newsroom that produces enterprise and investigative journalism about women, especially those who are underserved, under-represented and marginalized.
“When we aim to hold the powerful to account, we’re holding them accountable to those they serve, represent or are responsible to, which is why we’re deepening our commitment to local reporting and regional journalism,” said Khushbu Shah, The Fuller Project’s editor-in-chief.
This partnership represents an important evolution for both of our organizations. For Reckon, reporting originating from deep listening started a little over two years ago with the creation of our Reckon Women Facebook group, where membership eventually grew into a community of thousands dedicated to discussing everything Alabama women need to thrive.
Those conversations informed our reporting — from Alabama passing the nation’s most restrictive abortion law, to a deep examination of maternal health, which resulted in the male-dominated Alabama Legislature finally realizing the need to fund the state’s first Maternal Mortality Review Committee so that the state could count, track and find ways to help prevent mothers from dying in childbirth.
Since then, we’ve relaunched Reckon as a start-up focused on highlighting the perspectives and experiences of Southerners who legacy media long failed to see and hear and introduced Honey, a newsletter for the South’s girls, gays and theys.
We’re listening closely as we create stories for brilliant young folks imagining the future South. These Southerners wake up every day and find ways to thrive despite living in places where it’s just harder when you’re queer, a woman and/or a person of color.
“The bodies of Southern women, queer folks and people of color are the most legislated in the nation. The evidence of this is clear in everything from abortion restrictions, voter suppression tactics designed to dilute Black electoral strength and the slough of anti-LGBTQ bills coming out of Southern legislatures. We have to ask why our elected officials aren’t more focused on addressing the real challenges facing Southern communities,” said Ryan “R.L.” Nave, editor in chief of Reckon.
The Fuller Project and Reckon share a sense of urgency for shining light when our public institutions don’t live up to their promises to create democracy that is accessible to everyone.
Starting this fall, The Fuller Project will add an enterprise reporter based here in the South to work closely with Reckon on stories driven by several key questions:
Whose voices are missing from the conversation?
What are the historical or systemic contexts surrounding this issue?
How can we go deeper?
How can we help people get involved in developing solutions?
This important partnership is the result of deep listening over the past few years, and couldn’t happen at a more crucial time.
Reckon and The Fuller Project have always known the power of collaboration, which is why this long-term partnership is the critical next step in our impact and accountability journalism.