In this #MeToo moment it's critical that journalists not overlook campus sexual assault. Studies show that 23.1% of female undergraduates and 5.4% of male undergraduates experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation.
To solve the problem of sexual violence on campus, the public needs consistent, powerful storytelling that puts a human face on campus sexual violence. We need to make the statistics gripping by using the best data graphics available. And mostly we need to repeat the story, over and over.
To that end, the Media Consortium, partnering with Bitch Media, is launching #DishonorRoll. Twice a month, a wide consortium of news outlets, working with project editors at Bitch Media, will publish stories on different aspects of campus sexual assault.
We invite freelancers and news outlets to apply for a $500 grant to produce a DisHonorRoll story.
We seek original pieces that interrogate the ongoing issues surrounding campus sexual assault, particularly from underrepresented or under-featured perspectives. Pieces should aim to provide nuanced analysis that builds on known struggles of campus sexual assault and tell them in a new and compelling way. Here are some sample topics:
- how campus sexual assault is handled at historically Black colleges and universities
- issues with mandated reporting
- students who drop out after assault
- how equipped mental health services on campus are to address PTSD for survivors
- division of labor/work hoisted on women and gender centers vs holistic university approach
- orientation/spring break - how are university programs handling prevention?
- realities/debunking ideas of "triggering" for survivors
- how the problems of university judicial system runs parallel to legal juries
Details are available in the application. Apply now!
Outlets: Identify a staff or freelance journalist and the editor that will work with them. Identify a story you want to tell. Apply for the $500/story grant.
Freelancers: Identify the story you want to tell. If possible, identify an outlet that is interested in publishing your story. Apply for the $500/ story grant.