Are you sick of trump-supporter mood pieces? Do you think America’s news media is failing at journalism, let alone basic curiosity?
Well then, come sit by me.
I’ve been tweeting about this a good bit but here it is officially: I’d like to speak to first-time African-American voters in the state of Georgia for an upcoming blog series.
Because I set aside some time in my busy freelancing career to invest the .61 seconds it took on Google to research how crucial this powerful-voting bloc was to flipping Georgia blue—twice.
“Black eligible voters have accounted for nearly half of Georgia electorate’s growth since 2000,” Pew Research reported late last year.
Weirdly, search results didn’t turn up anything about what Tennessee MAGAs are feeling or not feeling about Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Over the past four years, New York Times’ favorite pastime has been descending on truck stops in Kentucky to find out out tRUmp voters *really* feel about their financial mood. (Just to be super-precise, white grievance and racism are not economics.)
Here’s what I’m wondering:
What motivated you to get active as a voter?
Do you plan on staying a voter every year including midterms and special elections?
Who has been your No. 1 inspiration to make your voice heard?
What news programs do you watch to stay informed?
While other outlets focus on truck stops and diners, I’ll be focusing on why Black Voters Matter. 🔵
if anyone has leads on first-time black voters in Georgia who'd be willing to speak to me for https://t.co/Yc72fOxZbj blog series DMs open@KristenKfromGA @100FrogLegs @CheryleJ0806 @pinkrocktopus @carrybeyond
— Will Wants You To Use Your Privilege For Good (@bywillpollock) January 17, 2021
Will Pollock is a perpetually crabby New York City escapee based in Midtown Atlanta. He’s a freelance multimedia journalist, media analyst and author of two books (award-winning Pizza for Good & Leaving Triscuit), with more on the way.
In 2001, Will earned his Masters from The Medill School of Journalism, graduating with highest honors from the magazine sequence. As permanent member of Journalism’s National Honors Society, he’s been active in monitoring, writing and blogging about media and journalism ever since he graduated.
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