Scalawag sparks critical conversations about the many Souths where we live, love, and struggle. We amplify the voices of organizers, artists, and writers to reckon with Southern realities as they are: complex, but ever running towards justice. In print, online, and in person, Scalawag reimagines the roots and futures of the place we call home.
The stories we tell matter and move conversations forward. Our programs create rich connections among Southerners and throughout the South: between writers and readers, changemakers and communities; from urban to rural, from local to state. Together, we lay the groundwork for social change.
How we work
Scalawag is committed to community-supported, nonprofit journalism. As a 501(c)3, we depend on individual donors and foundations to support our work. Subscription sales cover the costs of our ongoing journalism, but donations and grants are essential for the expansion of our work.
Until 2017, we did this work with less than $50,000 a year. The entire Scalawag team worked as volunteers, even as we have paid every writer and photographer. Our team is now beginning to be paid—even as we expand and many of us work on part-time basis. We work with partners of all kinds—journalists, local community organizations, and national networks like the Institute for Nonprofit News and the Media Consortium.
Scalawag's impact is not only in its journalism. We believe that Scalawag can be a home that mentors and supports a new generation of Southern writers, editors, and nonprofit leaders committed to an equitable and just South. With support from donors who give $5 and institutional support from places like the AJ Fletcher Foundation and the Emerson Collective, we're growing Scalawag's impact—and punching above our weight.
You can mail inquiries, donations, or pitches to Scalawag, PO Box 129, Durham, NC 27702, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.