About

Mission

First and foremost, Overground Collective’s mission is to center Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) voices and perspectives in media.

We believe in granting those with lived experience the space to tell their own stories.

History

Overground Collective was founded amidst a global pandemic, economic depression, and reinvigorated civil rights movement. It was born on June 3, 2020.

What Makes Us Different

We are dedicated to empowering and amplifying the voices of those from marginalized communities.

For centuries, media has left our voices out of the mainstream, and when we are allowed in, we are paid less, given few editorships, and are encouraged to strive for a mythological “objectivity” when writing and reporting about the news of our communities. No more.

Our perspectives, backgrounds, community ties, and “proximity” to a story or issue should be valued. That’s why Overground Collective exists. We want your proximity to a story to be seen as a strength.

To that end, we are revolutionizing media by instituting a policy of strict adherence to what we are calling a “proximity meter.”

Editorial Independency

Overground Collective is a reader-supported, independent digital news, culture, and opinion magazine. We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.

Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.

Donor Transparency

Overground Collective is committed to financial transparency.

Accepting donations does not mean we endorse donors, their products, services, or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants, and sponsorships from individuals, organizations, and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics, and special projects. Our news judgments are made independently—not based on or influenced by donors.

We do not give supporters the right to assign, review or edit content.

Overground Collective will make public all donors who give a total of $500 or more per year.