Backtalk: Kaepernick’s Protest & Freelance Writer Problems

This week on Backtalk, Amy and Sarah talk about big feelings on activist athletes. They dig into the media coverage of Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the national anthem and highlight what it means that soccer star Megan Rapinoe took a knee in solidarity with him. Then, they discuss the gender politics of being a freelancer in this economy—and the power dynamics that exist between editors and writers. Check out the Columbia Journalism Review article on how VICE treats their freelancers and the article “Between a Boss and a Hard Place: Why More Women Are Freelancing” that was published in the Money issue of Bitch.   

On Backtalk, we always share one thing we read, heard, and saw this week. 

READ: The new book Hidden Figures tells the long-overlooked story of African American women who worked at NASA. 

SAW: Amy is really into the new season of Chef’s Table.

HEARD: Hell yeah! Y La Bamba has a great new album called “Ojos Del Sol.”


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