Riding high on the groundswell of pride and honor felt among most members of the black community during President Obama’s 2008 election, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Donald Graham, chairman of The Washington Post, partnered to launch The Root, an online publication covering the nation’s biggest news stories — with an African-American angle.
How does The Root stand out from Huffington Post Black Voices, The Grio and other sites with a similar mission? “We try to differentiate ourselves in the quality of the writing and reporting and in taking perceived wisdom about race and racism and factors that affect the black community and challenging them,” said Lauren Williams, deputy editor. “One of the things that we are noted for is just having really smart content.”
Whether you’re looking to write a reported piece or a personal essay, The Root welcomes submissions from contributors — in fact, half of the site’s content is freelance-written. For pitching etiquette and editor’s contact info, read How To Pitch: The Root.
— Sherry Yuan
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