The Press in Prison
Scalawag's practical, abolitionist guidebook for journalists is now available for download.
There is a need for more journalism by, from, and for incarcerated people. Filling that gap requires newsroom competency and media capacity for working with writers behind bars. A supplement to Scalawag's second-annual Abolition Week, The Press in Prison is a guidebook and training features insights for journalists from incarcerated writers and the editors who work with them.
This resource is free and available to anyone working or interested in media. To access and download the full PDF of Scalawag's The Press in Prison guidebook, fill out this short form.
Videos and resources
Scalawag's virtual workshop for journalists walks through considerations in the guidebook about how to create systems to sustain and integrate reporting from prison into your newsroom's workflows. View the recordings below to hear directly from incarcerated writers on what support they need most.
Click here to expand the accompanying slides, or download the full presentation here.
Read the editorial:
The national media is shifting its attention away from demands to restructure, defund, and abolish the police, but policing and prisons don't just affect those of us behind bars.
About Abolition Week
Scalawag founded Abolition Week in 2020 to spotlight incarcerated writers, reflect on our values as an abolitionist organization, and encourage fellow media to join us.
This year's collection of stories—all by incarcerated writers—walks readers through their understanding of the abolitionist framework in four stages, ranging from abolitionist in theory to abolitionist in practice.