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A nomadic online quarterly providing an in-depth and multifaceted anthology of the voices and experiences that fill out a place.
A nomadic online quarterly providing an in-depth and multifaceted anthology of the voices and experiences that fill out a place.
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Our Pitch to You

SITUATE is a content-rich online periodical that uses place as the point around which each issue revolves. It is nomadic by nature, moving geographic focus with each quarterly issue. First issue: New Orleans (now live)! 

More expansive than a traditional literary magazine, SITUATE covers a broad range of multi-media content, including audio interviews, video montage, and oral narrative in addition to essays, memoir pieces, and short fiction.

We are committed to sourcing the bulk of each issue from local contributors, with a minimum from staff.

Local Meets Global

The more connected we are, the more we thrive as a culture and as a community — both locally and across the globe. It is harder to dismiss someone from a different background or viewpoint when we have been privy to their side of the story. Now more than ever, with segments of the American political arena driving an upswell of latent racism, sexism, and xenophobia, it is crucial that all people be given the opportunity to be heard.

For a variety of reasons related to age, race, class, experience and other factors, many people find that although they have something significant to say, their voices get lost in the melee. The media and publishing industries often prefer established names to those that carry an inherent risk; as a result readers miss out on hearing stories and perspectives that they can relate to on a personal level. SITUATE exists to help rectify that imbalance.

More than just a medium for expression, SITUATE will also be host to a vibrant network of individuals actively engaged in dialogue about contemporary topics, life experiences, story, and the passions that feed us all. Our aim is to combine the broad view and outreach of an international entity with the groundedness and humanity of a local publication.

We strive to further readers' natural curiosity, and stretch their perspectives on what it is to be human.

What to expect

With four release dates per year, each iteration of SITUATE will provide an in-depth look at a different city or small country. Because we understand and honor the fact that cultures often have unique traditions of storytelling, or of approaching contemporary matters, the types of content in each issue will vary as a reflection. 

These may include investigative reporting, interview/profile pieces, essays, memoir, short fiction, oral narratives (as audio or video content), photo essays, and occasional poetry. Additional material will be uploaded between issues in the form of blogs, podcasts, short films, music playlists, and reader-supplied content (anecdotes, comments, etc.). Our first issue will be set in New Orleans, LA, and has just gone live!

Issue #1: New Orleans

Below is a teaser of what can be found in the NOLA issue. We’re thrilled to share the voices of these fantastic New Orleanians:

C.W. Cannon — "The Man on the Back Steps" (memoir)
Melisa Cardona — “Undeniable Vibrance” (photo essay) 
Meaghan Clark — "Oil and Ownership" (investigative report)
Lucas Díaz-Medina — “Black, Brown, and Yellow in New Orleans” (essay)
George Ingmire — “Jazz Continues” (podcast); “Paradise Found” (playlist)
Raymond “Moose” Jackson — “the irish channel”; “altared state" (poetry)
Alex Johnson — "Forever Tonight" (historical fiction)
Olivia MotleyFLOTSAM (short film)
Nick Slie — Interview with rapper/comedian Ballzack (podcast)
Maurice Carlos Ruffin — “A Brief Visit to San Dominick” (fiction)

Who We Are

Kezia Wineberg - Founder and Editorial Director
Mark Carpenter - Web Designer
Brianna McGuire - Business Consultant

Join Us (we can’t do this alone)

Be a part of this community of engaged adventurers! Your support matters.

Every contribution, no matter how large or small, makes a valuable difference. Plus, we'll send you free things! Just a $15 pledge gets you a shout-out in Issue #1 and a say in future topics, in addition to a year-long Premium Membership ($18 value). Plus access to our online Slack community!

Where does your money go? It is a simple breakdown:

  • 85% = paying the talented writers, storytellers, photographers, filmmakers, and other creatives who are offering up to you the multi-hued tapestry that is their city
  • 10% = fulfilling rewards & covering a small portion of design costs
  • 5% = Kickstarter fees 

After we achieve our initial funding goals, anything more we raise will be used to create the best experience we can for YOU, our readers.

Your generous contribution makes you instrumental in the production of a truly unique and meaningful online platform for the voices of this world. This is more than a community of readers that you will be joining; it is a movement. One built of curiosity, compassion, and a thirst for connection.

Video Credits

Sney Noorani (Videographer)
Trevor Alan Taylor (Camera, Photographer) 
Kezia Wineberg (Additional Camera, Producer)
Nick Slie (Cameo)
Alyssa Ackermann & Donnie Rex (Additional Camera)

Music

"До восхода (часть 1)" ("Before the Dawn (Part 1)") - Eispollaetidespota "Faster Does It" - Kevin MacLeod

Collaboration Credits

Melisa Cardona (cover image)
DEANT (Logo Design, via 99designs.com)

Risks and challenges

Whether a publication exists primarily online or in print, one of the biggest challenges that any new periodical faces is generating enough revenue to continue into the future. In order to bolster SITUATE's chances in such a competitive market, we intend to develop a sustainable business model that relies on a combination of investors, subscriptions, and carefully chosen advertising partners.

Being able to fund the first issue of SITUATE through Kickstarter allows us to have a solid product with which to attract both investors and readers, and gives us three months of breathing room in which to work out any unexpected obstacles.

Through intensive focus on social media and special events, we hope to grow our readership fast and keep people engaged on multiple levels as we move forward. A handful of the content from each issue will be offered free to the public, as well as all of the material uploaded between issues (blogs, short films, etc.). By choosing this route we hope to foster an interactive and widespread community that extends beyond our subscription base at any given point in time and into the world at large.

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    People like you are instrumental in helping us get this project off the ground. You'll get a shout-out on our website, plus the chance to vote on what topics we cover next.

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    We love you. In gratitude, we will not only give you a shout-out on our site and a say in future topics, but also a year-long Premium membership ($18 value). Plus access to our online Slack community!

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    Everything listed previously is yours, as well as a 2nd Premium membership for a person of your choice. Add to that two tickets to our launch party at Sidney’s Saloon in New Orleans, and it's a pretty sweet deal!

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    You deserve to see behind the scenes! We will send you a unique flash drive full of unpublished photos, outtakes from interviews, and anything else we think you will like. Of course, you get all the prior awards too.

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    Ever wanted a radio host to create a show just for you? On top of the rewards above, nationally syndicated New Orleans WWOZ dj George Ingmire will record an exclusive and personalized 1-hour show for your listening pleasure.

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    You have stories inside, and we want to help you tell them. Get a 30-minute acting or storytelling lesson from theater professional Nick Slie (face-to-face if in New Orleans, or via Skype if elsewhere). We'll record it for you, and add it to your rewards from the previous levels.

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    You have made it to the top of the list, and we adore you beyond words. You are now part of the treasured inner circle, receive all the rewards above, AND most importantly, get to choose where we dedicate an entire issue. Where should we set up shop after our 4th installment? You be our guide.

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