BRID // Baza za radničku inicijativu i demokratizaciju

OWID // Organization for Workers' Initiative and Democratization

Journal RAD.

Year: 2016

Donors: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia

Project description:

Journal RAD. is a newspaper that during its two-year activity (so far we have issued seven numbers) began to introduce into broader media field topics dealing with labor, employment and social rights in an innovative way concerning genre, content and reception. Since those issues remain mostly uncovered in mainstream media, RAD.’s approach contributes to the pluralism of media field as it opens space to marginalized social groups and individuals, and those who are directly affected by the loss of employment, changes in labor legislation, discrimination in the workplace, the credit indebtedness or non-payment of wages. RAD. includes all already detected problems related to work and labor rights, such as the division of labor in the public and the real economy, flexibility of labor, the problem of young people in the labor market, low density of unionized workers in the private sector, etc. However, we approach these issues from a different angle, by collecting and analyzing experiences from the field, giving voice to those directly affected by these processes, as well as critical and in-depth analysis that is often missing in the mainstream media. Special attention is paid to the consequences brought by the transformation of the welfare state institutions: the impact of the withdrawal of social services in the everyday life of workers, as well as the consequences of the decreasing availability of public and common goods to large segments of the population.

In the coming years we intend, while retaining our basic editorial concepts, to intensively deal with the working conditions of women, ethnic minorities, LGBT population and migrants .
Although the biggest focus in designing the content is on a regular fieldwork, RAD. also opens the subjects that were not present in our media field for a long time, such as the history of the workers’ culture. The primary targeted audience of the magazine includes trade unions and civil society organizations around which we create a unique distribution network. Of course, depending on the level of support in the future, we intend to focus more on the wider audience and to increase the circulation of the magazine.

In the design and implementation of this project, the editorial board takes as their own heritage and the starting point these principles: