Does Big Publishing Do Enough to Empower the Disenfranchised?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

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By Edward Nawotka

Today’s lead story profiles the winner of this year UK Young Publishing Entrepreneur Prize, Gavin Weale, who plans to launch a magazine to be run by at-risk young people in South African townships. The idea mirrors an already successful project in London, which has helped some 75 kids stay in school or find jobs, and otherwise indoctrinate them into the publishing industry.

But this raises the question: While the publishing industry in general laments the lack of readers, is it doing enough charity among the disenfranchised and underpriviledged — the very people who might benefit most by reading?

And, perhaps an even more important question to consider: What do you do?

Read the story and then let us know what you think — or might even be working on — in the comments below.

READ: Our earlier look at “The Rise of Cause Publishing”

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.