Fireside Report for 2016?

It’s approaching the point at which I need to start working on a 2016 follow-up to the Fireside report’s statistical analysis if such a thing is to have a chance of happening. That is, if the community needs and wants it — I don’t want to assume it does, and repeating such an endeavor could leave people feeling like specimens, which is the last thing I want and the most important consideration. 

So, I am seeking feedback before I pursue it any further. (You can reach me here, via email, or via Twitter/DM.)

There are two possible avenues of approach. These aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive, but if there’s desire for both, one needs to be prioritized in case energy runs out.

  • The same information as last year’s report — number of original stories published by black authors in SF/F magazines — but for 2016, as well as analysis of any changes between the years and additional data points. For example, one critical piece of information that we didn’t have for 2015 was the number of unique authors (both black and overall). 
  • Editorial demographic data. Editorial in this field is, by and large, pretty damn pasty and it’s possible the field would benefit from having a document to point to that proves it.

Once again, I’m soliciting feedback on this, publicly or privately (will be kept confidential). 

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4 Responses to Fireside Report for 2016?

  1. Zina says:

    I’m very interested in both avenues of approach, but if you had to prioritize one, I think that I’d personally get a bit more out of you analyzing the changes in data between the two years. Either way, I look forward to seeing what comes out of this because the Fireside Report was incredible and necessary work in and on the SFF community!

  2. Cecily,

    I am in support of another #BlackSpecFic report in general, and would be open to assisting in any way possible. I am going to echo Zina here in saying that I would like to see a comparison between the 2015 data and the 2016 data in a follow-up report.

    If you need me, you know how to get me.


    • cecilykane says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Troy! Since there’s consensus in what I’ve heard publicly and privately, I’m going to go ahead and start working on it. (Still not 100% certain I’ll be able to pull it off, but gonna try my damndest.) Also appreciate the offer of help; will let ya know if I get stuck!

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