Welcome to NAZAR.
NAZAR is an independent journalism project covering surveillance. This project was launched and is curated by Vanessa Taylor, a Black Muslim journalist.
New editions of NAZAR will release on the first and third Wednesday of every month.
Roundup of three works by Black people (or at least, people of color) that I have read. They may be recently published or old things. My main focus is on technology and surveillance but I may include other subjects.
Original coverage from myself or a guest writer. This includes short (400-500 word) articles about surveillance programming, quick report write-ups, interviews with anti-surveillance organizers, and more.
Another roundup, this time of three digital campaigns / events or organizations to participate in or show love to. I come from an organizing background so I want to use whatever platform I have to support ongoing grass-roots efforts.
Do I Have To Pay?
Subscribing is not required but simply a way you can support my work. You can subscribe for $7 a month or $70 for the entire year. If you’re feeling generous, you can subscribe as a Founding Member for $150 per year.
There are more than enough paywalls in journalism. I don’t want cost to be a barrier, especially not for a topic that I believe is deeply important. That is why all of NAZAR’s posts are free to access.
Who Am I?
I’m Vanessa Taylor, a Black Muslim journalist / writer based in Philadelphia and originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Through articles, essays, fiction, and more, I focus on Black Muslim womanhood and technology.
Among other things, I am a 2017 Deeply Rooted Emerging Leaders Fellow with Muslim Wellness, a 2019 Echoing Ida cohort member, 2020 Bitch Media Writing Fellow In Technology, and the founding Editor-in-Chief of The Drinking Gourd, a Black Muslim literary magazine.
Feel free to check out my portfolio.
How Do I Contact You?
Got any tips? Want to shout out a specific org — or maybe you’re coordinating a campaign that needs coverage? Whatever it is, I can be contacted at email@example.com.
You can also connect with NAZAR on Twitter.
Please do not message me on my personal e-mails. NAZAR is temporarily closed to guest pitches.
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