Here at YES!, we often get questions from readers about the work that goes on behind the scenes. So to help pull back the veil, several of our editors went live during YES! Fest to answer your questions during an “Ask YES! Anything” panel.
Moderated by YES! board member and Press On co-founder Manolia Charlotin, the panel featured YES!’s Editorial Director Sunnivie Brydum, Senior Editor Chris Winters, Environmental Editor Breanna Draxler, and Racial Justice Editor Sonali Kolhatkar. The questions ranged from the basic “What makes a story a YES! story?” to the editorial team debates around sensitive subject issues and how to cover them. (“I want the tea,” Charlotin said.)
Of course, we opened up questions to the audience, who weighed in on what they wanted to know about our coverage of historically excluded communities, how we plan our print issues, what sorts of systems we cover when we talk about systemic problems, and how we can elevate transformative voices above all the background noise in today’s hyper-politicized media environment.
Give the “Ask YES! Anything” panel a watch, and you’ll probably learn something new about us. We know we also did.
is a senior editor at YES!, where he specializes in covering democracy and the economy. Chris has been a journalist for more than 20 years, writing for newspapers and magazines in the Seattle area. He’s covered everything from city council meetings to natural disasters, local to national news, and won numerous awards for his work. He is based in Seattle, and speaks English and Hungarian.