Episode 04: Journalism through the Black, Lesbian, Feminist Lens with Karen Hawkins

Karen Hawkins founded Rebellious Magazine for Women with a mission to give opportunities to those whose points-of-view differed from the conventional straight-white-male lens through which mainstream media is shared. In this episode of the Defy Convention podcast, we speak to Karen about what it means to be a disruptor in today’s white-male-dominated media industry, how to set boundaries to preserve our mental health as leaders, why “objectivity” in media is bullshit, and how storytelling through an authentic and inclusive lens has the power to “lower the wall between the writer and the reader.”

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Follow Karen’s convention-defying work:

  • Karen on Twitter: @chiefrebelle
  • Chicago Reader on Twitter: @chicago_reader
  • Rebellious Mag on Twitter: @rebelliousmag
  • Karen on Instagram: @chiefrebelle
  • Chicago Reader on Instagram: @chicago_reader
  • Rebellious Mag on Instagram: @rebelliousmagazine
  • Rebellious Magazine Website
  • Chicago Reader Website

About Karen:

Karen Hawkins is the Founder and Rebelle in Chief of Rebellious Magazine and Co-Editor In Chief of the Chicago Reader. She is a recovering mainstream media reporter and editor who wants to thank her former boss for naming the online magazine she’s always wanted to start when he called her “Rebellious” for taking too many weekends off. When she isn’t instigating a media Rebellion, she’s thanking her lucky starlets she gets to do whatever she wants on weekends.


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