London – Caricom is a new print publication that addresses the diversity discrepancy in football reportage. Editor Calum Jacobs explains that while 35% of Premier League players are black, less than 1% of the people paid to talk about it come from a similar background. His aim is therefore to create ‘a platform from which black writers, designers, photographers, illustrators and fans are able to gain a sense of agency over the way they, and those that look like them, are perceived’.
‘Football is one of the few industries in which meritocracy and multiculturalism both function and enrich the spectacle,’ Jacobs tells LS:N Global. ‘However, the reportage of it is largely mediated by white, middle class males. And while this coverage may generally be great, it can't help but lack the perspective and nuance that minority writers would offer it.’
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