BRID // Baza za radničku inicijativu i demokratizaciju
OWID // Organization for Workers' Initiative and Democratization
Journal RAD. is a newspaper that during its two-year activity (so far we have issued seven numbers) began to introduce into broader media field topics dealing with labor, employment and social rights in an innovative way concerning genre, content and reception. Since those issues remain mostly uncovered in mainstream media, RAD.’s approach contributes to the pluralism of media field as it opens space to marginalized social groups and individuals, and those who are directly affected by the loss of employment, changes in labor legislation, discrimination in the workplace, the credit indebtedness or non-payment of wages. RAD. includes all already detected problems related to work and labor rights, such as the division of labor in the public and the real economy, flexibility of labor, the problem of young people in the labor market, low density of unionized workers in the private sector, etc. However, we approach these issues from a different angle, by collecting and analyzing experiences from the field, giving voice to those directly affected by these processes, as well as critical and in-depth analysis that is often missing in the mainstream media. Special attention is paid to the consequences brought by the transformation of the welfare state institutions: the impact of the withdrawal of social services in the everyday life of workers, as well as the consequences of the decreasing availability of public and common goods to large segments of the population.
In the coming years we intend, while retaining our basic editorial
concepts, to intensively deal with the
working conditions of women, ethnic minorities, LGBT population and
Although the biggest focus in designing the content is on a regular fieldwork, RAD. also opens the subjects that were not present in our media field for a long time, such as the history of the workers’ culture. The primary targeted audience of the magazine includes trade unions and civil society organizations around which we create a unique distribution network. Of course, depending on the level of support in the future, we intend to focus more on the wider audience and to increase the circulation of the magazine.
In the design and implementation of this project, the editorial board takes as their own heritage and the starting point these principles:
- the legacy of human rights of second and third generation and their mutual links
- interdisciplinary approach to journalistic work, introducing to the media discourse on the work the views otherwise marginalized groups
- intersectional understanding of the place of work as the point of crossing of different identitarian, economic and political dimensions of life of the individual which is often omitted in dealing with working conditions and rights today
- field work, with particular emphasis on contextualization and in-depth analysis of cases that will be achieved by expanding the interlocutor network and focusing on the research approach to issues
- criticism and supervision of institutions and policies in this domain (eg. the legislative and executive authorities, employers' associations, and trade union confederations)