Black Essential Workers - Story Submission
Thank you for your interest in contributing your essential worker story to the “Coronavirus News For Black Folks” newsletter.

We are an independent news project that aims to empower our community by circulating existing coronavirus (COVID-19) news and stories as it relates to the Black Diaspora and creating our own original written and audio content to fill the many gaps in coverage, from how the disease and pandemic are specifically impacting our physical and mental health, our social and cultural structures and institutions, and more:

Please fill out the following below and we will contact you when your story and experiences align with news we're working on at the moment. We likely won't end up being able to include every person's story, but those people whose stories do not make it into our posts will still be given a special shout out in the newsletter.

Patrice Peck
Founder, Coronavirus News for Black Folks
Email address *
First Name *
Last Name *
Would you like to remain anonymous if we share your story? *
Phone number *
Best way to contact you? *
How did you hear about this? *
Age *
Current city of residence *
Current state of residence
Current country of residence *
What is your nationality? *
What race(s) do you identify as? *
How else do you identify? (ie. veteran, lesbian, person with a disability, etc)
What is your official job title? (ie. ER tech, hospital speech therapist, delivery driver) *
How long have you been doing this job? *
Where do you work? If you don't feel comfortable saying the name of your place of work, please explain why. *
What time do you leave home to work? *
What time do you leave work for the day? *
How long are your shifts? *
How often you eat and drink while at work? *
What are the team shift schedules like at your job right now? Are all shifts full? Empty and under-staffed? Please explain. *
What are your emotions and feelings when you're going to work and leaving work? *
What do your typical daily responsibilities and tasks include? If it involves touching and getting close to patients, please explain. *
Talk about what it's like to be Black in your line of work at your job. How has your experience been? *
What are your thoughts on the representation of Black front line workers in COVID-19 news coverage? *
How many patients/customers are you responsible for each day? *
Please describe how difficult or demanding your job is and why. *
Please share whatever you'd like to share about your pay and salary. You can reveal how much you make a year or an hour, and you can also use other indicating factors like whether your pay rarely covers our bill, if you're living comfortably on it, or whether you're living paycheck to paycheck. *
How protected and safe do you feel at work during the pandemic? Also, please describe your protective gear and how comfortable it is to wear it. *
Who do you live with at home? *
Do you have any preexisting medical condition, like asthma, diabetes, or an autoimmune disease? If so, please share whatever you feel comfortable disclosing. *
Are you insured? *
Have you been tested for COVID-19? If you have, when, where, and why? *
Have you been infected with COVID-19? If so, when? *
If you haven't been infected, what do you think your chances are of being infected with COVID-19? *
Have any of your colleagues or patients been infected with COVID-19? If so, about how many? And how does that make you feel? *
What are your biggest fears about this disease and pandemic? *
What motivates you to keep showing up at the front line, day after day? What kinds of rewarding experiences have you had? *
What do you want people who don't work on the front lines of this pandemic to know? *
Anything else you'd like us to know? *
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