Ultiworld Publishes Equity Statement, Pitch Guidelines, and Style Guide

As part of our larger offseason effort to increase transparency and lay the groundwork for a more diverse team at every level, Ultiworld’s site now includes an Equity Statement as well as Pitch Guidelines for potential contributors.

Ultiworld strives to be the leading news source for disc sports, and as such, we believe it is both a moral imperative as a company and necessary to the quality of our coverage to include truly diverse voices in our core staff of editors, writers, and media creators, as well as in the content we publish from other contributors. Working towards that goal requires ongoing commitment to principles of equity and inclusion in our journalism and business practices; by adding these pages to the site, we hope to take one step in that process by lowering barriers to entry for getting involved, as well as making those principles clear as a central part of our mission.

To that end, the Equity Statement elaborates on that commitment and the steps we’re taking to make related work visible, while the Pitch Guidelines provide information on how to submit work, our editorial process, and compensation for contributors. Both can be found in the informational links at the footer of every page on the site.

Along with these, we have also publicly posted our in-house Style Guide, accessible from the Pitch Guidelines. This living document describes the language and grammatical choices Ultiworld has made to build a consistent voice and format for our coverage, with sport-specific standards on subjects like field space terminology or describing teams consistently within divisions, as well as guidelines for inclusive language in ultimate writing. By making it public, we hope to provide a helpful resource for writers interested in working with the site and a standard for language in our sport that is both clear and respectful.

The Equity Statement, Pitch Guidelines, and Style Guide were developed by Ultiworld’s core editorial team of Charlie Eisenhood, Keith Raynor, Steve Sullivan, Ravi Vasudevan, Mags Colvett, and Zoe Collins Rath. We welcome feedback at editor@ultiworld.com.

  1. Steve Sullivan
    Steve Sullivan

    Steve Sullivan is the Executive Editor of Ultiworld. He began playing in 2001 at Boston University, helped found and then played 14 seasons with Slow White, and most recently competed with San Francisco Blackbird. He has volunteered as a college Sectional Coordinator, a club Regional Coordinator, served three terms as a player-elected representative for the Mixed division on USAU's Club Working Group, and is currently an At-Large rep on the USAU Board of Directors. He has previously written for the USAU magazine and The Huddle, and was editor of the book "Ultimate: The First Five Decades, Vol II." You can reach him by email (steve@ultiworld.com) or on Twitter (@sjsully21).

  2. Mags Colvett
    Mags Colvett

    Mags Colvett is Ultiworld's Associate Editor, the holder of a creative writing MFA from Ohio State University and a literature MA from the University of Georgia, and a proud career B-teamer. They live in Queens and tweet at @magscolvett.

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