Virginia founded Words In the Bucket (WIB) in 2014, with a long time friend. WIB is an online platform for citizens writing about human rights, gender, development and environment related topics. It started small. But two years in, the group has now grown to over twenty regular contributors, and six core team members. WIB aims to publish content that tells a different story, by taking local news and stories to an international audience and also giving a space to citizens, experts and researchers to talk about what interests them.
Virginia is the Head Editor and content curator of WIB, coordinating and working side by side with a team of three junior editors. The editing process is meticulous, as editors try and guide non-professional writers into writing strong and concise pieces.
WIB does not accept professional writers and journalists in order to not fuel their low payment, as it aims to give researchers, experts, and concerned citizens the chance to put forward issues that feature their reality. WIB has a readership of around twelve thousand people and a growingly number of followers on Facebook; as the team is constantly working to expand this.
You can look at the result of Virginia’s and her colleagues’ work here.