In our continuing efforts to support the diverse Episode community, we’ve heard from community authors that they would like more options for featuring outside of our Heritage and Identity based shelves.
With this in mind, we’d like to introduce the Own Voices section, which features stories by authors of various identities and heritages. The Own Voices section is intended to spotlight stories by BIPOC and/or other underrepresented groups in our community.
In this section of the app, previously featured stories from our annual identity and/or heritage based shelves will now have a more permanent place on the app. Our goal is to have stories appear on the Own Voices shelves for approximately a year and new stories will be rotated in with each new heritage shelf and as more authors are identified.
Here’s where it is in the app! If you don’t have it at this exact moment, it should be rolled out to you shortly.
These shelves will be updated monthly to include stories from featured authors from this point on, which will also be rotated after a year. As we continue working on this project, and adding new authors and stories, our team may expand the identities and heritages featured in this section.
We appreciate your feedback, suggestions, and comments, and if you have them, please reach out to our support team.
– The Episode Team