What Is Medium’s Policy On Curating Articles For Distribution

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“We are processing this story. Hang tight!”

This messaging showed up on an article I published on Medium on February 11, 2020, titled Biden Toppled As Front Runner and Blacks Haven’t Voted Yet. I checked this morning, nine days later, for a status update. The messaging still says, “We are processing this story. Hang tight!”

On February 12, the day after I published this piece following the New Hampshire Primary — gees doesn’t it seem like that primary was a year ago — I published another story on Medium titled, Black People, Vote too. I Immediately received the message, “We are processing this story. Hang tight!” I checked this morning, eight days later, for a status update. You guessed it, the same message. Medium wants me to hang tight because they are still processing this story.

What gives?

I have to go back to October 28, 2019, to find a story distributed to curators. A piece I published, Baseball Fans Boo President Trump at World Series, found distribution in both Sports and Politics.

I have published 15 articles on Medium in between this piece on President Trump’s visit to the World Series in October and the two pieces I wrote on the Democratic Party’s primary process. Each of them received a resounding and immediate rejection.

I posted those same pieces on my blog at haroldmichaelharvey.com, and each of them has received several thousand readers, especially viewers from China and Ukraine.

Like anyone working at the writer’s trade, at times, I suck at writing, but to bat an 0 for 17, stretches the mathematical probability to the realm of disbelief.

So what’s up with approving or disapproving articles for distribution in a timely fashion?

Harold Michael Harvey is the author of Freaknik Lawyer: A Memoir on the Craft of Resistance. He is a Past President of the Gate City Bar Association. He is the recipient of Gate City’s R. E. Thomas Civil Rights Award, which he received for his pro bono representation of Black college students arrested during Freaknik celebrations in the mid to late 1990s. An avid public speaker, contact him at hmharvey@haroldmichaelharvey.com.

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