Thursday, March 31, 2016

IDA B WELLS FELLOWSHIP LAUNCHED TOWARD DIVERISTY IN JOURNALISM

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The Ida B. Wells Fellowship was launched by The Nation Institute in March 2016 to promote diversity in journalism by helping to create a pipeline of investigative reporters of color who bring diverse backgrounds, experiences, and interests to their work.


The fellowship honors Ida B. Wells, the pioneering African-American activist and investigative reporter who, during the Jim Crow era, led the nation’s first campaign against lynching. Born into slavery and orphaned at age 16, Wells not only dispelled stereotypes regarding rape and lasciviousness that led to black men and women being lynched, but revealed that often these victims’ only "crimes" were threatening white supremacy through acts of resistance or achievement. She continued her reporting in the face of death threats.


The one-year fellowship helps reporters complete their first substantial work of investigative reporting, by providing a $10,000 award and editorial advice from a dedicated Investigative Fund editor. Fellows will receive funds to cover travel and other reporting costs, and the costs associated with attending the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors conference. They will also enjoy access to research resources, legal assistance, professional mentors, and assistance with story placement and publicity.
 
Applications for 2016 are due April 18. 
Winners will be announced in May.



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