Stories that matter
The winner of the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion honor will select an organization to receive a $100,000 contribution on his behalf. The other four finalists will each select an organization to receive a $25,000 contribution.
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What is Word in Black?
Why is this important?
Solutions to racial inequities in America should start with the Black press. This new kind of collaborative makes this possible. It also opens up the door to a whole new way of thinking when it comes to news collaboratives. Currently these partnerships are largely geographically structured for obvious reasons – but why limit ourselves? Might this kind of collaboration lead to lots of other opportunities for our industry and the funders who are increasingly supporting journalism? We certainly think so.
What is the first topic to be tackled?
The publishers are focused on the impact of COVID on K-12 education in Black communities. Two major funders have come through to provide the resources to produce this kind of journalism.