Jordan Brand Black Community Commitment National Museum African American History and Culture Ida B. Wells Society Morehouse College grants education awareness
Founded in 2016 by award-winning journalists Nikole Hannah-Jones, Ron Nixon, Topher Sanders and Corey Johnson, the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting is an organization with a mission of increasing the ranks, retention and profile of reporters and editors of color in the field of investigative reporting. It provides training for current and emerging journalists, a year-long fellowship in racial justice reporting, and a membership network. The Ida B. Wells Society, seeking to challenge conventional narratives by amplifying the voices of people of color, will expand its program reach with its multi-year Black Community Commitment grant by funding opportunities for high school and college students of color in the field of investigative reporting and providing professional development programs for investigative reporters that are structured with the needs of reporters of color in mind.
“Investigative reporting is the most important reporting in our democracy,” says Nikole Hannah-Jones, journalist, academic and co-founder of the Ida B. Wells Society. “It’s the reporting that holds power accountable, that unearths the way it’s wielded, tells the stories that people don’t want told. That same reporting needs to be reflective of our country’s demographics.”