ONA Weekly #328: Equitable Coverage For Black America

By on September 30, 2020

Equitable coverage for Black America

Understanding and engaging with Black America is fundamental to the practice of good journalism in the United States. From COVID-19 to police violence, most major news stories in the U.S. in 2020 have disproportionately affected Black people. Yet, Black communities are too often viewed as an audience segment, or worse, a coverage subject.

Join us for the ONA20 opening featured session More Equitable Coverage for Black America on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 12:15 p.m. ET (16:15 UTC). Founders and editors of digital-first publications whose coverage proportionally centers on Black communities will lead the conversation and share how they’re approaching their reporting leading into the U.S. elections and beyond: 

  • Todd Johnson, Chief Content Officer, theGrio
  • Patrice Peck, Freelance Journalist, Coronavirus News for Black Folks
  • Glenn Burkins, Founder and Publisher, Qcitymetro.com
  • Wendi Thomas, Editor and Publisher, MLK50: Justice Through Journalism
  • Tiffany Walden, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The TRiiBE 
  • Moderator: Imaeyen Ibanga, ONA Board Member and Presenter, AJ+
Register now for ONA20

$200,000 for innovation in journalism education

We’re accepting applications for the 2020 Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. The challenge is about collaboration and experimentation—we’re looking to support projects by universities and local news partners that explore new ways of teaching journalism and providing information to their communities. Projects that increase community engagement are particularly welcome. Apply by Oct. 28.

Hear from the 2020 Online Journalism Awards finalists

From investigations to community engagement innovations, each of the OJA20 finalist projects is an example of outstanding work. Hear from creators as they share what’s unique about their projects and what it would mean to win an OJA. We’ll announce the winners for 42 awards across 19 categories at virtual awards events throughout ONA20 Everywhere. 

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Career opportunities

ONA’s Career Center is an excellent resource for jobs, fellowships and internships in digital journalism. Recent postings include:

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