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Ten of the leading U.S. Black publishers form Word in Black — support their work on racial inequities in America

Word in Black

Word in Black, a program enabled by the Fund for Black Journalism, frames the narrative and fosters solutions for racial inequities in America.

Ten of the nation’s most progressive Black publishers have come together to launch a news collaborative unlike any other in the industry. This group is focused on solutions “by us and for us” when it comes to racial inequities in America.

Through philanthropic funding -- including your financial assistance -- this group will greatly increase its reporting power. The publishers will be able to hire and contract with investigative journalists, data journalists, video producers and more. A central team, led by respected journalist Nick Charles, will turn the group’s local stories into powerful national stories. Soon, major news outlets will be quoting the work of Word in Black. Solutions will take center stage, igniting change in America.

At a time when solutions to racial inequities in America are needed more than ever, the Black press is stepping up to be that much-needed voice.

The first project focuses on the impact of COVID-19 on K-12 education in Black communities across the United States. Two funders have made this work possible.

The next group of reporting projects includes: reimagining public safety in America, the wealth gap and healthcare disparities.

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    Local Media Foundation
    P.O. Box 85033
    Chicago, IL 60689-5033

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About Local Media Association/Local Media Foundation

With more than 3,000 members in the local newspaper, broadcast and digital space, and services that reach even further, Local Media Association has the reach and relationships to facilitate support for local journalism quickly and extensively. The Local Media Foundation provided fiscal sponsorship to independent for-profit local news organizations for a COVID-19 coverage fundraising program that raised $1.8 million from 17,000 donors from all 50 states over two months, including many publishers of color. And LMA helped manage a Facebook COVID-19 grant program that judged 2,000 applications and distributed $12 million to local news organizations in less than five weeks.

LMF also runs a digital transformation lab with five Black publishers, designed to expedite their transition to a digital and sustainable future, and two journalism collaboratives in Chicago and Oklahoma. Two Black publishers serve on the LMA board of directors (Janis Ware/The Atlanta Voice and Sonny Messiah Jiles/Houston Defender Network). Sustainability for publishers of color is one of LMFs four core pillars along with industry collaboration, business transformation and journalism funded by philanthropy.

The Local Media Foundation serves as the fiscal sponsor of this program and will manage the application process, distribution of funds and required IRS reporting.

The Fund for Black Journalism is a program administered by Local Media Foundation, tax ID #36‐4427750, a Section 501(c)(3) charitable trust affiliated with Local Media Association. LMF is raising funds for programs that enable Black-owned media to educate and inform the public on issues related to racial inequities in communities across North America.



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