Jordan Brand to Pledge $1 Million to Support Diversity in Journalism
In SummaryMichael Jordan and his brand are supporting the Ida B. Wells Society’s efforts to increase diversity in the field of investigative journalism.
To increase the diversity in investigative journalism, Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand have pledged $1 million to the Ida B. Wells Society.
The goal of the million-dollar pledge is to increase outreach efforts and invite aspiring young writers of color into the field of investigative journalism.
The grant was announced in May and it will enable the Ida B. Wells Society to build a summer journalism program at a historically Black North Carolina college, create more college internship partnerships and kickstart a year-long high school journalism project at a majority Black and Latino public high school in the state.
The Ida B. Wells Society was founded in 2016 to cultivate journalists of color who aim to learn more about investigative and accountability reporting and improve reporting on racial inequality.
“Investigative reporting is the most important reporting in our democracy,” said Nikole Hannah-Jones, an alumna of UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media and New York Times Magazine investigative reporter. “It’s the reporting that holds power accountable, that unearths the way it’s wielded, that tells the stories that people don’t want told. Our democracy is in crisis as politicians are advancing a wave of voter suppression laws across the country and journalists must step up to be the firewall for our democracy. That makes the work we do as a Society and the substantial support of Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand so critical in this moment.”