Basketball legend Michael Jordan announced that he will donate $ 1 million to the Ida B. Wells Investigative Reporting Society to help diversify newsrooms.
The Jordan Brand Grant enable society to expand its college internship program, create a summer journalism program at a historically African-American college or university in North Carolina, and launch a high school journalism project with a predominantly Black and Latino school in the state.
The Ida B. Wells Society, created in 2016 to help train and support minority investigative journalists, is based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Media.
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– Ida B. Wells Society (@IBWellsSociety) September 9, 2021
“Investigative reporting is the most important reporting in our democracy,” Nikole Hannah-Jones, co-founder of the society and author of Project 1619, said in a statement.
“It is the reports that hold power accountable, those that discover how it is exercised, those that tell the stories that people do not want to be told. Our democracy is in crisis, as politicians are pushing a wave of laws of suppression of voters across the country and journalists must step in to be the firewall of our democracy, “he added. “That makes the work we do as a Society and the substantial support of Michael Jordan and the Jordan brand so critical at this time.”
Jordan, who was the theme song for the Netflix documentary series “The Last Dance,” pledged in 2020 to donate $ 100 million to organizations that are dedicated to racial equality, social justice and access to education for the next decade, Black Enterprise reported.
“The work of the Ida B. Wells Society has common roots in our Commitment to the Black Community, reformulating the stories of the community, opening new spaces of access and inspiration and promoting social justice. We look forward to supporting diverse young talents and helping change the landscape of investigative journalism, ”Jordan Brand President Craig Williams said in a statement.