Black girl journalists for PGH

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Public Source
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“I am a black girl and… I want to be a journalist.”

The Pittsburgh journalism community is much less diverse than the city it covers. Only 9 percent of journalists in Pittsburgh are black, Hispanic or Asian, according to last year’s survey by the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation.

In Pittsburgh, opportunities for paid internships in journalism are scarce, and it's particularly difficult for a nonprofit like ours to offer them.

However, we, at PublicSource, believe that it is important to nurture, and pay for, young talent.

So as part of a new initiative to promote gender and race parity in Pittsburgh journalism, we're looking to offer a paid fellowship for an aspiring black female journalist to join our newsroom for summer 2017. Following a rigorous application process, she will join a team of experienced journalists and nonprofit professionals in delivering public-service journalism for a better Pittsburgh.

We hope that our city and our readers are willing to help us fund this opportunity. The first $2,000 will be matched thanks to the generosity of the FISA Foundation.

UPDATE: We received a check donation on 3/23/17 that put us past our $2k goal. We welcome any additional donations as we hope to make this an annual fellowship.

Your contribution will help us recruit a young fellow at the high school level, something we've never done before and few news outlets do. We're doing this because we believe there is a need to establish a pipeline of young black journalists to cover our city and better reflect its diversity and reality.

You can help us inspire high school students to consider journalism as a career path. It’s as important as ever to invest in a future generation of journalists who will hold the powerful to account and shed light on stories that are not being covered. Our community needs an independent, free press and good journalists who are passionate about fact-based reporting and fair coverage.

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Update 2
Posted by Public Source
4 days ago
We just received a check donation from New Voices Pittsburgh that put us past our $2k goal. Thank you to all of our generous donors! We welcome any future donations as we hope to make this an annual fellowship.
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Update 1
Posted by Public Source
14 days ago
2/3rds to goal! We are excited by the strong start. Thank you. More articles in our "I am a black girl and..." project will be published this Thursday.
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Raised by 40 people in 19 days
Created March 8, 2017
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