Black girl journalists for PGH

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Raised by 43 people in 19 months
“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.

PublicSource is a nonprofit media organization delivering public-service journalism at
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PublicSource is pleased to introduce our new high school fellow who started with our newsroom this month. Thank you for providing funding to make this fellowship possible!

“My name is Zoe Vongtau and I am a 17-year-old rising senior at Baldwin High School. Throughout my life, I've been interested in writing in all its formats. This summer at PublicSource, I will be working on stories exploring the various communities and residents of Pittsburgh and their contributions to the city. I will be working on one project that will use writing and photography to highlight the underrepresented cultures within Pittsburgh. In addition to writing, I will be shadowing the staff at PublicSource to better understand the process of journalism. I am excited to be working with the staff and know the summer will be one of great learning and growth.”

You may recognize Zoe from her first-person story on the “I am a black girl and…” project.

It’s important to note that PublicSource interviewed several qualified candidates for the fellowship position, and we’re excited by the depth of talent we encountered. We hope to continue nurturing journalistic talent among our city’s diverse youth population.

Photos by John Hamilton
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Thank you for your part in helping PublicSource promote diversity within journalism. I thought you'd be interested in this interview with Callie Crossley, an Emmy award-winning black female journalist.
Callie will be speaking this Wednesday at Chatham University and we are a community partner. The 7 pm lecture is free.
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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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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 43 people in 19 months
Created March 8, 2017
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