'These dollars are not reaching BIPOC newsrooms': Tracie Powell and Meredith Clark on funding inequities and local news


In the spring,  Dr. Meredith Clark and Tracie Powell published a paper, “Architects of Necessity: Learning from BIPOC publishers how to make journalism philanthropy more effective.” They surveyed 100 BIPOC-led news outlets and examined how racial bias affects their philanthropic funding. Seventy-nine percent of respondents said their current funders weren’t meeting their primary needs. ...

“The digital news era has enabled more journalists to become publishers, either individually or as part of collectives and/or startups,” Clark and Powell wrote in their peer-reviewed paper, which they presented at the International Symposium on Online Journalism in Austin. But they see a failure to consider how the social construction of race influences everything from funding acquisition to the positioning of “desirable audiences” who are willing and able to pay for/sponsor news products.

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