For Black History Month, the Facebook Journalism Project (FJP) is spotlighting Black-owned and -led media organizations that have joined our programs for news publishers. You can support these organizations by subscribing to their journalism, following their social accounts and registering for their newsletters — find links listed by state below.
“The Black Press of America is vital to the total American news industry,” said Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. “During the past 12 months our member newspapers have remained vigilant and engaged on the frontlines of the Black Lives Matter movement across the United States. We are the ‘trusted’ local, regional and national news voice of the African American community. The majority of our media companies are intergenerational family-owned enterprises. We celebrate our families and our businesses as we recognize Black History Month 2021. This year marks the 194th year of the Black Press as we rededicate and reaffirm our commitment to freedom, justice, equality and empowerment for all.”
In February, FJP will provide a $140,000 grant for the NNPA Fund to launch a series of webinars, a program to support HBCU student digital publications, and a social media incentive program. The monthly webinar series will inform NNPA members about Facebook and Instagram tools to grow their audiences and will include Q&As, office hours and basic account support.
Some newsrooms mentioned here joined the Sustainability Accelerator, our business training program for 20 news outlets owned by people of color. Others spoke during “Our Voices Our Power,” our video series for Black and Latinx publishers to build community and take action for social and racial justice. The programs are part of Facebook’s efforts to support Black and diverse communities. More content can be found by following Lift Black Voices on Facebook, a space that highlights stories from Black people, shares educational resources, and inspires people to act through fundraising.
We’re proud to support these organizations. Because great journalism matters.
Black Voice News
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The Black Voice News shines a light on systemic inequities and disparities giving “voice” to the community through advocacy, solutions-oriented, and data-driven journalism empowering informed action in Black California. “The events of 2020 illustrated just how important trusted and accurate information is for all our communities,” said publisher Dr. Paulette Brown-Hinds. “Informed by our work in the Facebook-funded BIPOC Sustainability Accelerator, Black Voice News’ newest initiatives in 2021 amplify Black California’s communal priorities with the relaunch of our weekly newsletter, Cali Love, while innovating to save the Black press with the development of our Google News Initiative–funded, Data Access and Content Discovery Hub. Supporting the research and development of Black journalism will not only help us anticipate the reporting demands of 2021 and meet them head on, but also empower our communities with the knowledge we need to navigate the obstacles of our constantly changing and consistently challenging society.”
+ Read More: Black Voice News Receives $300,000 from GNI Innovation Challenge
The Miami Times
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The South’s largest Black newspaper with a nearly 100-year-old, family-owned operation recently transferred to its next generation of leadership. While providing unprecedented weekly coverage in 2020 about growing racial divisions and demands for social justice, as well as the coronavirus pandemic, “The Miami Times takes on 2021 with a new editorial team and a renewed commitment to providing robust, original, local content from the Black perspective to our readers while also embracing the growth of our business,” said publisher Garth Reeves, III. The Miami Times purchased Biscayne Times in late 2020, a monthly news magazine with geographically-focused content for a general market readership.
The Atlanta Voice
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The Atlanta Voice, one of the nation’s first nonprofit news organizations, has for more than 55 years trekked a storied history of celebrating and chronicling the African-American experience in metropolitan Atlanta and beyond. Its mission of serving as “a voice for the voiceless” is as poignant and insightful today as it has ever been.
Founded in 1966 by the late Ed Clayton and the late J. Lowell Ware in a city that would become the epicenter of a national movement toward equality for heavily marginalized African Americans, the organization’s founders understood the most fundamental tenets of human rights: “A people without a voice cannot be heard.”
Today, The Atlanta Voice is Metro Atlanta’s leading source for news and information created for the African American community. Its stories, on any platform they appear, preserve the views, traditions, and perspectives of the local community, the Black diaspora, and an expansive digital footprint — with a proven relationship of trust.
Second-generation publisher Janis Ware is now leading an expanded digital media, film, and journalism team into a new era of growth and opportunities. Through rich storytelling and an engaging relationship with its readers, The Atlanta Voice focuses on local issues, Black entrepreneurship, healthy communities, and unearthing hard-to-find, often untold narratives.
“We are certainly living in some unprecedented times, but I am encouraged for the future,” Ware said. “Fortunately, with community partners like Facebook and a number of other industry leaders, The Atlanta Voice is poised and ready to take our place on the frontlines of Black history as it happens.”
The Community Voice of Wichita
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Kansas’ only Black newspaper has grown from the Wichita community to a statewide entity over the last 25 years.
The AFRO-American
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America’s longest-running African-American family-owned newspaper. “The AFRO, where Black lives have mattered since 1892, is committed to acknowledging and preserving the history of African Americans and is the premier source of information for our communities locally and globally,” said CEO and publisher Frances Murphy (Toni) Draper. “We use our extensive reach via Facebook and Instagram, as well as our award-winning website, to supply timely, relevant news and features to audiences worldwide.”
“In spite of the many challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the AFRO team pivoted quickly and continued to provide outstanding local journalism through our print and digital products,” Draper said. “In addition, we introduced a new product in 2021 entitled, ‘We’re Still Here’ — a monthly edition that celebrates the ongoing achievements of the African American community. For Black History Month, that edition will highlight African American firsts.”
+ Read more: Black Women, the Right to Vote, and a Special Project at The AFRO
Outlier Media
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Outlier is service journalism on demand. Their team delivers high-value information directly to news consumers over text messages and offers every user the ability to connect directly with a reporter. Outlier identifies, reports and delivers information to empower residents to hold landlords, municipal government and elected officials accountable for long-standing problems.
St. Louis American
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Missouri’s largest, weekly newspaper has served the African American community since 1928.
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Black Enterprise
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A business, investing and wealth-building resource for African Americans since 1970. Covers Black entrepreneurship, small business, money, and career advice. “Our partnership with Facebook has been helpful in advancing Black Enterprise’s mission to present great storytelling of the Black entrepreneurial and business community to our audiences using various mediums including video, social and virtual events,” said Justin Barton, vice president of digital strategy & partnerships.
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A video news community devoted to publishing stories that affect and reflect Black America.
+ Read more: theGrio’s Natasha S. Alford Has Advice for Young Journalists: ‘Focus’
New York Amsterdam News
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New York City’s oldest Black newspaper, founded in 1909.
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The Charlotte Post
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The largest weekly community newspaper in North Carolina keeping Black residents of Charlotte, Raleigh, and Durham, North Carolina, informed. “During these difficult times when independent journalism is more important than ever, I am so proud of how you believed in us with your subscriptions, donations and other means of support,” said Gerald Johnson, CEO and publisher. “In 2021 we will add additional reporters to expand our coverage area. We will continue to bring you meaningful community events. We will continue to thank you for your support, because without you, there is no us.”
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The nonprofit newsroom serves marginalized people and communities in the South to support Southern movement, community and dissent.
Wurd Radio
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WURD Radio is the only African American–owned and operated talk radio station in Pennsylvania (and one of only a few remaining in the country). Started in 2002, over the past 19 years WURD has evolved into a multimedia, multi-platform communications company that reaches deeply into the Black community through radio, events, digital, video and social media. It is considered the go-to media channel to engage, interact and connect with Philadelphia’s Black community. “WURD played a pivotal role in covering some of the most challenging events of 2020: COVID-19, the racial justice uprisings and the presidential election,” said WURD CEO Sara Lomax-Reese. “Through it all we became a literal lifeline to our community. And I saw firsthand that independent Black media matters more now than ever so we can educate, inform, engage and empower our community all day, every day.”
+ Learn more by listening to the OnWURD: 2020 In Black podcast:
MLK50: Justice Through Journalism
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Launched in 2017 during the run-up to the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, MLK50 is an awardwinning nonprofit newsroom in Memphis, Tennessee, covering poverty, power and policy. “Our vision echoes Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream: a nation where all residents – especially workers – have enough resources to thrive, and where public and private policy supports their success,” said MLK50 founding editor and publisher Wendi C. Thomas. “I’m proud of the measurable, tangible impact we’ve made in our community and the trust we’ve earned from people who are marginalized.”
The Tennessee Tribune
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The Nashville-based weekly newspaper has kept locals informed for the last 30 years.
Blavity Inc.
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The leading media platform for Black millennials and Gen-Z reaches more than 60 million people per month through its five digital properties: Blavity News21NinetyAfroTechTravel Noire, and Shadow And Act. Beginning February 1, each site will feature a Black History Month microsite and additional social content to provide an in-depth look at a key component or moment in history. Each theme was chosen for its cultural significance and unique brand alignment. Special coverage will range from a comprehensive look at HBCUs on Blavity News to a celebration of Black firsts in Hollywood on Shadow & Act. “Our mission has always been to economically and creatively support Black millennials,” says Blavity Inc. founder and CEO Morgan DeBaun. “Based on audience demand, we are expanding our coverage to include new distribution channels and even more editorial content, podcasts and video.”
+ Read more: How Blavity Inc. Used Facebook Live to Unlock New Audience Growth
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The nonprofit covers news, history and finance with content delivered on social media and its Black History Year podcast.