There’s been little in the news lately besides coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic — and rightly so, as it is likely to be one of the defining episodes of our lifetimes — but around the time most of us were learning what “PPE” meant, there were several milestones emerging in our industry.
Over the course of just a few weeks, there were a handful of significant developments in diversifying investigative journalism — a specialized reporting area long criticized for its lack of diversity. Just as the mysterious disease was about to manifest itself disproportionately in several urban areas of the country, journalists of color were being announced as taking the helm of investigative news operations or claiming some of the most prestigious investigative journalism awards in the business.
Starting in mid-March:
- The Associated Press appointed African American journalist Ron Nixon as its global investigations editor;
- MLK50: Justice Through Journalism founder and editor Wendi C. Thomas won two of the most prestigious investigative journalism awards in the nation — the $50,000 Selden Ring award and tied for the top award from Investigative Reporters & Editors;
- Manny Garcia took the helm of the new investigative reporting initiative launched by ProPublica and the Texas Tribune, a nonprofit newsroom focusing on Texas politics and public policy matters.
Read the full article from Poynter.: Investigative journalism, long criticized for a lack of diversity, has made significant developments since March