NABJ, EHRP Announce Winners of COVID-19 and Black Community Storytelling Grants
The Economic Hardship Reporting Project and the National Association of Black Journalists proudly congratulate the winners of a new reporting grant to focus attention on the impact of COVID-19 on the Black community.
According to APM Research Lab, “Black Americans continue to experience the highest overall mortality rates and the most widespread occurrence of disproportionate deaths. Since we began reporting these data, the Black mortality rate across the U.S. has never fallen below twice that of all other groups.”
Courtland D. Sutton, a Maryland-based filmmaker, and Janelle Harris Dixon, a reporter, each won $2,500 grants. Sutton will direct a short film about the plight of struggling restaurant owners in Charleston, S.C. Dixon will examine how the pandemic affects the mental health of people of color in working poor communities strained by systemic racism.
NABJ Founders Sandra Dillard, Norma Adams Wade and Sandra Dawson Long Weaver, and EHRP’s Managing Director David Wallis, served as contest judges.