Meet Dorsey Media and ThePLUG, a recipient of this year’s Facebook Journalism Project Community Network Grant, and learn more about their funded project.

For more information about the FJP Community Network, visit: https://facebookjournalismproject.com/programs/community-network/

The Funded Project:

To address the lack of business journalism accurately reflecting the vibrant Black innovation community, Dorsey Media will host a live summit to expose journalists, economists, researchers and investors to the Black tech ecoystem. This gathering will contextualize new trends, provide useful connection points, share market data, and give experts access to voices from local communities who are leading workforce development, entrepreneurship, and investment in new areas.

In Their Own Words:

Newsrooms, on both local and national levels, aren’t reporting deeply on the Black innovation economy or how majority Black communities in cities like Atlanta, Chicago, Baltimore, Birmingham, Miami, Detroit, and New Orleans are influencing a new generation of Black tech innovators, investors, and technologists contributing to the innovation economy.

Not much has changed in business journalism over the last 50 years when it comes to reporting on Black entrepreneurs, innovation, and emerging Black tech ecosystems. In the 1970s, Black Enterprise magazine was the first to begin this coverage.

Without deep insights and reporting on Black tech communities, Black entrepreneurs are least likely to receive venture capital access, are less likely to be selected for jobs within fast-growing technology companies, and communities lack access to knowing where they can make connections to programming and local leaders.

With the right training and guidance, journalists, researchers, and policymakers can get the insights they need to better understand the Black innovation economy and increase the output of stories covering Black innovation within their cities. We envision a well-informed cadre of ecosystem professionals and journalists becoming educated about the health of Black tech ecosystems in emerging markets.

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