Ten of the leading U.S. Black publishers form Word in Black — support their work on racial inequities in America

Fund for Black Journalism
The Fund for Black Journalism supports the work of Black-owned and -operated news media in communities across North America. In 2020, this fund enabled the formation of Word In Black, a collaborative of 10 leading Black publishers who have teamed up to focus on both high-impact journalism projects and business transformation toward long-term sustainability. 

Word In Black frames the narrative and fosters solutions for racial inequities in America.

Word In BlackTen of the nation’s most progressive Black publishers have come together to launch a news collaborative unlike any other in the industry. This group is focused on solutions “by us and for us” when it comes to racial inequities in America.

Through philanthropic funding — including your financial assistance — this group will greatly increase its reporting power. The publishers will be able to hire and contract with investigative journalists, data journalists, video producers and more. A central team, led by respected journalist Nick Charles, will turn the group’s local stories into powerful national stories. Soon, major news outlets will be quoting the work of Word in Black. Solutions will take center stage, igniting change in America.

At a time when solutions to racial inequities in America are needed more than ever, the Black press is stepping up to be that much-needed voice.

The first project focuses on the impact of COVID-19 on K-12 education in Black communities across the United States. Two funders have made this work possible.The next group of reporting projects includes: reimagining public safety in America, the wealth gap and healthcare disparities. Looking ahead, LMF intends to expand efforts under The Fund for Black Journalism to support more Black-led media organizations.

How you can help

Your donation to the Fund for Black Journalism helps LMF provide support and resources to these efforts. Donating by credit card is easy via our online donation system.

  • If you would prefer to donate by check, please address the check to Local Media Foundation
  • Please add “Fund for Black Journalism” to the memo line of the check
  • Send your check donation to:

    Local Media Foundation
    P.O. Box 85033
    Chicago, IL 60689-5033

To pay by electronic bank transfer or similar means, please contact us at flj@localmedia.org for more information.

Local Media Foundation serves as the fiscal sponsor of this program and will manage the application process, distribution of funds and required IRS reporting.


The Fund for Black Journalism is a program administered by Local Media Foundation, tax ID #36‐4427750, a Section 501(c)(3) charitable trust affiliated with Local Media Association. LMF is raising funds for programs that enable Black-owned media to educate and inform the public on issues related to racial inequities in communities across North America.