Making a Mark: The 1619 Project, Investigative Journalism and Raising the Caliber of Reporting Through Diverse Voices

Saturday, November 16, 2019 -
10:30am to 12:00pm

111 Carroll Hall

About the event

The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting will host its inaugural event with the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media to celebrate the Society's new affiliation with the School. The three founders will discuss their careers, providing tips on getting the story and forging your own path.

The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in 111 Carroll Hall at 10:30 a.m. This event is free and open to the public. 



Nikole Hannah-Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones ’03 (M.A.) is a domestic correspondent at The New York Times Magazine focusing on racial injustice. She envisioned and helped shape the magazine‘s The 1619 Project, a special project launched in August 2019 examining how the legacy of slavery continues to influence life in the United States. She was a Roy H. Park Fellow as a graduate student from 2001–03 and delivered the Hussman School commencement speech in 2017, the year she was named a MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow.

Ron Nixon

Ron Nixon the international investigations editor at The Associated Press — manages a team of reporters based in London, Cairo, New Delhi, Shanghai and Washington, D.C. Prior to The Associated Press, he was the homeland security correspondent for The New York Times — where he covered border and aviation security, immigration, cybercrime and violent extremism — and worked at The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, with the Investigative Reporters and Editors and at The Roanoke Times.

Topher Sanders

Topher Sanders covers race, inequality and the justice system for ProPublica. In 2019, he was part of a team recognized for its coverage of President Donald Trump’s family separation policy with prestigious Peabody and Polk awards, a Pulitzer Prize finalist placement and a Paul Tobenkin Award for “Zero Tolerance.” Prior to ProPublica, Sanders was investigative editor at The Florida Times-Union. His career began at the Montgomery Advertiser in Alabama.




Calvin Hall

Calvin Hall '04 (Ph.D) is the department chair and an associate professor in the Department of Mass Communication at the North Carolina Central University

Dean Susan King Susan King is the dean of the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media. She is also the school’s John Thomas Kerr Distinguished Professor.


About the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting

The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting is a national organization dedicated to increasing and retaining reporters and editors of color that also works to educate news organizations and journalists on how the inclusion of diverse voices can raise the caliber, impact and visibility of investigative journalism as a means of promoting transparency and good government.

The Society offers investigative journalism training workshops throughout the United States and is developing a yearlong fellowship program based in New York City. Society workshops cover the use of advanced technology, interviewing techniques and the latest data-gathering and fact-checking resources, and build on story pitching, project management and narrative storytelling skills.