In discussing 'Spotlight,' the acclaimed movie about the Boston Globe's revelations of sexual abuse by pedophile Roman Catholic priests," Prince contends the film's team
"in the movie and in real life, included no people of color."I studied journalism in undergrad. And although my focus fluctuated throughout the years I spent persuing my degree, I approached my final semester confident in what type of journalist I wanted to become. For years I imagined myself being an anchor for morning news shows. But I realized after tireless hours giving attention to the topics that ignite my passion, I would better serve as a social justice reporter and correspondent: I wanted to be an investigative journalist. Excitedly, I shared my career aspirations and goals with several of my professors and while some encouraged me to explore further, many suggested I try to find a home in local news. Local news can provide an opportunity for reporters to become connected to the communities for which they report. However, it is very different from investigative journalism which usually requires long periods of attention until all possible facts related to a story can be articulated and proven. In line with Prince's observations, many aspiring journalists of color are discouraged to approach the investigative journalism track for two common reasons: 1. Lack of support, and 2. Misrepresentation of the work required. There also seems to be limited resources detailing notable black investigative journalists in one place, but allow me to change that for you right now.
Here is a list of 13 black investigative journalist you should know:
- Melvin Claxton