Nonprofit Quarterly: What Does Journalism for a Just Economy Look Like?

Nonprofit Quarterly, May 2021, What Does Journalism for a Just Economy Look Like?

Earlier this month, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) held its 30th annual conference. But in a session titled “The Stories We Tell: Journalism for a Just Economy,” the organization broke new ground, initiating a new conversation for the group regarding the intersection of journalism and economic justice.

Andrew Nachison, chief of communications at NCRC, introduced the topic as an exploration of the “place of journalism in local communities and community wealth building and whether there are other opportunities to drive more capital into local journalism.” Nachison added that a central question was whether journalism is “necessary or nice to have for the vitality of local communities.”

Joining the panel moderated by Nachison were Candice Fortman of Outlier Media in Detroit; S. Mitra Kalita of URL Media (which serves as a platform for multiple Black and Brown media outlets) and Epicenter NYC in Queens; Tracie Powell, program officer at Borealis Philanthropy for its Racial Equity Journalism Fund; Steven Waldman, president and cofounder of Report for America, and NCRC senior advisor Josh Silver.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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