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2014 Online Commentary, Medium Newsroom finalist

Six Words

 

Finalist(s)
Nicole Hannah-Jones, Amanda Zamora

Organization
ProPublica

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Online Commentary, Medium Newsroom

Program
2014

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About the Project

When ProPublica set out to report the story of the dismantling of court orders, closed-room deals and school district decisions that paved the way for resegregation in Tuscaloosa, Ala., we knew some of the most important voices would be those of the students living the consequences. So we hatched a plan to enlist them in telling their own stories.

ProPublica worked with students at two Tuscaloosa high schools — one integrated and one majority-black — to document race and education from their perspectives. The resulting photo essay powerfully illustrated the realities of resegregation from inside schools and helped launch a national conversation, in collaboration with Michele Norris’s Race Card Project.