Source:Kelly Livingston, Madison Peek, Molly Castle, Rachelle Keaton, Tatyana Monnay, Eve Sampson, Jordan Sheppard, Kara Newhouse, Gabriel Pietrorazio
Affiliation:The University of Maryland - Howard Center for Investigative Journalism
Date:October 18, 2021; November 11, 2021; November 15, 2021; November 29, 2021; December 13, 2021
Students examined 5,000 white-owned newspapers published between 1865 and 1965 – focusing on those still in existence today – to identify stories that incited racial violence. Once they identified particularly egregious coverage, they dug deeply into census records and other historical manuscripts to identify and locate descendants, interviewed historians and contemporary experts on lynching, and talked to current and former newspaper editors about what responsibility modern papers have for addressing their pasts. The end result, a project called “Printing Hate,” is the first to hold newspapers to account for their racist pasts. It includes more than 40 student-generated stories, as well as a short documentary, static and motion graphics, photos and audio.