The Marshall Challenge, the Pulitzer-winning nonprofit media group targeted on legal justice, is happy to announce the launch of its second native information operation in Jackson, Mississippi.
The native newsroom goals to reveal abuses within the native legal justice system via investigative, information and neighborhood journalism, supported by the Marshall Challenge’s nationwide newsroom. The information workforce will serve native audiences, together with these instantly affected by the legal justice system, who are sometimes uncared for or mischaracterized in media reporting.
“There are a number of causes that introduced us to Mississippi,” mentioned Marlon A. Walker, native editor at The Marshall Challenge, who beforehand led a number of newsrooms in Mississippi. “I’ve realized quite a bit about Jackson within the three years I have been right here. There are a number of tales to inform. The folks of Mississippi want extra native accountability, and our devoted workforce will look so as to add extra reporting and information sources to the already established media ecosystem.”
The workforce strives to publish in partnership with each nonprofit and for-profit newsrooms throughout the state. The newsroom can have two reporters from October 2:
Daja E. Henry. She’s going to report on unprecedented native legal justice tales that dig beneath the floor and look at persistent issues in police, courts, native jails and state prisons, in addition to the human impression of the legal justice system. Henry joins The Marshall Challenge at The nineteenth, an impartial, nonprofit information group reporting on points necessary to ladies, ladies of shade and the LGBTQ+ neighborhood. She has lined police brutality, environmental justice communities throughout the South, and gun violence in her hometown of New Orleans. Henry earned a bachelor’s diploma in media, journalism and movie communications from Howard College, and a grasp’s diploma in mass communications from Arizona State College.
Caleb Bedillion. He’ll delve into prisons, police and courts, and work with native information media and publishing companions to reveal inequities within the legal justice system. Bedillion involves The Marshall Challenge from The Northeast Mississippi Each day Journal in Tupelo, Mississippi, the place he was politics and analysis editor. Most just lately, he labored with ProPublica’s Native Reporting Community on tales exposing widespread missteps inside Mississippi’s authorized techniques, involving indigent protection and search warrants, resulting in a efficiency grievance towards a decide. Bedillion holds a bachelor’s diploma in English from Mississippi Faculty and a grasp’s diploma in faith from Yale College Divinity College.
“We’re thrilled to have these improbable journalists becoming a member of The Marshall Challenge,” mentioned Susan Chira, editor-in-chief of The Marshall Challenge. “As we develop our accountability journalism in Jackson, Daja and Caleb’s expertise will guarantee our native newsroom publishes top-quality journalism that impacts Mississippi’s legal justice system.”
The workforce will probably be overseen by Paul D’Ambrosio, editor-in-chief at The Marshall Challenge. He joined the group in April 2023 and brings with him a wealth of expertise in producing hard-hitting investigative journalism, and within the areas of legal justice and marginalized communities. He spent most of his profession on the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey, the place he first began as a reporter and later labored as an investigative editor and managing editor. D’Ambrosio’s awards embody the Selden Ring for Investigative Reporting, the Farfel Prize and a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
The Marshall Challenge’s newest native growth is financially supported by The Simply Belief and the Public Welfare Basis.
The Marshall Challenge – Cleveland was the Marshall Challenge’s first native information operation, launching in 2022. It has produced investigations into banned books in Ohio state prisons, the info behind legal convictions in Cuyahoga County legal courts, the staggering variety of driver’s license suspensions in Ohio in 2022, and far more.