The National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) was recently granted $750,000 from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
The grant is from the foundation’s Journalism and Media program, which works towards the strengthening of American democracy through informing and activating Americans through independent journalism and media.
Founded in 1979, the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) develops, produces and funds media content about the Black experience for public media outlets, including television, digital radio and online.
Since 1991, NBPC has invested more than $10 million dollars in iconic documentary content for public media outlets, including PBS and PBS.org; trained, mentored and supported a diverse array of producers who create content about contemporary black experiences; and emerged as a leader in the evolving next-media landscape.
NBPC distributes engaging content online at BlackPublicMedia.org and via broadcast through its AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange documentary series
The grant will help the BBPC with the launch of WOKE! Broadening Access to Black Public Media, which helps storytellers of color who are working in the nonfiction and emerging media niches.
NBPC Executive Director Leslie Fields-Cruz says, “Support from the MacArthur Foundation for NBPC’s efforts to expand the opportunities for producers of color to work in emerging media is further confirmation that diverse perspectives must be part of today and tomorrow’s ever-evolving media landscape.”
WOKE! Will consist of several projects and events, most notably the Black Media Summit, which will focus on joining creatives together to discuss the stories they wish to distribute across today’s technologies and platforms.
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