First Draft recognizes Black lives matter

A George Floyd protest in Washington D.C., May 30, 2020. Photo: Victoria Pickering, Creative Commons

We want to acknowledge the experiences of Black journalists who have to deal with systemic racism and now must also contend with the degradation of their profession.

As an organization that supports the work of newsrooms globally, First Draft recognizes that Black lives matter, and that journalism is not a crime. In this moment, we want to acknowledge the particular experiences of Black journalists who have to live daily with the impact of systemic racism and now must also contend with the degradation of their profession. The events of the past two weeks underline the critical importance of eyewitness media, and the damage that can be done when harmful misinformation flourishes and feeds narratives that stoke division. Rigorous verification has never been more important and so we are committed to offering as much training as possible, so that every journalist feels equipped to identify, verify and effectively report on misinformation.