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The Nation Institute, offshoot of America’s oldest weekly publication, “The Nation,” is a non-profit media organization that fosters journalistic development. Ingrained with a passion for social justice and civil rights, the Nation Institute publishes its own non-fiction books, hosts an investigative journalism website, and supports reporters with its fellowship programs. One of the Nation Institute’s most famous alumni is MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, who started off as a fellow after having started off his reporting career in Chicago. Now “The Nation”’s Editor at Large, Hayes recently won an Emmy Award for his series “All In with Chris Hayes” for a special episode, “Fifty Years: the Changing Face of Poverty in America,” and the only cable news show to win that year. 

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Ida B. Wells Fellowship

A progeny of The Nation Institute, the Investigative Fund supports investigative journalism with a social impact. One of the organization’s fellowships is named after civil rights activist Ida B. Wells, best known for bringing to light the rash of lynchings by the thousands of Blacks in the newly-emancipated South. While Southern blacks lived in fear of their lives, as lynch mobs believed themselves to be their own justice system, Ida researched and wrote about these acts of violence when many would or could not speak out, drawing support from famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The aim of the Wells Fellowship is to promote diversity in journalism, supporting writers who have unique stories to tell from their varied experiences. 

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Have You Checked Out, launched by Tom Engelhardt in 2001 as “a regular antidote to mainstream media,” had its roots as an email newsletter before it went live online under The Nation Institute. One of the site’s recurring writers is Barbara Ehrenreich, author of “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America.” Her seminal work of non-fiction chronicles her time of working minimum wage jobs, particularly within the franchise behemoth Wal-Mart, while depicting the realities of the working poor. The book offers commentary on how poverty affects job and housing opportunities, as well as access to nutritious foods. Ehrenreich’s works for TomDispatch include tomes on politics, women’s rights, and continued chronicles of those entrenched in poverty. 

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