The Ira A. Lipman Center led by Prof. Jelani Cobb is awarding four additional grants for proposals centered on the impact of segregation on American cities and human rights violations of American colonialism
The Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights at the Columbia Journalism School announced the 2021 Lipman Fellows today: Brittney Martin, a freelance journalist for the Washington Post and Texas Monthly, among others; and Kovie Biakolo, whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times and elsewhere.
The center also awarded three special grants to Seyma Bayram, staff writer at the Akron Beacon Journal; Brandi Kellam, digital journalist CBS News; and Madalyn Mendoza, digital reporter at San Antonio Express-News for projects centered on the economic impact of segregation. Another special grant was given to Chris Gelardi, whose work has appeared in The Nation, Slate and elsewhere, for his proposal on the human rights violations of modern-day American colonialism.
“We are thrilled to welcome this year’s cohort of Lipman Fellows and grant recipients,” Jelani Cobb, director of the center, said. “Their journalistic interests represent a spectrum of topics bound by a common concern with the civil and human rights of vulnerable communities. Clearly, these concerns could not be more timely and we look forward to working with them in the coming year.”
This year’s selection committee included Duy Linh Tu, associate professor of professional practice at the Journalism School; Monica Rhor, a 2018 Lipman Fellow and story editor at Chalkbeat; Kira Lerner, a 2018 Lipman Fellow and senior news editor PBS NewsHour; Professor Cobb; and Dolores Barclay, adjunct professor of journalism and administrative manager of the center.
Fellows will each receive $10,000 and $2,500 will be awarded to grant recipients.
"Columbia Journalism School congratulates the new Lipman Fellows and grant recipients for using their talents and experience to shed light on inequalities in criminal justice, housing, immigration and other areas," said Steve Coll, Columbia Journalism School Dean and Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism. “These are complex stories that each have a history and a trail of policies often shaped by racial attitudes. We are proud of the Ira A. Lipman Center for bringing these stories and their storytellers to the fore.”