Verite Editor-in-chief Terry Baquet and Managing Editor Tim Morris spoke Tuesday morning with Fox 8 reporter and anchor Meg Gatto about the launch of Verite, a new nonprofit digital newsroom that will be serving the New Orleans area.

You can watch the complete interview here.

Verite is a Black-led nonprofit news organization with a twofold mission to:

  • Provide coverage and crucial information to under-served communities in the greater New Orleans area to help address systemic issues in education, health care, criminal justice, housing, the environment and more while providing a platform for unheard and overlooked voices, especially among culture-bearers and those in the arts community. 
  • Train, mentor and educate the next generation of minority journalists to bring diverse perspectives and life experiences to news coverage and storytelling. As a Black-led news operation in a city that is attractive to young and creative talent, Verite’s targeted recruiting and focused fellowship program will create a unique pipeline for minority journalists seeking to work in essential roles and leadership in an industry that has long struggled to achieve diversity. 

Verite is partnering with Fox 8 to collaborate on reporting important stories, launching in-depth investigations and helping to train and educate young staffers and members of the Verite fellowship class.

Fox 8 is known as a leader in local journalism, winning a total of 96 regional Edward R. Murrow awards in the past 12 years, including the prestigious “Overall Excellence” award nine times in that period.

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