Verite is proud to announce its inaugural class of newsroom fellows as part of our mission to train the next generation of minority journalists.

La’Shance Perry, Nigell Moses and Karli Winfrey will join our newsroom this week for a one-year fellowship as full-time reporters in a program that includes mentorship, educational programs and seminars presented by top journalists and writers. The fellows will work side-by-side with a growing staff of veteran reporters as we fulfill our mission to examine the inequities facing underserved communities in New Orleans.

“A vital part of the Verite mission is to train the next generation of young journalists,” Executive Director David Francis said. “We hope these incredible young people will ultimately fill the void most newsrooms around the city, state and country are struggling to fill.”

Verite plans to extend and expand the fellowship program as the newsroom grows.

“La’Shance, Nigell and Karli are smart, eager and curious. They personify what good journalism needs to continue holding the trust of our citizenry,” Verite Editor-in-Chief Terry Baquet said.


Nigell Moses

Nigell Moses, fellow
Nigell Moses

New Orleans native Nigell Moses is a multimedia creative and a lover of the arts. Her creativity began as co-founder and videographer of R.E.B.E.L Local Inc. creating content for local artists and entrepreneurs. Moses graduated summa cum laude from Xavier University of Louisiana with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication.

She is a published contributing writer, with stories in The Louisiana Weekly and Data News Weekly.

As a member of the Verite News fellowship, Nigell hopes to use her native flair and lived experiences to tell the untold narratives of underrepresented communities in New Orleans. 

La’Shance Perry

La'Shance Perry
La’Shance Perry

La’Shance Perry is an experienced multimedia content creator born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is driven by a love of storytelling and a desire to provide the best media content possible. She embraces the Verite with the mission to promote truth, facts and fairness with a focus on the Black community in New Orleans. Perry is a cum laude graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication. She is also a published writer and photographer with work featured in Data News Weekly and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

 Karli Winfrey

Karli Winfrey headshot
Karli Winfrey

Originally from Detroit, Karli Winfrey moved to New Orleans to attend Loyola University, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations.

With a background in the New Orleans hospitality industry, Winfrey has first-hand experience with grassroots communities and is a contributing writer for The Advocate.

Winfrey joined Verite News as a journalism fellow seeking to amplify the voices of those who often go unheard.

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