Nikole Hannah-Jones

Ida B. Wells Society relocates from UNC-Chapel Hill to Morehouse College

BY: - February 2, 2023

The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Journalism will relocate from UNC-Chapel Hill to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. The society, named for the pioneering Black investigative journalist, is dedicated to increasing and retaining reporters and editors of color in the field of investigative reporting and promoting diverse voices in news organizations. It has been […]

A holiday wish list for North Carolina pols and their pals

BY: - December 20, 2022

Well, the season of giving is upon us again, and while it’s clear that North Carolina ethics statutes prevent public servants and other “covered persons” from receiving any gifts that might influence their official actions, the law includes a number of – nudge-nudge, wink-wink – exceptions, so one hopes that perhaps there is a way to make the following list a reality. For Senator-elect Ted Budd: A collector’s edition set of official Donald Trump superhero trading cards.

UNC-Chapel Hill reaches settlement with Nikole Hannah-Jones, avoiding lawsuit

BY: - July 15, 2022

UNC-Chapel Hill has reached a settlement with acclaimed journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones over the failed attempt to hire the her last year, avoiding a potential lawsuit. Hannah-Jones, a Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of the best-selling 1619 Project, was courted by the university’s journalism school for a Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism. Policy Watch broke the […]

One year later, Walter Hussman still denying involvement in Nikole Hannah-Jones tenure standoff

BY: - July 7, 2022

This week marks one year since acclaimed journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones turned down a tenure offer from UNC-Chapel Hill, choosing to instead start a new Center for Journalism and Democracy at Howard University. Policy Watch broke the story of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees initially denying Hannah-Jones a vote on tenure, and deeply reported the […]

UNC-Chapel Hill a finalist for national “most secretive public agency” award

BY: - May 23, 2022

[divider] [/divider] The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a finalist for a dubious national honor — an award recognizing the most secretive public agency or official in the country [divider] [/divider] . Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) announced the five finalists for its annual Golden Padlock Award this week. UNC-Chapel Hill made […]

Greensboro Bound Literary Festival to feature Nikole Hannah-Jones, panel on journalism and activism

BY: - May 2, 2022

Book lovers, mark your calendars: The Greensboro Bound Literary Festival will bring more than 50 authors to the Gate City May 19-22 to discuss their work and its inspirations. Among the most prominent of the featured authors will be Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, who will speak at an event at N.C. A&T as part […]

National faculty organization releases scathing report on UNC System

BY: - April 28, 2022

  “The University of North Carolina system is in trouble,” according to a report released Thursday by a national faculty group. “And not the kind of trouble that record enrollments or good rankings can fix. It is the kind of trouble that festers and spreads.” The 38 page report, released Thursday by the American Association […]

Panel of journalists to discuss UNC, the Nikole Hannah-Jones controversy

BY: - April 19, 2022

Update: On Tuesday evening, after criticism of the all-white panel for this event, organizers announced the addition of Praveena Somasundaram, editor-in-chief of The Daily Tar Heel. Below – the updated advertisement for the panel. If you’ve been following Policy Watch’s ongoing coverage of the politicization of the UNC System and last year’s failed hiring of […]

PW exclusive: A conversation with former UNC journalism school dean Susan King

BY: - April 14, 2022

Despite the frustrations of her stormy final year in office, King remains optimistic about the future of the 'J School' and the profession it supports Last week Susan King was inducted into the NC Media & Journalism Hall of Fame, a career curtain call after completing a decade as dean of the UNC-Chapel Hill’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media.

UNC leaders address investigation into faculty over donor agreement

BY: - April 8, 2022

On Friday UNC-Chapel Hill’s top leaders publicly addressed the controversy over an investigation into the school’s own faculty over a leaked donor agreement. Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and Provost Chris Clemens answered questions about the matter at a Friday afternoon faculty council meeting, calling it “an inquiry” rather than “an investigation.” “I want to be clear […]

Documents show new details in “sweeping and disturbing” UNC-Chapel Hill faculty investigation

BY: - April 6, 2022

A UNC-Chapel Hill investigation of its own faculty was much wider and deeper than previously disclosed, according to new documents released under state open records law . Documents released last week show the probe went beyond reading faculty members’ emails to searching backup systems on their computers. It may have included as many as 22 […]

UNC-Chapel Hill makes list of 10 worst colleges for free speech

BY: - March 22, 2022

UNC-Chapel Hill is among the the 10 worst colleges in the nation for free speech, according to an annual roundup by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. The non-partisan group, dedicated to free speech and academic freedom on campuses, cited last year’s controversy over the university’s botched hiring of Nikole Hannah-Jones, a story first […]