To honor and amplify Black History Month, today’s #TuesdayTips features Evan Burley, a senior English major and multimedia journalism minor at Simpson College.
Burley is this year’s Opinion Editor for The Simpsonian, Simpson’s student-run weekly newspaper, and has reported on several issues relating to race, representation and equity in America. He shared some of the resources he’s used while navigating his own identity in a predominantly white industry.
“Being a mixed Black person in a predominately white newsroom can be an isolating, frustrating and at times exhausting experience. There have been plenty of times where I considered quitting,” Burley said. “These resources have been helpful in helping me feel less alone and providing resources and advice I can turn to.”
“The Collective, a newsletter from the Poynter Institute that posts advice and opportunities for Black, Brown and Asian student journalists,” Burley said. You can subscribe to their newsletter through this link.
Keeping up with Black content on Social Media
“Following Black journalists, columnists and critics,” Burley said. He listed 10 to get started: @DaShaunLH, @jbouie, @WeekesPrincess, @haaniyah, @offbeatorbit, @bigblackjacobin, @kat__stafford, @adashtra, @WrittenByHanna, @AsteadWesley and @battymamzelle
The National Association of Black Journalists
“The National Association of Black Journalists — which also has a Twitter account — website is filled with resources for Black students and professional journalists,” Burley said. “Scholarship, fellowship and internship opportunities, as well as career databases and event information, can be found here.“ Here’s a link to their website for more information.
You can read some of Burley’s work in The Simpsonian here.