Nikole Hannah-Jones Rejects UNC Tenure Offer, Will Teach At Howard University Instead
Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer-winning journalist and creator of the “1619 Project,” has turned down a tenured position at the University of North Carolina and will be accepting a role at Howard University instead.
Hannah-Jones, who will become a tenured member of the faculty at the historically Black university’s Cathy Hughes School of Communications, made the announcement Tuesday during an interview with Gayle King on “CBS This Morning.” The UNC alumna will take on the role as inaugural Knight Chair in Race and Journalism and will begin her faculty role this summer.
Hannah-Jones will also lead the university’s newly created Center for Journalism and Democracy, which will train the next generation of Black journalists in investigative and foundational journalism skills. The center will seek to work with other journalism programs at HBCUs across the country, critical at a time where historical facts surrounding race are actively being suppressed.
“We are at a critical juncture in our democracy, and yet our press does not reflect the nation it serves and too often struggles to grasp the danger for our country as we see growing attacks on free speech and the fundamental right to vote,” Hannah-Jones said in a statement. “In the storied tradition of the Black press, the Center for Journalism and Democracy will help produce journalists capable of accurately and urgently covering the challenges of our democracy with a clarity, skepticism, rigor and historical dexterity that is too often missing from today’s journalism.”