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Fair Chance Reporting and the work of Dr. Lucinda D. Davenport, Joe Grimm and the journalism students at Michigan State University have been recognized by the industry. What began as a simple source-logging exercise grew into a diversity, equity and inclusion initiative. 

Our mission is to teach student journalists to intentionally reach sources that are representative of their communities. We have built simple tools and practices that teach our students to cover their diverse communities. They work to include people who vary in age, gender, ethnicity, race, religion, income and physicality. They seek the opinions, giving everyone a Fair Chance to share their perspectives.

This helps them ensure that the many perspectives in a community are captured and reported completely. And our students understand that journalistic ethics demand this.

Our efforts to teach and implement Fair Chance Reporting have been recognized and enable the award-winning work of the School of Journalism at Michigan State University to continue.



  • Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, Grand Prize Award, $50,000

  • AT&T Awards, Michigan State University, 1st Place for Best Technology-Enabled Innovation in Teaching, $1,500 


  • AEJMC Newspaper & Online News Division’s “Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century”

  • AEJMC Great Ideas For Teachers (GIFT), Finalist

  • AEJMC, Mass Communication and Society Division’s Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award

  • AEJMC, standing committee on teaching, Best Practices in Teaching Difficult Topics in a Polarized Society, 1st Place 

  • AEJMC, Newspaper and Online News Division’s faculty research grant for “Measuring the Success of a New Tool for Visualizing Diversity in News Coverage and Sourcing”


Join us.

We welcome the support and participation of all journalists, editors, newsrooms and media organizations.


We also welcome donations to our initiative so that our students can continue developing the tools to further Fair Chance Reporting.

If you would like to learn more about our tools and our practices for Fair Chance Reporting, please contact us.

Thank you!

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