KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – Recent King’s journalism graduates Tundè Balogun and Sandra Hannebohm want to cover news that traditional media in Nova Scotia overlook. To do so, they have founded the Objective, an independent news agency that will cover Black news in Nova Scotia and beyond.
Nova Scotia badly needs this. Local media is overwhelmingly white, and too few stories counter the narrative that racism in our province only flares up occasionally as isolated incidents. Truth is, racism in Nova Scotia is systemic, all encompassing and deeply embedded in society. Check out Tundè Balogun’s story in this week’s Coast and you’ll see what I mean.
The first project of the Objective is a feature-length documentary on the school-to-prison pipeline. The Nova Scotia school system disproportionally funnels Black students into an individualized form of special education (IPP’s), that is problematic, to say the least.
The documentary will follow Black learners on these programs in school, to finding employment, and conflict with the law. It’s a work in progress, right now the trailer is all that’s there, but that trailer looks great. I for one can’t wait to see the full documentary.
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