The year is 1943. You are a struggling writer waiting for an assignment. Suddenly, you are summoned by the Chicago Defender to cover a new government program that is training Black pilots for service...

  • The year is 1943. You are a struggling writer waiting for an assignment. Suddenly, you are summoned by theChicago Defenderto cover a new government program that is training Black pilots for service in WWII. In addition to informing the public about the program, you are tasked with traveling to Italy to meet the men that would be dubbed as the “Tuskegee Airmen.” The moment becomes more surreal when you learn that your article(s) will cover the ENTIRE front page of theDefender, the premier publication of its time. Your reporting should address the creation of the program, the airmen themselves, treatment of Black servicemen both from their own regiment and the curious Europeans whom may have never seen Black people before. Other topics such as the importance of HBCUs in training and producing Black excellence, a special piece on Tuskegee Institute itself, and the cultural style and swag of these men may also be interesting to readers. In other words, you are writing a 360 piece, several articles covering different aspects of the same topic.

Guidelines:

  • Your project must mimic the actual layout of the Defender. You may not get the graphics perfect but the bylines, motto, etc, should be present. If you struggle with design, WORD has several newslettertemplates you can use.
  • A minimum of five articles must be present in your paper. Two of the articles must cover the Tuskegee program itself and the other includes a profile of some of the men and their experiences from your Italy trip. These two articles must be at minimum 800 words. The other three are 500-word minimums and chosen based on your own research.
May 04, 2021

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