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Stateside: Lack of masks; COVID separates families in U.S. and Canada; indigenous journalists

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Should masks be necessary in Michigan? Rochelle Riley brings us up to date on the debate.

Today on Stateside, a new initiative called the Mishigamiing Journalism Project has created six month long fellowships for Indigenous journalists at the Traverse City Record Eagle. Plus, a conversation with two Michiganders about dealing with family separation along the Canadian border. And should masks be mandatory throughout the state?

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Should masks be mandatory? Rochelle Riley thinks so.

Stateside’s conversation with Rochelle Riley

  • Rochelle Riley is Detroit's director of Arts and Culture and former columnist with Detroit Free Press.

Families and neighbors in forced separation between Michigan/Ontario during COVID

Stateside’s conversation with Amy Miller and Anne Stevanovich

  • Amy Miller is a former WDET producer whose family has long-owned property on Lake Erie in Ontario.
  • Anne Stevanovich is a Canadian citizen who lives in Michigan. Her elderly mother is in Windsor.

Michigan media is missing the perspective of Indigenous journalists. A new project hopes to change that.

Stateside’s conversation with sierra Clark, Meghan Goopta, and Kaye LaFond

  • Sierra Clark is Odawa-Ojibwe, and a reporter with the Mishigamiing Project 
  • Meghanlata Gupta is Ojibwe from the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, founder of Indiggnizing the News.
  • Kaye LaFond is a data journalist and Report for America fellow at the Record Eagle
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