Sponsor our Data Fellows

The Plug is Continuing to Monitor the Activity of Tech Company Statements of Racial Justice. Help Us Continue Our Work. 

We’re the brains behind the viral datasheet tracking Tech Companies’ statements and commitments to racial justice. Since releasing it on May 30th, it has been viewed more than 20,000 times, shared over 5,000 times across social media, and featured in The Washington Post, Mashable, and other major publications and television networks. 

As committed journalists, data enthusiasts, and activists for social justice and inclusion, we understand how powerful knowledge and information is to understanding and shaping a better and more just society. 

Though we have been reporting on Black tech ecosystems as part of our everyday work, this recent project has required a great deal of time and effort to make as comprehensive and useful to the public as possible. 

As we continue our research, tracking, and data collection, we need your support to keep the work going. 

We’re looking for individuals and companies to support our efforts by becoming founding member partners of our very first data reporting fellowship. 

*Your support will provide two student journalists a part-time, paid, 10-week virtual fellowship this summer.

How to Become a Founding Member Partner for our Inaugural Data Reporting Fellowship

By partnering with us as an official sponsor of our data reporting fellowship, you’ll provide two college students a journalism fellowship that will be hyper-focused on continuing the work of collecting data for the Tech Statements research, producing stories, developing analysis, and publishing frequent updates on our findings. 


  • $250 – for individuals
  • $750 – for small businesses
  • $5,000 – for companies


Founding Member Partners will receive:

  1. public recognition for their contributions to our work
  2. inclusion in our press releases
  3. name recognition at the bottom of every fellow’s story
  4. visual representation of your logo (for companies) or name (for individuals) across our digital assets announcing the selected fellows.
  5. Complimentary membership to The Plug PRO at tpinsights.com. (1 for individuals and small businesses. Up to 10 for corporations)

Who We Are

The Plug is a digital news and insights platform covering the Black innovation economy. We launched in 2016 as a daily tech newsletter and have been mapping the trends of Black-led startups, ecosystems, technologies, training, and research as part of our journalism. 

Our work has been featured in VICE, The Washington Post, Mashable, The Information, Black Enterprise, and more. 

About Sherrell Dorsey, Founder and CEO of The Plug

Sherrell Dorsey is the founder and CEO of The Plug—a digital news and insights platform covering the Black innovation economy. Her work has been featured in VICE, The Washington Post, and more. Sherrell has been a contributing writer for notable publications like Columbia Journalism Review, Fast Company, Black Enterprise, and others. In 2018, she was named an inspiring woman in tech by CNet

Prior to launching The Plug, Dorsey served as a marketing manager for companies like Uber and Google Fiber. She holds a Master’s degree in data journalism from Columbia University.

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