Diversity

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ONA's Irving Washington on inclusion, innovation and stumbling into the right gig

The Online News Association began the week of its annual conference with some personal news: Deputy Director Irving Washington will be the group's next executive director. Washington, who's currently in Denver with a lot of other journalists this week for ONA16, took a few minutes to talk with Poynter via email about what's changed … Read More
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How to find the untold stories in your community

Differences between people and communities play an important role in your coverage and your storytelling. Here are some ways to improve your ability to find and tell stories off the beaten path. Journalists don't have to share beliefs or have a commonality with the people you cover. Interview across differences by showing that you care, researching your subject's background, admitting … Read More
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Want to avoid an avalanche of social media hate? Try the Talese Test

There’s a test in fiction and film that provides an easy means of analyzing the limitations writers commonly put on women. The Bechdel-Wallace test, co-created in the mid-1980s by Alison Bechdel, illustrator of the comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For,” requires three simple criteria be met: There must be at least two named women in the work. They must … Read More
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I'm writing about newsroom diversity. What does that even mean?

Editor's note: This is the first edition of Poynter's column on diversity in journalism, written each week by André Natta and Meredith Clark. I’ve spent the better part of the last month anxiously waiting my turn to write about diversity. The last two weeks have led me to temper that excitement just a little. Writing about diversity is … Read More
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The new Ida B. Wells fellowship is looking for investigative reporters of color

The Nation Institute's Investigative Fund has launched an investigative fellowship for journalists of color. The one-year Ida B. Wells Fellowship will go to four journalists and offer $10,000 each, travel and reporting costs and the chance to work with an Investigative Fund editor. The fellowship is named after Ida B. Wells, a Jim Crow era investigative … Read More
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How news outlets are covering diversity at the Oscars leading up to Hollywood's big night

What will you follow Sunday night during the Academy Awards? Who's wearing what? Who takes home those heavy-looking golden statues? How about who didn't bother to show up because of the ceremony's ongoing diversity problem? The overwhelming whiteness of Oscar nominees isn't new, but #OscarSoWhite has captured the rising backlash against it this year. Read More
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Fusion wants to help young journalists and activists rise up and be heard

Fusion announced the first class of fellows in the Rise Up: Be Heard fellowship program on Wednesday. The 14 fellows are both journalists and community activists who will be mentored by Fusion journalists and execs in a six-month program. Their reporting will focus on a number of issues around social justice, including homelessness, health care for undocumented immigrants … Read More
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#EmergingUS launches $1 million crowdfunding campaign to cover the country's changing identity

#EmergingUS announced the launch of a million dollar crowdfunding campaign through Beacon on Thursday. The campaign marks the next stage in the evolution of the project, which focuses on the redefining demographic shifts in our country. It's also the biggest yet for Beacon, a journalism crowdfunding platform. Beacon plans to match each pledge dollar … Read More
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News organizations should use social media to identify diverse voices

When’s the last time your newsroom sat face-to-face with readers and carefully considered their criticisms? Communication technology has extended the gap between news workers and audiences so that we’re mostly through channels we (media elites) control: letters to the editor, online comments, phone calls that can go ignored and voicemails that can vaporize at the push of a button. Read More
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Are relationships a missing link in media’s ongoing diversity problem?

Journalism is facing its own battle for hearts and minds. That’s what I took from my recent conversation with Joshunda Sanders, author of “How Racism and Sexism Killed Traditional Media: Why the Future of Journalism Depends on Women and People of Color.” Sanders has worked as a freelancer, a reporter in newsrooms including the Austin American-Statesman, and as … Read More
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Interactive: Find out how diverse the newspaper industry is

The American newsroom has a diversity problem. According to the American Society of News Editors' census released on Monday, the percentage of racial minorities at newspapers is now at 12.76 percent. With minorities making up 37.02 percent of the U.S. population, our newsrooms are not representative of the society we live in. We used the data from the ASNE … Read More
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NPR Visuals is trying to reduce the effects of privilege while hiring

Recently, NPR Visuals announced that they would allow applicants to resend cover letters for their fall internship positions. They felt that their hiring process had not been a level playing field for everyone. The issue of diversity has been a topic of constant discussion within the journalism community. While BuzzFeed has tried to come up with an … Read More