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Four steps to addressing a lack of diversity

CJR takes an incredibly broad issue and divides it into four basic categories, making it more manageable to prioritize diversity efforts.

Once you’ve committed to addressing a lack of diversity in your newsroom, it can be daunting to decide where to start. Columbia Journalism Review editors divide the issues into four steps:

  1. Acknowledge there is a problem
  2. Consciously work to overcome barriers to entry
  3. Tell stories minorities want to read and
  4. Focus on retention.

Number 4 may actually be the most pressing, time-wise – newsrooms can’t afford to lose journalists belonging to underrepresented groups, and the industry as a whole will suffer if those journalists leave for entirely new careers. This piece will help you prioritize the measures your own newsroom must take.