The ultimate goal may be a newsroom that demographically reflects the community, but until then, it’s important to equip journalists with tools to improve the way they cover people who are different from them.
DiversityAs journalists, we’re used to holding the powerful accountable. It’s important to look in the mirror and do the same for ourselves: do we reflect the community we serve? Diversity is accuracy – and it is a multifaceted, complex issue that affects your enterprise both internally and externally. A successfully executed diversity strategy can attract new, growing audiences to your journalism, ensure the relevance and longevity of your content, and ultimately, help sustain the company.
Big Picture A primer on diversity
Diversity is core to the mission of journalism, and there’s a strong positive correlation between racial and gender diversity and innovation, financial returns and customer satisfaction.
Plan Why does diversity matter for journalism and sustainability?
Diversity is not just a moral imperative – it’s proven to be good for business.
An at-a-glance view of how diversity has a positive impact on business.
A summary of research studies by organizational scientists, psychologists, sociologists, economists and demographers, showing a causal relationship between diversity and innovation.
CJR takes an incredibly broad issue and divides it into four basic categories, making it more manageable to prioritize diversity efforts.
Time for introspection: here’s a list of hard questions that will help guide your diversity strategy.
Are we missing something important?
We're always vetting and adding new resources, but the internet is vast. If you know of a resource that would be helpful for either learning or doing, let us know?
Do Actions to improve diversity -- in your organization and your coverage
Here’s an idea to steal and adapt: The Seattle Times created an open Slack channel that lowered the barriers for people to speak up about cultural issues that can arise about stories — anything from framing, missed angles, lack of context, offensive or exclusionary language or headlines.
A step-by-step guide to attracting a diverse pool of candidates for your next job opening.
Managing biases during hiring and evaluations
Formal training programs that have a measurable impact on diversity
Written by a woman of color, this piece contains several personal and insightful perspectives on retention from diverse public radio journalists.
A list of 10 actions newsrooms can take to increase diversity on staff.
Is having a “race beat” right for your newsroom? Learn more about the history and trends.
As diversity advocate Vernā Myers puts it, “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.”
This online style guide contains more than 700 terms related to sensitive topics.
The language used to write about transgender people can make a profound impact on the credibility of your stories.
NAJA came up with an innovative and engaging way to discuss harmful stereotypes and tropes often employed in stories on Native American issues.
NABJ offers concrete advice and ongoing support for hiring and retaining a more diverse workforce.
It’s not a valid excuse to say “We can’t find qualified minorities” – here’s a list.
Get access to a database of 300+ ethnically diverse freelance photojournalists available for assignment.
Get access to a global database of more than 600 female, gender nonconforming, transgender and genderqueer independent visual journalists.
Ineffective diversity training can lead to backlash, but these two methods are backed by research.