Category Archives: Diversity in the News

Students from 47 HBCUs attend exclusive news briefing with VP Harris as White House correspondents for a day

Students representing 47 historically Black colleges and universities were invited to an exclusive news briefing last week with Vice President Kamala Harris.

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NABJ: Report on Memphis police brutality case with ‘accuracy, responsibility, sensitivity, fairness, and support’

What will matter most during this news cycle is accuracy, responsibility, sensitivity, fairness, and support. News executives and managers must ensure that the reporting produced under their leadership follows the pillars of journalism and unapologetically tells Tyre’s story through a careful lens of the Black community. They must make it a priority to be intuitive about what is seen, heard and read by their audiences. And they must immediately activate and sustain resources to help ensure that the mental health

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AAJA offers guidance for ‘responsibly and fairly’ covering California communities affected by mass shootings

AAJA’s Guidance on Covering Violence in Asian American communities, following multiple mass shootings in California.

January 25, 2023

In the wake of the shooting in Half Moon Bay, AAJA urges newsrooms to responsibly and fairly cover the Asian American communities that have been affected. The Half Moon Bay attack, which killed both Chinese and Latino farmworkers, came just days after

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‘Sensational storyteller’ Cecilia Vega leaves ABC’s White House beat for CBS’ ‘60 Minutes’ as correspondent


Emmy Award-winning journalist Cecilia Vega is joining CBS News as a correspondent for 60 MINUTES, America’s #1 news program, it was announced today by Bill Owens, executive producer of the broadcast. Vega will begin reporting for 60 MINUTES in the spring and be based in Washington, D.C.

“Cecilia Vega is a sensational reporter and storyteller. I have admired her work for a long, long time and couldn’t be more excited to welcome

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Fellowship gives students a platform for stories about their HBCUs, access to pipeline of emerging journalists

A new fellowship enlists students to fill reporting gaps on HBCUs

“There’s no [better] way to be close to an institution than through somebody who lives in a dorm.”
Fellowship allows students to write stories about their HBCUs, enter pipeline of emerging Black journalists

When Jarrett Carter Sr. launched HBCU Digest in 2010, it was to fill a gap in thoughtful and rigorous higher education journalism on historically Black colleges and universities in the United States.

As a student at

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Newspaper runs heavily edited version of King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech; allegations of whitewashing follow

Maine newspaper apologizes for running a redacted version of ‘I Have a Dream’ speech

A Maine newspaper has apologized for publishing a heavily redacted version of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech on Sunday, after a deluge of backlash from readers, on social media, and even a cable news show host criticized the paper for whitewashing the Black civil rights leader’s legacy on what would have been his 94th birthday.

The Bangor Daily News editorial

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Visual data journalism is not always accessible to blind news audiences, but there are ways to make it so

Blind news audiences are being left behind in the data visualisation revolution: here’s how we fix that

As the use of visual data journalism becomes more embedded in day-to-day newsroom operations, there’s a very real danger that those who can’t decipher visual information in the usual way will be left behind.

During the COVID-19 pandemic there was no shortage of news about the spread of the virus, but it was the graphs and illustrations that made the severity of the

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News site whose reporting on missing Black women turned out to be right shows relevance of Black media

Kansas City Police Dismissed a Black News Site’s Reports of Missing Women. Then One Showed Up.

A 40-year-old white man was charged with kidnapping, rape, and assault when a 22-year-old Black woman said he held her captive for over a month.

For more than a month, a 22-year-old Black woman was allegedly held hostage inside a makeshift room in the basement of an Excelsior Springs, Missouri, home. Bound with handcuffs, gagged by duct tape and a metal collar with a

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Rebecca Blumenstein leaves NY Times for top role at NBC News, where she will lead wide-ranging coverage

Rebecca Blumenstein, a Senior Times Editor, Takes a Top Role at NBC News

The appointment of Ms. Blumenstein, a deputy managing editor at The Times, is a part of a broad overhaul of the news division at NBCUniversal.


Senior Times Editor Rebecca Blumenstein takes on a senior role at NBC News


NBCUniversal has appointed Rebecca Blumenstein, deputy editor of The New York Times, as editorial director of NBC News as part of a far-reaching restructuring of the department.

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Racialized misinformation: Media incorrectly frames communities of color as more susceptible to false content

Mis- and disinformation has disproportionate effects on communities of color. I will also, before I kind of go into racialized disinformation, I’d like to note that the media often frames communities of color [as] more likely to either be targeted or even more susceptible to misinformation. This is an extreme falsehood. And in addition to that, those in Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities have legitimate reasons to be skeptical of information given the legacy of historical traumas we faced in

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Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts bids readers ‘so long,’ ponders a future writing books: ‘If not now, when?’

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Time flew, didn’t it? Now, it’s time for me to fly off, too | Opinion


Well, as Carol Burnett used to say, I’m so glad we had this time together.

I’ve written about 1.6 million words as a columnist. This 600 or so will be the last. I’m retiring for a few reasons. One is that, while I’ve managed to squeeze out four novels between column deadlines, my dream was always to write books full time.

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Emma Tucker, editor of the Sunday Times in the U.K., to replace Matt Murray as Wall Street Journal editor

Emma Tucker Is Named New Editor of The Wall Street Journal, Succeeding Matt Murray

Currently the editor of the Sunday Times in the U.K., Ms. Tucker will assume her post at the Journal on Feb. 1

News Corp NWSA 2.94%increase; green up pointing triangle named veteran U.K. journalist Emma Tucker as the next editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal, succeeding Matt Murray, who oversaw significant digital growth and guided the news organization through the Covid-19 pandemic.


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ProPublica seeks to cultivate diverse investigative editors through yearlong training program led by its staff

ProPublica Launches Investigative Editor Training Program

The yearlong ProPublica Investigative Editor Training Program aims to increase the ranks of investigative editors from diverse backgrounds.

Beginning this summer, ProPublica will invite up to 10 news editors from media companies across the country to participate in a yearlong investigative editing training program, led by the newsroom’s award-winning staff.

The application

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Amna Nawaz, Geoff Bennett to share PBS NewsHour anchoring duties, replacing longtime anchor Judy Woodruff

Geoff Bennett and Amna Nawaz Named PBS NewsHour Co-Anchors

PBS announced Wednesday that Geoff Bennett and Amna Nawaz will be the new co-anchors of PBS NewsHour.

Bennett and Nawaz will begin their new assignment on Monday, January 2, 2023, taking over from longtime anchor Judy Woodruff, who announced last week that she would be stepping down from that role at the end of the year.

Bennett joined PBS from NBC in January of this year as the NewsHour’s chief

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New York Times, Critical Minded program to develop, publish freelance cultural critics from diverse backgrounds

The New York Times today announced that Critical Minded will fund its new program to seek out, develop and publish cultural critics from underrepresented backgrounds who have little or no experience contributing to The Times Culture section.

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Sacramento Bee opinion editor says reasons affirmative action targeted: competition for jobs, university slots

As a former ‘minority hire,’ I know why so many people want to kill affirmative action

There are many strongly held positions about affirmative action, but they often skirt the real reason why people want to kill it: competition for coveted jobs and placement in universities.


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Howard’s Center for Journalism & Democracy to promote investigative journalism, strengthen democratic ideals

Howard University Launches Center for Journalism & Democracy | INSIGHT Into Diversity


On Tuesday, Howard University (HU) launched the Center for Journalism & Democracy, a unique academic center founded by award-winning journalist and Project 1619 author Nikole Hannah-Jones.

The center will serve as a hub for journalism in higher education for students, faculty, and professionals in the fields. Programming and activities will be focused on promoting investigative journalism, with an emphasis on strengthening democratic ideals. This will be done

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Veteran news executive Nancy Barnes becomes first woman to lead The Boston Globe as its top editor

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‘True diversity isn’t just a conversation; it’s action,’ Delano Massey of Axios Local writes for Editor & Publisher

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Fetterman’s stroke gave news media an opportunity to explore stroke recovery; they saw it as a political issue

Journalists had a chance to explore stroke recovery with John Fetterman – most blew it

With Democrat John Fetterman headed to the U.S. Senate to represent Pennsylvania, newsrooms should pause and consider how coverage represents people with disabilities.

Coverage of Fetterman’s recovery from a stroke in May played into the standard political theater that shapes how we evaluate candidates.

Many outlets focused on Fetterman’s use of a closed captioning system during interviews and debates, without explaining that it is a

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MSNBC unexpectedly fires Tiffany Cross, opinionated weekend host who attracted Black viewers to the network 

MSNBC Cuts Ties Unexpectedly With Weekend Host Tiffany Cross

Tiffany Cross, the MSNBC weekend host who was known for running the freewheeling Saturday commentary program “Cross Connection,” is leaving the NBCUniversal-owned cable-news outlet.

Her production staff was informed of the decision Friday morning, according to three people familiar with the matter. MSNBC declined to make executives available for comment, and Cross could not be reached for immediate comment.

MSNBC decided not to renew Cross’ contract after two years, according

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Veteran journalist and Newsday Managing Editor Don Hudson becomes the newspaper’s first Black top editor

Newsday announced Friday that managing editor Don Hudson has been named chief content officer and editor, succeeding Deborah Henley, who is retiring at the end of the year.

He and Henley will work together as editors during a monthlong transition starting Dec. 1.

“I’m thrilled that Don will lead Newsday into the future,” Newsday’s publisher, Debby Krenek, said in a statement. “He has been a key leader in our Watchdog coverage of vital topics such as health, education, and transportation

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Lori Lizarraga, passionate about telling stories from under-reported communities, joins NPR’s Code Switch

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Poynter selects 29 journalists of color for leadership academy intended to expand their impact as leaders

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Bernard Shaw’s advice to young journalists: ‘Strive to be the very best, use models that exemplify the very best’

Strive to be the very best and use models that exemplify the very best. Work very, very hard and remain confident in yourself. You will stumble many, many times. And I think stumbling is programed into the whole process.

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Bernard Shaw, ‘one of the most respected journalists in the country’ and CNN’s first chief anchor, dies at 82

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Report: White NY Times workers more likely to get top performance ratings; Employees of color get lowest

Racial Disparities in Performance Evaluations at The New York Times

No Black NY Times employees received highest performance rating in 2020; 90% of those who did were white

Specifically, white Guild members were more likely to get the top ratings, while Black and Hispanic members were more likely to get the lowest two ratings. I


The New York Times’s performance review system has for years given significantly lower ratings to employees of color, an analysis by

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Deggans: CNN should ‘call out prejudice and stereotypes,’ avoid false equivalence as way to appear apolitical

A plea to CNN: NPR’s Deggans suggests network avoid use of false equivalence as a way to appear apolitical

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Karine Jean-Pierre at NABJ-NAHJ convention discusses diversity, the press: ‘We’re not going to attack the media’

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks at 2022 NABJ-NAHJ Convention

Answering a question about whether the administration plans to address the increasing distrust between the public and the media, Jean-Pierre said “first and foremost, we’re not going to attack the media like the last administration, which put so many journalists in harm’s way.”

Valerie Roberts Evans, a Southern Methodist University professor, said that the press secretary meant a lot to her in terms of representation.

“Being an African American

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Allen Media Group acquires Black News Channel for $11 million, pulling the company out of bankruptcy

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Black Star Network founder Roland Martin: Black audiences see Black-owned media as authentic, trustworthy



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Older white male journalists less likely to believe the industry is lacking in racial and ethnic diversity

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Manny Suárez, a pillar of investigative journalism in Puerto Rico whose career spans 4 decades, dies at 92

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Pioneering Black journalist Bryant Rollins dies at 84; started diversity consulting firm to heal racial divisions

In 1960, Bryant Rollins stood at the intersection of sports and racism and journalism in Boston. On his first day covering the Red Sox for The Boston Globe, he was snubbed by the team’s owner, Tom Yawkey, who refused to attend the pre-game press dinner because a Black reporter would be there.

“He was not timid in letting other writers know that he boycotted the dinner because I was present,” Mr. Rollins recalled in a 1991 letter to Globe sports

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Ex-USA Today editor says diversity committee members seek to kill stories that ‘run afoul of their agenda’

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Ethnic press still feeling effects of pandemic: 4 Nepalese newspapers in New York City scrap print editions

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Trans content creator delivering news to young LGBTQ audiences through streaming platform Twitch

For over a year after she first joined Twitch, Clara Sorrenti used the streaming platform like most of its users: to broadcast herself playing video games for a handful of viewers.

But when Greg Abbott, the Republican governor of Texas, launched a campaign against gender-affirming care for young people, it struck a nerve with Sorrenti, who transitioned as a teenager. The 28-year-old took to Twitch, talking openly about her experience in hours-long streams.

Now, Sorrenti is one of the most

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Abortion coverage should be produced with nuance and context and include diverse perspectives

How to ensure diverse viewpoints in abortion coverage

Covering a complex topic that spans laws, beliefs and lived experience requires nuance and context

This is a complex topic. Laws vary by state, and personal beliefs (including religion) are often part of the conversation. Newsrooms continue to struggle with how much information staffers can reveal about their lived experience, and some journalists have firsthand knowledge that could inform how they approach coverage.

As with any developing story, our job as journalists

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Ex-Fox News host Melissa Francis gets $15 million settlement over claim of lower pay than male counterparts

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Sale of conservative Spanish-language talk radio station to 2 Democratic Latinas concerns listeners, hosts

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Applications open for Holden Diversity Fellowships that provide up to $3,000 to enroll in training programs

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4-day conference to celebrate impact of black-owned media outlets during Juneteenth weekend in Tulsa

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New wave of diverse, inclusive leaders focuses on guiding coverage while reforming newsroom culture

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ESPN executive Dave Roberts wants the network to be a model for diversity and industry hiring practices

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USC Annenberg and Paramount create scholarship to assist Latinx students earn journalism master’s degree

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Texas law enforcement declines to take questions from Spanish-language media during Uvalde presser

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Maynard Institute names 57 journalists to 2022 fellowship class in ongoing effort to expand diversity pipeline

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AP, Ida B. Wells Society, Maynard Institute plan initiative to improve newsroom diversity, inclusive storytelling

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Journalists of color in top roles since 2020 race reckoning trying to deliver on industry’s diversity promises

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Buffalo shooting victim Katherine Massey wrote for Black-owned newspaper; last column about gun violence

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