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Diversity programs

The American Press Institute supports efforts to diversify newsrooms and to produce journalism that reaches minorities and other underserved audiences.

One way we do this is through original research to understand the needs and behaviors of minority audiences, the first of which we expect to release in 2014.

We are sponsoring a series of Minority Leadership Institutes in 2014, produced by the American Society of News Editors. Each program will provide training to about 15 minority journalists to become leaders in their organizations and in the industry.

In 2013 we also have sponsored a diversity workshop at the ASNE convention and paid for scholarships for students to attend diversity workshops for The Maynard Institute.

This work extends a legacy of diversity programs of the NAA Foundation, which merged with the Press Institute in 2012.

We encourage you to also follow and support the work of a number of other partners and institutions working in this area:

Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA)
AAJA offers a variety of educational, skills training and professional development programs for its student and professional members, as well as guidance on coverage of Asian American and Pacific Islander issues for the journalism industry and resources on working with the media for those communities.

Maynard Institute
Promotes diversity in the news media through improved coverage, hiring, business practices & training programs that equip journalists with leadership, multimedia skills and subject expertise for news organizations across platforms. Its primary mission is to ensure that all segments of our diverse society are fairly, accurately and credibly portrayed.

National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
An organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide.

National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)
Dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry.

National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA)
Founded in 1990, NLGJA is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students working from within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. NLGJA opposes all forms of workplace bias and provides professional development to its members.

Native American Journalists Association (NAJA)
The Native American Journalists Association serves and empowers Native journalists through programs and actions designed to enrich journalism and promote Native cultures. For nearly 30 years, NAJA has remained committed to increasing the representation of Native journalists working in media, while encouraging both mainstream and tribal media to attain the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and responsibility.

New America Media
A national collaboration and advocate of 3,000 ethnic news organizations. Founded by the nonprofit Pacific News Service in 1996, NAM is headquartered in California with offices in New York and Washington D.C., and partnerships with journalism schools to grow local associations of ethnic media.

UNITY Journalists for Diversity
A strategic alliance advocating fair and accurate news coverage about diversity — especially race, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation – and aggressively challenging the industry to staff its organizations at all levels to reflect the nation’s diversity.

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